European surrender on aviation emissions
November 29, 2013
France, Germany and the United Kingdom want to further water down the new European Union plan to regulate CO2 emissions from flights in its airspace, bring them into conflict with the Brussels-based European Commission, which is keen to maintain the bloc's climate change policy. The three biggest economies in Europe want to regulate emissions from domestic EU flights only, scaling back a Brussels proposal that would charge any airline for emissions made over European airspace.
Airline emissions over European territory
October 17, 2013
The European Commission has set the cat among the aviation pigeons once again by proposing to apply the European Union’s emissions trading system (ETS) within its own airspace from 1 January 2014. The move has drawn a predicable chorus of whining from the airlines which are currently basking in self-congratulation over the recent progress made toward a global regime to control their greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier this month industry regulators meeting at the assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in effect agreed to come to a final agreement on a market based mechanism to control emissions at their next triennial assembly in 2016.
September 06, 2013
After more than two years of international bickering, the European Union has finally abandoned its attempts to apply its aviation emissions regulations on foreign airlines.
August 19, 2013
DHL Express, the global delivery company, is claiming its fourth consecutive year of decreasing carbon emissions with an improvement of 7.4 percent in Asia.
Air travel carbon offsets on sale in San Fancisco Airport
August 01, 2013
After more than two year of wailing and gnashing of teeth by airlines over European Union regulations to curb the industry’s carbon emission growth, it appears that it can be done on the cheap according to a new report. New analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the US-based Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows that the industry can achieve its goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 – and even strengthen that goal considerably – by tapping into the available supply of high-integrity, low-cost carbon credits.
July 04, 2013
Indonesia's national airline, PT Garuda, will use biofuel mixture on all of its aircraft from 2015 onwards. It estimates it will need 10 million litres of biofuel during the first year, said Novianto Herupratomno, the operation's director of Garuda and reported by Antara.
Internaitonal Air Transport Association
June 05, 2013
The international aviation industry has agreed to global curbs on its greenhouse gas emissions at the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). While this is the first time the industry body has given its formal backing to emission controls, the resolution passed by members fell well short of the measures to combat climate change that green campaigners had demanded. IATA is calling on world governments to agree measures to manage carbon dioxide from air travel, which would come into force from 2020.
Aviation emissions
June 04, 2013
Leaders of the global aviation industry, meeting in South Africa, have being urged to endorse measures to cut airline emissions in a move towards agreeing a binding global deal to tackle the industry's carbon footprint. In a letter to Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a coalition of 11 environmental groups has called the industry's efforts to reduce emissions through technical and operational measures laudable but insufficient. The letter warns "there can be no room for further delay".
Air Pacific's shark scandal
May 15, 2013
Air Pacific, Fiji’s international airline, has been accused of hypocrisy for backing shark conservation for public relations while flying shark fins to HK. Last year the airline sponsored “Happy Hearts Love Sharks”, a contest run by the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, which was aimed at encouraging newlyweds to set an example by not serving dishes containing shark fin during wedding banquets. The international trade in shark fin, centered in Hong Kong, is blamed for decimating shark populations.
Aircraft emissions look pretty sometimes
May 14, 2013
According to reports emanating from Montreal, ahead of a three-day symposium on Aviation and Climate Change being held by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the civil aviation industry is edging toward embracing a mandatory scheme for offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions. ICAO, a United Nations body, has been tasked with developing a global plan to manage aviation emissions in time for its triennial assembly in September.
February 18, 2013
It appears that there may be light at the end of the tunnel in the ongoing dispute between China and the EU over aviation emissions by skirting the latter’s provocative Emissions Trading System (ETS).
February 05, 2013
The Indian government is yet again reassessing the environmental licensing for the country's mines. This time a nine-member group of ministers headed by agriculture minister Sharad Pawar will look at the environment ministry's report on identifying inviolate forest areas where mining should be barred.
January 25, 2013
Following on from the pledge to mandate that ocean-going vessels to switching to low sulphur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong, made by Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung in his maiden policy address last week, 17 shipping lines have agreed to extend their voluntary pact to use cleaner fuel for another year.
November 16, 2012
Airbus and its parent company, EDAS, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday with Chinese biofuel producer ENN to jointly develop and test aviation fuel made from algae.
EU aviation emissions
November 13, 2012
The European Union (EU) announced yesterday that it will apply a one-year moratorium on the controversial inclusion of civil aviation under its Emissions Trading System (ETS), which has mandated that all airlines flying to and from EU pay for their carbon emissions. The freeze follows threats of widespread international retaliation from such heavyweights as the US, China, Russia and India, and is said to allow for the EU rethink its approach. Flights by airlines within the EU will still have to pay for their carbon emissions.
August 24, 2012
Sydney is the departure point of the world's first flight using a fuel made from “end of life” plastic. Later this year British pilot Jeremy Rowsell plans to fly back home from Australia in a single engine Cessna, which normally runs on diesel, according to a report by Business Green.
China green aviation
August 22, 2012
China will invest 2.37 trillion yuan (USD375.6 billion) in major energy-saving projects during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), according to the State Council yesterday. In a separate, but related announcement, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said yesterday that part of its development fund will be channeled into energy-saving programs of domestic airlines and plane manufacturers. Although not stated as such, this move has clear implications for China’s on-going dispute with the European Union over its tax on airline carbon emissions.'s Nowra algae bioful plant is openned
August 03, 2012
Australia's (the Asia Pacific's) first commercial-scale algae biofuel production facility, developed by Algae.Tec, has been officially comissioned. Capacity details of the "Shoalhaven One" plant - which is located in Nowra, New South Wales - have not been released by the company but the biofuel will be sold to the transport sector.
Approach to the bording gates at Hong Kong International Airport
May 09, 2012
On the back of announcing a significant reduction in the carbon-intensity of their operations the Airport Authority Hong Kong and 40 business partners have pledged to make Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) the world's greenest. While a laudable goal this may not be enough to fend off mounting concern among the Hong Kong general public, NGOs and legislators about the environmental conditions in and around the airport, which may ultimately derail plans to add a third runway to HKIA.
February 23, 2012
A joint declaration was signed in Moscow yesterday by representatives of 23 countries that oppose the European Union's inclusion of civil aviation in its greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade regime, the European Trading Scheme.