– Embraer presents its environmental projects at this year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, EBACE 2008, May 20-22, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Company has a strong and longstanding environmental commitment. For over ten years, it has been developing sustainability concepts, in order to ensure that its economic growth is achieved with environmental responsibility.
Embraer was the first aircraft manufacturer to receive ISO 14001 certification. It has elaborated a number of projects and initiatives that have delivered measurable results, such as solid waste recycling, water and energy consumption reduction, boiler and heater retrofitting with natural gas instead of fuel oil to reduce emissions, reforestation, and other programs.
The Company also developed and produces the Ipanema crop duster, which was the first aircraft in the world to run totally on bio-fuel (ethanol), awarded as one of the 50 most important inventions of 2005 by Scientific American magazine.
“Embraer is moving ahead in its efforts to develop sustainable industrial processes, as well as technologies that reduce the emissions of its jets. In addition, we are introducing an industry-first program especially developed to support our executive aviation customers who wish to voluntarily compensate for their green house gas emissions,” says Graciliano Campos, Embraer’s Environmental Strategies and Technologies Director.
The aviation industry accounts for eight percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and, according to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it emits two percent of all the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by human activity. Executive aviation is responsible for one percent of the total aviation emissions, or 0.02 percent of the total human-related carbon dioxide. Moreover, in 40 years, the aviation industry has reduced its emissions by 70 percent, by developing technologies and optimizing fuel consumption.
In order to help its executive jet customers compensate for carbon emissions, the Company will offer owners and operators a carbon offset module for the Embraer Executive Care (EEC) maintenance program. According to Maurício Aveiro, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support – Executive Jets, “In the EEC Embraer Carbon Offset (ECO) module, our customers will have the first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ‘tip-to-tail’ program to provide full carbon offset as simply and automatically as they have their airplane maintenance taken care of in the EEC program.”
About Embraer Executive Care
Embraer Executive Care (EEC) is a special support program developed to provide services and materials, optimize operating costs, and meet customer operational needs.
The EEC is one of the industry’s most comprehensive support programs for minimizing customer maintenance cost, overhead expenses, and capital expenditures, while providing a high level of operational readiness.
Embraer developed a distinctive solution, in line with its position as a market leader, to offer customers the following benefits:
• Enhanced aircraft availability, supported by an efficient spare parts distribution network;
• Predictable parts expenses and cost containment via an hourly rate program, for effective budgeting;
• Dedicated service center to perform main inspections and any necessary unscheduled maintenance;
• Services performed with original equipment and manufacturer-level quality;
• Freight and logistical coverage for material shipments to specified airports.
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On March 31, 2008, Embraer had a workforce of 23,878 employees and a firm order backlog of US$ 20.3 billion.
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