Emirates: ,For a greener Tomorrow´

Emirates: ,For a greener Tomorrow`

The Emirates Group has released its fifth annual environmental report for 2014-15. Audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the report presents environmental performance data across a range of activities including airline operations, dnata’s cargo and ground handling businesses and a wide range of commercial activities on the ground – from engineering to catering.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group: “As the scale of our operations expands, we are ever more conscious of our responsibility towards the environment and communities we serve.”  Continue reading “Emirates: ,For a greener Tomorrow´” »

90th anniversary of the founding of the first Lufthansa

First Flight Der erste Linienflug der Luft Hansa´s first flight with a Fokker-Grulich F II from Berlin via Halle-Erfurt-Stuttgart to Zurich on April 6th, 1926 Foto: LH-Bildarchiv / Lufthansa: 04.1926 DLHD 3084-1-4
Luft Hansa´s first flight with a Fokker-Grulich F II from Berlin via Halle-Erfurt-Stuttgart to Zurich on April 6th, 1926 /Image: Lufthansa

6 January 2016 will mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the first Lufthansa. In order to mark this occasion, Deutsche Lufthansa AG is publishing the first comprehensive account of the history of the first Lufthansa. The historic work entitled in German Continue reading “90th anniversary of the founding of the first Lufthansa” »

The document from Paris to ‘save the world’

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Our planet/image: Umweltbundesamt

On 12 December in Paris the inter- national community agreed a histo- ric deal. The world climate agree ment will ensure that global warming caused by human activity is limited. All 196 countries have approved the agreement. It was decided that global warming will be kept well below two degrees Celsius compared to levels at the end of the 19th century. (One degree has already been reached.) Efforts should be undertaken to limit the increase of ground- evel temperature to 1.5 degrees.

The CO2 emissions will soon reach their peak, according to the treaty. No great progress has been achieved with this according to Raimund Schwarze from Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). Developing countries in particular may need longer. In the second half of the century a balance should be achieved between greenhouse gas emissions and their absorption by the oceans and forests, or through technical means such as CO2 dumping. Formulations such as decarbonization, zero emissions or emission neutrality were hindered by the oil-producing nations, India and a few others.

What does all of this mean for the aviation industry ?
” Even though international aviation and shipping is explicitly excluded from the text of the climate treaty, we believe that it will be very significant for Continue reading “The document from Paris to ‘save the world’” »

The arduous process and the high hopes of Paris

Image: Umwelt Bundesamt

The UN Climate Change Conference, the annual State Parties Conference (Conference of the Parties, COP) was created in 1996 during the UN Climate Change Framework Convention. Up to now the results have only been minor, but the hope and expectations for Paris are high. The Conference 2015 which started November 30th was supposed to end December 11th continues…

So far, the aim of the Climate Change Conference was to develop a succession agreement to the Kyoto Protocol which expired in 2012 and which up until now has been the only binding instrument of international law for the policy of climate conservation. A global post-Kyoto settlement in which many no longer believed should now be decided on at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris. What had been achieved since 1992 in Rio?

A Chronology

1992: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro
Following years of scientific and political discussions about the protection of the climate, the UN Conference on the Environment and Development, ”UNED”, took place in June 1992. At this historical “Rio Conference” the climate framework convention was Continue reading “The arduous process and the high hopes of Paris” »

Less Noise, Less Fuel

DLR research aircraft Airbus A320 ATRA. Image: DLR

Two new research projects of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) aim to achieve less noise and lower fuel consumption.
Two research projects that the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Environment & Community Center (UNH) presented in Kelsterbach near Frankfurt on 24 November are aimed at reducing aircraft noise over residential areas.
On behalf of the UNH, a subsidiary of the state of Hesse, the DLR is expected to test a pilot assistance system called LNAS (Low Noise Augmentation System) with the A320 ATRA research aircraft during regular operations at Frankfurt airport in the summer of 2016). The system is supposed to offer a noise-optimized approach procedure. The researchers wish to find out Continue reading “Less Noise, Less Fuel” »