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Aircraft and transport: airlines are doing "little" to reduce CO2 emissions

British study emphasizes the need for drastic decisions /ATTACHMENT

According to a study carried out by the British Transition Pathway Initiative, carriers are doing too little to fight pollution and global warming, continuing to represent more than 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In the research carried out comparing 20 of the world's leading airlines, the best for the measures taken to limit the use of fossil fuels were Delta, United, Lufthansa and ANA Holding, thanks to investments in biological fuel production plants for planes. On the other hand, the one that respects the CO2 emission target values for 2020 is the British easyJet, which will be closely monitored by Alaska Air.

According to the study, however, airlines should do much more by increasing the use of biofuels by setting specific targets to reduce emissions by 2030. Aircraft manufacturers should also be able to find solutions -even aerodynamic ones- that allow to reduce fuel consumption, thus contributing to reduce CO2 resulting from the extraction and processing of the oil needed to power the engines. The goal is always to halve them by 2050, but another problem could also be represented by condensation trails left by aircraft that would cause high altitude clouds that trap heat thus contributing to the warming of the Earth's atmosphere.

Attached to this AVIONEWS the study of the Transition Pathway Initiative (in English).

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