Visby airport. Photo: Swedavia In 2017 alone, air transport generated 859 million tonnes of the world’s carbon emissions. In reality, this accounted for just 2 percent of global CO2 emissions, yet it’s no surprise that people are reevaluating their travel habits. The good news is sustainable air travel is no longer a flight of fancy, it’s here and Sweden is at its helm. Despite significant advances in technology over the last ten years, biofuel – which is derived from renewable plant and animal materials and emits 80 percent less carbon than fossil fuels – has retained a near-mythical quality. It’s time for that myth to be dispelled, says Lena Wennberg, Head of Environment at Swedavia, Sweden’s largest airport operator. Photo: Lena Wennberg, Head of Environment at Swedavia “There are already Swedish domestic airlines offering flights using biofuel,” she told The Local. “Like BRA for example. All you have to do is … [Read more...] about Sweden’s airports have a solution to ‘stop emissions, not travel’
Science & Environment By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, Katowice 5 December 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46447459 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsUN climate change conference 2018 A … [Read more...] about CO2 emissions reach ‘all-time high’
Climate targets only function if countries, cities and companies report their emissions accurately. A new project hopes to show how this reporting should be done, but building trust looks set to play a huge part in overcoming the challenge. In order to gauge emissions reduction progress, emitters have to declare how much greenhouse gas they are pumping out. At the international level, that process has provoked disagreement, particularly at the UN’s annual climate summits. At company and sectoral level, emissions accounting is patchy due to a lack of harmonised practices and standards, as well as lack of experience in actually doing it. Logistics experts maintain though that there is huge untapped potential. A new scheme, the LEARN project, hopes to improve how things are done by offering support to participating companies, developing training courses and engaging a network where best practices can be shared. During a stocktake last week of the first two years of the … [Read more...] about Trusting the accountant: How emissions reporting is set to change
BIRMINGHAM airport’s buses will now be run on green electric power after the fleet was awarded £1.4million from government. The plans are a boost for the airport which has cut emissions ahead of the so-called masterplan expansion – which has been criticised for potential rises in pollution. The money will support the electrification of the airport’s landside bus fleet with ultra-low emission buses operating as a passenger transport service on all of the airport car park routes. The money was administered by the Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme administered by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The grant will partly fund the purchase of electric buses as well as the installation of dedicated bus charging infrastructure. The remaining investment, to achieve this infrastructure, will be made by Birmingham Airport. Airport chief executive Nick Barton said: “Since 2012, the Airport has reduced its CO2 per … [Read more...] about Birmingham Airport buses to be run on low emission electric power
PUBLISHED: 09:32 08 February 2019 Ross Bentley and Emily Beament Think tank Transport for Quality of Life says large scale changes to transport are needed Pictures: PAUL GEATER Archant The proposal comes as figures show transport was the biggest contributor to the UK’s carbon pollution problem in 2017. Transport now accounts for more than a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissionsBus travel should become free to help people out of their cars and drive down greenhouse gas emissions, environmental campaigners have urged.According to data from the Business Department (Beis), transport emissions - excluding international flights and shipping - have fallen just 2% since 1990 and now account for more than a quarter (27%) of the total greenhouse gas output of 460 million tonnes - a bigger share than energy supplies, businesses, homes or agriculture. Suffolk County Council says it is “actively developing policies to promote greener travel options” … [Read more...] about Is free bus travel the answer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution?