The aeronautics industry is committed to contributing to the collective effort to protect the environment, particularly given projected growth in air traffic (forecast to increase two-fold from 18,000 to 36,000 aircraft between 2000 and 2020).
ACARE, the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe, has defined highly ambitious goals which we, at Dassault Aviation, support:
- Cut perceived noise in half (representing a reduction of 20 decibels on take-offs and landings combined),
- Cut CO2 emissions in half,
- Reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions five-fold,
- Reduce the environmental impact of aircraft production and withdrawal from service.
These goals naturally follow on from the reductions achieved thanks to technological progress made over the last forty years: improvements to engine efficiency, aerodynamics and aircraft weight have reduced:
- Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 70%,
- Sound nuisance by 90%.
Thanks to these improvements, the global environmental impact of the aeronautical sector is today relatively modest:
- Aeronautics only accounts for 2% of human CO2 production.
- Taking all uses into account, jet fuel accounts for 6% of the world’s oil consumption, that is approximately 180 million metric tons per year for over two billion passengers and 500 billion metric tons of cargo.
Benchmark: per passenger and per kilometer, fuel consumption of a modern airplane is similar to that of a car, although it travels at a much higher speed.
By combining technological progress (engines, fuels and aerodynamics), future generations of “green” aircraft should meet the ACARE goals, particularly if they fly in a more optimized airspace.
Dassault Aviation’s commitment to environmental protection led it to sign the United Nations Global Compact in 2003.
Since July 24, 2008 Dassault Aviation has been a member of the French Council for Civil Aeronautics Research (CORAC) created following the Grenelle Environment Forum. This Council defines and implements technology research and innovation actions both to achieve the European goals set for 2020 and to strengthen industry competitiveness.
Dassault Aviation is also a founding member of the IAEG (International Aerospace Environmental Group) created in 2011 to encourage and facilitate consideration for the environment by the global aeronautical supply chain.
An ISO14001-based policy
Since obtaining ISO 14001 certification in 2007, the Company has placed greater emphasis on the environmental impacts of our operations at every stage in the product lifecycle, from aircraft design to dismantling.
In line with the principles of the ISO 14001 environmental standard, our policy has three key focuses:
- Ongoing improvement of our plants’ and products’ environmental performances,
- Compliance with European, national and local environmental regulations,
- Preventing risks of pollution and environmental accidents.
Dassault Aviation’s priorities in the three focus areas
- Pursue our eco-design efforts, especially through our participation in the European Clean Sky program and the introduction of an eco-design plan for 2020;
- Gradually roll out Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) tools, from design through to aircraft end of life;
- Develop concepts and technologies to prepare the next-generation commercial aircraft, more respectful of the environment;
- Bolster efforts to develop materials and processes with reduced environmental impact;
- Maintain efforts to limit the environmental impact of production;
- Pursue work to replace the most environmentally-harmful chemicals;
- Consolidate our environmental initiatives in support services, especially aircraft dismantling;
- Encourage our industrial subcontractors to take action for the environment;
- Pursue measures to mitigate and manage environmental risks at our plants;
- Comply with environmental regulations.
In accordance with article 75 of the Grenelle 2 Law, Dassault Aviation publishes its second greenhouse gas balance sheet for the financial year report concerned 2014.
- Download the document : Inventaire des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (.pdf)
This balance sheet takes into account direct Greenhouse Gas emissions associated with sites and Company-owned vehicles (scope 1), and indirect emissions associated with purchased electricity (scope 2).