Design for the Environment

As a key player in the industry, we are leading the way with new solutions aimed at reducing our global environmental footprint. Our product innovation life-cycle process – from the design and manufacture of the aircraft to its end-of-life – was applied throughout the development of the C Series family of aircraft to minimize the airliners’ impact on the environment.

Bombardier receives a second Environmental Product Declaration for its C Series aircraft, confirming its unmatched environmental performance.

Read the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the CS300 aircraft.
Read the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the CS100 aircraft.

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)



The EPD is a document that is based on verified life-cycle analysis (LCA) data. It summarizes and communicates clear and comparable information about the environmental impact of a product at each phase of its life cycle.

The external validation of the EPD was carried out by independent verifiers approved by the technical committee of the international EPD® system. 

Read the EPD Document for the CS300 aircraft.
Read the EPD Document for the CS100 aircraft.

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20% Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emission Advantage

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The C Series aicraft's fuel burn advantage translates directly into a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The C Series aircraft consumes as low as 2 litres of fuel per 100 km per passenger*. This means that over its operational lifespan, each C Series aircraft will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions released to the atmosphere by up to 120,000 tonnes compared to other similarly-sized airliners.







* Equivalent to 118 miles per gallon (MPG) per passenger or 50 kilometres per litre (km/L) per passenger

50% Fewer NOx Emissions


The C Series aircraft will emit 50% fewer NOx emissions relative to CAEP6 NOx Emission Standards (January 2008). 

Quietest Commercial Aircraft in its Class


Quiet Aircraft

Quietest commercial aircraft in its class = good for the community

The noise signature of the C Series aircraft is equivalent to smaller regional aircraft such as turboprops and significantly less than its competitors.

Bombardier announced in September 2015 it had completed all noise performance testing and data confirms C Series is the quietest in-production commercial jet in its class

  • Community noise is calculated by adding the approach, flyover and lateral noise measurements.
  • Community noise certification is regulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and expressed in Effective Perceived Noise in Decibels (EPNdB).
Follow our teams as they record the C Series noise footprint.

Noise Margin

C Series aircraft's community noise level is up to 20 EPNdB below the ICAO's Chapter 4 standards, making it ideal for city centre operations.

This unique benefit enhances the long-term asset value of C Series aircraft.


Noise Footprint

Noise reduction isn’t just responsible, it’s profitable. The C Series aircraft produce up to 4 times smaller takeoff noise footprint. This will lead to a balance between increased airport utilization and community quality of life.

In our growing globalized society, airports and communities are becoming increasingly intertwined, and the C Series aircraft supports that vision.

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C Series versus in-production aircraft

Listen to the audio simulation of C Series versus in-production aircraft.

Description of graph:

  • aircraft approaching from 5,851 ft. at 1,830 ft. altitude;
  • aircraft overhead at 2,339 ft. altitude;
  • end of recording at 2,790 ft. altitude.

Design for Environment


Less Environment Impact, Cradle to Grave

A first for the aerospace industry.

Designing with vision and conviction, Bombardier now assesses the environmental impact of an entire aircraft throughout its life-cycle analysis.

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the all-new C Series aircraft family was issued upon entry-into-service, an industry first.



  • Up to 80%* of the environmental impacts are determined at the design stage. The C Series aircraft Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), in place since program launch, ensures optimal design decisions. 
  • Design for Environment is also supported by all C Series aircraft suppliers.


* H.P. Barringer & DP Weber (1996)


Supply Chain

  • Assessment of resource consumption:
    • Raw materials used
    • Energy and water consumption
    • Waste production
    • Parts transportation
  • Evaluation and reduction of hazardous substance use: lead, cadmium, chrome, mercury, etc.
    • Approximately 90% of cadmium-plated hardware eliminated
  • Suppliers encouraged to be ISO 14001-certified 


  • New facilities are designed and built to LEED standards:
    • Energy and water efficient
    • Indoor environmental quality
    • Minimized footprint
  • Health and Safety is a key priority and is closely monitored (e.g.: one goal is to reduce hazardous materials at all plants) 
  • Environmental and health focus is reflected in the final product (e.g.: aircraft exterior paint is chromate free)

Aircraft Operations

  • The C Series aircraft is a 100% new design and has improved navigation capabilities leading to significant reduction of fuel burn and up to 120,000 tonnes CO2 emissions savings per aircraft.*
  • The low noise signature of the C Series aircraft allows operation at noise-sensitive city airports such as Bromma-Stockholm and London City Centre. 
  • Analysis of ground operations conducted to reduce environmental impact (ex.: Auxiliary Power Unit used at variable speed saves fuel and CO2 emissions).


*Based on a lifetime of 60,000 cycles for one aircraft


End of Life

  • Research and development projects to improve the ability to recycle Bombardier aircraft with CRIAQ.*
  • Research and development projects on the recycling of composite materials.
  • In 2010, Bombardier became the first original equipment manufacturer to obtain certification from the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) for its dismantling operations. 

*Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec