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SUSTAINABILITY

a clear ambition.

SUSTAINABILITY IS AT THE HEART OF OUR BUSINESS

For more than four decades, CFM International has invested in technologies to make our engines cleaner, quieter, and more efficient. Ever more sustainable products: with each new engine model, from the ubiquitous CFM56 family, through to the very latest generation of LEAP engines, CFM has continuously introduced technologies that have significantly improved fuel efficiency, lowered CO2 and NOx emissions, and reduced noise. Although all CFM products comply with the highest standards set by ICAO*, we are committed to do even more.

CONTINUAL EVOLUTION


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-20% CO2
1984

We believe there is a clear path to get us where we need to be; our industry has been constantly improving fuel efficiency, noise, and emissions as better and better technology has been developed.

GAËL MÉHEUST, CEO/PRESIDENT, CFM

INDUSTRY COMMITMENT


Aviation was the first industry to collectively commit to reducing emissions, with a clear path to achieving its goals. CFM proactively contributes to the sustainable development of aviation.

Safran is one of the founders and leaders of Clean Sky, Europe’s largest research program. Clean Sky is developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing aircraft CO2, gas emissions, and noise levels. GE’s Avio Aero also contributed to Clean Sky, providing engine modules integrated by Safran in a successful demonstrator engine test in 2017.

In the past decade, GE has been part of both phases of the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program, in collaboration with the U.S, Federal Aviation Administration and National Aeronautics & Space Administration. CLEEN projects develop technologies that will reduce noise, emissions, and fuel burn and enable the aviation industry to expedite integration of these technologies into current and future aircraft.

In 2008, as a funding member, CFM was a signatory of the landmark Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Commitment to Action on Climate Change that laid out the strategic vision for aviation’s sustainable development, including the goal of reducing net carbon emissions by 50% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.

REACHING FAR INTO THE FUTURE

The goal of carbon-neutral aviation calls for proactive, globally cohesive public policies. CFM is working closely with the entire industry to ensure that we achieve this objective together.

TECHNOLOGICAL APPROACH


40%

reduction net carbon emissions

Reducing fuel consumption is the number-one way to cut CO2 emissions. From its very beginnings, CFM products have reduced carbon emissions by 40% to date. Today, we are actively investing in innovative new technologies that will bring even further reductions in the future. More than 50% of our research and development investment goes toward meeting this goal.

Key Technology Objectives


Design and develop new technologies with a focus on continuously improving engine efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.The next generation of CFM engines will deliver up to a 20% improvement in both compared to today's LEAP engine family.

Support the commercial availability of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and ensure that future engines are compatible with 100 percent SAF integration. The company began testing SAF in 2006. Since then, customers have conducted more than 300,000 flights powered by sustainable fuels.

Accelerate the development of radical new propulsion technologies that will pave the way for third-generation aircraft, with:

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Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

We believe that broader adoption of SAF is the best approach to reduce carbon emissions immediately; it has the potential to reduce aviation net carbon emissions up to 80%, independent of other actions.

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Hybrid-Electric / Electric

Realizing the potential benefits of hybrid electric requires advancement of the state of the art for power generation, energy storage, and propulsor technology.

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Hydrogen

While promising, liquid hydrogen does present challenges. Its use will require extensive long-term investments by airlines, airports, and aircraft and engine manufacturers.

FACILITIES AND PEOPLE


Ensuring that tomorrow’s engines support sustainable aviation growth also means considering the engine’s entire footprint over its entire service lifecycle. Through its parent companies:

CFM builds sustainability into all its core business activities. We’re committed to designing, producing, operating, and servicing products that have a minimal impact on people and the planet throughout their entire lifecycle.

*International Civil Aviation Organization