Reducing our environmental footprint is key to achieving economic growth and sustainable development. Airbus is preparing itself for both long-term and rapid changes.
Working for sustainable consumption
Airbus is evolving in an environment which is increasingly more populated, more urban, has scarcer resources, more air pollution, with overall greater pressure on ecosystems and a changing climate.
The updated environmental policy provides a clear and common guidance to all employees on the Group’s vision related to environmental topics: eco-efficiency and innovation as drivers to improve our environmental footprint, continuous progress and anticipation to meet current and future environmental challenges, and stakeholders engagement towards a more sustainable business.
Our industrial facilities are being modernised to reduce CO2 emissions for better air quality and lower energy consumption, while new eco-efficient manufacturing practices and lean processes are cutting waste and water consumption. At Airbus, we’re employing our technology to better understand and help preserve our home planet.
Each year our environmental impacts are measured and reported on. Through company-wide projects and employee commitment, we are continuously reducing our energy use, CO2 emission, production of waste, consumption of water and emission of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
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Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse: a model of sustainability
Airbus manufacturing locations around the world employ a mixture of construction and power solutions to reduce energy consumption, from photovoltaic cells to biomass boilers and rain harvesters.
Find out more about the headquarters of the Company in Toulouse and the largest installation of geothermal heat and air-conditioning systems of its kind in Europe.
Spotlight on: algae biofuel
A cutting-edge technology centre sponsored by Airbus opened its doors in 2015 on the Ludwig Bölkow Campus near Munich, Germany, to optimise production of biofuel from algae.
Algal oil is extracted from algae grown on the premesis, which is then transformed into biokerosene using an innovative thermochemical process. The end product is chemically equivalent to the kerosene currently produced from petroleum, so it can be used to power an aircraft. Introduction of biokerosene could reduce current CO2 emissions for the industry by between 30 to 40%.
Aerospace technology for sustainable manufacturing and production
Satellite services like FARMSTAR help thousands of farmers achieve a more effective and sustainable production of crops, while we are exploring technologies to address the issue of space debris. At a manufacturing level we are using bionic 3D printing to buid stronger and more lightweight aircraft components - a groundbreaking development for a sector in which less weight equals less fuel consuption.
Our commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals
We are directly contributing to many of the Sustainable Development Goals launched by United Nations in 2015. You can click on each goal to find out more about our involvement.
Environment & Sustainability
Airbus incorporates social and environmental values in its core strategy and operations.