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  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • EU council agrees to bring aviation into carbon trading, but throws out soil directive

    European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas welcomed the political agreement reached by today's Environment Council on including aircraft emissions in the EU emissions trading scheme. The Council however failed to reach an agreement on the day's other major issue: the new soil framework directive. Commissioner Dimas welcomed the Council's conclusions on the environment and ...

  • China joins US airlines in pressuring EU on aviation permits

    Environmental organisations are closely monitoring how the EU reacts to complaints from Chinese airlines over the inclusion of aviation in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme next year. Anger by America’s airlines at being charged for emissions permits is well known, and US airlines have a legal challenge with the European Court of Justice, which will be heard next month, alleging that ...

  • 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

  • T&E and ELFAA call on MEPs to support airspace emissions proposal

    Transport & Environment and the European Low Fares Airline Association have joined forces to support Peter Liese, the European Parliament’s lead member on the aviation emissions file, in his call for MEPs to back the Commission’s proposal, which would cover all aircraft emissions in European airspace. ELFAA and T&E say lawmakers should reject efforts by the governments of ...

  • ‘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 ...

  • Impact of transport emissions on the lower atmosphere

    Traffic emissions cause a number of damaging chemical changes in the atmosphere. A recent study has estimated the impact of road, aircraft and ship emissions on the atmosphere's chemical make-up in terms of ozone and the hydroxyl radical OH. Traffic emissions form a large part of EU air pollution and are the subject of climate change policy1. Ozone pollution in the troposphere adversely affects ...

  • 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, ...

  • Researchers QUANTIFY climate impact of transport systems

    EU-funded researchers have issued a report estimating the impact of road, aircraft and shipping emissions on the Earth’s atmosphere as part of the QUANTIFY (’Quantifying the climate impact of global and European transport systems’) project. The report explains how ozone pollution in the troposphere (the lowest atmospheric level) wreaks havoc on people’s well-being and burns large holes in ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • EU publishes damning report of emissions offsets, calling into question EU’s aviation climate strategy

    The European Commission has published a damning study of carbon offsets, finding that 85% of the offset projects under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to date failed in the objective of reducing emissions. Transport & Environment (T&E) said the aviation sector runs ...

  • 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 ...

  • EU governments back emission trading for aviation

    Airlines should be included in the European carbon trading scheme (ETS), EU environment ministers agreed almost unanimously on Tuesday. Most also said there should be no initial exemption for flights to and from non-EU destinations. But there was no consensus on when carbon caps should be first applied to the sector. In their first public debate on draft legislation to include aircraft emissions ...

  • Researchers QUANTIFY climate impact of transport systems

    EU-funded researchers have issued a report estimating the impact of road, aircraft and shipping emissions on the Earth's atmosphere. The report is part of the QUANTIFY ('Quantifying the climate impact of global and European transport systems') project, which has received EUR 8.39 million in financial support under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The QUANTIFY partners are seeking to work out ...

  • Gatwick’s carbon neutral commitment excludes 99% of emissions

    Gatwick Airport announced today its participation in a global renewable electricity alliance designed to generate increased demand for renewable electricity, alongside plans to become ‘carbon neutral’ by the spring. Gatwick will be the ...


    By A.E.F. S.r.l.

  • 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 ...

  • EPA says it intends to regulate emissions by US airliners

    The Obama administration proposed Wednesday to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming. Using its authority under The Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency's preliminary finding of endangerment to human health clears the way for possible U.S. adoption of ...


    By Associated Press

  • IBM Analytics to Support Jet Airways` Green Initiatives

     IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has enabled Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, to more accurately calculate, track and report aircraft emissions. Realizing this significant milestone as a part of the Strategic Outsourcing construct allows Jet ...


    By IBM Corporation

  • 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

  • A link between air travel and deaths on the ground

    The atmosphere is full of natural and man-made chemicals, including emissions from fuel combustion and byproducts of living organisms. Many of these chemicals combine in the atmosphere to form tiny solid and liquid particles known as "fine particulate matter" that are 2.5 micrometers or smaller (the average human hair is about 70 micrometers in diameter, by comparison). While it's not clear ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

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