Monday, December 10, 2012

New EU Law Promotes More Efficient Aircraft Emissions, Stirs Controversy

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Stricter regulations are being placed on plane emissions coming into the EU.

Airplane traffic has been predicted to increase by 50 percent over the next 20 years, however there have been little regulations enforced over the environmental damage being caused by airline emissions. For the most part, global warming and CO2 emissions has been centered around industrial production and automobiles, while very little focus has been placed on airlines. However, the European Union has taken a stance against airplane emissions and put into place a law requiring more in depth documentation of airplane emissions from every company landing within the EU. One problem; not every company is comfortable releasing this information. I wonder why...

"Despite good intentions about contributing to a healthier environment, the European Union recently enforced a law that heavily restricts airline emissions, and has subsequently been met with tremendous opposition. The law essentially requires all aircraft operators touching down or taking off in Europe to offer a permit that illustrates the craft's emissions levels throughout the entire flight.

Still, the step toward environmental friendliness and sustainability is one the United Nations is willing to work toward, but perhaps through a different approach. The U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is currently working on a compromise to the law in an attempt to find a more practical and applicable solution to global temperature change."

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