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Making flight environmentally, economically sustainable

  • Alexandre de Juniac

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Singapore   /   Fri, November 15, 2019   /  11:14 am
Making flight environmentally, economically sustainable Men work with a jet engine at General Electric (GE) Celma, GE's aviation engine overhaul facility in Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 8, 2016. (AFP/Yashuoshi Chiba)

It’s no secret that aviation has come in for a good deal of scrutiny and criticism over its environmental impacts. The flight-shaming phenomenon and proposals for a Green New Deal that would reduce and even replace air travel with other modes of transport have been in the news around the world, not just in Europe and the United States, where they respectively originated. Less well known is that environmental sustainability has always been high on aviation’s agenda. Today’s new aircraft emit 50 percent less carbon monoxide and 90 percent less smoke and unburned hydrocarbons than those made 50 years ago, while carbon emissions from the average journey are actually half what they were in 1990. Moreover, since 2008, the industry, including airlines, airports, equipment manufacturers and air navigation services providers, has had a goal to address its 2 percent share o...

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