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EPA Moves Towards Regulating Emissions From Planes

The US EPA says greenhouse gas emissions generated by commercial aircraft contribute to global warming and endanger human health, a declaration that lays the groundwork for regulating domestic aircraft regulation. The agency also announced that its releasing information about the international process already underway by the International Civil Aviation Organization for developing carbon dioxide … Read more »

GE ‘Data Lake’ Increases Fuel, Energy Efficiency

General Electric has created an industrial-scale data lake software system that could help industry manage big data, and in the case of airlines, help increase fuel efficiency. In a 2013 pilot, GE Aviation collected information on 15,000 flights from 25 different airlines at about 14 gigabytes of metrics per flight. … Read more »

EU Exempts Long-Haul Flights from ETS Until 2017

The European Parliament yesterday postponed, to 2017, the date by which the EU’s Emissions Trading System will apply to the entire length of flights in and out of Europe. The 458-120 vote brings three decades of contentious negotiation to a close, Reuters reports. EU rules bringing aviation into the ETS, with … Read more »

Boeing 787 dreamliner front view

Aviation GHG Plan ‘Only Has 50/50 Chance of Success’

A European negotiator says there’s only a 50 percent chance that talks on a greenhouse gas reduction plan for the aviation industry will succeed. European Parliament member Peter Liese of Germany led a delegation to meet with US officials last week, Reuters reports. Negotiators are scrambling to reach an agreement … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Fracking Regs, EPA ‘Bias’, Cabinet Votes

The Department of the Interior yesterday released an updated draft proposal that it says establishes safety standards for hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands, while increasing flexibility for oil and gas developers. The department received over 177,000 public comments after it released an initial draft proposal in 2012. Gina … Read more »

European Aviation GHGs ‘Likely to Fall 1.5% in 2013’

Greenhouse gas emissions from flights within Europe are likely to fall by around 1 million tons or roughly 1.5 percent this year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The drop should come as carriers bring newer, more fuel-efficient fleets online and pack their planes more tightly as a result of high oil prices, New … Read more »

Alaska Airlines Ups Recycling 20%

Alaska Airlines has partnered with Ecova to increase its recycling volume by a fifth and reduce that program’s expenses by 73 percent, according to a case study released by the sustainability management firm. In 2011, prior to Ecova’s involvement, the airline recycled more than 800 tons of waste from its airplanes … Read more »

Boeing, American Airlines’ Protoype Plane Finds 2% Potential Fuel Savings

Fuel-efficient technologies tested on Boeing and American Airlines’ ecoDemonstrator airplane can cut fuel consumption by 2 percent, Boeing has told Environmental Leader. Technologies on the ecoDemonstrator include fuel-saving flight trajectory methods and a regenerative fuel cell that uses surplus energy — produced when the plane is cruising, for example — … Read more »

All Nippon Group Sets 20% Carbon Reduction Goal

All Nippon Group Sets 20% Carbon Reduction Goal

ANA Group, Japan’s largest airline group, is aiming to cut its carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. Dubbed ANA Fly Eco 2020, the plan will see the introduction of more fuel efficient aircraft, use of biofuels in place of conventional aviation fuel and more fuel-efficient … Read more »

Airbus ‘Could Lose Chinese Business’ Due to European Carbon Rules

Airbus’ parent company has warned that it stands to lose Chinese business if the European Commission ignores protests from airlines about its European emissions trading scheme, Fox Business reports. Louis Gallois, the chief executive of Airbus parent company European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS) told a conference call to analysts … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: State of the Union, ETS Waivers, Tidal Permit, Cal ISO Plan

Manufacturers should get incentives to make energy-efficiency improvements to their plants, President Obama said in last night’s State of the Union address. He called on Congress to draft a bill creating such incentives, which he said would save companies $100 billion over a decade. In the speech, Obama also said he … Read more »

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