Williamsport, PA, USA - September 30, 2015 - Lycoming Engines, an operating division of Avco Corporation, has been included as part of the Aviation Climate Solutions collection of 100 examples of how the aviation industry is collaborating to cut carbon dioxide emissions and help reduce its impact on climate change. Lycoming received this recognition for its ion nitriding project, which enabled the company to significantly reduce its environmental impact versus the previous process.
Michael Gill, Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group, a cross-industry association that published the report, said, “Aviation plays a vital role in the world economy, providing connectivity for people and business. Our industry has also taken a lead in climate action, putting in place a comprehensive framework and goals to reduce emissions from air transport. The Aviation Climate Solutions are a set of case studies showing how different parts of the industry all over the world, including Lycoming Engines, are working together to reduce our climate impact.”
Lycoming’s ion nitriding project eliminated hazardous waste streams, reduced emissions and improved production efficiency. The project also included the construction of a more energy-efficient facility within the manufacturing plant to house the new processes. Some of the project’s measurable environmental impacts include:
Reduction of annual CO2 emissions by 1.2 million pounds
Reduction of annual electricity usage by 110,000 kWh
Reduction of annual water consumption by 400,000 gallons
“Lycoming is committed to reducing our climate impact, and the implementation of our ion nitriding project is representative of that commitment. We are pleased that this project has been recognized as an Aviation Climate Solution, and it is our hope that other companies will work to make positive changes to benefit our environment,” stated Michael Kraft, Lycoming Engines Senior Vice President and General Manager.
Aviation Climate Solutions was released at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, alongside an open letter from industry chief executives
which reaffirms the industry’s commitment to climate action; and calls on governments to support it with the development of a global market-based measure for aviation emissions, improved efficiency in air traffic management and accelerating research for alternative fuels and new technology.
In 2008, the aviation sector became the first to set global goals to proactively manage its climate change impact. The industry will stabilize its net CO2 emissions from 2020 through a concept called carbon-neutral growth, whereby traffic would continue to rise to meet the demands of society and the economy, but growth would be offset through a global market-based measure. The longer-term goal is to actually reduce net CO2 emissions from aviation to half of what they were in 2005, by 2050.
Lycoming Engines specializes in engineering, manufacture, service and support of piston aircraft engines. With a factory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lycoming piston engines power more than half of the world's general aviation fleet - both rotary-wing and fixed-wing and also provides engines for military training schools and other specialized applications. Lycoming Engines is an operating division of Avco Corporation. More information is available at www.lycoming.com.
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