Society, the economy and politics are changing and the importance of nature, the environment and the conscious, sustainable use of resources is increasing. With regard to sustainability, airlines are facing immense challenges. Worldwide, the aviation industry is currently responsible for 2% of global emissions. This makes it one of the main players in achieving the goal published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of keeping average global temperatures below pre-industrial levels. Currently, airlines are trying to improve their eco-balance primarily through more efficient and weight-optimized aircraft models, associated kerosene savings and process optimization. The aircraft cabin also offers enormous potential for optimization in terms of weight and eco-efficiency. This is precisely where the RECab project comes in.
The objective of the RECab project is the design of resource-efficient components and systems for aircraft cabins. New concepts, materials, technologies and architectures are to be investigated with regard to their possible applications and their impact on the life cycle assessment. In doing so, influences along all life cycle phases are to be considered beyond the use phase.