It is a question I am asking myself after learning that Southwest Airlines is advertising a new eco-friendly plane. The airline claims to have a “green plane,” an innovative idea that marries efficiency, environmentally responsible products, comfort, and reduced waste and weight. Can this fleet really remove or reduce airplane-originated pollution? I can not help but to wonder if this new eco-friendly plane can even reduce hazardous and toxic air emissions by a mere 2%.
“Southwest is proud to lead the aviation industry in environmental stewardship and honored to be working with these eco-friendly vendors and our partners at Boeing,” Kelly says. “We are excited to test their forward-thinking products and expect these green products to not only help the environment, but also create a fuel and materials cost saving for Southwest.”
Aviation is responsible for about 3 percent of overall carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expects domestic aircraft emissions to rise 60 percent by 2025
While I think it is great Southwest is testing eco-friendly building materials, I think this may just be another greenwashing attempt. There is nothing eco-friendly about the 9,000 lbs of fuel burned per hour of flight-time during flying.