The CO2 Standard…
- Airbus has welcomed the International Civil Aviation Organization’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. / CO2 Standard /
Producing More CO2 Efficient Aircraft… / CO2 Standard
- 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 organizations and airworthiness authorities. / CO2 Standard /
The Metric System… / CO2 Standard
- Boeing has commended on the agreement reached by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection on the metric system which will support the carbon dioxide (CO2) standard being developed for aircraft. Teams from ICAO’s member states, the aerospace industry and non-governmental organizations have worked extensively on the development of the CO2 standard since it was directed by ICAO in 2010.
- “This is a tremendous achievement by the committee that has worked so diligently the past several years to reach agreement on the CO2 standard and metric system that supports it,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Environment and Aviation Policy Billy Glover. “Our industry continues to advocate for global standards for aviation emissions developed through ICAO because the process works; this achievement is proof-positive.”
- The metric system defines how an aircraft’s CO2 emissions can be evaluated in a method relevant to how aircraft are operated. It is based on fuel burn performance at three different cruise conditions. To address the wide variety of aircraft sizes, the metric accounts for the fuselage geometry and the maximum aircraft takeoff weight. / CO2 Standard /
A Commitment To Carbon-Neutral Growth… / CO2 Standard
- The metric system agreement, which was reached this week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is a major milestone on the path to finalizing an ICAO CO2 standard. The aerospace industry has already committed to continued efficiency improvements through enhanced design, operational efficiencies and airspace redesign, and the introduction of sustainable alternative fuels. Not only are aircraft 70 percent more fuel efficient than 50 years ago, but the industry has also committed to carbon-neutral growth from 2020 forward. / CO2 Standard /
The ICAO… / CO2 Standard
- ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States. / CO2 Standard /
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