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09 February 2016
Commercial Aircraft

Airbus commends global agreement on CO2 Standard

Summary

Major achievement to reduce CO2 emissions from civil aircraft

Airbus welcomes the CO2 emissions standard for commercial airplanes proposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) on the 8th February 2016 in Montreal, Canada. The agreement on the ICAO “ CO2 Standard” is the result of work by a task force of experts from governments and observers and will be endorsed by the ICAO Council later this year.
The aim of this certification standard is to reduce CO2 emissions from aviation by encouraging the integration of fuel efficient technologies into aircraft design and development, ensuring older aircraft are replaced by newer, more efficient designs. This is part of a broader set of actions aimed at tackling aviation’s climate change impact including improvements in flight operations, deployment of sustainable jet fuels and the reduction of noise and other emissions together with the development of a global market based measure for aviation‎ to be agreed at the ICAO General Assembly in October 2016.
Airbus has invested significantly in improving the environmental performance of its sites, products and services, consistently bringing the most eco-efficient aircraft to the market, meeting and surpassing  environmental performance requirements. The A320neo reduces CO2 emissions by 15 percent today, rising to 20 percent by 2020; the A350 XWB is reducing CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared to the aircraft it is replacing. In 2017, the A330neo will offer a 14 percent reduction in CO2 emissions, and the A380, in service since 2007, shows a 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to previous generation very large aircraft. Airbus  will continually strive to meet  and exceed ambitious emissions requirements for both current and future aircraft.
Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is the leading commercial aircraft manufacturer with the most modern, comprehensive and efficient family of airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Employing some 55,000 people, Airbus champions innovative technologies and has sold over 16,300 aircraft to around 400 customers worldwide.
Note to the editor:
For more info on CO2 standard ICAO press release Air Transport Action Group (ATAG)  press release

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