A number of companies have announced efforts to bring back commercial supersonic transport. But, as this briefing outlines, the extraordinary negative environmental impact of these aircraft, especially the climate impact, is often overlooked. Such aircraft have very heavy fuel consumption demands and generate extreme non-CO2 effects, far exceeding those of sub-sonic aircraft. Policymakers should therefore be wary of facilitating the return of supersonic commercial flight, and devise measures to ensure that any potential reintroduction does not result in a net increase in civil aviation's climate impact compared to a 'no supersonic' scenario.
The ICSA submission on the CO2 standard for new aircraft agreed at the United Nations' ICAO CAEP (Committee on Aviation Environment Protection) meeting in February 2016.
In this letter, T&E, France Nature Environnement and the UECNA (Union Européenne Contre les Nuisances Aériennes) write to France's Minister for Transport, Élisabeth Borne, about the ongoing trilogue negotiations on revisions to the basic regulation of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]Position paper produced by T&E for NGO coalition ICSA (International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation) on greenhouse gas and noise emissions from aviation.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]The environmental NGOs respond to the points raised by industry on the European Parliament draft report into air transport and the environment.