Bombardier Aviation’s Global 7500 has become the first business jet to receive an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) through The International EPD System. Third-party verified to international ISO standards (ISO 14025 and related—for Type III environmental declarations), the EPD discloses detailed environmental information about the Global 7500’s lifecycle, such as CO2 emissions, noise, water consumption, and other key environmental impact indicators. Based in Sweden, The International EPD System has a library of published EPDs for products from 31 countries in an effort to foster transparency about environmental lifecycles.
“We are proud to collaborate with Bombardier in its effort to provide full transparency about the environmental performance of its Global 7500 jet from a lifecycle perspective,” said Sebastiaan Stiller, director of business for The International EPD System. “With the publication of the first business jet EPD in our system, Bombardier is striving to provide customers and stakeholders with the full environmental picture.”
Bombardier called the publication of the Global 7500 EPD an important milestone in the company’s environmental sustainability strategy, which also has involved the increased adoption of sustainable alternative fuels (SAF), a reduction it is CO2 footprint, expanded aircraft recyclability, and the further sustainable sourcing.
The publication of the EPD is an outgrowth of efforts that Bombardier incorporated throughout the development of the Global 7500, the company said. In a first for the company, a Bombardier Eco-Design team applied product innovation lifecycle processes throughout the development process to ensure that the ultra-long-range business jet minimizes its impact on the environment from design to the aircraft’s end-of-life. This involved a focus on involved health, safety, and environmental considerations during design, production, support, and end-of-life. In addition, this approach involved years of collaboration with the supply chain.
Operational lifecycles, including an evaluation of noise and fuel burn, are considered. Further, Bombardier considered recyclability and recovery rates for end-of-life, reporting that material recycling and energy recovery aggregate to an 85 percent recoverability rate by weight for the Global 7500.
“The EPD for the Global 7500 business jet embodies Bombardier’s commitment both to the environment and to the sustainable advancement of the aviation industry,” said Bombardier Aviation president David Coleal. “We are thrilled to offer a comprehensive environmental footprint and performance overview of the Global 7500 throughout its lifecycle. By making this information available to our stakeholders, including operators, this EPD supports the business aviation industry’s broader approach to fight climate change through clear, transparent goals and associated multipronged plans that encompass technology and sustainable fuels.”