During yesterday’s Euro Control Aviation Sustainability Summit, Ryanair – Europe’s Favourite Airline CEO Michael O’Leary, Wizz Air CEO József Váradi, and International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Willie Walsh each fuelled discussions on the need for standardised emissions reporting.
Indeed, whilst the industry standard calculation that every tonne of kerosene produces 3.16 tonnes of CO2 remains widely uncontested, challenges arise when airlines quote emissions in grams per passenger kilometre.
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Moreover, Transport & Environment (T&E) ‘s William Todts and Lufthansa Group’s Christina Foerster brought up the need to report, analyse, and mitigate non-CO2 emissions such as nitrous oxide, soot aerosols, and linear contrails.
Do you think airlines should adopt an emissions reporting standard? How should that standard account for key variables such as weather, passenger load factor, cargo tonnage, and taxi times? Who should have competency in creating this standard? The International Civil Aviation Organization? the European Commission? IATA?
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