At Airbus, we believe meaningful reductions in carbon emissions are within reach. To deliver on our decarbonisation strategy, we have the ambition to develop the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035 to ensure future generations can enjoy flying as much as we do.

A seismic shift for the aerospace industry

Aviation has given us the possibility to explore all four corners of our planet. To connect with friends and to meet new ones – anywhere. To feel the thrill of seeing our world from 30,000 feet above. 

Today, we know our love of air travel also comes at a cost: the aviation industry represents approximately 2.5% of global human-induced CO2 emissions. But aviation is not the problem. Emissions are the problem. 

At Airbus, we are committed to leading the decarbonisation of the aerospace sector. This includes reducing the CO2 emissions of our aircraft, helicopters, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as our industrial environmental footprint at sites worldwide and throughout our supply chain. To this end, we are contributing to meet key industry-wide environmental performance targets. We are working to deliver on our ambition to bring the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft to market by 2035. Our approach is not only ambitious, but rather, a seismic shift for our industry. 

As we work to achieve our ambition, we are also continuously enhancing our company-wide product and services portfolio to contribute positively to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Gathering pace towards sustainable aerospace

Objective: net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

Airbus aligns with global and binding offsetting programmes, in addition to other market-based measures, to help cap the aviation industry’s CO2 emissions. We support ICAO as the right body to implement global market-based measures for the aviation industry. 

The aviation industry, including Airbus, has committed to an industry-wide decarbonisation movement that includes the following key targets: 

  • Carbon-neutral growth:  From 2020, aviation will compensate CO2 emissions (over the 2019 emissions baseline). This means that even though air travel is increasing, CO2 emissions will be mitigated.
  • Net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050:  The long-term climate goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 supports the Paris Agreement's 1.5ºC goal.
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Impactful partnerships to tackle climate change

To achieve these ambitious targets, we fully understand that we cannot move forward alone. This is why we align our climate action plan to a variety of industry-wide environmental principles and targets driven by organisations in which Airbus plays a leading role.

  • ATAG: The Air Transport Action Group is a global independent body that brings together the entire aviation industry to promote sustainable growth that benefits society.
  • Clean Aviation: The Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking aims to develop disruptive new aircraft technologies to support the European Green Deal, and climate neutrality by 2050. The Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking runs from 2021-2031 and boasts a budget of EUR 4.1 billion. We are a founding member. 
  • Hydrogen Council: This global initiative brings together energy, transport and industry companies to deliver a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen in fostering the energy transition. We are currently a member of the Hydrogen Council to benefit from the huge cross-industry experience on hydrogen.
  • IAEG: The International Aerospace Environmental Group promotes global standards for greenhouse gas emissions reporting, substances management and substitution technologies. We are a founding member of IAEG.
  • SESAR 3: We are a founding member of the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking. This European private-public sector partnership aims to harness research and innovation to accelerate the delivery of the Digital European Sky.

Our climate action plan

Towards the Single European Sky

Improving fuel burn of our existing fleet

Our latest-generation, fuel-efficient aircraft have enabled the aviation industry to surpass its first goal of reaching an annual fuel efficiency of 2.1% over the last decade. This has saved 10 billion tons of CO2 since 1990.

Investing in zero-emission technologies

Disruptively reducing the CO2 emissions of aircraft and helicopters cannot be achieved using existing technologies. This is why we are investing in electrification, hybridisation and hydrogen to accelerate the pathways needed to achieve our decarbonisation ambition.

Developing sustainable aviation fuel

Today, all Airbus aircraft and helicopters are capable of operating on up to a 50% blend of SAF. These alternative fuels enable an up to 80% gain in terms of CO2 reduction. Our objective is to enable all aircraft and helicopters for 100% SAF by 2030.

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Reducing our industrial emissions

For many years, we have been working to reduce our industrial emissions, including those of our production and manufacturing facilities. Our high5+ programme has identified a set of ambitious reduction targets covering our five most material environmental aspects: CO2 , energy, waste, water, air emissions.

Hub ATM

Optimising day-to-day aircraft operations

We leverage ATM solutions and ground-and-flight operational measures to reduce air travel’s impact on the environment. We are also involved in the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) initiative. 

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