Finland flies towards low carbon aviation with first electric plane

The country’s aviation body hopes the aircraft will clean up airborne pollution and slash fuel costs

UN aviation agency endorses scheme to cut emissions

Domestic and international flights are said to account for around 2% of global CO2 emissions

Gatwick Airport flies high with new renewable deal

By using clean power, the UK’s second largest airport claims it saves enough carbon to fill Wembley Stadium five times

UK announces new funding for electric planes

A total £150m of new funding has been announced to help develop the next generation of civil aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines to plant nine million trees

The company has partnered with UN environment to help clean up aviation

Reducing emissions from seas and skies ‘requires systemic change’

Reducing emissions from Europe’s aviation and shipping industries requires systemic change, rather than simply improving efficiency. That’s according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which suggests a massive shift in innovation, consumer behaviour and the take up of more ambitious green technologies to power aircraft and cargo ships is crucial. The […]

Other airlines soar above Qantas in efficiency rankings

  Qantas is the most emissions-intensive airline operating across the Pacific. That’s according to the International Council on Clean Transportation, which says the airline uses the two most fuel-intensive aircraft and carries the most empty seats of any transpacific airline. The group says for each kilometre Qantas transports a passenger across the Pacific, it uses […]

Could shape-shifting metal make efficiency plane sailing?

Shape-shifting metals could make planes lighter and more fuel-efficient. That’s according to researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Centre, who say ‘shape memory alloys’ could let parts of the plane assume slightly different shapes and positions depending on their temperature. The scientists say this could dispense with much of the motors, cables and equipment needed to […]

UK consults on aviation EU emissions trading system

A consultation on the UK’s implementation of the agreed amendments to the Aviation EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) legislation has been launched. It follows the agreement reached between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council on the future of the aviation EU ETS earlier this year. That includes extending “to limit the scope […]

Carbon savings: Plane sailing or failure to take off?

Making airport ground movements more efficient and introducing more biofuels to the aviation sector could help slash fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. That’s the verdict from a study by Ricardo Energy & Environment for the UK Government, which assesses the cost and impact of a number of potential clean measures for the air travel […]