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Aviation industry must act fast on climate change: Airbus chief

by Staff Writers
London (AFP) March 13, 2008
The aviation industry must act quickly to lower its own carbon emissions or face government regulation, the chief executive of European plane company Airbus wrote in a comment piece Thursday.

Writing in The Guardian daily, Tom Enders said that this year was a "moment of truth for aviation" where the industry could either take "significant action together ... or as the time we lost control of our destiny and left it to others to 'solve' our challenges for us."

Enders acknowledged that the industry had "to do a lot more" but added that it had "also been doing a bad job at communicating both our progress on the environment and the fundamental role that aviation now plays in the world economy."

"It is essential that we rise to the environmental challenge or, as an industry, we can fully expect that regulatory authorities and governments will take matters into their own hands," he wrote.

"We must come together and move to the forefront of eco-efficiency. We must and we can."

He said that European industry targets of cutting CO2 emissions by 50 percent, nitrous oxides by 80 percent and noise by 50 percent by 2020 compared to technologies available in 2000 were "within reach".

Airbus announced earlier this month that it suffered an operating loss of 881 million euros (1.4 billion dollars) last year despite record orders for its aircraft, forcing parent company EADS into the red.

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Northrop, EADS to invest 600 mln dlrs in Alabama site
Washington (AFP) March 7, 2008
Northrop Grumman and its European partner EADS, the winners of a US Air Force tanker contract a week ago, will invest 600 million dollars in an Alabama plant where the planes will be assembled, the head of EADS's subsidiary Airbus said Friday.







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