Sustainability Pledges Take Flight in Airline Sector

Sustainability Pledges Take Flight in Airline Sector

Delta Airlines (the world’s largest airline) and jetBlue have recently made big commitments to lower their carbon footprint, with Delta last week pledging to become “carbon neutral,” by 2030 and plan to invest $1 billion in achieving the goal, while JetBlue announced in January that it will be the first U.S. airline to pledge to offset all domestic flights beginning in July and United Airlines had previously committed $40 million to sustainable aviation development. 

Why This Matters:  If governments won’t force emissions to come down through regulation, then the fact that businesses are willing to make these pledges is even more significant.

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Airplane Contrails the Hidden Climate Culprit

Airplane Contrails the Hidden Climate Culprit

by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel Airplane contrails have long been the subject of a variety of exuberant conspiracy theories, including that of governments spraying toxic chemicals into the air to induce mass sterilization and mind control. Though you shouldn’t pay attention to most of the conspiracy theories, there are real dangers associated with trails […]

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France to Introduce New Tax on Air Travel

France to Introduce New Tax on Air Travel

Starting in 2020, France will begin to introduce a new “ecotax” on air travel. The new charge, costing approximately $2 to $20 for every flight departing the country, will be used to generate revenue for more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation, such as rail.  Why This Matters: While this tax probably won’t stop people from flying […]

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Biofuels for Air Travel Waiting For Takeoff

Biofuels for Air Travel Waiting For Takeoff

Last week, leaders in the aviation sector met to discuss how to speed the development of the infrastructure and technology needed to wean airplanes off fossil fuels and onto biofuels instead.  Airplane manufacturers have until now focused on investing in improving the fuel efficiency of new airplanes, but because of the growth in air travel, those advances have not resulted in a decrease overall in carbon emissions from the air travel. 

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Can Biofuels Ramp Up to Cut Airline Emissions?

Can Biofuels Ramp Up to Cut Airline Emissions?

Air travel, according to Green Biz, is a growing source of carbon emissions, accounting for 2% of all global carbon emissions, and it is expected to increase to 70% above its 2005 levels by 2020, despite the fact that airlines have been successfully working to improve fuel efficiency and put more passengers on planes to improve fuel efficiency per passenger.  The challenge is that passenger traffic is up so much that efficiency efforts can’t keep pace. 

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