About a year ago the International Air Transport Association promised to be carbon neutral by 2020. Previously the industry had promised to cut absolute emissions by 50% by 2050 — and to improve fuel efficiency by 1.5% per year between now and 2020 (www.gaurdian.co.uk)
At present commercial airlines account for two percent of “heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” (nytimes.com)
Challenges to the airline industry include operating a number of airplanes across numerous countries.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been nicknamed the “Greenliner” by some fans, since the new airliner will consume 20% less fuel than competitors.
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