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Eco-efficient aviation:

Eco-efficient aviation: A DOUBLE VALUE PROPOSITION AT WORK SPECIAL FEATURE 148 © Airbus S.A.S. 2009 – Computer rendering by Fixon – GWLNSD © Océ Aviation supports more than 15 million jobs worldwide, connects the world and stimulates international trade. Approximately 2.5 billion passengers and 50 million tonnes of freight are flown worldwide annually. Now, how can the aviation industry make the transition towards a low carbon economy? At EADS, the world’s second largest aerospace company, we are convinced that this transition will only succeed if environmental progress also brings economic benefit for companies and societies: eco-efficiency is all about “doing more with less”. Reconciling environmental progress with adding value to the business is not easy to achieve. We are determined, however, to overcome cultural and historic barriers, and to open the way for innovation and sustainable growth. Consequently, eco-efficiency is one of the key targets embedded into the company’s long-term strategy, “Vision 2020”. LAYING THE MANAGERIAL FOUNDATION FOR LOW-CARBON SUCCESS EADS has documented its commitment to eco-efficiency in its Environmental Policy. We are following up on this commitment by establishing an ambitious roadmap aimed not only at making our aircraft more ecoefficient, but turning EADS overall into an eco-efficient enterprise. This roadmap contains clear and ambitious emissions reduction and technology goals, with concrete milestones up to the year 2020. By then we will have met many goals, including reducing both our energy use by 30 per cent and CO 2 emissions by 50 per cent. To achieve this, EADS is moving towards an integrated Environmental Management System with a full lifecycle approach. Computerized reporting tools help us to monitor progress. A full greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory according to UN standards is underway. EADS has established good transparency across the business, which has greatly helped us in forging ahead with ISO 14001 certification. As of today, 62 sites are certified and more than 93 per cent of EADS’s 118,000 employees are covered by standards for environmental management (EMAS or ISO 14001). And, as a signatory of the UN Global Compact and the Caring for Climate initiative, we are also committed to selecting and educating our suppliers in terms of how they manage environmental aspects. The HyLiner, a visionary aircraft concept developed by Bauhaus Luftfahrt. EADS is a founding member of this aerospace think tank. VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG

TerraSAR-X: Earth observation radar data of a new quality. EMBARKING ON THE JOURNEY TOWARDS GREENER AVIATION As a major player in civil aviation, a key goal of EADS is to strike a balance between environmental sustainability and the human need for mobility. Our A380 is already currently the world’s most eco-efficient airliner. For the future, our central research unit is inventing lighter materials and, together with partner research institutes and companies, is developing sustainable bio-fuels. Eurocopter’s recently launched “Bluecopter” initiative also aims at reducing noise and gas emissions. As an important part of our approach, EADS is taking into account the entire life-cycle of the product. Within the PAMELA project, over 85 per cent of the components of a narrow-body aircraft will be reused or recycled. MONITORING OUR ENVIRONMENT FROM SPACE Space technology is a key asset when it comes to understanding and monitoring climate change – for example the European Union’s “Kopernikus” project to which EADS is making important contributions. EADS’s space technology division Astrium has developed, manufactured and launched into service numerous observation satellites dedicated to the environment, including Envisat, the largest Earth Observation spacecraft ever built. With its sophisticated optical and radar instruments, it is helping to monitor our environment from above. INDUSTRY AND POLITICS JOIN FORCES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT Single-product or company initiatives alone will not be sufficient to tackle climate change. A systemic approach is needed – an approach to which EADS is fully committed. A revamped Europe-wide air traffic management system will save millions of tons of CO 2 emissions. In June 2009, Airbus became a full member of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, a unique Private-Public Partnership to modernize air traffic management (ATM). In another ‘systemic’ approach, EADS is taking a leading role in the European Clean Sky initiative to further drastically reduce emissions from commercial aircraft. The Group is underlining its commitment with huge investments. Of course, EADS’s Airbus division has also subscribed to the 2020 goals of the Research and Technology Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe which stipulates the reduction of CO 2 emissions by 50 per cent, aircraft noise levels by 50 per cent and NOx emissions by 80 per cent. EADS strongly believes that actions to protect the environment and combat climate change can be harnessed in favour of economic growth. To do so, industry and politics must join forces, through welltargeted policy instruments encouraging investment and technological development. RECONCILING MOBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY Reconciling mobility and sustainability is a tough challenge, but EADS will master it. We feel a strong responsibility towards both our economies and societies. EADS and its employees are proud of this responsibility and are taking up the challenge. By taking on such difficult challenges – and creating the breakthrough technologies needed to master them – EADS is leading the way in making the fascinating aerospace industry eco-efficient. We invite everyone to join us in this effort! SPECIAL FEATURE 149 The A380 – the most efficient airliner in service today – respects our environment while answering the human need for mobility. Organisation EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, EADS generated revenues of EUR 43.3 billion and employed a workforce of about 118,000. The Group includes Airbus, Eurocopter, EADS Defence & Security and EADS Astrium. Enquiries Website: VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG