Publications: Aviation

2017.10.24

Looks into the potential and challenges of commercial-scale alternative jet fuel (AJF) production and use based on United Airlines and AltAir’s experience including its challenges, successes, and lessons learned. 

2017.05.30

Evaluates the trajectory of GHG emissions from international aviation in the U.S. and Canada as well as the possible GHG reductions that could be made from deployment of alternative jet fuels (AJFs) within the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

2017.03.22
Evaluates the potential for alternative jet fuels (AJFs) to decarbonize the aviation sector and the risks associated with those fuels’ sustainability, costs and barriers to commercialization. 
2017.02.13

Describes the details of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), the International Civil Aviation Organization’s market-based measure to offset most of the growth in aviation carbon dioxide emissions beginning in 2020.

2016.09.27

Finds that fuel consumption of new aircraft designs could be cut by 25% in 2024 and 40% in 2034 using cost-effective emerging technologies—double the rate of improvement seen in designs coming from manufacturers now in response to market forces alone.

2016.09.27

Independent, transparent estimates of the incremental benefits and costs of applying fuel-burn-reducing technology packages to new aircraft in the near- and mid-term.

2016.04.29

Oil prices will be lower in the future if low-carbon transport technologies are mass deployed, as these technologies will drive a significant reduction in global demand for oil.

2016.02.09

A concise overview of ICAO's proposed aircraft efficiency standard, covering the policy background and standard requirements, and preliminary analysis of expected effects on CO2 emissions.

2015.11.16

This study is an extension of ICCT’s work benchmarking U.S. airline fuel efficiency on domestic operations since 2010.

2015.10.22

Annual update to ICCT's ranking of U.S. airlines by fuel efficiency on domestic operations. The gap between most- and least-efficient airlines narrowed slightly to 25%, and overall industry fuel efficiency improved by 1.7%.

2015.09.03

Analyzes the fuel efficiency / carbon intensity of new commercial aircraft, and indicates the substantial gap existing between what is technological feasible and new aircraft currently on the market.

2014.11.19

First place is a three-way tie between Alaska, Spirit, and Frontier, but overall the fuel efficiency of U.S. domestic airlines showed no improvement in 2013. The slowing efficiency gains since 2010 highlight the need for policies to reduce aviation carbon emissions.

2014.04.30

Updates a benchmarking study of airlines' fuel efficiency in 2010. Overall, the fuel efficiency of U.S. airlines on domestic operations improved 2.3% from 2010 to 2012, not enough to meet U.S. greenhouse gas reduction goals, and the gap between best and worst did not change.

2013.09.10

Quantifies the gaps in overall in-service fuel-efficiency between U.S. domestic passenger airlines, using publicly available data and accounting for differences in business operations across airlines.

2013.09.10

Employs ratio-based, deterministic, and stochastic frontier approaches to assess the fuel efficiency of fifteen large jet operators in the United States.

2013.08.06

In February 2013, the ICAO’s environmental committee finalized a CO2 certification requirement to serve as the basis for a global efficiency standard for new aircraft.

2013.05.13

Assesses how an MTOW constraint, which would lead to a lower nominal payload-range capability for affected aircraft, would influence the economic value of several representative aircraft types.

2011.04.26

Overview of the climate challenge for aviation, introduction to concepts and policy developments, summary of key design criteria.

2010.10.07

Case study demonstrates how metrics that include vehicle and/or fuel weight could relax incentives for manufacturers to devote technological improvements to reducing fuel consumption rather than boosting performance.

2010.10.07

Surveys the range of test cycles used to evaluate the efficiency of vehicles—including passenger cars and trucks, motorcycles, heavy-duty trucks and buses, and marine vessels—in order to inform ICAO discussion of a CO2 certification procedure.

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