Telling the difference between a marketing buzzword and an effective carbon strategy for sustainable flying

Carbon neutral, net zero, offsetting and sustainable aviation fuels – what does it all really mean for travellers? Justin Francis, CEO of Responsible Travel getsto the bottom of these popularised terms in an article on the inews website.   Is sustainable flying possible? From offsetting flights to green aviation fuel Tourism needs to emit much … Continue reading Telling the difference between a marketing buzzword and an effective carbon strategy for sustainable flying

The future of climate-friendly travel

Travel allows us to explore other cultures, but it's also harmful for the environment. Can changing your mode of transportation make a difference? Lisa Stüve discusses the issue in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   How bad for the environment is traveling? Recent summers have brought about seemingly more extreme weather events, while … Continue reading The future of climate-friendly travel

France’s ban on short-haul flights with rail alternative endorsed by European Commission

Climate campaigners tentatively welcome the move but say that it is still ‘baby steps’ in battle to cut carbon dioxide emissions in France. Rebecca Rosman discusses the ban in an article on The Telegraph website. Which country is next?   France ban on short-haul domestic flights with a rail alternative approved by Brussels France is … Continue reading France’s ban on short-haul flights with rail alternative endorsed by European Commission

Launch of commercial flights of aircraft designed to reduce aviation’s damaging impact on the climate could be delayed by a shortage of net zero fuels

We shouldn’t be surprised by delays in the aviation sector not decarbonising. Jasper Jolly discusses latest developments in an article on The Guardian website.   Airbus boss warns of delay in decarbonising airline industry The launch of commercial flights of aircraft designed to reduce aviation’s damaging impact on the climate could be delayed by a … Continue reading Launch of commercial flights of aircraft designed to reduce aviation’s damaging impact on the climate could be delayed by a shortage of net zero fuels

“Taxes on air travel are far more socially just than taxes on necessities such as home energy use”

Milena Buchs, Professor of Sustainable Welfare at the University of Leeds and Giulio Mattioli, Research Fellow, Department of Transport Planning at the Technical University of Dortmund in an article on The Conversation website argue that a carbon tax on air travel would be much more progressive, they would burden richer people more than poorer people … Continue reading “Taxes on air travel are far more socially just than taxes on necessities such as home energy use”

Climate change having negative impact on aviation

All across the world, global warming is transforming wind patterns and making them much harder to predict. That means passenger flights are becoming less safe and efficient, as well as giving off more emissions themselves, as Vishwam Sankaran reports on the Independent website.   How the climate crisis is making flying more dangerous “It all … Continue reading Climate change having negative impact on aviation

“Google has airbrushed a huge chunk of the aviation industry’s climate impacts from its pages”

With Google hosting nine out of every 10 online searches, Google’s change to reduce airline emissions could have wide repercussions for people's travel decisions. Justin Rowlatt discusses in an article on the BBC News website. Let us know your reaction.   Google change reduces airline emissions calculations Your flights now appear to have much less … Continue reading “Google has airbrushed a huge chunk of the aviation industry’s climate impacts from its pages”

Offset schemes do little to reduce climate impact of aviation

Almost all airlines now run offset schemes offering customers the chance to invest in green projects to negate the carbon impact of their flight. However, as Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website, some offset prices fall are below the true cost of removing CO2. So, what would you suggest?   Carbon offsetting fees offered … Continue reading Offset schemes do little to reduce climate impact of aviation

The cost of abating the carbon impact of a proposed third runway at Heathrow has doubled since parliament approved the idea of expansion

While air travel has been subdued because of Covid-19, that does not mean that plans are not underway for expansion. In Britain, several years ago Parliament agreed to add a third runway to Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports. However, there is a requirement to offset the carbon emissions of the runway. Recent estimates … Continue reading The cost of abating the carbon impact of a proposed third runway at Heathrow has doubled since parliament approved the idea of expansion

Can aviation make the transition to a low-carbon future – and perhaps even reach net-zero emissions?

Emma Rachel Whittlesea and Tim Ryley at Griffith University in Australia address that question by arguing that significant technological and energy disruption on the horizon for the industry suggests such a future is possible. They discuss the issues in an article on The Conversation website.   Blue-sky thinking: net-zero aviation is more than a flight … Continue reading Can aviation make the transition to a low-carbon future – and perhaps even reach net-zero emissions?