Each year, airlines use 205 million tons of fuel.  At any given time, there could be as many as 13,000 planes in the air at one time.  Fuel costs can account for as much as 20 percent of an airline’s operating expenses.  From 2012 to 2016, an additional 28.5 percent increase in ridership was forecasted.  As ridership continues to grow, aircraft manufacturers and the aviation community are targeting fuel efficiency as the key to lowering carbon emissions.   The International Civil Aviation Organization convened in Montreal recently to draft a proposal aimed at lowering airlines’ carbon emissions. 

What does the agreement do?

A total of 191 nations signed on to an agreement to regulate carbon emissions.  Using 2020 as a benchmark, the aviation industry will lower carbon emissions by 80 percent through 2035.  Airlines exceeding their designated threshold will buy credits from other entities.  During the initial stages, participation in the program will be voluntary.  By 2027, all major countries with larger aviation industries will be required to participate.

Aircraft manufacturers to focus

Aircraft manufacturers are proactively exploring opportunities to improve fuel efficiency.  In focusing on engine components and mechanical components, aircraft manufacturers will be able to support their customer’s goals to achieve lower carbon emissions.  Ceramic composites have been used to coat aircraft blade components due to their high ductility and improved durability.  Engine component manufacturers have experimented with system components for engines, incorporating a gear into their engine system design.  The aircraft manufacturer anticipates fuel savings by as much as 16 percent for aircrafts featuring this engine design.

Dixien, LLC, a manufacturer of components for aviation OEMs, understands the challenges of the airline industry.  As a supplier of engine components for the airline industry, Dixien, LLC believes that it must do its part to support innovation in the airline industry.