When an upstart airline like Virgin America starts using its environmental footprint as a selling point to consumers, it’s time for the legacy carriers–and everyone else who flies aircraft for a living–to sit up and take notice. Yes, Virgin America competitors: green sells. And green saves, too. There’s no longer any doubt that green is good for the corporate bottom line. It doesn’t take a Ph.D.
Aircraft operators who will be subject to Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) beginning Jan. 1, 2012, need to start preparing now to be part of this complex process. Pre-compliance emissions monitoring will be conducted for flights in 2010 and 2011 and to be part of this phase operators need to submit a monitoring plan likely by November and have it approved by year-end.
Although the House removed from H.R.2454, the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” (ACES), a provision that would have set carbon emissions standards for new aircraft and new aircraft engines, business aviation advocates are worried about the law’s impact on their operations.
A last-minute revision to legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday removed a requirement to set new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for aircraft, potentially saving the U.S. commercial and business aviation industry billions of dollars between now and 2050. H.R.2454 would have called for business aviation’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to be cut by one third as early as 2012 and by 90 percent by 2050.
With Europe set to begin cap-and-trade of aviation emissions in 2012, and Congress working on legislation that would cap the greenhouse gases that have been linked to global warming, Conklin & de Decker cofounder and president Bill de Decker is sounding the alarm for just how seriously the plans could affect business aviation.
Conklin & de Decker cofounder and president Bill de Decker is warning that the proposed cap-and-trade legislation intended to reduce CO2 emissions could have serious effects on the business aviation industry, and as early as 2012. Under proposed H.R.2454, the goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2050, with intermediate goals of 97 percent in 2012, 80 percent in 2020 and 58 percent in 2030.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold hearings next week on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (Aces), which revamps energy policy and addresses climate change.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has commented on a set of proposed regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seek to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, specifically targeting emissions by general aviation aircraft.
Flexjet, Bombardier’s fractional ownership subsidiary, has launched a carbon-offset program for its fractional owners. The company has selected Climate Care, a leading offset provider and division of J.P. Morgan’s environment markets group, as a partner in the new initiative.
“It’s not that easy being green,” sang Kermit the Frog in the first season of Sesame Street in 1970. Nearly four decades later, “being green” means something entirely different, but it still isn’t easy.