New plan to reduce planes' CO2 emissions

March 31, 2009

(AP) -- Aviation groups in Europe announced a plan Tuesday to change the way commercial planes land in order to reduce their global-warming emissions of carbon dioxide.

By 2013 some 100 European airports will allow planes to descend all the way from cruising altitude to the runway in one smooth glide, saving up to 450 kilograms (992 pounds) of CO2 per landing, the International Air Transport Association said.

In all, are hoping to save 500,000 metric tons (515 US tons) of carbon gas this way each year, said IATA's head of infrastructure Guenther Matschnigg.

The measure - the first continentwide plan of its kind - is part of the airline industry's effort to combat , IATA said.

It also comes amid concerns that the current could keep governments and businesses from transforming their carbon-dependent economies.

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Modernmystic
3 / 5 (2) Mar 31, 2009
Why don't they do this already? Could this compromise safety in some way?
Egnite
5 / 5 (1) Apr 01, 2009
Sounds like a much more efficient method than just slapping another tax on it...
rwinners
not rated yet Apr 02, 2009
Why don't they do this already? Could this compromise safety in some way?


Yes, it would effect safety. This will require a massive change in approach and departure patterns and this must be co-ordinated among all the airport authorities in different countries. It isn't something that can be accomplished overnight.
Velanarris
5 / 5 (2) Apr 03, 2009
Why don't they do this already? Could this compromise safety in some way?

Yes, it would effect safety. This will require a massive change in approach and departure patterns and this must be co-ordinated among all the airport authorities in different countries. It isn't something that can be accomplished overnight.
Conversely, building more runways on Hub airports would do the exact same thing to reduce exhaust by taking planes out of the air faster with less needless circling in a holding pattern waiting for a clear landing spot.

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