Aviation Emissions will continue to take off!

The Canadian Government has not pressured our aviation industry into taking steps to reduce GHG emissions. In our September letter to The Honourable Catherine McKenna, we urged Canada to change course and take a firm message to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference at Montreal in September that further delay is unacceptable. We recently … Read more

Curbing “Wild West” emissions!

In January 2011 we commented on the need to reduce GHG emissions from air travel.  These emissions have increased – in part due to the increasing popularity of air travel among citizens of the developed nations and in part because the international aviation industry did little except talk about reducing emissions. In 2008 the European … Read more

Airline Offsets are not enough!

Air travel for recreational purposes is a large source of GHG emissions.  Air travelers can purchase offsets as part of the booking and paying for a specific flight. This way they can counter their share of the emissions generated during the trip.  The air line relies upon the analysis of a third party consultant to … Read more

The freedom to hop on a plane

Transportation is one of the largest contributors to GHG emissions, ranking second after the generation of electricity. Airlines are projected to account for about 2 percent of global emissions — about the same as Germany. Yet the global air transport industry, airlines and manufacturers, is free from any laws that would limit emissions or penalize … Read more

Air Transport GHG Emissions

Barbara Falby, a member of the 4RG Steering Committee, attended a panel discussion sponsored by the TransformTO initiative on Transportation and Climate Change.  In the question period that followed she inquired why the panel had not referred to aviation CO2 emissions. The response:  previous research showed that aviation emissions were too low to be of … Read more

Air Travel and GHG Emissions

Will grandparents cut back on air travel to reduce GHG emissions? We received a question about air travel, a subject of commentary in several of our blogs. The specific question was: “How many grandparents in 4RG have decided to not fly in order to preserve climate stability?” The questioner referred to his older brother (63) who is now a … Read more