Aviation is responsible for around 12% of CO2 emissions from all transport sources. Here in the U.S., around 450 deaths each year are caused by airplane emissions. This may not sound great, but it’s only 1/7th the number that it would be if pollution were to fall straight to the ground from airplanes.
The Aviation Industry is Going Green!
Luckily, there are a few ways that the aviation industry is responding to the green initiative! Below are a few important changes in the aviation industry:
Reducing CO2 Emissions – Aircrafts are being designed to take advantage of biofuels (such as ethanol), which produce fewer CO2 emissions that traditional fuel types. In addition, there are more advanced flight-planning apps for pilots to use to plot optimal flight patterns, which will decrease fuel emissions and consumption.
Increasing Fuel Efficiency – Aircraft engines are now being designed to require less fuel and provide better fuel efficiency. Additionally, fuselages are now featuring more streamlined designs that will help to reduce drag, which will also increase fuel efficiency.
Decreasing the Weight of Aircraft – There are a few ways that we’re able to decrease the weight of an aircraft. For example, it’s been found that lightweight composite materials can significantly reduce the weight of an airplane. To a smaller degree, digital charts will eliminate the need for heavy paper charts and more energy-efficient internal systems will require less heavy equipment.
Lowering Noise – More advanced engines are producing much less noise. This is because acoustic liners are used to help muffle the sound created by the aircraft. Additionally, many aircrafts are now cutting their engines while at the gate, which will decrease the noise generated at airports.
Our preferred partner, Cirrus, has taken steps to go green. See some of the latest news on efforts to go green: Click Here
Protecting the Earth and its citizens is a great goal and we’re happy to see that the aviation industry is taking it seriously! For more information about how you can take the right steps towards going green, please visit https://www.usa.gov/green.
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