Fighting against climate change
Safran focuses on two main areas to limit the emissions of greenhouse gases that are largely responsible for climate change: product design and our production facilities.
According to the Kyoto Protocol, industrialized countries have to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 5% in relation to 1990. The European Union, including France, has pledged to reduce emissions by 20 to 30% by 2020. The United States recently announced a climate and energy bill that would reduce these emissions by 20% by 2020, and by up to 83% in 2050, versus 2005. Like any industrial enterprise, Safran has to meet a dual challenge: on one hand, address climate change and the increasing scarcity of fossil-based energy sources, and on the other reduce its emissions by integrating all aspects of the production and operation of its products.
We have set clear objectives for our plants: reduce our carbon footprint (in CO2 equivalent) by 15%, and our energy consumption by 5% (which could also involve using renewable energies) by 2012.
Air travel accounts for about 2% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human activities, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Research & Technology efforts at Safran are largely focused on designing less fuel-hungry engines and lighter aircraft systems and equipment, in order to decrease fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, while also working on renewable fuels, such as biofuels. This research aims to identify technological breakthroughs that will enable our products to meet the environmental challenge.More