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Reducing industrial impacts at all airbus production sites
Airbus’ commitment to eco-efficiency includes planning for the entire lifespan of an aircraft, from development to retirement.

Airbus underscores its commitment to enhancing the aviation industry’s eco-efficiency with initiatives that extend throughout the entire lifecycle of an aircraft – from the design and production phases to its eventual retirement from service.  As part of this approach, the company has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS), which addresses potential environmental impacts and provides an organised approach to management decisions based on business needs, resources and goals. 

The Airbus EMS expands the scope of a standard Environmental Management System by integrating Airbus’ manufacturing processes and airliner products through a life-cycle approach – allowing for the mapping, assessment, control and reduction of an aircraft and its production’s effect on the environment.

Standardisation

Airbus was first in the aviation industry to receive International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001 environmental certification in 2007, which covers the entirety of the company's 16 production sites as well as every airliner throughout its service life. In 2010, a recertification was obtained and the designation was subsequently extended to Airbus' company sites in North America, along with Airbus China Limited and its subsidiaries. 

In order to continuously improve the protection for its employees, as well as customers and passengers, Airbus has deployed means and resources to monitor and remove the most hazardous substances from its internal processes and outsourced equipment.  This takes into account all applicable regulations impacting Airbus operations, such as the REACH guidelines.

Airbus is actively working to develop new solutions involving qualification and implementation of substitutes into its products to avoid supply chain disruptions and provide support to customers. The company works on these topics within EADS and in close collaboration with professional associations such as IAEG, ASD, ADS, BDLI, TEDAE and GIFAS.

Other eco-efficiency initiatives

Additionally, an organization has been established – the Multi Programme Substance Projects (MPSP) - which has the ability to launch substitution projects, and will coordinate corresponding actions inside all aircraft programmes.

In 2011, Airbus launched an important project throughout all sites and functions - blue5 - to reduce its environmental impact by the year 2020. The programme’s goals include a 30 per cent reduction in energy consumption, 50 per cent reductions of CO2 emissions, volatile organic components (VOCs) as well as waste/water production. The initiative also calls for an 80 per cent reduction in water discharge. 

One example of Airbus’ commitment to blue5 and the environment is the company’s newest final assembly line in Toulouse, France – for the A350 XWB – considered to have the lowest environmental impact of any final assembly facility built by the company. The facility’s building structure makes extensive use of natural lighting in order to reduce energy consumption while half of the 22,000 sq. meter roof surface is fitted with photovoltaic solar panels. Because of these initiatives, the building will produce 55 per cent of its own energy needs. 

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