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July 29, 2009
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Finnair Adds Web Tool to Calculate Business Travel Carbon Footprint
from Environmental Leader
As companies begin to tabulate the environmental impact of their business travel, a European airline has added an online tool to help employees calculate their own personal carbon footprint. Finnair designed the tool for companies that purchase tickets on long routes, such as between Europe and Asia. Finnair has been updating its fleet to lower-emission planes, and it offers more direct routes between Europe and Asia, with planes carrying lighter fuel loads. More

Green Sky Thinking to Promote the Development of Sustainable Bio-jet Fuels
from ClickGreen
Biofuel research should focus on planes and not cars, the influential think tank Policy Exchange has claimed in a new report. They say a crop area the size of the U.S. continent would be needed to grow enough biofuel to power all the world's cars and alternatives, such as electricity, already exist for them. More

Connecticut Attorney General Appeals FAA Flight Path Ruling
from The Connecticut Post
Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s attorney general, asked federal circuit judges in Washington to reconsider June's ruling against Stamford and other Fairfield County municipalities that upheld the Federal Aviation Administration's proposed flight path changes. Blumenthal's 38-page-brief argues that the three-judge panel ignored the FAA's legal obligation to mitigate noise and environmental effects by considering alternate flight paths over Long Island Sound and other waterways. More

Consumers Demand Transparency in Travel-related Offsets
from Environmental Leader
Consumers remain skeptical when it comes to travel-related carbon offsets, according to a new ClimatePath survey of professionals in the ecotourism and sustainable travel industry. The survey reveals that cost is not a primary barrier to consumer purchases of carbon offsets but rather the need for standards, greater transparency, and a focus on carbon projects in the communities where travel occurs. More

Chicken Feather Biofuel Something to Cluck About
from Fast Company
Chicken feather meal--a mix of processed chicken feathers, blood and innards--is one of the nastiest byproducts of the poultry processing industry. The 11 billion pounds of feather meal that pile up in the United States each year are mostly used as animal feed and fertilizer. A new study from scientists at the University of Nevada indicates that the feather/blood/innard mash-up might be better suited as a non-food based feedstock for biofuels. More

Narita Airport in Japan to Alter Taxiway to Relieve Flight Congestion
from Japan Today
The operator of Narita airport, an international gateway to Tokyo, is preparing work to alter an L-shaped section of a taxiway that have caused flights to back up, airport sources said. Although a curved taxiway is rare for an international airport, Narita's second runway has one with two curves and another that is almost M-shaped as they have to circumvent plots of land owned by long-standing opponents of the airport’s construction. More

North America Braces for Fuel Pain
from Airline Business via Flighglobal
Any reprieve from stabilizing fuel prices for North America carriers was short-lived as the intensity of the global economic downturn quickly led to an erosion of demand that has yet to reach a bottom. Battered profits by those airlines in 2008 are expected to receive another beating this year as jet fuel prices creep back up to add to the continuing misery of revenue weakness. More

Environmental Meetings

August 5 - 7, 2009 - Chicago, IL
AAAE/O'Hare Airports Going Green Workshop

September 1 – 2, 2009 2:00-4:00 PM
AAAE Aircraft and Airfield Deicing and Stormwater Issues Webinar
A two-part series featuring the soon-to-be-released EPA ELG rule;
airport case studies; and the recently completed ACRP Report

AAAE invites you to be a part of the 2009 AAAE Airports Energy Efficiency Forum. Based in last year’s success, AAAE is putting together the 2nd Annual Airports Energy Efficiency Conference, to take place in Seattle, WA on November 16-18, 2009. This year’s forum promises to be even bigger and better than 2008's!

Helping airports figure out how to employ the latest strategies and best practices to minimize/eliminate energy waste and optimize operations is the number one goal for this conference. “Going green” isn’t just a buzzword; it can also save you money and resources.

This forum will address basic ways that airports can save up to 30% with minimum investments: increase efficiency through the use of low-cost technology and equipment, improve facility design and efficiency, improve energy-related operations and maintenance, recommission facilities and controls for optimum comfort and energy use.

For further program information, contact Mariana Rodriguez, AAAE, at (703) 824-0500, Ext. 188, or e-mail

For further registration information, contact Alexia Marquez, CMP, AAAE, at (703) 824-0500, Ext. 201, or e-mail

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