The U.S. airlines are eco-friendly drivers of the economy—and getting greener every day. For example, airlines have improved fuel efficiency by 120 percent and reduced aircraft noise exposures by 95 percent since the mid-1970s, while more than tripling enplanements. Environmental excellence and sustainability are a vital part of the U.S. airlines’ business model and environmental experts within our industry are doing their part to help the airlines continue to contribute to a cleaner world for us all to enjoy for years to come.
Recently, Nancy Young, Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Airlines for America, was recognized by Biofuels Digest for her vital role in shaping global environmental policies and was named one of the Top 100 People in Advanced Bioeconomy in 2017.
“I’d like to thank Biofuels Digest and its readers for recognizing Airlines for America’s continued hard work and dedication to the development and deployment of sustainable alternative aviation fuels, working closely with our member airlines,” said Young. “Today, U.S. commercial aviation accounts for just 2 percent of the nation’s man-made greenhouse gas emissions, while still supporting 11.3 million jobs and 5 percent of the U.S. GDP. With the help of sustainable alternative aviation fuels and other critical aviation infrastructure and technology advancements, we will continue to improve this record and ensure that future generations always have the opportunity to explore the world in an eco-friendly way.”
Throughout her career, Young has been continuously recognized as an environmental thought-leader. She currently serves as the environmental co-lead of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative®, which works to help make environmentally preferred alternative jet fuels commercially viable and readily available to the airlines. She also serves on key working groups of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection and on the board of the Air Transport Action Group. In 2015, Young was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve on his High-Level Advisory Group for Sustainable Transport, which concluded its work in late 2016 with the launch of its analysis and recommendations report, Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development.