Air France, Lufthansa Among 20 Airlines in EU Probe

The European Union is believed to have launched a probe on 20 airlines including Air France, KLM and Brussels Airlines for misleading greenwashing practices.

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The EU is probing misleading practices by 20 airlines

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Reuters has reported that Air France, its Dutch KLM arm and Lufthansa's Brussels Airlines are among 20 airlines being investigated by the European Union. The probe has been launched for potentially misleading greenwashing practices, the airlines told Reuters, confirming a report aired by Belgian broadcaster RTBF.
The Europen Union said airlines needed to make clear to what extent claims that the CO2 emissions caused by a flight could be offset by climate projects or through the use of sustainable fuels can be substantiated based on sound scientific evidence. This is the one of the largest such probes launched.
"Air France confirms having received a letter from the European Commission. The company is currently reviewing its contents and will study the follow-up to be taken," a spokesperson said.
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KLM and Air France are part of the EU probe

 Two other airlines have confirmed the probe. The Lufthansa Group said in a statement that it naturally deals with every complaint it receives and that it is examining it carefully. A spokesperson for KLM said the Dutch part of the Air France-KLM airline group had also received a letter from the commission.
Industry group Airlines for Europe (A4E) said in a statement that it recognises the importance of clear information about sustainability, but said that current regulations in the EU "vary significantly between countries and are still evolving".
It is unclear which other airlines are being investigated since the EU has said it will not disclose the names as long as they are at a preliminary stage of the investigation.
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