The most likely solution to the battle over ETS lies in political compromise, according to Mehran Massih, counsel and head of the London-based environment practice at international law firm Shearman & Sterling. He views the European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general’s preliminary legal opinion as a wholesale rejection of the Air Transport Association case.
Have you ever wondered why we keep putting off for tomorrow what we can do today, particularly when it comes to the issue of, yes—I’ll say it—global warming? Quite apart from the flat-earth crowd, the people who believe the overwhelming scientific evidence tend to acknowledge a need to do something about this existential threat.
As the date of the European Union’s (EU) controversial implementation of its aircraft Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) nears, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is moving forward with plans for a global carbon dioxide (CO2) standard for aircraft it hopes to have developed by 2013.
A contingent of U.S. Air Force flight attendants participated in this year’s NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians conference, not just to learn from their peers but to share their own experiences using dry ice as a cooling medium to keep food safe on long trips. It turns out that a sufficient quantity of dry ice allows for weeks of operation and proper food storage. There are important safety considerations when using dry ice.
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.
Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a UK- based company founded by a small group of scientists and engineers, is reaching out to the aviation industry in the hopes of marketing a carbon-neutral jet fuel made from carbon dioxide and hydrogen.
Conklin & de Decker developed a new carbon dioxide calculator for business aircraft. The Microsoft Excel-based calculator provides estimated carbon offset costs by aircraft make and model. Conklin’s CO2 Calculator allows the user to select the aircraft type, make and model and hours flown per year and then predicts fuel consumption while providing CO2 emissions and offset costs per year.
Peter Diamandis, of X Prize Foundation renown, guest speaker at the Dassault breakfast yesterday and writer of the headline above, is turning his attention to the challenge of developing jet fuels that are “good for the upper atmosphere, fuels that can recycle CO2 in the atmosphere.” The research centers on creating cells capable of absorbing CO2 and converting it into something usable as an energy source.
Aviation represents less than 3 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, but its contributions were a major focus at last month’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change following the EU’s proposal to include aviation in a new international agreement.
Massachusetts-based Executive Charter Services (ECS), in a joint program with an organization that promotes alternative energy, is giving its passengers an option it says helps offset the carbon dioxide emissions from corporate jets. Depending on the type of jet chartered, passengers can opt to pay an additional $20 to $42 per hour, on top of the hourly charter rate.
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