By Lisa Benedetti, BirdLife Europe
Look up, and chances are you’ll see a streak of white above. In 2013, over 3 billion people took a passenger flight to some destination. Oil prices are the lowest they’ve been in years, and low cost airlines are popping up everywhere, making it far easier to travel by air than ever. Although efficiencies have improved, planes still contribute about 2% of all man made CO2 emissions; it’s 3% in the EU. One of the ways the industry intends to tackle this is by replacing fossil fuels with sustainable biofuels. But is this possible?
Cutting back and finding sustainable alternatives to CO2 emitting fossil fuels will be key to helping mitigate the effects of climate change. The aviation industry intends to do their part to reduce its carbon footprint by improving the fuel efficiency of planes by about 1.5% per year from 2009…
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