ATA backs SAFE ideas on emissions

The Air Transport Association of America has applauded Secure America’s Future Energy (SAFE) for advancing
recognition of the energy-conservation benefits the US can
realize through a comprehensive modernization of the FAA’s air traffic control system.ATA commends the broad-based approach taken by the Energy Security
Leadership Council. “U.S. airlines have a long, successful track record
of conserving fuel and reducing emissions. We look forward to working
with the FAA to leverage the environmental and efficiency benefits of an
information-centric satellite-based air traffic management system,” said
ATA President and Chief Executive Officer James C. May.

Improving the fuel economy of the fleet is only part of the solution.
Aircraft performance depends greatly on the environment in which it is
allowed to operate. By implementing its recommendation with respect to
air traffic routing, SAFE projects savings of over 400,000 barrels of
oil daily by 2030.


By utilizing available and near-term technologies and procedures, a
modernized air-traffic system would allow:



*      reduced delays

*      curbed fuel-related emissions

*      minimized fuel consumption

*      shortened travel and shipping times


The technology and procedures SAFE and ATA are advocating would result
in a reduction of approximately 146 million barrels of jet fuel
annually, the equivalent* of:


*      reducing 57.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year

*      taking 12.4 million cars off the road annually

*      planting pine trees over the entire state of South Dakota to
absorb CO2 emissions

*      reducing emissions from one typical car taking 6.3 million
trips around the world at the equator


“We have the economic and environmental incentives to find new ways to
reduce fuel consumption, which translates to reduced emissions. SAFE
understands how such measures can help improve our nation’s economic
security by reducing America’s dependence on oil,” said May.


ATA airline members transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline
passenger and cargo traffic.