Airbus today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to support 'The Green Wave', a worldwide educational campaign for children and youth. Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO and Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary for the Convention on Biological Diversity, signed the partnership at Farnborough International Airshow, where the theme is Sustainable Aviation.
The Green Wave initiative will provide support to schools around the world to educate their students on the crucial role that protecting the diversity of life on earth plays in our lives and our futures, and will encourage them to plant trees and to celebrate the International Day for Biodiversity at 10am on 22nd May each year.
Airbus? initial involvement is to help raise public awareness of The Green Wave initiative through a joint global communications campaign. Airbus will then work with airlines and other industry members to further develop support for The Green Wave campaign and the CBD.
Airbus recognises that air transport contributes some 2 per cent of man-made CO2 emissions and the challenge that represents and is using its experience in improving fuel efficiency and employing new technologies to limit the environmental impact of aviation. Airbus will continue to actively work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialised agency of the United Nations which sets standards for global air transport, to address aviations contribution to climate change.
?Changing land use is a key factor in the loss of biodiversity. Aviation has a great track record in bringing people together and helping to spread development, but with minimal impact on land use. For example, in Europe, which has one of the most concentrated networks in the world aviation uses.? said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. We are keen to put resources and expertise into supporting people who are tackling the major causes of climate change, ? he added. " ?Deforestation is responsible for 20 per cent of the greenhouse effect that causes global warming so the Green Wave is a great project for us to start with.?
Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of Convention on Biological Diversity said ?The Green Wave campaign aims at establishing strong links between children and nature as well human and international solidarity between the schools of the world. I applaud Airbus? commitment to join us in planting a love of nature in the minds of children and young people. Investing in children and youth today ensures educated citizens tomorrow.?
Sensitive to its position as an industry leader, Airbus strives to be a truly eco-efficient enterprise. To that end Airbus is the first aeronautics company in the world to have earned the ISO 14001 environmental certification for all production sites and products for the entire life cycle. Airbus seeks to ensure that air transport continues to be an eco-efficient means of transport, delivering value while minimizing its environmental impact.
Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Over 8,700 Airbus aircraft have been sold to more than 290 customers worldwide and more than 5,000 of these have been delivered since the company first entered the market in the early seventies.