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April 20, 2019

The Importance of Sustainability in Aircraft Hangars

Becoming sustainable and environmentally-friendly is no longer just a concern for certain industries.

According to NASA, 18 of the 19 warmest years have all been recorded since 2001 and 2016 is the highest in terms of warmth.

If the global temperature trends continue, you can expect to see more extreme temperatures being tallied along with problematic weather patterns being observed, and the amount of ice being reduced.

Animals and plants are already being affected by the changes to the global temperatures and the effects will likely be even more pronounced if trends are not reversed sooner rather than later.

Things have long passed the point where only certain industries need to be concerned with the environment. The aviation industry, for one, needs to follow more sustainable practices as well.

Why the Aviation Industry Needs to Be Checked Now

According to a study published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in 2016, the aviation industry accounts for about two percent of global carbon emissions.

The same study notes that airports emit about 0.1 percent of global carbon emissions. The study does acknowledge that 0.1 percent is not a particularly high number. However, that figure could increase significantly if left unchecked especially since airports are only expected to grow in the coming years.

Global carbon emissions have gotten out of hand in the first place due in large part to industries remaining unchecked as they continued to grow. By the time certain industries were recognized as big polluters, they were already overgrown and it became difficult to police them.

Airports, and by extension aircraft hangars, have not gotten to that point just yet. That is precisely why companies must take action now to prevent a larger problem from manifesting itself in the future.

The Aircraft Hangar: An Area of Concern

As The Energy Management Exhibition points out, making aircraft hangars sustainable and more energy-efficient is not easy to do given the unique challenges they present.

Because hangar doors are often opened, efficiently maintaining temperature is not easy.  Providing adequate heating and cooling for the different sections and contents of hangars is also difficult given how those structures operate.

You will be glad to know that certain airlines have already taken action though and they are doing what they can to make their hangars more sustainable and energy-efficient.

Leaders in the Industry

Boeing has put forth numerous energy-saving measures and they are already yielding some impressive results.

23 Boeing sites have already significantly reduced their energy consumption, with 12 locations saving more than 10 percent. Those energy savings are said to be enough to power right around 4,000 average homes for a year.

Emirates has similarly established their own sustainability guidelines. The company has stated that it has cut around 800 tons of carbon dioxide annually after instituting those changes.

Those companies have shown that being more sustainable and efficient in the aviation industry is indeed possible and more airlines need to follow in their footsteps.

The members of the aviation industry can do a lot to cut down significantly on their carbon emissions. As you have just read, some companies have already demonstrated as much and it is time for more companies to follow suit. By improving the aircraft hangar, airlines can already do so much to help improve the current condition of the world. There is no excuse for them to continue dragging their feet on this matter.

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