EBAA here on Tuesday outlined its proposal for carbon offset pooling as an alternative means of compliance for the European Union emission trading scheme (ETS), in an effort to keep the administrative burden acceptable for small business aircraft operators.
Embraer (Booth No. 7441) announced Monday a plan to offer its executive jet customers a carbon offset module for the Embraer Executive Care (EEC) maintenance program.
In certain oil-rich regions of Russia and its federated republics, natural gas is so abundant that it is treated as a waste product of the crude-oil extraction process. Anxious to cash in on whatever technological opportunities that beckoned, engineers from the Mil design bureau developed a variant of the Mi-8 helicopter that used natural gas as a fuel.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg recently spent their first 25 hours at the controls of a flight simulator that replicates the cockpit in the first Solar Impulse prototype HB-SIA. Piccard flew the prototype from Tuesday, May 13 at 7:27 a.m. to Wednesday, May 14 at 8:43 a.m., and Borschberg from Thursday, May 15 at 7:20 a.m. to Friday, May 16 at 8:38 a.m.
Executive charter operator FlyingGroup (Booth No. 439), which has bases at Paris Le Bourget, Cannes and Antwerp, has launched a CO2 emission offset program and has thus become a “CO2-neutral” company, according to Belgian organization CO2logic’s standards. FlyingGroup has promised to cut its emissions and educate customers. Customers are not required to sign up, however.
Following a review of its operations by efficiency consultants, CRS Jet Spares has revealed a range of measures that will help the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company “go green.” These include encouraging car pooling, reducing paper waste, recycling packaging material, placing recycling bins around the company’s facilities, changing to high-efficiency lighting and eliminating Styrofoam cups with “long-lasting, eco-friendly coffee mugs.”
The 2008 EBACE show will be the biggest yet, but it isn’t size that sets the event apart, according to Eric Mandemaker, new chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). “This is such a focused show, focused on exactly that side of aviation that interests us. It’s accessible,” he added.
Honeywell Aerospace is a major provider of business aircraft engines but the focus of its efforts to reduce aviation’s environmental footprint is at least as much in the cockpit as in the powerplant.
The potential impact of new environmental restrictions is high on the EBACE conference agenda here in Geneva this week.
According to the European Union’s CO2 emission trading scheme (ETS), each affected facility is allotted a certain number of CO2 emission permits, based on its past emissions. For example, if a facility emitted an average of 100,000 tons per year during a given period, it will be allotted (on a free basis) 90,000 tons per year for the next four years.