CFM Joins Aviation Leaders in Signing Declaration on Climate Change
GENEVA, March 22, 2012 -- CFM International, along with other key aviation leaders, today co-signed a declaration to broaden the industry's commitment to action on climate change with a goal to advance and strengthen the interdependent pillars of sustainable development.
For more than 35 years, CFM has introduced revolutionary technologies to improve engine performance. With the CFM56 engine family, the company has established a track record of continuous innovation and improvement that has helped set new performance standards. This tradition will continue with the introduction of the advanced LEAP engine family. This engine will help establish even higher standards for aircraft engine noise and emissions without any compromise in economics, giving operators better fuel efficiency and the lowest operating costs.
"For each old aircraft replaced, our LEAP engine can eliminate as much as 11,000tons of CO2 emissions per year, depending on the age of the engines being replaced," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. "We are proud of that achievement, but this isn't about CFM. This is a bottom-line result that is indicative of the sustained contribution that engine manufacturers have made over the past 40 years."
CFM's on-going investment in engine technologies will help support the industry's commitment to meet the 2020 goal of carbon-neutral growth. At the same time, CFM is also working on longer-term technologies, including engine architectures like the open rotor, which could help address the ambitious target of a 50% reduction in carbon emission by 2050.
"Today's declaration, by bringing together thought leaders from across the industry,will support a global collaborative structure that can accelerate our collective ability to meet the environmental challenges of the future," said Ebanga. "We know that this kind of global partnership is critical, and we are happy to lend our full support and expertise to theATAG initiatives."
CFM56 and LEAP engines are products of CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between Snecma (Safran group) and GE. CFM, the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 23,000 engines to date and the fleet has achieved more than 575 million flight hours as the most reliable engines in the air.
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