Climate action taking place in aviation sector

New report showcases aviation’s climate success
From solar power installations at a hundred airports around the world to tablet computers for pilots, new aircraft designs and flights on fuel made with waste gas from steel plants, a new report released at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva shows how the aviation industry is trying to reduce its climate impact.
The report, called Aviation Climate Solutions, was released by the Air Transport Action Group, a global coalition of aviation partners promoting the sector’s sustainable development.
“The case studies show the wide variety of climate action across the sector,” the group’s executive director, Michael Gill, said at the launch. “Carbon emissions reduction projects by over 400 organisations in 65 countries are represented. But this is only a snapshot of the projects underway.”
Among the measures already in place, more than 100 airports worldwide have invested in solar power, supplying part of their energy needs, the report points out.
The addition of wingtip devices to 8,300 aircraft has saved around 56 million tonnes of CO2 in the last 15 years. In addition, over 2,000 commercial flights have already taken place using sustainable alternative aviation fuels which are now being brought into everyday use.
‘Lightweighting’, including the use of new slimline seats, carbon-fibre food service trolleys and stronger but lighter cargo and baggage containers, is also saving millions of tonnes of CO2 each year.
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