Fighting climate change
The European Union and France have pledged to reduce greenhouse gases by 30%, by about 2020 – and by 75% in 2050 (objectives set by ACARE, the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe). The United States has a draft bill on climate and energy, aiming at a reduction of 20% by 2020, and up to 83% in 2050, versus the baseline of 2005.
We are facing a dual challenge today: to address both climate change and the increasing scarcity of fossil-based energy sources. We're doing our part at Safran by reducing our emissions, and offering solutions based on electric energy.
Air travel accounts for about 2% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human activities, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Research & Technology efforts at Safran therefore focus on several main areas:
- less fuel-hungry engines
- lighter aircraft equipment, contributing to the reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
- the use of alternative or renewable fuels (bio-fuels).
Measuring our carbon footprint
In 2008, Safran set up a system to measure our carbon footprint. Drawing on a reference base developed by the Sustainable Development department, it measures all greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the Group's activities.
In particular, the system:
- Measures emissions by area (energy, shipping, employee travel, waste, processes, etc.).
- Consolidates emissions by facility, company or Group-wide, to accurately track performance year to year.
- Sets up a system of performance indicators to help reduce our carbon footprint.