How the aviation industry is trying to become greener

As global leaders were gathering for a key climate change summit, Tom Batchelor considered some of the options available to the aviation industry to scrub up its act

Pressure is rapidly building on the aviation industry to do more to improve its environmental impact.

With self-imposed deadlines for the sector’s ambitious targets to slash carbon emissions fast approaching, airlines and the wider ecosystem that supports them must turn commitments into action. The task is enormous: according to World Economic Forum research, if the global aviation industry were a country, it would rank in the top ten of greenhouse gas emitters, ahead of nations such as the UK and Brazil. While the industry’s annual contribution to human-made carbon emissions is estimated to be around two per cent, some experts suggest this is an underestimate as emissions have can have a greater impact when released at higher altitudes.

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