Airlines are increasingly portrayed in the press as “sustainability villains”, who are untaxed and unaffected by any current agreement on emissions. Current emissions levels are forecast to grow in absolute tonnes and even more so as a proportion of total emissions.
Meanwhile when talking to airline executives, there is real enthusiasm to be greener. However, with the commercial challenges facing "first mover" governments and airlines, and those facing fuel and manufacturing companies, satisfying keen-to-be-green executives may depend on complex, cross-border regulation.
So what is the true picture? This article explores some of the issues.
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