Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability

Contributing to Greener Skies

We strive to minimise our environmental footprint and are committed to ensuring that we conduct our operations efficiently to conserve resources and reduce waste.

Recognising that our customers place equal emphasis on environmental sustainability, we leverage our engineering and innovation expertise to develop solutions that are not only effective in meeting their needs, but are also sensitive to environmental concerns.

Read about our sustainability efforts and stories below.

Keeping Aircraft Engines Fuel Efficient

Our patented EcoPower aircraft engine wash system helps operators achieve significantly better performance recovery compared to the traditional wash methods.

Our customers typically wash their engines twice a year, using our solutions to keep them clean for low operating temperatures and optimal fuel efficiency. By utilising a closed-loop wash process, we collect and filter the water to produce pure, deionised water for reuse. Through this method, we maximise the use of water during each wash and generate only filter elements as waste.

Extending Life Cycle through Repurposing and Recycling

We give new lease of life to retired passenger aircraft by repurposing them into freighters. Our end-to-end solutions effectively extend the economic life of these aircraft, turning them into high performing freighters, helping customers to scale their operations, reduce costs and boost cargo capacity. Our conversion solutions comprising the Airbus A320/A321 and A330 family are also more technologically advanced and eco-friendly. 

We are currently working with industry specialists to look into increasing the rate of recycling and reusing retired aircraft. Apart from contributing to a more sustainable aircraft end-of-life process, recycling and reusing also provide operators economically attractive alternatives to brand new components and parts.

Reducing Waste with On-demand Printing

We help the industry work towards a waste-free future with our one-stop additive manufacturing solutions and growing digital library of airworthy parts. By enabling on-demand printing of cabin interior and aerospace replacement parts, we help operators reduce inventory holdings and waste in raw materials.

As printed components are generally lighter and stronger than those made using existing manufacturing methods, they can also help to improve fuel efficiency and lower life cycle cost through prolonged durability.

Harnessing Solar Energy to Reduce Carbon Footprint

We have been harnessing solar energy to reduce our dependence on fuels and carbon footprint since 2018. The solar panels currently installed at two of our three aerospace facilities in Singapore help to generate 4.1MWp of clean energy and meet about 10% of our electricity needs.

From mid-2021, we will have solar systems installed at all of our aerospace facilities to generate 10.3MWp of solar energy annually to meet 30% of our needs. This will also help us to reduce our carbon footprint by 5,500 tonnes of CO2  in total, which is equivalent to taking about 1,200 cars off the road or planting 67,000 trees.

Revolutionising Traditional Operations with Unmanned Solutions

Today, drones are increasingly explored and applied in day-to-day operations of the logistics sector as they are able to provide quicker, more cost-effective and greener delivery solutions. We help to meet this rising demand and interest by developing versatile Unmanned Air System (UAS) solutions that revolutionise traditional operations in shore-to-ship parcel delivery, food delivery and more.

When combined with features including real-time data analytics, our UAS solutions can also be used in manual work processes such as infrastructure and security inspection, making them safer, more efficient and more effective. 

Flying with less fuel burn, emissions and noise

We innovate our aircraft engine nacelles to trim aircraft fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Starting right from the conceptualisation and design stage, we collaborate with engine OEMs to develop integrated propulsion systems that help to lead to engines with lower weight, less fuel burn, less community noise and yet have better aerodynamics. We are currently involved with two nacelle systems that have been developed for integrated propulsion systems. One is for the GE Passport engine on Bombardier’s Global 7500 business jet, while the other is CFM International’s LEAP-1C engine for the COMAC C919 jetliner. Both programmes are developed with Safran Nacelles through our Nexcelle joint venture.

Our design features typically have individual entitlements of less than 1% as measured by fuel burn (consumption), and add up eventually to become part of the overall effort to cut fuel burn and emissions progressively on new aircraft.