Airbus’ new transatlantic fleet to feature lower-emission boats. By 2030, the new fleet will generate 50% fewer CO2 emissions than 2023.
Airbus will renew the entire fleet of chartered vessels that transport aircraft subassemblies between production facilities in Europe and the United States with three modern, low-emission roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessels, supported by wind-assisted propulsion.
Airbus has commissioned shipowner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs to build, own, and operate these new, highly efficient vessels that will enter into service in 2026.
The new fleet is expected to reduce annual transatlantic CO2 emissions from 68,000 to 33,000 tonnes by 2030. This will contribute to Airbus’ commitment to reduce its overall industrial emissions by up to 63% by the end of the decade – compared to 2015 as the baseline year – in line with the 1.5°C pathway of the Paris Agreement.
Nicolas Chrétien, Head of Sustainability & Environment at Airbus, said:
“The renewal of our marine fleet is a major step forward in reducing our environmental impact. The latest generation of vessels proposed by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs are more fuel efficient than their predecessors, using cutting-edge technologies like wind-assisted propulsion. This demonstrates our determination to lead the way in decarbonizing our sector by innovating not just in aviation, but across all our industrial operations.”
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