With the debate over Europe’s emissions trading scheme heating up faster than you can say “illegal carbon tax,” aviation quietly continues the efficiency and emissions-reduction gains that have been under way for decades. Engine manufacturers are turning their ingenuity to building lighter engines that get more out of every drop of fuel and emit less greenhouse gas.
If implemented through global agreement rather than unilaterally by the European Union (EU), an emissions trading scheme (ETS) could prove effective in reducing aviation’s environmental footprint, according to Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Aluminum product developer Constellium (Hall 4 Stand H11) is increasing the percentage of recycled metal in the aircraft parts it produces, as it vies to lower the cost and environmental impact of using metals and to prove that composites are not the answer to everything. The French group’s latest Airware technology is now at the production stage for new airliner programs such as the Airbus A350 XWB and the Bombardier CSeries.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has introduced a process that will allow small emitters to opt out of compliance with the emissions trading scheme, but this applies only to static installations (ground-based industries). The option, which applies to facilities generating less than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), is not being made available to the aviation sector.
Russia’s action against Finland’s national carrier, Finnair, significantly raises the stakes in the standoff between the European Union (EU) and opponents of its emissions trading scheme (ETS). The European Commission (EC) protested the move, saying that Russia is now in breach of its obligations as a new member of the World Trade Organization.
U.S. Congressional demands to block the federal government from buying biofuels for Department of Defense use threaten efforts by U.S. industry to build a leadership position in a key alternative fuel source for civil air transport, according to Christine Gregoire, g
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a Senate panel yesterday that the Obama Administration has “not taken a position” on anti-ETS legislation working its way through Congress, but is actively studying the possibility of filing an Article 84 complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization. Describing the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) as “precedent setting,” the former Republican congressman declared, “This is not the way to treat your friends.”
AIN journalists bring listeners up to date on three major issues. Liz Moscrop looks into illegal charters, James Wynbrandt tackles the EU’s impending emissions trading scheme, and Bill Carey researched the Single European Sky.
Embraer left no doubt about its lack of interest in challenging Boeing any time soon in the hotly contested narrowbody market segment, when the two companies announced last week they had entered a loosely defined “cooperation agreement” calling for a joint effort to “enhance operational efficiency, safety and productivity, improve customer satisfaction and create value for both companies and their customers.” Specific areas of cooperation incl
Aluminum product developer Constellium wants to increase the percentage of recycled metal it produces for aerospace in a bid to realize both economic and environmental goals. The value of such alloys has grown with the addition of elements such as copper, silver and—critically—lithium. One kilogram (2.2 pounds) of aluminum costs about $2, while one kilogram of lithium—the lightest metal in nature—costs $100.