23 NOVEMBER 2015
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British Airways hit back last week at a report accusing it and Lufthansa of burning more fuel and emitting more environmentally-damaging CO2 than any other carriers flying between Europe and the US.
The two carriers came joint bottom of a league table of the most fuel-efficient airlines crossing the Atlantic last year. Norwegian Air topped the list.
The study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found BA passengers typically travelled only 27km per litre of fuel, while Norwegian’s travelled 40km per litre. The report said the fuel-efficiency gap between the most fuel-efficient airlines and the least was 51%.
BA responded by saying a better approach to the research would have been to look at airlines’ global operations rather than segment one region.
"Our carbon emissions performance continues to improve with the introduction of new, more fuel efficient aircraft,” a statement added. “We have also developed innovative operational procedures which have been adopted by other carriers to increase fuel efficiency.
"British Airways has improved its carbon efficiency by 10% between 2005 – 2014 ... and we are on track to deliver our target of 83gCO2/pkm, which means a 25% improvement, by 2025.” www.theicct.org www.britishairways.com
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Barry Graham, Washington, DC
There is no proof that CO2 is "environmentally damaging" nor is there any proof that climate change has anything to do with CO2 emissions.