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Reducing carbon: one ship at a time

When discussing Airbus, ships are not typically the first thing that comes to mind. However, in the context of sustainability measures, our focus may need to shift. While we often emphasise the end product, it's crucial to recognise the significance of production. With this perspective, Airbus has chosen to address the transportation of aircraft parts between its production facilities, opting for low-emission vessels equipped with wind-assisted propulsion.

These vessels operate on routes between France and Alabama and are expected to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. The goal is to decrease emissions from the current 68,000 tonnes to 33,000 tonnes by 2030, marking a tangible achievement in the fight against climate change.

The company selected to build these innovative vessels, Louis Dreyfs Armateurs, has detailed their propulsion system, which includes a combination of six Flettner rotors. These rotors are large rotating cylinders that harness wind power to generate lift. Furthermore, advanced routing software will be employed to maximise efficiency by optimising wind propulsion and reducing oceanic drag.

For more detailed information on this groundbreaking technology, we encourage you to follow this link.


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