Hawker Beechcraft’s turbine-powered aircraft are approved to use biofuels, a renewable resource that can help reduce the use of fossil fuels and minimize carbon emissions. The biofuel must meet American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) turbine fuel standards to be eligible.
Opposition to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) continued to gain airspeed and altitude last week with the addition of long-range Middle Eastern air carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar.
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.
San Diego-based SG Biofuels (SGB) announced today it has teamed with JetBio–an initiative that includes Airbus, the Inter-American Development Bank, Bioventures Brasil, Rio Pardo Bioenergia, Air BP and TAM Airlines–to accelerate the production of crude jatropha oil as a source for biojet fuel in Brazil.
With the U.S., Australia, Canada and China having expressed objections to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), now China and Russia are said to be soliciting other nations to help oppose the European plan.
The recycling program recently launched at Gulfstream Aerospace’s Savannah and Brunswick, Ga. facilities has saved more than 600 tons of recyclables from reaching landfills. This includes 782,620 pounds of wood recycled in Savannah between November and June, and 433,940 pounds of paper, metal, plastic and cardboard diverted from landfills between February and June.
Major aircraft and engine manufacturers have formed an organization called the International Aerospace Environment Group, chaired by Boeing, with the goal of establishing environmental guidelines for the aerospace supply chain.
A revised specification issued by standards organization ASTM International establishes requirements for the use of biofuel blends in conventional jet fuel, facilitating wider use of cleaner-burning “renewable” fuels made from plants.
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.