Industry EASA certifies A330neo for new CO2 emission standards

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has released, that its A330neo has been certified by the EASA for new CO2 emission standards.

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As first widebody aircraft generally, the Airbus A330neo has been certified for new CO2 emission standards by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It is a new milestone for Airbus and the A330neo will meet all regulations set by the ICAO for post-2028 operations.

The new requirement was adopted back in 2017 and was developed by the Committee on Aviation Environmental protection (CAEP) from the ICAO. It complements existing aircraft´s noise and engine emissions standards and has to be applied not only on newly certified aircraft, but on In-Production aircraft too.

By January 2028, all aircraft being produced have to comply with these ICAO CO2 standards. That Airbus is the first manufacturer worldwide to achieve this certification for one of its aircraft underlines the company´s ambitions for a greener environment in the future.

Simone Rauer, Airbus’ Head of Aviation Environmental Roadmap confirmed: “Airbus is proud to be the first commercial aircraft manufacturer to receive EASA certification for ICAO’s new CO2 emissions requirement. ICAO standards are important elements of the global ICAO action plan to regulate emissions from aircraft and engines and to help ensure a level playing-field in the industry.”

EASA was one of the first aviation authorities in the world to implement the CO2 requirements for aircraft certification. With this latest experience, Airbus hopes to use their knowledge to contribute to improving further developing standards in the future.

In due course, all other airliner products from Airbus will receive the certification for the new standard. To work together will be an integral part for the aviation industry going forward. As the new generation of aircraft is slowly being implemented into operations, it is important to ensure that the environmental impact of those aircraft is as little as possible.

Big aircraft manufacturers have a pivotal responsibility to ensure that future generations will be able to travel as green as possible. As more and more aircraft are being ordered and delivered, the pressure on the aviation industry to do their part in reducing CO2 emissions becomes stronger. It is important to have these requirements in place, even though air travel “only” represents 2,8% of all global CO2-emissions.

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