US climate rules targeting airplane emissions will hurt the nation’s airline industry as well as companies like Boeing and General Electric that make planes and their parts, the industry’s trade group says.
Donald Trump’s plane violating UK carbon emissions rules may have snagged the bulk of the aviation-emissions headlines last week, but an announcement by NASA may prove to be even bigger than the presidential hopeful’s ego. NASA says US airlines could save more than $250 billion, cut airline fuel in half ... Read more »
Delta Air Lines has lowered its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 8.5 million metric tons, an 18.4 percent reduction since 2005, according to the airline’s 2012 GHG emission inventories verified by the Climate Registry. Delta says its focus on third-party verification aligns with the data integrity component of the International ... Read more »
NASA researchers say commercial airlines can safely fly using plant-based biofuel, following successful test flights in California. The flights studied the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitudes typically flown by commercial airliners. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS) experiment ... Read more »
United Airlines says it will measure and evaluate the sustainability of its suppliers’ products and operations and then set targets for improvements in 2014. The survey is part of United’s sustainable supply chain initiative. United says it will also integrate environmentally focused questions into its request for proposal process. The ... Read more »
The USDA has extended for five years its agreement to work with the FAA and commercial aviation partners, including Boeing and industry trade group Airlines for America, to help develop a viable biofuel for the aviation industry. The new agreement follows the 2010-2012 Farm to Fly initiative, a collaboration between ... Read more »
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection reached the second milestone in the development of a carbon dioxide standard for new aircraft, by agreeing recommendations on certification procedures. These recommendations will be forwarded to the Council of ICAO for review and action during its sessions this spring. Airlines for America, the industry trade ... Read more »