Air Transport World

Eco-Aviation comes to the US.(ENVIRONMENT)

THE FIRST CONFERENCE to be held in the US devoted exclusively to airlines and the environment attracted a diverse audience committed to understanding and reducing the air transport industry's impact on the environment, from greenhouse gas emissions to deicing fluid. Held June 18-20 in Washington, Eco-Aviation was sponsored by ATW and Leeham Company.

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Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe delivered the keynote address in which he described his carrier's extensive efforts to be environmentally friendly in the corporate office--where time and motion sensors turn lights off and on automatically to conserve energy--as well as on the ramp and in the air. While noting that airlines "already have plenty of incentive to reduce fuel burn" and stressing that "real step change" will come from new technologies and sustainable alternative fuels, he detailed the significant effort ANZ makes to reduce fuel consumption. No adjustment is too small, he said. Chief Pilot Dave Morgan told him that "if he puts two bottles of Coke in his flight bag and carries them around for a year without getting around to drinking them, he will burn an additional 400 liters of fuel."

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Among ANZ's initiatives has been working with pilots to reduce discretionary fuel uplift. "All our pilots now receive graphs that display their discretionary fuel uplift compared with all their peers and it has led to our more conservative pilots reducing the amount of discretionary fuel they carry," Fyfe said. …

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