ENVIRONMENT

Because the purpose of sustainable development is to reach a harmonious, viable, long-term balance between the three major challenges of ecological, social and economic affairs, HOP! actively undertakes to ensure a process whereby these three spheres of human activity are coherent with the world’s requirements both today and tomorrow.
 

KéroZen

In 2014, fuel represented 85% of our CO2 emissions and 220 million euros in operations at HOP!. Oil consumption is indissociable with air transport.  Yet while oil prices fluctuate, the environmental impact of this resource stays the same.

 

Given these statistics, HOP! was keen to launch a fuel initiative – the KéroZen plan – with the goal of curbing our fuel consumption to reduce the airline’s ecological and economic impact. 

 

The aim of the KéroZen plan is to pursue actions already underway in each operational airline, alongside all employees, and to imagine new schemes to implement as we jointly strive to reduce our fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions however we can.

 

 

Five focal points for progress have been identified:

1.    Air Traffic Control: Working on flight paths, profiles and management in close collaboration with air traffic control.
 

2.    Aircraft: Reducing mass and optimising aerodynamics and the performance of engines and jets.
 

3.    Fuelling: Adjusting fuelling to flight objectives as closely as possible and making fuel loads and flight conditions more reliable.
 

4.    Aircraft use: Encouraging safe application of fuel-saving procedures (‘eco-piloting’).
 

5.    Communication: Informing the company and raising its awareness of optimal fuel consumption.
 

These focal points are applied in strict respect of rules governing our flights’ safety, legality and comfort.
 

While strictly ensuring our operations’ safety, ‘eco-piloting’ should become second nature.
(Interview with François Debost, HOP! Deputy VP Fleet Management and group coordinator)
 

HOP! Biodiversity

Since it was founded in 2013, HOP! began a project that led to HOP! Biodiversity being created in 2015 at the Paris Air Show.

 

Beyond industrial zones, airports and their runways are surrounded by natural areas of greenery, old aviation fields and sometimes plots of regulated crop-growing. These zones are closed off and protected from many human activities for safety reasons. Yet the biodiversity fostered by these spaces should be taken into account, weighed up and enhanced: it can improve everyone’s well-being.

 

Participative schemes form the scientific method chosen to address these issues of biodiversity, especially those developed by France’s national natural history museum as part of its Vigie Nature programme of biodiversity-aware volunteers. These initiatives bring about a better understanding of biodiversity at airports and impart knowledge of biodiversity to airport staff.

 

The schemes are open to all members of staff from our different partners who are willing to join the programme. For example, wildlife protection officers, aviation zone managers, heads of green-space maintenance, air traffic controllers, firefighters and customer-service assistants have got involved in the programme to help produce more detailed results.