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17 April 2008
17. April 2008 Commercial Aircraft

Airbus calls on Chinese partners to join efforts for a green aviation industry


<br />Airbus calls on Chinese partners to join efforts for a green aviation industry

Airbus called on its partners and suppliers, as well as other key players in the Chinese aviation industry, to share its vision of a green aviation industry and to join in its efforts to make aviation an eco-efficient industry. The appeal was made at a conference on aviation eco-efficiency, which was held yesterday in Beijing.

Addressing the China Eco-efficiency Conference, which was attended by Chinese government officials and representatives of airlines, Rainer Ohler, Airbus Senior Vice President Public Affairs and Communications, said that a green industry must be the vision for the future of aviation and joint efforts are needed to make aviation an eco-efficient industry - which means growing and creating value with less environmental impact.

"There is not one simple solution but cross-industry and international cooperation are the way forward," Ohler said. "China has become an increasingly important player in the world aviation sector thanks to the country's continuous economic growth in the past decades."

"I therefore would like to make a call to the key stakeholders of the air transport sector in China, including the government, partners and suppliers, to share our vision and to join in our efforts for an eco-efficient aviation. Doing so will help long-term sustainable growth of the industry and China's economy, to which the air transport sector is a strong and indispensable contributor, as well," Ohler added.

Airbus' call received positive response from the government officials and airline executives present at the conference.

"China attaches great importance to environmental issues and the government is enhancing the regulations over environmental protection, aiming to addressing the environmental concerns while keeping the momentum of economic growth," said Ms. Feng Yan, Deputy Division Chief of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. "We fully support Airbus' efforts and encourage Chinese aviation enterprises to contribute to an eco-efficient aviation industry."
During the event, Ohler and Laurence Barron, Head of Airbus China, unveiled Airbus "green cotton bags," which will be given to the public for free.

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