lundi 14 juin 2010

The way Easy Jet projects "nature friendly" aviation

Currently, we talk a lot about environment, the role of transport and people behaviour in climate change. Despite the fact that I love planes, I am aware of their downsides, especially when it comes to environment. Flight is one of the most polluting forms of transportation, essentially because of noise and air pollution. Despite the decrease of sound energy and fuel consumption, the air traffic keeps growing thus the pollution too.

People debate about wich is more polluting: road or air traffic? Nevermind the answer, both cars and planes are challenged to do better.

Therefore I’m grateful when I see a growing number of companies thinking about environmental issues in their conceptions like Easy Jet. The company is working on eco planes which will launch in 2015. Code-named EcoJet, this unit would be 25% quieter and it would issue up to 50% less CO2 and 75% less NOx than today's most modern aircraft in operation (families 737 and Airbus A320). It’s a good point.

By the way, speaking at the UN’s climate summit in New York, Mr Walsh, the boss of British Airways, said: "International aviation emissions were not included in the Kyoto protocol 12 years ago. Now we have a chance to rectify that omission. Our proposals represent the most environmentally effective and practical means of reducing aviation's carbon impact. They are the best option for the planet and we urge the UN to adopt them."

Is this a communication strategy or a real desire to fight for the environment? The question is in the future commitment of aircraft industry. The increase of air traffic is the challenge for the engineers conceiving large and clean planes for a “nature friendly” aviation.

Good news for the aviation fans who care about ecology, there will be soon The Green Air Show at the museum of Air and Space of Bourget, 18-20 June 2010. This is a great idea to make people aware of the industry’s commitment to environment. It’s a good opportunity to see exhibitions devoted exclusively to technological innovations in aviation: electric motors, hydrogen fuel cells, solar energy, reduction of noise pollution, use of non-polluting paints, sustainable development applied to airports, runways, aircraft villages, lectures and workshops for engineers, researchers and students, educational workshops to explain new technologies to the general public.

Have a good week end!

A. Beladina

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