A global approach
Airbus is committed to further improving the economic and environmental performance of its aircraft through the optimisation of all elements in commercial aviation. Such a global approach has led Airbus to consider the environmental impact of its products through their entire life cycle – from design and development to the eco-friendly dismantling and recycling of aircraft once their operational lifetimes are completed.
This includes the way Airbus aircraft are operated and the energy sources they use, along with the functioning of the company’s production and engineering sites worldwide, as well as the entire supply chain’s operation. In a demonstration of this commitment, Airbus became the first aerospace enterprise to receive ISO 14001 environmental certification that covers all of the company’s production sites and products throughout a full-cycle approach.
Airbus is convinced that by taking such a global approach – including air traffic management and the development of sustainable aviation fuels derived from the biomass – air transport will be able in the near future to stabilise its CO2 emissions, and in the longer term, reduce them by at least 50 per cent, even with the anticipated strong growth in air traffic.
Beginning with the design phase, Airbus is focussed on investigating, testing, validating and optimizing the most advanced technologies, configurations and architectures. The result is aircraft that generate fewer emissions and less noise, while carrying a maximum payload over a longer range.
Taking the lead
The continuous introduction of advanced materials and new processes in production, combined with optimised propulsion systems, reduce an aircraft’s weight to minimise fuel consumption and engine emissions. Airbus has put the emphasis as well on the reduction of noise, with efforts that include low-noise engine nacelle designs and the application of acoustic treatment, which is supported by an active cooperation with the world’s powerplant manufacturers.
Airbus also is at the forefront in promoting the use of sustainable aviation fuels as a sustainable solution for air transport. The company has developed a roadmap to make these new fuel sources a reality for aviation, and has directly supported flight demonstrations to show their feasibility in airline operations.
The Airbus approach goes even further. Beyond the concrete actions to reduce fuel burn, emissions, noise, energy use and waste, Airbus feels it has a wider responsibility in supporting the global action for a sustainable development. Considering itself as an “eco citizen,” Airbus works actively with United Nations and other international and national organisations to preserve the planet’s biodiversity and to raise awareness among youth worldwide.