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12 July 2012
12. July 2012 Commercial Aircraft

Airbus welcomes ICAO’s first steps towards a CO2 Standard


Major achievement for a global aviation emissions standard

Airbus welcomes the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) first major milestone in the development of a CO2 emissions standard for civil aviation. Once fully established in 2013, the CO2 Standard will measure the CO2 efficiency of commercial aircraft types from private jets to the world’s largest passenger plane, the A380, taking into account the different design characteristics such as the aircraft’s payload and range across all market segments.
The agreement on a common way to measure an aircraft’s CO2 efficiency was reached this week by ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) in St-Petersburg, Russia.
The aim of the standard is to drive aircraft manufacturers towards producing more CO2 efficient aircraft (like the A380, the A320neo or the A350 XWB), more fuel-efficient engines (like the neo or XWB engines) or innovations like improved aerodynamics (e.g. sharklets) or advanced materials (e.g. composites or lightweight alloys). 
"We welcome the progress ICAO/CAEP are making, because it is of utmost importance to establish the CO2 Standard as the benchmark and reference point for measuring efficiency delivered by technology,“ said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus President and CEO. “It underscores the importance of ICAO as the international body to lead key issues on aviation globally. This is a clear demonstration of the industry’s commitment in using technology to help the aviation sector meet its ambitious environmental goals.”
Airbus contributed technical expertise into defining and evaluating a CO2 metric system, alongside other industry stakeholders such as engine and airframe manufacturers, airlines, non-governmental organisations and airworthiness authorities.
Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer offering a complete range of aircraft families, from 100 to well over 500 passenger seats, as well as the most modern, comprehensive and eco-efficient product line on the market. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS company.

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