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Leading airlines could miss the runway for climate change

A new report suggests many aviation businesses are not aligned with international climate change obligations

British Airways owner sets 2020 emissions target

The owner of British Airways has set a target to cut carbon emissions by 2020. The International Airlines Group (IAG) aims to reduce emissions from 95.4 grammes of CO2 per passenger kilometre last year to 87.3g in the next four years. IAG CEO Willie Walsh said airlines and governments should support the UN’s proposed system which is expected to save […]

NASA’s green tech could save airlines $255bn

Airlines could save billions of dollars in the near future as a result of green technologies. Developed by NASA’s aeronautics researchers in the past six years, they claim the new technologies could cut airline fuel use in half, pollution by 75% and noise to nearly one-eighth of today’s levels. Around $400 million (£273m) was invested […]

Airlines fly high with £155m fuel savings

Airlines saved £155 million in fuel costs in the last financial year as a result of more efficient air traffic control procedures. NATS, UK-based global air traffic management company, revealed improved use of airspace and innovative technology have also led to a reduction of more than 600,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. The savings follow the […]

Thomson owner beats carbon target for holiday flights

Holiday group TUI Travel said it has beaten its most “stretching” target to cut carbon emissions and saved more than one million pounds with energy and water efficiency over 2013. The group which has more than 30 million customers and owns travel firm Thompson said it cut the relative carbon emissions across all six of […]

Carbon credits cut airlines emissions “cheaply”

A global scheme in which where airlines bought credits to offset their carbon emissions would work out “relatively cheaply” according to new research. Several airlines kicked up a fuss two years ago when the EU slapped an environmental tax – via the Emissions Trading Scheme – on all flights in and out of Europe. Many […]

Ryanair: Fuel costs will curb future profit

Ryanair’s boss says rising fuel costs mean it is unlikely the budget airline will see profits beyond expectations – and they’ll almost certainly drop next year. His comments come as Ryanair published its yearly figures with record profits up by a quarter to €503million (£407m), higher than expected. This was despite the low-cost airline’s fuel bill rising […]

EU airline emissions plan upsets India

The European Union’s airline emissions plans have upset India, in a row that could stall global climate change talks. The European law that charges airlines over their emissions is set to come into play next year. India’s environment minister said on Wednesday the effect on emerging economies was “unacceptable.” According to Reuters, Jayanthi Natarajan said […]

UK gives free carbon allowances to airlines

The UK has handed out a first round of free carbon allowances to airlines covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). DECC announced today it is giving the allowances to airlines which have fully registered online. From the beginning of 2012, any airline flying in or out of an EU airport now has […]

Aviation biofuels costs to be competitive by 2020

The price of aviation biofuels could be at a competitive rate within the next decade, new research suggests. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the cost of some biofuels based on non-food vegetable oils such as soybean and rapeseed could match the price of conventional jet fuel by 2018. The research also suggests that airlines […]