[photopress:airbus.jpg,full,alignright]Airbus China has called on its partners, suppliers and other key players in the aviation industry in China to share its vision to jointly build a green aviation industry. While this is not a PR exercise it is very much preaching to the converted for the aviation industry, in a sense, has led the field in this area. Still a further declaration of intent will do no harm.
Rainer Ohler, Airbus senior vice president for public affairs and communications (think of him as the Airbus PR), addressing the China Eco-efficiency Conference, said a green industry must be the vision for the future of aviation. He said this will be conducive to the long-term and sustainable growth of the industry and China’s economy.
Rainer Ohler said, ‘There is not one simple solution but cross-industry and international cooperation are the way forward.’
Airbus is preparing to meet the ISO 14001 environment management systems in Airbus China soon. Airbus China has also been awarded a prize by the government of Beijing’s Shunyi district for its achievements in water saving in 2007.
Feng Yan, an official with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, said, ‘We fully support Airbus’ efforts and encourage Chinese aviation enterprises to contribute to an eco-efficient aviation industry.’
China has set goals of reducing energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 20%, and cutting total emissions of major pollutants by 10% by 2010.
This is not an impossible target to reach and, indeed, in some areas of the aviation industry has been met year after year from more than a decade.
Source: People’s Daily Online