Just Released! Order “Waking Up to Climate Change” by George Ropes, and receive 25% Discount. Learn More

Close this search box.
Close this search box.

HOME          CATEGORIES          OUR TAKE

Future aircraft to limit CO2 Emissions

Britain’s low-cost airline EasyJet  will soon be testing its new hybrid airplane. The aircraft will run on fuel cells as well as use regenerative braking to reclaim energy during landings. The fuel cells will power the plane’s electric motors when taxing on the ground, traditionally the time when aircraft uses about four percent of the plane’s fuel. The new hybrid system would charge  lightweight batteries when the aircraft is on the ground. EasyJet says using fuel cells could likely same 50,000 tons of fuel annually. This announcement came on the heels of a statement issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) proposing a draft rule to set the first global greenhouse-gas emissions standard for aircrafts. Globally, airplanes produced more than 492 million tons of CO2 in 2014, a number that is expected to get bigger as 56,000 new aircraft are projected to traverse the skies by 2040. This figure was projected by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), an environmental group based in New York City who claims that CO2 emissions from air travel and transport could triple or even quadruple in the next 25 years.

ICAO’s draft rule will apply to most commercial and business aircraft. The rule responded to last December’s COP 21 UN climate agreement signed in Paris which didn’t address aircraft emissions impact on global warming. According to an article in Nature “How Aircraft Emissions Contribute to Warming,”  emission from international aviation or shipping together “account for more than 3% of humanity’s CO2 output.”

The ICAO plan is slated to take effect in 2028 and is expected to decrease fuel consumption by new aircraft at cruising speed by an average of 4% compared with the current level, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), a non-profit research group based in Washington DC. The ICAO is expected to adopt the CO2 standard later this year.


Comment on this article

ClimateYou moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (New York time) and can only accept comments written in English.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.


More Posts Like This


Solar Power: One of the Most Impactful Renewable Energies To Combat Climate Change

Several innovative technologies, such as solar power, wind power, green hydrogen power, electric vehicles, etc., have the potential to significantly impact mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable practices. In this essay, I am going to talk about solar power and


Cloud Computing: Driving Environmental Sustainability in the Digital Age

Sustainable technology, known as Green IT, is reshaping the way we approach technology in business and industry. It emphasizes developing and using technology without harming the environment. Cloud computing is a prime example of sustainable technology. It allows companies to store data on external servers which reduces costs and infrastructure


The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture, Industry, and Tourism: A Multifaceted Challenge

Climate change is an overarching global issue that impacts a variety of sectors, including agriculture, industry, and tourism. These changes, in turn, affect various groups of people, such as farmers, city dwellers, and the economically disadvantaged. The effects of climate change on these sectors and communities are interconnected,