On Monday, at a meeting in Montreal, leaders of the global aviation industry – including JetBlue and Boeing – agreed to reduce carbon emissions, since they negatively impact global warming the most.
At the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meeting in Montreal, members of the aviation industry from twenty-three countries agreed to curb carbon emissions generated by air travel. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the new rules will take effect for all aircrafts by 2028.
One of the biggest contributors to climate change is air travel with commercial aircrafts. Of all the world’s transportation emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), air travel makes up eleven percent, and that number may increase three times by 2050, experts say. From 2020 to 2040, the new standards could help reduce carbon emissions by 160 million tons, according to White House officials. That would equate to taking 140 million cars off the road for a whole years.
Boeing officials – a multinational corporation that designs, produces, and sells airplanes, satellites, rockets, and rotorcraft – said in a statement that their business goals line up with the environmental goals, and that some of their top priorities include lower emissions and greater fuel efficiency. The International Civil Aviation Organization standard will make sure that older airplanes are replaced by newer ones that are a lot more efficient and will also help reduce carbon emissions and fuel use, Boeing explained.
The rise of cheap oil may not help with the new changes. Since last year, a lot of airlines have already reduced the price of their tickets by fourteen to fifteen percent. Lufthansa and Norwegian Air also plan to introduce very cheap flights across Europe, as well as other parts of the world.
However, this could also make it possible for environmental success to be achieved in the future. Because the profits of airlines are reaching very high levels, this could enable companies to invest in newer aircrafts.
Scientists at the University of Cambridge are currently working along with Boeing to design and build a parallel hybrid aircraft engine – made of an electric and a gas engine that would consume thirty percent less fuel than a gas-only engine.
In October, JetBlue (an American low-cost airline), United Technologies, GE Aviation, as well as other companies (154 in total), signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge that was introduced by the White House.
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