The forest protection carbon offsetting market used by major airlines for claims of carbon-neutral flying faces a significant credibility problem

As we lift the restrictions from the Covid pandemic, many more will be flying for work or holidays. If you plan to fly, first read this article by Patrick Greenfield in The Guardian about growing concerns about carbon offsets.   Carbon offsets used by major airlines based on flawed system, warn experts The forest protection … Continue reading The forest protection carbon offsetting market used by major airlines for claims of carbon-neutral flying faces a significant credibility problem

New EEA studies on the most environmentally friendly modes of motorised passenger transport in Europe

Train travel remains overall the most environmentally friendly mode of motorised passenger transport in Europe — in terms of GHG emissions — as compared to travelling by car or plane, according to two transport and environment studies published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) this week.   Motorised transport: train, plane, road or boat — … Continue reading New EEA studies on the most environmentally friendly modes of motorised passenger transport in Europe

A small minority take the lion’s share of flights across countries with the highest aviation emissions

In almost every country studied, less than half of the population flies every year. Instead, most trips are taken by a small minority of “frequent fliers”. In the UK, alone, about 70 per cent of flights are taken by just 15 per cent of the population. Daisy Dunne discusses a recent report on this by … Continue reading A small minority take the lion’s share of flights across countries with the highest aviation emissions

Frequent-flying “‘super emitters” caused half of aviation’s carbon emissions in 2018

We often read about the top 1% grouping in society and how they have the largest share of economic benefits. It was quite enlightening to read in The Guardian about how this 1% cause so much environmental damage. It will be interesting to see how international forums such as climate summits can address this.  Damian … Continue reading Frequent-flying “‘super emitters” caused half of aviation’s carbon emissions in 2018

Explaining why there is so little innovation in reducing emissions from airlines

Roger Tyers, Teaching Associate in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham writes on The Conversation website to explain why innovations in the aviation sector are not being adopted at a significant scale.   How a 1940s treaty set airlines on a path to high emissions and low regulation Before the pandemic, aviation … Continue reading Explaining why there is so little innovation in reducing emissions from airlines

Move to have airlines postpone their climate obligations deflated the little ambition of the aviation’s sector climate plan, which was already “far below what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe”

A handful of countries on the council of the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed to change the rules to reduce the sector’s carbon costs. There are serious climate implications. Chloé Farand explains in an article on the Climate Change News website.   Airlines' climate obligations postponed as UN body endorses industry proposal Airlines have wriggled … Continue reading Move to have airlines postpone their climate obligations deflated the little ambition of the aviation’s sector climate plan, which was already “far below what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe”

International aviation emissions must be included in the government targets to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050

International flights taking off from the UK must be taken into account in the government’s calculations on reaching net zero emissions as part of a “green” recovery for the airline industry, a transport thinktank has urged. The thinktank, Transport and Environment, also believes that the airline industry bailout should have green conditions attached. Sandra Laville … Continue reading International aviation emissions must be included in the government targets to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050

Prototype jet engine uses compressed air and electricity to create enough power to lift a plane in the air

Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website about latest developments in China where scientists have designed a new kind of jet engine that could fly planes halfway around the world without emitting fossil fuels.  What are your views?   Scientists in China target emissions-free flight with air plasma jet engine Scientists have designed a new … Continue reading Prototype jet engine uses compressed air and electricity to create enough power to lift a plane in the air

Airlines are demanding the rewriting of a global agreement designed to cut aviation carbon emissions in wake of coronavirus crisis

Should we be surprised? The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for airlines, claimed a scheme to offset any rise in emissions would place an “inappropriate economic burden” on operators already struggling with the impact of the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown. But climate campaigners have said any bailouts should come with environmental strings … Continue reading Airlines are demanding the rewriting of a global agreement designed to cut aviation carbon emissions in wake of coronavirus crisis

European airlines are demanding relief from environmental taxes because of coronavirus crisis

Laurence Frost and Kate Abnett write on the Reuters website about the efforts by European airlines to demand relief to help them through this crisis. Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation, is quoted saying that policymakers need to “sit back, make the right choices and not lock in the fossil-fuel economy.” What are … Continue reading European airlines are demanding relief from environmental taxes because of coronavirus crisis