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The “EasyJet EcoJet”: to cut CO2 emissions by 50% by 2015

EasyJet is the first airline to outline the environmental requirements that must be met by the next generation of short-haul super-clean aircraft. The aircraft would need to be 25% quieter and would emit 50% less CO2 and 75% less NOx than today’s newest aircraft (the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 families of aircraft).

Well, it looks like easyJet has done just that, themselves, with its design of the “easyJet ecoJet”, and what such an aircraft could look like for operation by 2015. The aircraft will incorporate the latest research by airframe and engine manufacturers around the world – all of which can be incorporated into an aircraft that should be in operation by 2015. The projection for the 50% CO2 reduction is based on the findings from the latest research by the industry leaders and will come from the engines (25%), the lightweight airframe (15%) and from improvements to air traffic control technology and design (10%).

The projection for the eco-liner would generate less than 47g of CO2 per passenger km. For comparison, easyJet’s current operations generate 97.5g of CO2 per passenger km, the Toyota Prius emits 104g of CO2 per kilometre; and the European car industry has recently been given a target to achieve 130g of CO2 per kilometre.

The design will contain a number of key features to make it radically more environmentally efficient:

* Rear-mounted “open-rotor” engines offer unrivalled environmental performance for short-haul flying due to their higher propulsive efficiency.
– A lower design cruise speed to reduce drag and a shorter design range to reduce weight
– Noise reductions are expected to come from a gear box between the engine and the open-rotor blades keeping them subsonic during take-off and landing, the use of the rear empennage to shield the ground from engine noise, and airframe improvements (such as no slats on the front of the wing)
– The airframe will be made of advanced weight-reducing materials similar to those used in current projects like the Boeing 787, which itself is estimated to be 27% more fuel efficient than the aircraft it will replace in many fleets.

EasyJet has an environmental code, based on three promises:

1. To be environmentally efficient in the air – * Newer planes – our average fleet age is 3.4 years.
Fuller planes – they sell on average 85% of the seats on our higher seat density planes.
Short-haul, direct trips only.
2. To be environmentally efficient on the ground – * Using less ground equipment.
Using more airports with good public transport links.
3. To lead in shaping a greener future for aviation – Leading the way to a greener future through initiatives like carbon offsetting and our ecoJet aircraft design.

Nice to hear of company blazing an eco-trail, rather than being dragged down the green path, screaming and crying all the way.

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5 Responses to “EasyJet EcoJet”

  1. Bob Says:

    I love their environmental code, like you said it is so nice to see companies leading the way. The company I work for starting going green over a year ago with bringing in consultants which I have been working with to cut done our CO2 emissions, through proper and more efficient electrical, water and recyclable controls.

    Bobs last blog post..On Going to The Moon and Beyond

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Bob … It is good to see both companies going green. It helps us all!

  3. whamx.com Says:

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  4. wilson Says:

    I supported this concept wholeheartedly, Linda! 🙂

    wilsons last blog post..Mind About the Soup’s Boiling Time!

  5. Linda Says:

    Hey Wilson … It will be reality soon! Thanks for your support!

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