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?

There is little chance of the aviation industry meeting any climate targets if it aims for a return to its pre-pandemic rate of growth

Just before the pandemic, aircraft engines were burning one billion litres of fuel a day. But then the number of daily civil aviation flights fell from 110,000 to less than 50,000 during 2020, on average. With the easing of travel restrictions, air traffic is increasing back towards its pre-pandemic peak. Milan Klöwer, Postdoctoral Researcher in … Continue reading There is little chance of the aviation industry meeting any climate targets if it aims for a return to its pre-pandemic rate of growth

Nasa is corralling companies to demonstrate improved ways to power aircraft via batteries rather than jet fuel

It is encouraging that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) in the US is organizing demonstration tests of electric propulsion. It turns out Nasa has been working on electric planes for the past decade and it is good to see the demonstrations now starting. Oliver Milman discusses latest developments in an article on the … Continue reading Nasa is corralling companies to demonstrate improved ways to power aircraft via batteries rather than jet fuel

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