Friday, June 15, 2007

EasyJet, Easy Conscience?

The UK's Grauniad is reporting today that low cost flight pioneer, EasyJet, is developing a new 'ecoJet' which it claims will have 50% less emissions per km than current 'planes. As I've said before, it would be great if a technofix could be found for flying as this appears to be the most intractable part of our carbon footprint. Click on the link to see the bizarre new style of engines which use just 75% of the fuel of conventional jets - the other 25% reduction will be from a lighter airframe and different operating conditions.

It would be easy to say "Nice idea, but it will never work", but those are (almost) the exact words of the then Head of Engineering at Cambridge University when a young Frank Whittle presented him with his initial plans for the first jet engine.

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2 Comments:

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Hayley Jones said...

This could be a really interesting development. Flying has become such a convenient way for people to travel but the environmental concerns are huge. Nevertheless people fly more each year so something needs to be done to reduce the environmental impact.

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger Greenlou said...

I think it's great that companies such as Easy Jet are displaying a concern for environmental issues and are taking the first steps to reduce global warming. However, the only way we're going to make a real difference is by cutting down on the number of plane journeys. The less we fly the less we are contributing to the warming of our planet. if you're interested in this topic and want to do something about it more actively visit our website www.greenvoice.com and join one of our campaigns.

 

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