Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Louis Gallois is targeting that by 2020, all new Airbus aircraft entering the market would produce 50% less CO2 and 80% less NOx than levels in 2000. Airbus will also revisit fuel cell and hydrogen technology to power ground operations at airports.
To support this, Airbus will increase its Research and Technology budget by 25%, starting in 2008.
Airbus will also target an 30% reduction in company energy consumption. The company said it will be announcing specific proposals within the next couple of months.
Gallois called for the aviation sector, suppliers and governments to work toward an “eco-efficient” aviation industry.