Eco-efficiency at Airbus
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Our vision is to be the recognized leader in eco-efficient solutions for sustainable aviation.

Aviation supports around 60 million jobs worldwide and one-third of global trade by value. Our commitment is to continue to provide these benefits whilst at the same time reducing our environmental impact. 

As the first aircraft manufacturer to have a global ISO14001 environmental certification covering its sites, products and services, Airbus is committed to working towards reducing aviation’s contribution to climate change. 

To meet our goals, we are looking at the whole lifecycle of our aircraft; from design to manufacture, in flight operations to end-of-life, and at each stage in the life of an aircraft we are finding the solutions to improve our environmental performance. 

The Airbus Environmental Policy states that Airbus is committed to delivering added value through eco-efficiency, driving innovation providing environmental benefits, collaborating across the air transport sector and its supply chains towards a sustainable aviation future and continuously reducing Airbus’ environmental footprint. 

We will continuously work towards improving Airbus’ products, activities and services, delivering more eco-efficient aircraft, constantly reviewing Airbus’ environmental footprint and reinforcing eco-efficient ways of working by increasing environmental awareness in our workplace. 

- Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO, Airbus

More value, less impact

Safeguarding aviation’s economic and social sustainability is crucial, but as aviation continues to grow, it brings an increasing responsibility to ensure that the environmental impact is kept to a minimum. In this regard, Airbus is very much part of the solution.

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The environment and air travel

Air travel is an invaluable global asset which provides a worldwide transportation network – rapidly moving passengers and goods to bring together people, businesses and communities. Therefore, safeguarding aviation’s economic and societal benefits is crucial. More than 58 million jobs and US$2.4 trillion of worldwide gross domestic product are supported by the air travel industry. 

Globally, the aviation sector is expanding. Passenger demand doubles every 15 years and by 2050 the air transport industry could be handling 16 billion passengers and 400 million tonnes of cargo annually. In the meantime, passengers have become increasingly mindful of the ecological impact of their travel choices.

Lifecycle approach

Airbus brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies in each new aircraft programme it develops – as well as in the new versions of its existing aircraft, corresponding to the company’s proven philosophy of incremental innovation – and the environmental performances achieved are impressive and consistent.

The company’s commitment to enhancing air travel’s eco-efficiency is underscored by initiatives that extend throughout the entire lifecycle of an aircraft – from the design and production phases to its in-service operation and eventual retirement.