Manufacturing companies are constantly challenged to reach higher levels of sustainability. For some, that task is easier said than done. However, Airbus, a major aircraft manufacturer, has taken the proper steps to begin the push for a more ecological aerospace industry.
Airbus has established the Airbus Composite Recycling Advisory Board, which will introduce the company’s vision, strategy, objectives, as well as a roadmap for recycling and reusing composite materials. The company has been planning several programs that will focus on the technology behind recycling carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites.
Within 2020 to 2025, Airbus plans to target 95 percent of CFRP processed wastes for this recycling channel. Of that amount, they are hoping to actually recycle up to five percent of the waste and repurpose in back into the aerospace sector.
The idea to create the Airbus Composite Recycling Advisory Board stemmed from the company’s commitment to a sustainable future in aviation. Using recycled materials will ultimately reduce the environmental impact throughout the entire life-cycle of the aircraft.