Environmental Impact Of Aviation Emissions & CO2 On Climate Change
n this video I talk about the environmental impact of the aviation industry.
This is a contentious issue with many strong feelings about it so if you have something to say on this subject feel free to comment below.
This video was inspired by a recent Facebook post in which someone shared a short video encouraging people to fly less often.
The video promoted the idea that air travelers could do their bit to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment by lessening demand.
It is widely known that the aviation industry is expanding, partly due to passenger demand but also because of an increase in air freight.
I too am concerned about the environmental impact of humanity on the planet. In my lifetime the pace and the severity of the damage has increased dramatically.
In the mid 1970s I sent my first donation to what was then a small group of campaigners protesting against nuclear tests in the Pacific and the slaughter of whales in the oceans.
That group was called Greenpeace and a few years later they became Greenpeace International.
In the forty years that have passed since the early days of environmentalism many things have got better but a lot of things have also got worse.
There’s no room of complacency in any industry and it’s good that we examine the impact we have on the environment, directly or indirectly.
Consumers can change their habits and developers can design cleaner and more efficient technologies.
All these things are happening now. Take a look at the work of the UK based Sustainable Aviation.
“Sustainable Aviation is a long term strategy which sets out the collective approach of UK aviation to tackling the challenge of ensuring a cleaner, quieter, smarter future for our industry.”
Visit this site for more information: http://www.sustainableaviation.co.uk.
Aviation biofuels were approved for commercial use in 2011 and second generation aviation biofuels are now in development.
More fuel-efficient and less polluting turbofan and turboprop engines have been developed and produced.
Hybrid and electrically powered aircraft are now being designed and the first prototypes are appearing.
But none of this research would be possible if the aviation industry was in a slump or permanent decline.
It takes investment to carry out research and development and those funds come from the profits of healthy companies.
According to the European Commission’s website “Direct emissions from aviation account for about 3% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions and more than 2% of global emissions.”
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