Europe’s primary weapon against global warming is the Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), a program rooted in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The EU-ETS encourages the use of climate-friendly technologies by rewarding businesses that invest in green technologies, thus turning their investments into quick, short-term profits.
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.
A new NASA study claims that man-made cirrus clouds formed by commercial jet engine exhaust might be responsible for increased surface temperatures detected in the U.S. between 1975 and 1994.
Climate data shows that cirrus cloud cover over the U.S. has increased by 1 percent per decade, and the report says the rise is likely due to commercial air traffic.
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.
Business aviation is being further scrutinized for its environmental performance and must actively consider what it could do to reduce its impact on climate change.
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