I recall being at first surprised, then relieved, by the oft-quoted statistic that aviation accounts for just 2 percent of global CO2 emissions. It seems like such a small amount in the grand scheme of greenhouse gases. But a recent report by the World Economic Forum cautions against complacency on the emissions front.
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Lawyers acting for European Union states have begun their defense of the application of its emissions trading scheme (ETS) to non-European airlines in response to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Air Transport Association (ATA).
The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) could add yet another obstacle to business aviation’s anemic recovery, according to business aviation analyst Brian Foley. “Worldwide business jet deliveries were already down by 40 percent in just two years.
In response to the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) regulations, Jet Aviation is offering an EU-ETS compliance service. According to the company, its new service supports all procedural requirements of the EU-ETS, from monitoring flight data and calculating CO2 emissions to managing production of the annual report and CO2 emission permits. Jet Aviation said it has more than 45 subscribers to its EU-ETS service.
The optimism generated by the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace), coming as it did on the heels of six months of steady improvement in the business aviation industry, dimmed somewhat at the beginning of last month, as the unemployment rate in the U.S. rose, job creation slowed, auto sales declined, home prices and stock prices dipped and consumer confidence fell.
Honeywell’s corporate Gulfstream G450 made bizav history when it landed at Le Bourget in time for the Paris Air Show after the first transatlantic flight using biofuel, a trip that resulted in net equivalent savings for the seven-hour flight of roughly 5.5 metric tons of CO2.
Two years ago at the last Paris Air Show, jet biofuels were just talked about, but at the airshow this week they appear to have come of age. On Saturday, Honeywell made history by landing a Gulfstream G450 at Paris Le Bourget after the first transatlantic flight using a blend of biofuel and jet-A.
What does it take to make a million barrels of “green” oil a day? According to San Diego, California-based Sapphire Energy (Hall 3 E118), the answer lies in combination of new environmentally friendly technologies. Sapphire aims to be producing about 67 barrels (2,800 gallons) of its fuel per day by 2014. By 2018, it hopes to be producing between 5,000 and 10,000 barrels of green crude per day.
The world debut of solar-powered Solar Impulse airplane could hardly have happened in less auspicious weather conditions.