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Aviation emissions will rise regardless of technological advances

22/10/2008

Aircraft technological advancements will not reduce absolute aviation emissions, according to action group Plane Stupid.

Leo Murray, a company spokesperson, said that advances in technology, in principle, are great in the long term.

But he added there is "no scope" to bring down emissions "given the limited time frame we have for effective action on climate change".

When Ryanair, he said, orders five new Airbus A380s, they do not decommission five dirty planes.

Aviation emissions are expected to continue increasing substantially until 2050, by which stage the UK is targeted to have reduced them by 80 per cent.

But Mr Murray said that these two goals are "incompatible" no matter how advanced the technology.

Eco-conscious travel insurance customers will still be glad to see the development of more environmentally-friendly aircrafts.

Airbus claims that its A380's engine emissions are well below current international limits and it boasts lower fuel consumption as well as reduced external noise levels.

(From researchers: Plane Stupid: "There is no scope for reducing absolute emissions from aviation through technological advancement")

Eco-conscious travel insurance customers will be shocked to hear aviation action group Plane Stupid's remarks that advanced technology will not reduce emissions.

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