Over the past 50 years, the aviation industry has cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by more than 70 per cent, NOx emissions by 90 per cent and noise by 75 per cent. However, the air transport industry is determined to improve the environmental performance of aircraft operations even further, and is constantly seeking new ways to reduce noise, emissions and fuel consumption.
Airbus has already developed products to reach these targets. In-service experience of the A380 has shown that it consumes 20 per cent less fuel than its nearest competitor. Airbus brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies in the A350 XWB to provide a 25 per cent step-change in fuel efficiency compared to its current long-range competitor. The A320neo offers a 15 per cent fuel consumption savings compared to other single-aisle jetliners on the market.
Sustainable aviation fuel and air traffic management
Sustainable aviation fuels are also an option that Airbus is exploring to reduce its CO2 emissions. The company is continuously teaming with industry and cross-industry partners to fully explore the potential benefits of new fuel sources. Over 1,500 sustainable aviation fuel-powered flights have taken place around the world so far, and Airbus works with farmers and refiners worldwide on increasing sustainable aviation fuel production for additional flights.
Airbus is also involved in air traffic management, especially with its subsidiaries, Airbus Prosky and Metron Aviation, and through international partnerships involving Europe’s SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) and NextGen in the United States. The company is committed as well to integrating the two traffic management systems in order to make air movement even more efficient.
When combining all the above initiatives, CO2 emissions can be drastically reduced. As an example, Air France and Airbus teamed up to complete the world's greenest commercial flight by combining the latest fuel and air traffic management technologies. This flight from Toulouse to Paris using an Airbus A321, cut the amount of CO2 emitted in half compared to a regular flight.
Airbus is working proactively with industry partners to further increase the eco-efficiency of air transport, and has set targets for a sustainable aviation sector. This brochure details how Airbus is working toward its commitments, with information on the company’s new-generation aircraft families, lifecycle approach, environmental initiatives and more.Aviation Environmental Roadmap – 14.09 MB