Cutting carbon emissions

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Willie Walsh, the new boss of IATA, said that a 10-12% cut in carbon emissions by airlines could be an immediate benefit if politicians agreed on better use of air space. Airlines were playing their part; few politicians are.

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A better use of air space would give CO2 reductions

Modern aircraft are much more fuel efficient than they were but are flying on fuel-expensive air waves when shorter routes could and should be available.

As Walsh said, the flight routes that are still used were decided upon in the 1940’s and 1950’s in the main which he finds unacceptable.

Then planes had to stay further away from each other because so much manual work was done. In this time of computer guidance, planes could fly safely, much closer.

Anyone has flown a couple of times would probably have ended up being stacked awaiting permission to land at one busy airport or another. That uses fuel and contributes to emissions. Better use of air space should reduce the number of aircraft being stacked.

To take two recent cases, aircraft flying to Qatar couldn’t overfly Saudi Arabia during the dispute between the two countries adding miles and fuel usage to the journey. In the second case when a Ryanair flight was forced to land in Belarus, the clamour the UK government advised British based flights to avoid the Belarus airspace. Such a ban would lead to additional flying time.

At a time when London City Airport has become the first airport in the world to have air traffic controllers in Hampshire using an ‘enhanced reality’ view supplied by a state-of-the-art 50m digital control tower to control traffic into and out of the airport, there are many tech changes that would improve flight times and thus improve CO2 emissions.

Eurocontrol ( the body overseeing the use of airspace in Europe) and NATS (the British body responsible for our air space have consistently looked at better use of airspace but do politicians do anything? No they just blather about carbon offsetting and other easily understood things.

No wonder it looked like Walsh was getting hot under the collar!

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