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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Airbus, Boeing Highlight Environmental Goals

Woodrow Bellamy III 

[Aviation Today June 5, 2014] Boeing has released its annual environmental report, and its major rival--French airframe manufacturer Airbus--released highlights of its own goals with reducing its environmental impact.  

The report from Boeing sets a goal of keeping its greenhouse gas emissions, water intake and solid waste to landfills at the same level by the end of 2017 as it was in 2012. Both Boeing and Airbus also highlighted recent launches of new fuel efficient aircraft that are designed to reduce fuel burn and aircraft carbon emissions; with Boeing launching the 777X and Airbus with the A350 XWB. 
The 2017 target from Boeing is reflective of its previous five year strategy which spanned the 2007-2012 time frame. During that period Boeing decreased its Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions by 9 percent. 
Other highlights of the report from Boeing include the company's future flight concepts, such as its liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) recently being issued experimental aircraft status by the U.S. Air Force. 
The major highlight reported by Airbus was its statement that it is "the only aircraft manufacturer worldwide to hold ISO 14001 environmental certification for all its industrial sites, products and services."
Going forward, Airbus is focused on its involvement in Large Passenger Aircraft (LPA) program for "CleanSky 2," a European aviation research project focused reducing fuel burn and emissions by 20 to 30 percent from 2014 levels for commercial aircraft entering service in the between 2025 and 2035.  As part of its involvement Airbus will provide demonstrators for airframe-engine integration and next generation cockpit avionics systems. 

“Our new environmental policy isn’t inspired by green ideals nor is it a simple public relations exercise. It is a fundamental part of being a leading aircraft manufacturer," said Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier. 

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