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Leading the way

Establishing an effective environmental policy is an important task. However, the way related procedures are integrated into day-to-day activities – as well as the way employees are motivated to provide support – can be just as critical to overall success as the policy itself. 

Airbus’ environmental policy both defines and directs the way in which the company embeds eco-efficiency within product development, industrial operations and services. Coordinating efforts of the internal environmental network is Airbus’ environmental affairs organisation, which also identifies trends, defines strategy and reports to management.

Environmental certification

The 2013 renewal of Airbus’ ISO 14001 certification was based upon successive achievements related to the protection of the environment on the activities performed by the company and the development and deployment of an eco-efficient methodology at each stage in its products’ life cycle.

ISO 14001 
An internationally-recognised standard for effective environmental management 
 

Airbus has set up a robust environmental management system to assist in fulfilling compliance obligations and to enhance environmental performance by continually monitoring, measuring and taking actions to reduce the environmental impact of its products, services and activities. 

Marking a major achievement in December 2006, Airbus became the first company in the aerospace manufacturing sector to receive ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) 14001 environmental certification covering all of its manufacturing sites and activities relating to its products and services through a life-cycle approach. The ISO 14001 certification was successfully renewed for a further three years in 2013. 

The life-cycle approach, fully integrated in the Airbus EMS, covers all stages in the life of Airbus products and services, from design to final disposal, and ensures environmental impacts are controlled at each stage and not shifted elsewhere within the life cycle.

Reporting

The environmental reporting process is embedded across Airbus’ global operations, measuring progress and complying with reporting obligations. Since 2010, such consolidated data has been externally audited by London-based multinational professional services firm Ernst &Young.

The role of Airbus employees

In Toulouse, France, three-quarters of the waste collected and sorted at the area’s Airbus sites is recycled or sent for material recovery, with the rest used for energy-generation purposes.

Employee skills and expertise have a major influence on environmental management. With a global workforce of around 55,000 people, interdepartmental communication and the sharing of best practices are essential. 

In addition to the dedicated teams that address specific environmental topics, all employees are encouraged to contribute to reducing Airbus’ environmental footprint through the blue5 organisation, as well as regular awareness events that are organised throughout the year.