Emissions quest

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Carbon footprint vapour trails, Rex Features
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As pressure mounts on the aviation industry to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, engineers are turning to nature for answers. We take an in-depth look at the science of biomimicry and how it is being used in the design and development of more fuel-efficient aircraft. Plus, an update on the legwork that still needs to be done by aircraft operators ahead of their forthcoming participation in the European emissions trading scheme, including a possible simplification of the process for business aviation and other small emitters. And two and a half years on from its launch, we report the progress of the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (Aspire) to see how successfully the air traffic management project is implementing the techniques learned from its green demonstration fights.

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