According to its 2008 Environmental Report, Boeing's CO2
emissions from its facilities dropped 24 per cent from 2002 to
2007. Boeing also reports that CO2 emissions from its airplanes
have dropped 70 per cent since 1968, and that it hopes to reduce
CO2 emissions by 15 per cent with every new generation of plane.
The company is also researching low-carbon aviation fuels. The fact
that the price of jet fuel has jumped 90 per cent in the past year
has no doubt provided further impetus for airlines to find better
Another impetus is looming regulations. European airlines, for
example, will face stiffer CO2 emissions regulations one year
earlier than expected. The European Parliament recently surprised
already struggling airlines by voting to advance the date to
include aviation GHG emissions in the European emissions trading
scheme. European airlines now have just 2.5 years to prepare for
tough standards: they'll have to reduce emissions 10 per cent
from 2004—2006 levels by 2011, and the standard will be
raised even higher in 2013. What's more, the industry will only
be given 75 per cent of their allotted emission credits, and will
have to bid for the remaining 25 per cent.
Airlines are also looking at other ways to reduce emissions.
Apparently, one practical way may be to slow down, adding a few
minutes to each flight. According to The Guardian's
"Green Autoblog," this alone significantly reduces
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