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  • Aircraft and shipping emissions on course for Copenhagen

    Negotiations to bring international aviation and shipping emissions under a Copenhagen climate treaty have begun in earnest at UN climate negotiations now underway in Bangkok, in a signal the world has lost patience with a lack of serious action by the international transport sector. International aviation and shipping emissions, together more than one billion tons of CO2 annually and increasing ...


    By WWF International

  • Transatlantic Plan to Cut Aircraft Emissions Lifts Off

    LE BOURGET, France - Over the roar of planes at the Paris Air Show here, U.S. and European Union officials today announced a joint action plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. In the presence of aircraft industry representatives, European Commission vice president responsible for transport Jacques Barrot and Marion Blakey, administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, ...

  • Wings that waggle could cut aircraft emissions by 20%

    Wings which redirect air to waggle sideways could cut airline fuel bills by 20% according to research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Airbus in the UK. The new approach, which promises to dramatically reduce mid-flight drag, uses tiny air powered jets which redirect the air, making it flow sideways back and forth over the wing. The jets work by the ...

  • Groups Demand Aircraft Climate Emission Limits

    Calling aviation a 'large and rapidly growing source' of greenhouse gas emissions, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. is petitioning the federal government to adopt global warming regulations for aircraft. California is part of a coalition of five states, two cities, environmental groups and a California government agency that petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...

  • MEPs to debate putting aircraft emissions in trading scheme

    Plans to include CO2 from aircraft in Europe's Emissions Trading Scheme are expected to be backed by MEPs  when they debate the issue. Members are likely to endorse a deal that has already been agreed by transport ministers across the Union. It will mean that all planes landing or taking off in the EU will be in the ETS by 2012. It should add up to €9 to an average flight by 2020. Airlines ...


    By European Parliament

  • The Battle Against Aircraft Noise

    There is good news for anyone living near or under a flight path of one of the UK’s airports this week. A report out from the Airport Operators’ Association (AOA) shows that UK airports are reducing noise pollution and carbon emission despite growth in passenger numbers. The AOA was keen to publish the report in response to political and ...


    By Cirrus Environmental

  • EPA seeks to adopt emission standards for large commercial aircraft

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to adopt new air pollution standards for engines used primarily in large commercial aircraft, including 737s, 747s, and 767s. The proposal would reduce ground-level nitrogen oxide emissions by an estimated 100,000 tons nationwide by 2030. Exposure to nitrogen oxide emissions can cause and aggravate lung diseases and increase ...

  • ‘EU should work with US on aircraft emissions after EPA ruling’

    The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced today that emissions from aircraft endanger human health, after being forced to issue a ruling due to a lawsuit filed by a number of US environmental groups. The EPA already found that greenhouse gases (GHGs) from cars and power plants were harmful to public health because of their climate impact. Due to the provisions in US law (the Clean ...

  • EPA Takes First Steps to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to find under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from commercial aircraft contribute to the pollution that causes climate change endangering the health and welfare of Americans. At the same time, the agency is releasing information about the international process already underway by the International Civil Aviation ...

  • EPA to Propose Endangerment Finding For Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The Environmental Protection Agency said it will propose an endangerment finding for greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft in late April 2015. The EPA would be required by the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases from aircraft if it determines the emissions endanger public health or the environment, it said in a Sept. 3  ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Long-term exposure to aircraft emissions causes premature death

    As well as contributing to the greenhouse effect, aircraft emissions have an important impact on air quality and human health. This study, which quantified the effect of civil aviation emissions across the globe, suggests they could be responsible for 16 000 premature deaths every year, at an annual cost of over €18 billion. The air quality costs of aviation were similar to its climate ...

  • UNEP Champion Crosses United States in Solar Aircraft

    A solar-powered aircraft piloted by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Champion of the Earth Dr. Bertrand Piccard and his colleague André Borschberg today embarked on the second leg of a coast-to-coast flight across the United States, aimed at highlighting the every growing possibility of a clean-energy future. Dr. Piccard was in 2012 among six winners of the Champions of the Earth award, ...

  • Environmentally friendly aircraft: hydrogen fuel cells for airplanes

    Fuel cells can already be used to power motor vehicles, but what about a commercial airliner? Fuel cell powered airplanes may be nearer than you think. The first manned flight powered by a hydrogen fuel cell was flown in March 2008. A recent study explains how this energy source can be used in small aircrafts, potentially reducing greenhouse gas emissions in aviation. Hydrogen fuel cells are ...

  • Far-reaching technology for aircraft manufacture that pollutes less

    Cutting the environmental costs of aero-engine parts manufacturing, increasing freedom in their design and reducing fuel consumption and contaminating gas emissions are some of the benefits resulting from applying modern additive manufacturing techniques to the aircraft industry. In this context, IK4 R&D Alliance is participating in the ambitious European Merlin project led by the ...

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Release Commercial Aircraft Propulsion and Energy Systems Research: Reducing Global Carbon Emissions

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine organized a committee to develop an approach for decreasing CO2 emissions from commercial aviation. Approximately 2.5% of global CO2 emissions per year are from aviation. While that is lower than other transportation and industry emissions, it is critical to address commercial aircraft CO2emissions due to the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Far-reaching technology for aircraft manufacture that pollutes less

    Cutting the environmental costs of aero-engine parts manufacturing, increasing freedom in their design and reducing fuel consumption and contaminating gas emissions are some of the benefits resulting from applying modern additive manufacturing techniques to the aircraft industry. In this context, IK4 R&D Alliance is participating in the ambitious European Merlin project led by the ...

  • Industry on track to deliver green aircraft by 2020

    Industry is on track to ensure 'carbon-neutral growth' in the aviation sector from 2020, but strengthened European Union support for research and development (R&D) is vital to help manufacturers deliver the green technologies required, François Gayet, secretary-general of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), told EurActiv in an interview. 'In 2000, not everybody ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • World`s First Serial Hybrid Electric Aircraft to Fly at Le Bourget

          - With photo Siemens AG, Diamond Aircraft and EADS are set to present the world's first aircraft with a serial hybrid electric drive system at the Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2011. The two-seater motor glider successfully completed its maiden flight on June 8 at the Wiener Neustadt airfield in Vienna, ...


    By Siemens AG

  • Unmanned aircraft to study Southern California smog and its consequences

    Using sophisticated unmanned aircraft, research scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego hope to assess Southern California's potential for climate change and better understand the sources of air pollution. Funded by the California Energy Commission, the California AUAV Air Pollution Profiling Study (CAPPS) uses autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (AUAVs) to gather ...

  • UK issues its first free EU ETS allowances to aircraft operators

    The UK was the first country out of all the Member States to start issuing its aviation allowances. The first free allowances were allocated on Tuesday 28 February. These were issued to those aircraft operators covered by the EU ETS that had completed the registry account opening process and therefore were able to receive their allowances for 2012. A total of 4,965,892 allowances have been ...

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