Efforts to Limit Aviation Emissions Advance at ICAO

October 9, 2013 by Steve Seidel

The United Nations’ body that oversees civil aviation has reached an important milestone in international efforts to craft effective solutions to climate change. And this success should send a signal to other organizations as they grapple with the challenges of limiting emissions.[read more]

Solar Impulse Sets Out Across America [VIDEO]

May 7, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

solar-powered flight

At each stop Solar Impulse will be on display for the public to see the groundbreaking airplane as it kicks off the Clean Generation initiative to raise awareness of the potential of clean and renewable sources of energy.[read more]

U.S. Law Underscores Need for Global Action on Aviation Emissions

November 29, 2012 by Steve Seidel

President Obama’s signature on a law authorizing the Secretary of Transportation to bar U.S. airlines from participating in the European Union’s emissions trading system underscores the urgent need for a global approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the fast-growing aviation sector. The new law is the latest salvo in an international brouhaha triggered by the EU’s attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from flights to or from Europe.[read more]

Jet Fuel from Trees (or Almost Anything Else)

September 13, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Wood Pile via Shutterstock

Out of the dozens of press releases that hit my email inbox in the last week, one that caught my eye was for a gathering of a group called the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) in Missoula, Montana this Thursday.  Their agenda is focused on "challenges to develop a residual woody biomass to jet fuel and valuable co-...[read more]

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back on Carbon Pricing

January 17, 2012 by David Hone

2011 turned out to be a busy year for the development of carbon pricing. Long the cornerstone of EU climate policy, the approach continues to find favour with governments focused on the issue of managing emissions, rather than those trying to manage the shape of the entire energy mix.[read more]

Airline Griping Over EU Aviation Carbon Tax Isn’t About The Consumer

January 16, 2012 by Tyler Hamilton

Here’s my take on the EU aviation carbon tax that is causing a stink with major world airline carriers: ———————————————— Tyler Hamilton My family flew to North Carolina during the holiday to visit relatives and, being aware of new baggage fees, we made every effort to pack lightly. Of two adults and two children we had only one item to...[read more]

Where to Now For Aviation?

November 3, 2011 by David Hone

Last week’s first commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner potentially marks the beginning of a new era for the aviation industry. Its composite construction and 20% better fuel efficiency (than the 767) continues a long term trend of improvement by Boeing. But the numbers behind this essential global industry are daunting, albeit with impressive strides forward such as the 787.[read more]

Congress: Don't Stop Europe From Controlling Aviation Carbon Pollution

June 3, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

Why would a reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have anything to say about the steps that Europe is taking to reduce carbon pollution from aviation?  The answer should be nothing.  But unfortunately the US Senate is considering language passed by the House of Representatives that would signal...[read more]

Air Force Says Biomass-Based Jet Fuel is 10 Times the Cost of JP-8

May 26, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Just over a year ago, I wrote an article called Is Camelina the Next Jatropha? If you recall, a few years ago jatropha was all the rage. It could grow in marginal soil, didn’t need much water, and could provide fuel that didn’t compete with food. Farmers in developing countries were encouraged to forgo cash crops like cotton to grow...[read more]

Fueling the Aerotropolis

May 20, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

Roger Cohen's column in Monday's New York Times sent my mind spinning with its portrayal of a global network of airport-based businesses and organizations that might have closer links to airports a country or continent away than with the traditional urban centers for which these facilities are often named. I'm embarrassed to admit that...[read more]

energyNOW! Video: The Future of Flight

April 25, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Engineers are constantly trying to make airplanes more efficient, and there's finally a big push to do so. In “The Future of Flight,” Special Correspondent Josh Zepps takes a look at how the aviation industry is evolving to meet new needs and pressures, with new aircraft designs and advanced fuels.[read more]

Planes Or Volano?

April 20, 2010 by Big Gav

Information Is Beautiful has a great picture showing how much the Icelandic volcano has reduced European CO2 emissions - Planes Or Volano?. [read more]

Aviation’s Copenhagen Commitment

October 7, 2009 by Climatico Analysis

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has challenged governments worldwide to take four key steps to support the global aviation sector’s commitment to tackle climate change. Speaking in Hong Kong yesterday, Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO, identified the need to: Adopt challenging industry targets to...[read more]