We are committed to respecting the planet and taking environmental responsibility.
To achieve this, we don’t just look at our own products, services and operations, we consider our entire value chain. We leave no stone unturned as we strive to pioneer sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world.
Continuously improving our products
Our iconic aircraft and helicopters are extremely popular all over the world. And we never stop trying to make them better.
Fleet renewal. Continuous innovation. Pioneering cleaner propulsion technologies like sustainable aviation fuel and hydrogen. Adapting our Air Traffic Management and operational practices. These are just some of the ways that our latest generation of aircraft and helicopters are helping us set the standard for clean aerospace.
Our current product portfolio is far more environmentally efficient than its predecessors, and thanks to improvements like engine optimisation and the use of more lightweight materials, we can already achieve a 25-30% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 50% reduction in noise footprint.
Ultimately, our decarbonisation ambitions start at home: we are actively reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions and our environmental footprint, as well as doing our best to tackle Scope 3 emissions throughout our supply chain.
At Airbus, our approach to environmental responsibility starts at the design stage. We select the right materials and use them efficiently during production. After aircraft delivery, we continue to take into account the environment by optimising aircraft operations and recycling end-of-life aircraft.
Exploring technologies that will make clean flight possible
We pioneer disruptive technologies and clean fuel alternatives. We are committed to bringing zero-emission commercial aircraft to market by 2035, and work to achieve this is well underway in collaboration with our partners around the globe.
As part of our ZEROe programme, we are testing new prototype aircraft powered by hydrogen. This programme explores a variety of configurations and hydrogen technologies – including fuel cells and hydrogen combustion – that will shape the development of our future zero-emission aircraft.
Sustainable aviation fuel
We believe that sustainable aviation fuel is one of the most promising decarbonisation solutions and are actively using it across our range of commercial and military aircraft and helicopters. All of our commercial aircraft are already certified to fly with 50% SAF, and we aim to have a 100% SAF capable fleet by 2030 for commercial and military aircraft and for helicopters.
We also see electrification as a major lever to decarbonise aviation. In the Urban Air Mobility space, our fully electric four-seater CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL will offer a zero-emission alternative means of transport in multiple applications by 2030.
Actively tackling climate change through our products and services
In the face of global threats such as deforestation, biodiversity loss, wildfires and rising sea levels we need the best data. Earth observation satellites are a vital tool to monitor the effects of climate change on natural ecosystems.
Our satellites have monitored the progression of the 2021 Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption in Iceland and rising water levels at the San Quintin Glacier in Chile. They also help to facilitate prompt action in response to natural disasters.
We can also deploy our technology to tackle some of these threats directly. Helicopters are an important ally for combating wildfires, and play a key role in disaster relief and humanitarian missions.
Space exploration has given us so much - from the first images of our precious planet to material evidence that Earth is the only celestial body on which we know intelligent life exists. But the means to monitor space and take us there have also contributed to orbital debris.
At Airbus, we believe we have a responsibility to ensure a sustainable space environment.