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10 June 2008
10. June 2008 Commercial Aircraft

Airbus Organises Forum on Aviation and the Environment


The Airbus Forum on Aviation and the Environment brought together top representatives from airlines, airports, local governmental organisations, academia and the media for presentations and discussions at Narita, Japan.

Some 300 representatives from major airlines, local governmental organisations, airports (including Narita International Airport), academia and the media attended the Airbus Forum on Aviation and the Environment, held on June 6 at Narita, Japan.

Opened by Glen S. Fukushima, President and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Japan, the forum was well timed: coming a day after the World Environment Day, and with the countdown now underway for the commitments made in the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, the G-8 Summit will be held in July at Toyako in Hokkaido, Japan, where post-Kyoto Protocol issues are expected to be discussed.

In his presentation entitled "Aviation and the Environment," Rob Eagles, IATA's Director for Safety, Operations, and Infrastructure - Asia Pacific, provided a global picture of the aviation industry and the current environmental challenges the air transport industry is now facing. He also explained the IATA's four-pillar strategy for the industry to grow without damaging the environment further. "Based on vision, strategy, and facts, the industry must proactively communicate with a single voice," he said.

Philippe Fonta, the Head of Sustainable Development at Airbus, talked about the company's way to eco-efficiency, explaining its full life-cycle approach from aircraft design to the end-of-life recycling programme. "A global problem needs a global solution," Fonta pointed out. "Each stakeholder has a part to play in meeting the challenge." He also explained Airbus' research and technology initiatives to further reduce aircraft noise, using the A380 as an example: 17dB margin on ICAO's Chapter 4 and OC2 take-off standards, and QC0.5 for landing at London Heathrow.

Richard Carcaillet, the A380 Marketing Director, presented Airbus' 21st century flagship as a part of the solution to cope with the environmental challenges, while also meeting increasing demands of air transport. Carcaillet said: "The A380 can be part of the solution in limiting the impact of aircraft noise and keeping CO2 and other emissions at a reasonable level, while avoiding more congestion on the ground and in the air."

Senior Manager Hiroshi Matsugae from the Eco-Airport Development & Planning Office of Narita International Airport explained the measures taken by his facility to become an "Eco-Airport" - including plans for noise and pollution reduction.

The Airbus Forum on Aviation and the Environment took place a few days after the celebration of Narita International Airport’s 30th anniversary and Singapore Airlines' start of A380 commercial operations to Japan.

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