Thu, Jul 21, 2011
Thirteen Thousand Planes Will Be Removed From Service In Next
In a speech Tuesday to the annual meeting of the Aircraft Fleet
Recycling Association (AFRA), Boeing vice president for
Environment, Health and Safety Mary Armstrong commended the
association for the way it enhances the company's ability to
deliver innovative environmental solutions throughout the life
cycle of its products, particularly in terms of end of service
options. This explains, she said, why the company values its
relationship with AFRA so highly.
In her keynote address, Armstrong emphasized the aerospace
industry's commitment to enhancing its environmental performance.
This includes developing fuel-efficient new aircraft like the 787
and 747-8, facilitating the development of sustainable biofuels
with the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions from
air travel, and developing innovative environmental solutions to
recycle aerospace products at the end of service.
"The aerospace industry is now viewed as part of the solution,"
Armstrong said, noting that aviation was the first industry to
present an emissions-reduction plan to the United Nations annual
climate change negotiations. "With leadership comes the
responsibility to step up to the next level."
The Boeing vice president stated that delivering improved
environmental stewardship to airplanes as they reach the end of
service is increasingly important to Boeing: more than 13,000
airplanes are expected to be removed from service in the next 20
years as newer generations of more efficient and environmental
proficient airplanes replace older ones. In this market scenario,
Boeing's relationship with AFRA becomes even more crucial.
Armstrong encouraged AFRA members to work closely with airplane
manufactures to develop new aerospace applications for parts and
materials recycled from airplanes at the end of their service
lives. Noting that Boeing is studying ways to recycle a wide
variety of materials, from aircraft carpeting to carbon fibers used
to create the next generation of commercial jetliners, Armstrong
told AFRA members, "We want to work with you. We want to develop
markets for recycled products together to help the aerospace
industry continue to grow, continue to innovate and continue to be
an environmental leader."
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