Airbus has become the first and only aerospace company in the world to receive International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001 environmental certification covering all the company's 16 production sites including Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, as well as all products throughout their lifecycle.
Certification against ISO 14001 standards by the highly respected Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Company follows a company wide audit in December 2006. The ISO 14001 corporate certification recognizes that Airbus uses a robust environmental management system (EMS) to continually monitor and minimize the environmental impact of Airbus production processes and products throughout their life cycle. This forms part of a Europe wide programme called LIFE.
"Becoming the only aerospace company in the world to be awarded ISO 14001 certification for our products and sites is a testament to Airbus' commitment to the environmental concerns of today. The adoption of environmental considerations in all our decision making is vital to ensure the sustainable development of our business", said Louis Gallois, Airbus President and CEO.
On the production side, Airbus is pioneering the use of a greener chemical free milling process for fuselage panels. The only by-product is 100 per cent recyclable. New greener and cleaner painting processes are also being developed. Airbus is leading the way at minimizing energy and water consumption at all levels in the production process and is also already using an improved selective-waste sorting which allows 100 per cent recycling at one of its sites.
On the product side, Airbus has been working towards quieter and more fuel efficient aircraft for some time. The A380 is a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and low noise levels and products like the A350XWB will push this envelope even further. With increasing environmental concerns and operating cost, Airbus recognises that to be environmentally aware and responsible is a business imperative.
Airbus' EMS is helping in a new approach to reduce the environmental impact of products and processes throughout the aircraft life cycle. The life cycle covers design, procurement, manufacturing, transport, in service operations including maintenance, aircraft end of life and recycling. The experience gained in dismantling and recycling will be fed back into new aircraft design to help make future aircraft even easier to recycle.
In a further sign of Airbus' commitment to the environment, the company has expanded the scope of its Environmental Report to include social and economic issues for the first time. The first Airbus Environment, Social and Economic Report, is available on-line at www.airbus.com/en/corporate/ethics/environment.
Airbus is an EADS company.