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Aerospace companies team up on environmental issues

Global – Major aircraft and engine manufacturers have formed an organisation called the International Aerospace Environment Group (IAEG), chaired by Boeing, with the goal of establishing environmental guidelines for the aerospace supply chain.

The 11 founding members are: Airbus and EADS, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Dassault Aviation, Embraer, GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman, Rolls-Royce, SAFRAN, United Technologies Corp.  and Zodiac Aerospace.

Mary Armstrong, Boeing’s Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety, explains: ‘Their first priority is to create a consistent process for suppliers to list the chemicals used in manufacturing aerospace components. This is a huge task. At Boeing alone, we have over 100 000 material safety data sheets. Inside those substances can be several different chemicals. Identifying and putting what we call a “chemical bill of material” around our supply chain products is a big challenge. Once it’s in place, we will know the chemical composition of every part coming into our factories, our airline and government customers will know that, and when it comes time for recycling and salvage, [recyclers] will know the chemical composition of every part you deal with.’

The IAEG has been created to: promote the development of voluntary consensus standards addressing environmental concerns, such as chemical material declarations and reporting requirements; and create a forum for dialogue on industry optional approaches for implementation of environmental requirements. Companies active in the aerospace industry are eligible for membership of the group.

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