Airlines, Getting Greener

Contrary to the assertion in “Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel” (news analysis, Sunday Review, Jan. 27), airlines are among the greenest forms of transportation, and we’re getting greener.

The Environmental Protection Agency confirms that United States airlines contribute less than 2 percent of domestic greenhouse gas emissions — much less than the 25 percent produced by the rest of the transportation industry — while driving more than 5 percent of gross domestic product and 10 million jobs.

We’ve achieved an outstanding record by investing billions in fuel-saving technologies. In fact, United States airlines improved fuel efficiency 120 percent since 1978, reducing carbon emissions by 3.3 billion metric tons, savings equivalent to taking 22 million cars off the road every year.

Airlines for America member airlines are part of a worldwide aviation coalition supporting global emissions standards at the International Civil Aviation Organization, intended to bring greater environmental benefit and do so in a way that supports United States businesses and travelers alike.

V.P., Environmental Affairs
Airlines for America
Washington, Jan. 31, 2013

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