29 MARCH 2010
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FINNAIR intends to reduce its emissions by 24% in the period 2009 and 2017. These were first measured in 1999, which means that if Finnair meet the targets the airline would have achieved an astonishing reduction of 41%. These figures are discussed in Finnair's Corporate Responsibility Report which has been published and is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. Supporting the airline’s achievements is an article by Professor Emeritus Seppo Laine of the Helsinki University of Technology on aviation energy consumption and emissions. "According to the latest research, the climate-warming effect of air transport is significantly smaller than expected. Various emission components may have cooling effects, so the overall effect is obtained by multiplying the effect of carbon dioxide emissions by the figure 0.48," writes Laine. In addition to Finnair's corporate responsibility key figures, the report also features a column by analyst Damian Ryan of The Climate Group, who discusses the options for reducing air transport emissions as well as emissions trading plus the effects of tourism, one of the world's biggest industries. www.finnair.com
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