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Jakarta Post

Flight decisions matter for climate change

  • Satrio Adi Wicaksono and Nanda Noor

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 16 2019   /  01:16 am

The Indonesian aviation industry is thriving. In 2017, the number of air passengers in Indonesia was estimated at 110 million, with a US$1.3 billion market size. Despite concerns about safety issues and high airfares, the aviation industry will likely expand rapidly. The International Air Transport Association has predicted Indonesian airlines will carry 355 million domestic passengers in 2036.As with most other means of transportation, flying necessitates the burning of fossil fuel. Most forms of aviation release not only carbon dioxide, but other greenhouse gases such as water vapor and nitrogen oxide, contributing to global warming. With more Indonesians flying than ever, what can be done nationally to limit the environmental impact of the aviation industry? For many of us who fly regularly, airline travel is one of the largest contributors to our individual carbon footprint. WRI Indo...