Cleaner Skies Are Friendlier Skies: NRDC’s Aviation Biofuel Scorecard
In its third installment, NRDC’s Aviation Biofuel Scorecard aims to encourage airline leadership to adopt truly sustainable biofuels using rigorous third-party certification standards—such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)—that assure reduced emissions across a biofuel’s entire life cycle, from production through use, as well as limiting adverse impacts on food security, land, water, air, wildlife, and local communities. The Scorecard has emerged as the premier global measure of airlines’ progress toward this goal. We surveyed 29 leading international airlines and broke them out into four categories: Leading, Advancing, Basic, and Non-respondent. While much remains to be done to achieve, and perhaps exceed, the industry’s goals, we found much progress toward cleaner and friendlier skies.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors.
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
Associated Grade Levels:
5.1 Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.
5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.
5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.
6.3 Human demand for energy is increasing.
6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by human society.
7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.