Rubbish flights on the way

  No, not the state of low cost airlines. The UK is looking into powering planes with rubbish! As part of plans to promote clean alternative fuels, the government is offering funding for projects to develop low carbon waste-based fuels for planes and lorries, with matching funding from industry. Trials of sustainable jet fuel, made […]

Green behaviours struggle to get off the ground

Despite belief in human-caused climate change rising from 76% to 84% between 2011 and last year, citizens’ motivation to drive greener cars or use polluting cars less has hardly changed. That’s according to a new report from the UK Government, which suggests the public value personal freedom and convenience over saving the environment. Willingness to […]

easyJet puts coating on planes to cut carbon emissions

easyJet has become the first commercial airline to trial a revolutionary nano-technology coating on its aircraft aimed at increasing fuel efficiency. The ultra-thin coating, already used on US military aircraft, is a polymer that cross links and bonds to the paint surface and only adds an estimated 4oz to the weight of the plane. The […]

Turbines built at East Midlands Airport

Work has started on a £1m project to build wind turbines at East Midlands Airport. Two 45m-high turbines would provide 5% of the electricity the airport uses a year until 2031. Construction is due to be completed by the end of March. The turbines are one of several sustainability measures being utilised at the airport, […]

Algae could fuel planes, claim scientists

Scientists at Cranfield University believe that vast areas of algae grown close to airports could power air travel in the near future. British Airways and Airbus are among aviation giants backing a project at the university which is looking at ways to cultivate algae for commercial purposes. While airlines are improving their fuel efficiency by […]

Environment Agency bans UK air travel for staff

The UK Environment Agency has slapped a ban on its staff flying anywhere within England and Wales as part of a drive to cut its carbon footprint. The agency said that the change in air travel policy will save approximately 30 tonnes of carbon a year. Environment Agency chief executive Paul Leinster said: “Our restriction […]