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Does the Aircraft Emissions Standard Fall Short?

The first-ever global emissions standard for commercial aircraft — years in the making — moved closer to takeoff this week as the United Nation’s aviation body proposed carbon pollution limits for airplanes. The International Civil Aviation Organization did not release details of its proposal. But that hasn’t stopped the aviation … Read more »

Airbus Using Bees to Monitor Environmental Footprint

Airbus is using bees to help analyze the environmental footprint of its operations at Finkenwerder Airport in Hamburg, Germany, by keeping them on-site and analyzing their honey, according to the company. The bees collect pollen and nectar from plants across an approximately 12-square-kilometer area around the airport. The honey that … Read more »

Airbus Sets Carbon Fiber Recycling Goal

Airbus has set a target to recycle 95 percent of its carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) manufacturing process wastes by 2020-2025, with 5 percent of those waste products being recycled back into the aerospace sector. To achieve this goal, Airbus has set up the Airbus Composite Recycling Advisory Board. The board … Read more »

Aerospace Production Technology Cuts Waste, Carbon Footprint

Aerospace Production Technology Cuts Waste, Carbon Footprint

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), an aerospace production technology, has the potential to build light, sustainable parts and reduce a company’s carbon footprint, according to a study by EOS and Airbus Group Innovations, previously EADS Innovation Works. The environmental lifecycle assessment compared rapid investment casting with metal laser sintering to … Read more »

Airbus A350 XWB

Airbus’ Fuel-Efficient Jets Fly into Boeing Territory

Airbus has received a $9.5 billion order from Japan Airlines for 31 fuel-efficient A350 jets (pictured), the New York Times reports. The planes will likely replace Boeing 777s — and signal a larger problem for Boeing, which has traditionally dominated the Japanese market, aviation analysts tell the newspaper. Boeing’s Dreamliner … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota Hybrid Recalls, Volvo in China, Cargill’s Eco-Combi Trucks

Toyota has announced voluntary safety recalls of about 133,000 Highlander Hybrid (pictured) and Lexus RX 400h vehicles built between 2006 and 2010, and 2006 and 2008, respectively. Transistors within the hybrid system’s inverter assembly can experience heat damage due to variations in characteristics of the transistors’ parallel circuits, Toyota says. … Read more »

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

How Will Boeing’s Woes Affect Airlines’ Fuel-Efficiency Quest?

The most recent Boeing 787 Dreamliner fire, coupled with other safety concerns, will slow “the introduction of some lightweight innovations for fuel efficiency,” Lux Research analyst Cosmin Laslau tells Environmental Leader. In the latest in a string of unfortunate incidents for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, an airplane operated by Ethiopian … Read more »

Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Paris Air Show: Boeing, Airbus Debut Fuel-Efficient Jets

The 2013 Paris Air Show opened this week with a flurry of announcements from Boeing and Airbus about their fuel-efficient planes, the Airbus A350 and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, the first commercial jets to be made with lightweight carbon composites. Boeing yesterday launched the 787-10 Dreamliner (pictured) and said it has … Read more »

Amtrak advanced technology electric locomotive

Green Fleet: Amtrak, Airbus and Dell, Tesla and Google

Amtrak says the first of 70 advanced technology electric locomotives (pictured) being built by Siemens began rolling off the assembly line yesterday. The first units of the $466 million order will be field tested this summer for entry into revenue service in the fall. The new locomotives will operate on … Read more »

Airbus: Global Growth Spurs Demand for Fuel-Efficient Aircraft

Airbus: Global Growth Spurs Demand for Fuel-Efficient Aircraft

Airbus forecasts that global passenger traffic will grow at an average annual rate of 4.7 percent in the next 20 years, during which some 10,350 aircraft will be replaced by new fuel efficient models. Airbus’ latest global market forecast identifies the need for 28,200 passenger and freighter aircraft of 100 … Read more »

China’s $4bn Airbus Order Marks First Since Emissions Spat Began

China yesterday agreed to buy 50 Airbus planes from Franco-German parent company EADS in a deal worth up to $4 billion, the first major order since an emissions trading dispute erupted earlier this year between the European Union and Beijing. State-owned airline ICBC signed an agreement with EADS during Chancellor … Read more »

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