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Safe Drain Helps Airline Comply with Stormwater Pollution Prevention Rules

American Airlines has installed seven Safe Drain inserts into key storm drains at its largest hub, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, to help it comply with federal Clean Water Act regulations regarding stormwater pollution prevention. Safe Drain stainless steel inserts were installed at American’s cabin service facility on the airport’s east … Read more »

Alaska Airlines Tops Fuel-Efficiency Carrier Ranking

Alaska Airlines Tops Fuel-Efficiency Carrier Ranking

Alaska Airlines ranks No. 1 in fuel efficiency in a report by the International Council on Clean Transportation, while Allegiant Air is the least fuel-efficient and generates the most greenhouse gas emissions to provide a comparable level of service. The study by the nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC, … 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 »

China Threatens to Impound Aircraft Over EU Emissions Policy

China says it will take counter-measures that could include impounding European aircraft if Chinese airlines are penalized for not complying with the EU’s cap-and-trade scheme. The China Air Transport Association issued the ultimatum Tuesday in response to EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard’s warning that carriers had until the end of … Read more »

American Airlines Sustainability Report: CO2 Intensity Barely Drops, Company Losing Ground on Goal

American Airlines Sustainability Report: CO2 Intensity Barely Drops, Company Losing Ground on Goal

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines and its regional affiliate American Eagle, is behind schedule to meet its 2025 carbon intensity goal of a 30 percent drop from 2005 levels, according to the company’s 2011 corporate sustainability report. AMR’s carbon intensity reduced very slightly from 2010 to 2011. … 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 »

Environmental & Energy Executive Moves: GRI, American Airlines, EPA, Ameripen, USGBC, Ecotality

Global Reporting Initiative: The organization has appointed Herman Mulder (pictured) as chairman of the board. Mulder is a former senior executive vice-president at ABN AMRO. He was appointed vice-chairman following the departure of Professor Mervyn King in October 2011, and has been acting chairman in the interim period. GRI has now … Read more »

EU Aviation Directive Challenge Quashed

United/Continental Airlines and American Airlines have failed in an attempt to block a European Union law charging airlines flying to the continent for their carbon pollution. The airlines and their trade association, Air Transport Association of America – now known as Airlines for America – had challenged the legality of … Read more »

Futuremark Paper Inks Deals with Hearst, Pepsi, Others

Hearst Magazines, PepsiCo and the Sierra Club are among a list of new clients now using FutureMark Paper Company’s recycled paper. Other organizations newly signed by FutureMark include American Heart Association, American Airlines, JCPenney, Ms. Magazine, pizza company Papa John’s, the Philadelphia Eagles and U.S. News & World Report. The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: New House Bills, EU Airline Lawsuit, Mountaintop Removal

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to block the EPA’s proposed rule to reduce emissions from large cement manufacturing plants, The New York Times reported.  The bill passed 262-161, with 25 Democrats and all but two Republicans voting in favor. Later on Thursday, the House also voted for … Read more »

American Airlines Cuts GHG Intensity 5%

American Airlines Cuts GHG Intensity 5%

American Airlines parent company AMR reduced its greenhouse gas intensity by five percent from 2009 to 2010, according to the company’s third annual corporate responsibility report. The airline did not state a precise intensity figure, but a chart in the report (see left) showed the 2010 intensity to be between … Read more »

Airlines to Be Second Biggest Sector in EU Carbon Market; Energy Firms Want Tough Targets

The aviation sector will be the second-largest industry in Europe’s carbon trading system when it joins the market next year, the European Commission (EC) announced today. The EC announced that airlines’ carbon dioxide limit will be 213 million metric tons in 2012 and 208.5 million metric tons in 2013, Bloomberg … Read more »