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 Airportâ€™s 30th anniversary and Singapore Airlines' start of A380 commercial operations to Japan.