Facing today’s ecological challenges, Safran applies a strategy of reducing our environmental footprint, by designing more environmentally-friendly products and sustainably managing our production facilities. But also by its implication in the European program Clean Sky in which it participates since its launch, in 2008. The Group plays it a major role, in particular in the field of engines and aeronautical equipment.
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).
Eric Forterre / Safran
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.