UAT on Climate Change
June 2, 2019
Originally posted: June 2, 2019
Last edited: 2 months, 3 weeks ago
UAT Supports the US Commitment to Climate Mitigation for the Aviation Industry by Lowering 2% of CO2 Emissions and Seeks Pilot Program With Major US Airlines.
According to a recent release on carbon dioxide emissions by the Rhodium Group, greenhouse gas emissions surged 3.4 percent in the United States in 2018. CO2 is on the rise with the transportation sector leading the way but interestingly enough, the rise in carbon emissions did not come from cars. Instead, the air travel helped contribute to the overall increase since the year 2018 experienced a larger demand for jet fuel.
Independently from the Paris Agreement, all major US airlines voluntarily committed to mitigate climate change. After 2027, the climate change program known as Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) will become mandatory. According to Forbes, emission levels in 2020 are expected to triple by 2050. Nevertheless, a 2020 cap may prove insufficient when the goal is to limit climate change and global temperature rise below 2°C. The world needs to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Airlines now have the opportunity to adopt more fuel-efficient aircraft and use innovative technologies that help reduce greenhouse emissions from all sectors. In its plan to support the US commitment to climate mitigation, UAT is developing a new class of aircraft fastener that is designed to improve fuel efficiency by reducing the overall weight of an aircraft. If implemented with integrity, UAT could prevent up to 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per aircraft in one year. That is 200 times what U.S. households emit each year.
All international airlines must comply with CORSIA by monitoring, reporting and verifying their CO2 emissions. Effective January 1, 2021, airlines will be required to limit their emissions of their international flights to the 2019-2020 levels. This year, UAT would like to help in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, among others by seeking pilots and other programs through International Airports and their airline partners such as Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Porter, Southwest, Spirit, and United Airlines. As part of the Accel-VT, a clean-tech program managed by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), UAT has a commitment to help Vermont lead the way in cutting carbon pollution, vowing to reduce greenhouse gases from airplanes by 2%.