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.
Read Full Story 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.
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.
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.