US, Euro chiefs unite behind ICAO on environment

Industry leaders from the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) exchanged views on a variety of topics at this year’s Farnborough Air Show, ranging from CO2 certification and biofuels to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme.

CEOs of some of the largest and most influential aerospace companies on both sides of the Atlantic discussed impacts of ETS implementation for industries on a global basis.  Starting in 2013, airlines will have to pay the EU for CO(2) emissions from all flights that depart or arrive in the EU – including portions of flights flown outside EU airspace.

Commercial jet aircraft are more than 70 per cent more fuel efficient than aircraft of the 1970s.  Even so, the civil aviation industry has committed to far greater reductions. Manufacturers are working with the International Civil Aviation Organization – the UN body tasked with finding a global framework for reducing international aviation’s CO2 emissions – to create a CO2 standard for future aircraft. In addition, ICAO is working with industry on a framework and roadmap for a global transition to satellite navigation and digital communication.

“Aircraft manufacturers spend billions to make new airplane models more efficient,” said Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg.  “Modernizing air traffic management globally will make today’s existing fleets 12 per cent more efficient – an enormous step forward in our quest to reduce fuel burn and emissions.”

“Our industry is faced with a number of challenges, both home and abroad,” said David Hess, Chairman of the Board of Governors of AIA and President of Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation. “This meeting was both productive and necessary to address the issue of the EU’s ETS. A global problem requires a global solution for a global industry.”

Klaus Eberhardt, President of ASD and CEO of Rheinmetall AG added, “We call on the EU to work with the international community through ICAO to address reduction of aviation emissions on a global basis.  We stand with our transatlantic partners in the effort to find a unified and comprehensive solution.”

Industry leaders included: ASD: Klaus Eberhardt, President of ASD and CEO of Rheinmetall AG Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO, Safran SA Michael von Gizycki, Secretary-General of ASD

AIA: David Hess, Chairman of the Board of Governors of AIA and President of Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation Dennis Muilenburg, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security Scott Donnelly, Chairman, President and CEO of Textron Inc. Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of AIA

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