With the House Energy and Commerce Committee mulling its 900-plus-page climate change bill, the Helicopter Association International is warning operators that they could ultimately find themselves facing a stiff carbon tax.
When Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, suggested that the FAA’s efforts to reduce so-called greenhouse-gas emissions were “tangential” to other agency objectives, Daniel Elwell, assistant administrator for the FAA office of aviation policy, planning and development, begged to differ.
Business and general aviation will likely be “slow adopters” of alternative fuel unless they have significant incentive, such as price, according to Frost & Sullivan research analysts.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani has challenged Japan to make the privatization of its airports an example of global best practice. He also wants the country to champion efforts toward a zero carbon emission industry at the upcoming G8 Summit.
Business aircraft manufacturers and operators had better tackle their environmental image sooner rather than later. Global warming has replaced noise as the number-one aviation-related environmental concern. The diagram on page 44 shows how easy it could be for green lobbies to persuade the public that the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by business jets is even less acceptable than that of airliners.