Bombardier has published an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the Challenger 3500 super-midsize business jet. The OEM previously gained an EPD for the Global 7500.
Adhering to the International Standards ISO 14020, which specifies requirements for environmental claims, and science-based lifecycle analysis data, Bombardier said the cradle-to-grave analysis delivers a comprehensive overview of an aircraft’s design, development and production processes. The assessment of more than 40,000 aircraft parts underpinned the Challenger 3500 EPD publication.
“Bombardier is the only business aviation manufacturer to hold EPDs, confirming that reducing the industry’s environmental footprint is of the utmost importance to us,” said Michel Ouellette, executive vice president, engineering, programme management and Bombardier Defense. “We recognise that establishing sustainability requirements at the start of a design phase initiates development of aircraft that support the industry’s carbon reduction goals. Improving the environmental performance of our manufacturing, servicing activities, and products across our value chain to ensure environmental risks and impacts are identified, effectively managed, and reduced, is imperative for a sustainable future.”
Cabin interior options include up-cycled fabrics, rapidly renewable wood options, and natural and more locally sourced fibre-based materials, all of which had to be delivered without compromising aesthetics, comfort or functionality.
For crew, an eco app solution enables optimised flight plans, to save fuel and reduce the aircraft’s environmental footprint. Bombardier also shared that the jet’s flight test programme is carbon neutral, and the jet can operate to its highest performance levels using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The aircraft’s technological features include voice control of cabin lighting, temperature and entertainment systems; wireless chargers throughout the cabin; and a 24in, 4K display. Bombardier’s exclusive and patented Nuage seat is included in the aircraft’s standard configuration. The flight deck includes a standard-equipped auto-throttle system.
In April 2022 the Challenger 3500 was named the Red Dot: Best of the Best in the Red Dot Award: Product Design Trains and Planes category for 2022.