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EU Rethinks Airline Emissions Trading, Throws U.S. a Bone

The European Commission is scaling back its aviation emissions plan and considering a two-year grace period, until 2013, for foreign airlines before they’re required to participate in its carbon reduction scheme, EUobserver reports (via Business Week). Intra-European flights will be covered by the scheme from the beginning of 2011. The move could … Read more »

Branson: Airlines Can Cut CO2 Emissions 25% in 2 Years

Even though high fuel prices have cost the Virgin Group and Virgin Atlantic about a billion dollars a year in increased costs because of its trains and planes, Richard Branson prays that fuel prices remain high in order to stir people to take action to address global warming, Grist reports (via MSNBC). … Read more »

TerraPass VP of Marketing: Link Offset Program to Customer Behavior

Although it hasn’t been measured directly yet, Adam Stein, VP of Marketing for TerraPass, says that based on focus groups that TerraPass has done and emails he has received, he believes that Expedia has increased customer loyalty by offering flight terrapasses to its customers. As Stein points out in the interview with Marketing Green’s David Wigder, carbon … Read more »

Airlines withdraw from UK emissions plan

British Airways PLC, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet PLC have pulled out of the UK government’s carbon emission reduction scheme after the air passenger duty was doubled, Forbes reports. The rise in the duty is from 5 stg to 10 stg for standard class passengers on European flights, from 10 stg … Read more »

LAX Adds 30 Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Los Angeles International Airport is buying 30 alternative-fuel buses and trucks – 21 compressed natural-gas transit buses, three liquefied-petroleum-gas light- and medium-duty refuse trucks, and six LPG stakebed trucks. The 21 buses will be purchased for $7,885,648 from North American Bus Industries. Reynolds Buick Pontiac GMC Trucks will provide the refuse … Read more »

Virgin Unveils Fuel-Saving Plan

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic plans to cut aviation emissions by towing aircraft to take-off areas at London airports, Reuters reports.  Virgin hopes to reduce the time engines are running before takeoff to about 10 minutes. Trials will take place at Heathrow and Gatwick using Boeing 747-400 planes, with a longer … Read more »

EU Could Force Airlines to Join Emissions Trading Scheme

U.S. airlines flying into and out of Europe would need to buy permits to cover emissions on their European routes if draft European Commission Legislation is adopted, The Times reports (via GroovyGreen). The legislation, to be published next month, says that airlines would join Europe’s emissions trading scheme by 2011 and … Read more »

LAX Unveils Energy-Saving New Lighting

Los Angeles International Airport has installed more than 1,800 LED-based fixtures as part of a lighting renovation project by Color Kinetics Incorporated . The LED-based system is expected to consume just 25 percent of the total energy drawn by the previous fixtures, while also reducing maintenance and cutting the number … Read more »

Virgin’s Branson Invests in Cilion

Richard Branson  invested more than $60 million into Cilion recently, a company that will make bioethanol from corn. Cilion raised a total of $160 million earlier this month. In total, Virgin Fuels, the subsidiary used for the investment, is investing $400 million in several biofuel companies, The Sunday Times reports … Read more »

Expedia Lines Up Behind TerraPass

Expedia and TerraPass have partnered in a program to offer Flight TerraPasses to travelers when they buy plane tickets. This is the first program of its size and scope in the travel industry. Expedia will offer TerraPass to every U.S. traveler who buys a plane ticket through their web site. … Read more »

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