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.
Civil unrest in the Middle East has pushed up the price of jet fuel by more than 30 percent since December. In response, airlines have increased ticket prices, and some have announced they will begin grounding older, less-efficient aircraft types. While no one knows for sure how long this spike in prices will last, it has prompted many in the industry to turn their attention back to the promise of biofuel.
Lufthansa Technik has once again expanded the cabin envelope, this time with a Recline Excite 700iSP ergometer (exercise bicycle) from Technogym, modified for in-flight use.
Hundreds of aircraft operators in Europe and around the world were scrambling last month to meet the March 31 deadline to complete the requirements for monitoring, reporting and verification of 2010 engine emissions under the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
Hundreds of aircraft operators in Europe and around the world are scrambling to meet this Thursday’s deadline to complete the requirements for monitoring, reporting and verification of 2010 engine emissions under the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
Supporting the burgeoning development of wind farms is the next big growth opportunity in the offshore helicopter transportation market, according to Eurocopter UK managing director Markus Steinke. He estimates that by 2020 there will be demand for at least 20 helicopters to be flying to and from offshore wind turbines in the UK sector of the North Sea alone.
Airbus, Brazilian carrier TAM Linhas Aéreas and others interested in the feasibility of biofuels for aviation use are working to establish a “bio-kerosene jet-fuel” processing plant in Brazil, aiming to “gradually substitute fossil fuel with biofuel.” Other companies participating include Brazilian renewable energy Curcas and biofuel producer Brasil Ecodiesel, along with AirBP.
Colt International is now offering a “turnkey solution” for flight departments that must comply with the European Union emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS). The aviation fuel, flight support and insurance provider said its new Emission Reporting Program will ensure that operators comply with the March 31 deadline to submit verified 2010 emissions data.
Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation officers and board members launched the Aviation Green Alliance, a new environmental initiative aimed at the general/business aviation industry, last Thursday at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon. “The flying community has become a target in the debate over emissions, noise, efficiency and other environmental concerns.
Perrone Aerospace (Booth No. 4468) has launched its “Lifecycle Sustainability” initiative, a program that encompasses green practices throughout the leather and textiles provider’s manufacturing and refurbishing processes. Also part of the effort is “a commitment to producing leathers and materials that are environmentally and human-health-friendly.”