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Boeing recently released its annual Environment Report, which found that the company has made large strides in improving its environmental performance — even as it has boosted its aircraft deliveries by 50 per cent from 2007 to 2012 and added more than 13,000 jobs. The report documents revenue-adjusted reductions from 2007 to 2012 in: Energy… » read more

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Boeing has been demonstrating the next generation of sustainable aircraft during the Paris Air Show, Euractiv reported recently. During the show, Boeing announced the 787-10, the latest version of its Dreamliner series. “The 787-10 Dreamliner will be the most efficient jetliner in history,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes head Raymond L. Conner. “The 787-10 is 25… » read more

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Boeing recently released a new video showcasing its ecoDemonstrator, an American Airlines Boeing 737-800 outfitted with advanced experimental equipment to test and measure technology that can reduce aviation’s environmental impact. The video demonstrates how the ecoDemonstrator draws on natural features in constructing the wing and the variable fan nozzle. EcoDemonstrator program manager David Akiyama highlighted… » read more

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The International Air Transport Association on 3 June endorsed a goal of carbon-neutral aviation industry growth after 2020 — a goal called “CNG2020” put forward by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The IATA resolution emphasized the role that the aviation industry has played and is playing in pursuing sustainability, and it calls for national governments… » read more

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With more than 7,500 aircraft entering service in Europe over the next two decades, the European Union has to move fast into the next phase of the Single European Sky. A few days ago the Commission adopted two new regulations to advance the implementation of both the SES and the deployment phase of SESAR, the… » read more

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The proposal to address the issue of indirect land use change (ILUC) in European biofuel policy has advanced in the European Parliament, as MEP Corinne Lepage of France released her draft report in the Environment Committee. ILUC refers to unintended consequences of making biofuels—for example, if a policy preference for corn ethanol creates incentives for… » read more

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On 26 February, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee adopted the Commission’s proposal to temporarily “stop the clock” on the enforcement of its aviation ETS for international flights with respect to 2012 emissions. Last year, carbon dioxide emissions from aviation began to be included in the ETS, but the implementation has been highly controversial. EU trading… » read more

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In the quest for sustainability, the aviation industry is seeking to avoid unintended consequences—especially the unintended consequences of employing biofuels on a large scale. One kind of unintended consequence is known as ILUC, or “indirect land-use change”. When biofuels are produced on existing agricultural land, the demand for food and feed crops remains, and may… » read more

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