Seven of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers have released a joint statement to demonstrate how they are collaborating and sharing approaches to drive the sustainability of aviation and reach the industry-wide Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) targets, including CO2 reduction.
In a joint statement signed by the Chief Technology Officers of Airbus, Boeing, Dassault Aviation, GE Aviation, Rolls Royce, Safran and United Technologies, it was stated that the aviation industry is already taking significant action to protect the planet and will continue to do so.
The statement reads: “Aviation contributes to two percent of human-made carbon dioxide emissions. The industry has challenged itself to reduce net CO2 emissions even while demand for air travel and transport grows significantly.”
It explains that the seven organizations will commit to three major technological elements to sustainable aviation. They include:
- Continuing to develop aircraft and engine design and technology in a relentless pursuit of improvements in fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.
- Supporting the commercialization of sustainable, alternate aviation fuels. Around 185,000 commercial flights have already proven that today’s aircraft are ready to use them.
- Developing radically new aircraft and propulsion technology and accelerating technologies that will enable the ‘third generation’ of aviation.
“Other factors, such as efficient air traffic management and aircraft routing that minimizes fuel consumption also have a vital part to play. Our industry has demonstrated significant progress on reducing noise and other environmental impacts and will continue to do so,” it states.