Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the aviation industry will increase three-fold by 2050 in spite of an industry goal to cut them in half, according to a new World Economic Forum report that identifies biofuels as one of the most promising ways to reduce aviation’s carbon footprint.
Action on climate change
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is concerned with the “broad framework” of the American Power Act, a bill introduced earlier this month by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), along with IBAC’s member associations, today announced they are teaming on an “aggressive strategy” to further mitigate the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Business aviation has established an excellent record of consistently improving fuel efficiency, delivering 40-percent improvement over the past 40 years,” the groups said.
NetJets Europe is on track to become completely carbon neutral by October 2012, according to the fractional’s first environmental progress report, issued on November 9.
The Lisbon-based company, which has been busy adapting to reduced demand, has stepped up wide-ranging efforts to improve efficiency and counter its negative environmental effects, and the negative views many have of business jets.
NetJets Europe yesterday released its first environmental progress report, in which it claims to be on track to become completely carbon-neutral by October 2012. The Lisbon-based fractional provider said it has stepped up wide-ranging efforts to improve efficiency and counter its negative environmental effects, as well as the less than positive views many have toward use of business jets.
Japan has become the latest partner in the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (Aspire), joining the FAA, Airservices Australia and Airways New Zealand as full members of the program.
When an upstart airline like Virgin America starts using its environmental footprint as a selling point to consumers, it’s time for the legacy carriers–and everyone else who flies aircraft for a living–to sit up and take notice. Yes, Virgin America competitors: green sells. And green saves, too. There’s no longer any doubt that green is good for the corporate bottom line. It doesn’t take a Ph.D.
Government, industry look to curb CO2 emissions
Portugal-based private air services start-up Jet Republic joined Bombardier Aerospace’s carbon offset program for its initial fleet of 25 Learjet 60XRs, set to be delivered over the next two years, starting in October. Jet Republic could eventually take delivery of up to 110 Learjet 60XRs if it exercises all its options.
Five people aligned with Plane Stupid, an activist group opposed to airport expansion in Europe, cut through the chain-link perimeter fence at London City Airport on June 10 at 2:30 a.m. and chained themselves to the nosewheel of a Beechjet 400A parked at the Jet Centre FBO. “Airport security was immediately alerted by alarm when the fence was cut and called the police,” said Jet Centre spokeswoman Rupa Haria.
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