16 JANUARY 2017
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A new report setting out how carriers are reducing carbon emissions and helping to meet the global industry target of a 50% reduction in global aviation emissions by 2050 is published today by Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK airlines.
The report, “UK Airlines – Responding to the Carbon Challenge”, details the size of CO2 emissions from UK aviation and how UK airlines are working to reduce these while delivering sustainable growth across the sector.
It sets out the investment airlines are making in new, quieter aircraft – 470 over the past 10 years, with 400 on order – and the impact this is having on the ground.
It makes the point that since 2005 new aircraft and more efficient flights have delivered 23m extra passengers while saving 20m tonnes of CO2 emissions in the process. Flights by UK carriers are also 12% more fuel efficient, the document says.
Airlines UK chief executive Tim Alderslade said: “The report sets out in detail the carbon impact of UK aviation and what the industry is doing to deliver sustainable growth. It is clear airlines are making enormous efforts.
“Further work is needed, some of it requiring government support, but the report demonstrates the direction of travel is positive.” (See also BTN 9 January).
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