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March 4, 2009
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Aviation – The Need for Green Sky Thinking
from the Ethical Corporation Magazine
Airlines are responding to the need to cut their carbon footprint. But so far the industry has lacked the big breakthrough idea to achieve the emissions reductions required. Airlines might be to blame for 2 percent of carbon emissions, but they are responsible for 8 percent of global economic activity, according to the International Air Transport Association. More

San Jose Airport Gets Green Grant
from Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
Mineta San Jose International Airport announced it has received a $4.6 million grant to install equipment to will help improve air quality. The funds come from the Federal Aviation Administration's Voluntary Airport Low Emissions program, also known as the VALE Program. More

Aircraft Landings at LAX are Quieter, Cleaner
from The Los Angeles Times
Up to half the aircraft that land at Los Angeles International Airport each day now use arrival techniques that save fuel and reduce noise and air pollution in neighborhoods along the eastern approaches to the nation’s fourth-largest airport, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced. Officials say it also makes flying safer during landings, one of the most critical phases of a flight. More

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Biofuels for Business Aviation
from Aviation International News
As concern for the environment gathers urgency, a number of manufacturers are studying the use of biofuels, which they consider a low-CO2 alternative to petroleum-based fuels. Will biofuels come to business aviation? Yes, according to Ron Rich, Honeywell's director of advanced technology. In short, if they are suitable for aviation, they are suitable for business aviation. More

Port of Seattle Develops Plan to Reduce Sea-Tac Emissions
from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Port of Seattle is developing a plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions it produces at Sea-Tac Airport by 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. That goal, crafted in response to a port commission directive issued last March, applies only to the greenhouse gas emissions that the port says it owns and controls, which accounts for less than 2 percent of the 4.7 million tons of carbon dioxide produced annually by Sea-Tac operations. More

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NatureAir Gets Green Light to Sell Biofuel
from Aviation International News
Costa Rican regional airline NatureAir has entered talks with the government of the Central American republic for permission to sell biodiesel fuel to other companies. Despite the fact that its fleet of six de Havilland Canada Twin Otter turboprops runs on jet-A, serving 17 destinations in Costa Rica and Panama, NatureAir calls itself the world’s first carbon-neutral airline. The company did, however, open the country’s first alternative fueling station last June to fuel its own diesel-powered ground equipment. More

Jet Fuel Price Slashed by 7 Percent
from Economic Times
State-run oil companies slashed prices of jet fuel by about 7 percent recently, but airline companies said they would use the opportunity to cover accumulated losses and may not lower air fares in the near term. This is the eleventh reduction in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) since September 2008, helping prices slide by about 61 percent since August last. ATF makes up nearly 40 percent of airlines' operating costs. More

Runway Deicers May Harm Aquatic Life
from The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. Geological Survey says it has determined chemicals used to remove ice from airport runways may do more environmental harm than previously realized. The USGS says 67 percent of U.S. airports that apply deicers to runways use a potassium acetate compound that might be harmful to aquatic life. Airports during the 1990s airports began using that compound to replace urea, which was known to contribute toxic ammonia to nearby streams. More

Cleaner Flights
from The Malaysia Star
There is growing pressure for airlines to rein in carbon pollution. Already, the European Union plans to subject the aviation industry to its emissions trading scheme from 2012. This will require carriers in its airspace to offset emissions over their entire journey. Airlines are trying out climate-friendlier fuels but no alternatives are expected in the next 10 to 15 years. Since people still need to fly, the next best thing is to make their flights carbon-neutral by donating to a carbon offset project. More

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Be Among the First to Receive a Tutorial on the ACRP Greenhouse Gas Guidebook!
Attend the 5th Annual AAAE Air Quality Conference
April 29-May 1, 2009 * Los Angeles, CA

Currently there is no national legislation requiring airport operators to develop Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories. The few inventories that have been developed to date have largely been based on voluntary measures. With the lack of consistent guidance, the inventories that have been conducted to date have produced widely varying results mainly due to differences in methods rather than actual activity levels at the airports. As such, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) initiated Project 02-06 under its Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) to develop guidance on preparing GHG inventories. The product of this project will be ACRP Project Report 11 - Guidebook on Preparing Airport Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventories. As part of the Fifth Annual AAAE Air Quality Conference, attendees will receive an exclusive ACRP Greenhouse Gas Guidebook tutorial. The tutorial will take place on Wednesday, April 19 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, sponsored and presented by the research team, Wyle Labs and Synergy Consultants.

The guidebook will provide clear and concise language to allow users to develop consistent inventories. Clarity will be expressed though the inclusion of step-by-step instructions to specify the methods and protocols used in the development of GHG inventories. The initial focus of the project will be on the six pollutants negotiated under the Kyoto Protocol: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), and perfluorocarbons (PFC). The main elements of the project include:

  • Sources of GHG Emissions at airports
  • Reasons for development of GHG inventories
  • Assessment of source ownership/control issues
  • Assessment of geographic boundary issues
  • Inventory protocols and methods to calculate GHG emissions
  • Methods to estimate CO2 equivalencies

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Registration Now Open for the Fifth Annual AAAE Air Quality Conference

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE,) in collaboration with Los Angeles World Airports, C&S Engineers, Inc., Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell and Synergy Consultants, presents the Fifth Annual Aviation Air Quality Conference to be held April 29-May 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. This year's conference, entitled Aviation in a Climate Changing World, presents a comprehensive overview of the issues and regulatory requirements facing airports, while offering interactive sessions and case studies that will enhance attendees' job performance and knowledge base. Speakers will include prominent representatives from the FAA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), airports and other aviation sectors.

For more information and to register now, please visit

Other Upcoming AAAE Conference

March 31-April 1
34th Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference

April 14
AAAE Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) Workshop


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