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Kingfisher halt helped cut aviation carbon emissions: Report

MUMBAI: The total carbon emissions by Indian carriers went down in 2012 as compared to the previous year, said a carbon footprint report released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday. The reversal was not an indicator of a new trend, but rather a result of Kingfisher Airlines' suspension of operations.

"Overall in the year 2012, carbon dioxide emissions from Indian airline-related operations declined. This trend is related to general passenger developments for 2012, the discontinuation of Kingfisher's operations, as well as the improved operational efficiency of some Indian carriers," said the DGCA report. The report said that the total emissions of 15,389,000 tonne of carbon dioxide in 2012 by Indian carriers and foreign airlines operating into India represented less than 1% of India's anthropogenic (resulting from human activity) emissions. Globally, the airline industry contributes about 2-3% to the total carbon emissions.

On the negative side, the note said that since there was an absence of reduction measures, carbon dioxide emissions might reach 30,000,000 tonne in 2020. Also, the carbon dioxide emissions (in kilograms) per revenue tonne kilometres (RTK: is the product of weight of revenue commodities and distance flown) for Indian carriers in 2012 was 0.99, which was higher than the 0.95 in 2011. In short, more carbon was emitted to transport a passenger from one point to other in 2012 than in 2011.

In 2012, global airline operations were responsible for the emission of 690 million tonne of carbon dioxide, which represented about 2-3% of global anthropogenic emissions. 

Carbon dioxide emissions--------% Change


1) Domestic flights-------------------6700----------------6130----------9.2 % decrease

2) International flights---------------5900-----------------5400---------8.8 % decrease

by Indian carriers

3) International flights----------------3600----------------3800----------5.7 % increase

by foreign carriers

4) Total----------------------------------16,300-------------15,300--------5.7 % decrease

The Times of India (31-01-2014)