Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, wants to know whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has plans to regulate heat-trapping global warming emissions from America’s aviation sector.
Action on climate change
Aviation represents less than 3 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, but its contributions were a major focus at last month’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change following the EU’s proposal to include aviation in a new international agreement.
The Lindbergh Foundation announced last month the recent launch of the Aviation Green Investment Fund (AGI-Fund), an initiative that encourages corporations and individuals to support scientific research and education projects within the industry. The foundation supports many aviation-related research projects, sponsored by companies such as Lycoming Engines and Jeppesen. The latest grant recipient, Dr.
NetJets Europe is building carbon offsetting costs into its fractional ownership prices in a bid to become a carbon-neutral operation by 2012. Beginning October 1, all new clients and existing clients who renew their contracts will purchase carbon credits that cancel out the carbon produced when they take flights. Current customers will be asked to sign up for the program voluntarily as part of their existing contracts.
NetJets Europe is building carbon offsetting costs into its fractional ownership prices in a bid to become a fully carbon-neutral operation by 2012. Starting October 1, all new and renewed clients will purchase credits that cancel out the carbon they burn when they take flights. Current customers will be asked to voluntarily sign up for the program as part of their existing contracts. Meanwhile, NetJets in the U.S.
Fractional operator Avantair, which flies the P180 Avanti II exclusively, said last month that it is partnering with carbon offset company TerraPass. Per the agreement, TerraPass will fund environmentally friendly energy projects such as wind energy and biomass (methane as an energy source) with carbon offset payments from Avantair. The operator claims to be the first fractional to offer such a program.
While the debate continues to swirl on both sides of the Atlantic over the European Union’s scheduled imposition of a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions trading program involving air travel, a new initiative to address the problem was launched in June at the Paris Air Show.
As a sign of possible things to come for business aviation, the European Commission and the FAA announced on Monday a joint initiative to reduce aircraft emissions and combat climate change.
Business aircraft manufacturers and operators had better tackle their environmental image sooner rather than later. Global warming has replaced noise as the number-one aviation-related environmental concern. The diagram on page 44 shows how easy it could be for green lobbies to persuade the public that the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by business jets is even less acceptable than that of airliners.
Massachusetts-based Executive Charter Services (ECS), in a joint program with an organization that promotes alternative energy, is giving its passengers an option it says helps offset the carbon dioxide emissions from corporate jets. Depending on the type of jet chartered, passengers can opt to pay an additional $20 to $42 per hour, on top of the hourly charter rate.