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.

Airbus’ environmental endeavors

Airbus is constantly focused on improving its environmental performance – further reducing emissions and noise through the company’s innovative technologies and cross-industry partnerships. 

As a demonstrated technology leader, Airbus – which invests more than two billion euros per year in research and development – is focused on improving its environmental performance through innovation. The company’s comprehensive approach covers a jetliner’s entire lifecycle – from design to in-service operation and end-of-life recycling – as well as air traffic management solutions and sustainable aviation fuels. 

In addition, Airbus is committed to the Flightpath 2050 which targets a significant reduction in emissions:

• 75 per cent CO2 emissions reduction per passenger/km (75 per cent = 65 per cent related to the product and 10 per cent related to the infrastructures)

• 90 per cent NOx emissions reduction 

• 65 per cent noise reduction

Visit the ATAG-sponsored website enviro.aero to discover what Airbus and other industry members are doing to limit air transport's environmental footprint.

Supporting the largest land restoration initiative ever

Before and after restoration
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Plant a pledge 



In June 2012, Airbus teamed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the “Plant a Pledge” campaign, which  encourages people to sign a petition asking government and business leaders to develop solid policy based on the Bonn Challenge – a commitment made to rehabilitate 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020.

A dedicated website, www.plantapledge.com, was launched to build public support for this initiative prior to the United Nations Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development in Brazil during June 2012.