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US: Airlines reduced emissions last year

Date: 7 Sep 2008

Photo of vapour trails in the sky

The Air Transport Association said that US airlines carried over 20 percent more passengers and cargo but managed to reduce fuel use and emissions during 2007.

According to the group, 3 percent less fuel was used resulting in over 11bn fewer pounds of carbon dioxide (around 5m tonnes) than were produced in 2000.

Changes have been brought about by increasing fuel prices, with airlines retiring older less efficient planes and introducing technology onto others designed to boost mileage. Airlines say they have doubled fuel efficiency since 1978.

Companies are committed to improving efficiency further over the next twenty years by 30 percent.

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