Embraer creates environmental office
Oct. 31, 2007, São José dos Campos, Brazil– For the purpose of integrating and expanding the company’s environmental policies and achieving new levels of sustainable development, Embraer has created an environmental strategies and technologies office.
October 31, 2007 By Carey Fredericks
Oct. 31, 2007, São José dos Campos, Brazil– For the purpose of integrating and expanding the
Company’s environmental policies and achieving new levels of sustainable development,
Embraer created the Environmental Strategies and Technologies Office, under the leadership
of Satoshi Yokota, Executive Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Technology
Development, who, in the past, has held several key responsibilities within the Company in
the areas of industry, engineering and development.
Directly connected with this decision, Graciliano Campos has been named Director,
Environmental Strategies and Technologies, reporting to Yokota.
“There is a growing concern, within Embraer, regarding environmental issues, and this is
reflected in the products developed by the Company, as well as in the environmental policies
that are established,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President and CEO. “The
creation of this new office is one more important step toward coordinating efforts for
Embraer’s sustainable development, respecting the environment.”
The mission of the Environmental Strategies and Technologies Office is to develop specific
environmental protection policies. The goal is to support the business units and other areas of
the Company in establishing strategies for reducing the environmental impact of its
manufactured products and production processes, as well as those of suppliers and customers.
“The responsibilities of the new executive include following up, on a global scale, the
evolution of the environmental issue, thus assisting the Company in its search for alternative
materials and technologies that have less impact on the environment,” explained Satoshi
Yokota, Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Technology Development.
Embraer was the first manufacturer in the aeronautics industry to obtain ISO 14001
certification, in 2002, attesting to the Company’s best environmental practices. Embraer
recently hired a consulting firm to perform an inventory of all the manufacturing plants in
Brazil, in terms of CO2 emissions, in order to guide the Company’s actions for expanding its
“At Embraer we experience constant challenges, and maintaining sustainable growth is,
undoubtedly, one of the most important at the present time,” said Graciliano Campos,
Environmental Strategies and Technologies Director. “We will review our strategies, in order
to deal with current and future issues, minimizing the Company’s environmental impact, thus
contributing to worldwide efforts to lessen greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.”
The E-Jets and the environment
The growing awareness fomented by the by-products of operating jet engines has raised the
issue of aircraft efficiency and the need to lower the volume of carbon dioxide (CO2) and
nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Although the development of new propulsion technologies
could contribute to future emission controls, some of the latest generation airplanes, such as
Embraer’s E-Jets family, already incorporate design features that maximize efficiency and
keep emission levels well under the standards set by the International Civil Aviation
In comparison with other narrowbody jets, the E-Jets are up to 50% more efficient, by
consuming less fuel and transporting more payload per kilo of aircraft structure. Due to the
structural improvements that reduced aerodynamic drag, the Company announced a 3%
decrease in the fuel consumption by the bigger jets – the EMBRAER 190 and the
EMBRAER 195. For all jet or turboprop aircraft, burning one kilo of kerosene generates
around three kilos of CO2. Therefore, any improvement in fuel consumption has a direct
effect on emission volumes.
The alcohol-powered Ipanema
In the search for alternative fuels, Embraer was the pioneer aeronautics company to certify an
airplane powered by alcohol, in 2004. The Ipanema is the first series aircraft in the world to
leave the factory certified to fly with this type of fuel.
Alcohol is three to four times cheaper than aviation gasoline (avgas). Furthermore, alcoholpowered
airplane engines are cleaner and pollute less than aviation gasoline, because, among
other things, ethanol has a neutral balance of carbon emissions in its life cycle and has no
lead in its composition, making the fuel ecologically correct.
Social and Environmental Programs
Aware of its corporate social responsibility, Embraer significantly expanded its actions for
protecting and preserving the environment in 2006. The Company’s recycling program, which
began in 1998, has been making substantial gains, in terms of efficiency. Since 2000, the
recycling volume has grown 52.9%, to the current 79.6% of waste produced, such as wood,
plastic, Styrofoam, paper, cardboard, and cooking oil. The remaining 20.4% represent
materials which, for the time being, are considered to be non-recyclable.