Eco-efficiency at Airbus
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Eco-efficiency

A commitment to eco-efficiency

Environmental impact is a major consideration at Airbus, factoring into decisions made at the highest levels – including long-term planning by the company’s management team – down to day-to-day operations at its production, customer support and other facilities located around the world.

Airbus’ long list of environment-related achievements has been driven by innovation and collaboration across the industry, from the fly-by-wire concept to the new-generation A350 XWB jetliner. Now more than ever, these methods are providing solutions to meet today’s environmental challenges, as well as the ambitious targets Airbus has set for tomorrow. 

The six pillars of Airbus eco-efficiency are: 

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.

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.