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Energy efficiency improvements in air traffic: The case of Airbus A320 in Spain


  • Cansino, José M.
  • Román, Rocío


Structural improvements in aircraft design, seeking to improve energy efficiency, can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by reducing reduced fuel consumption. This research reviews improvements with the introduction of a structural component known as "winglet;" these are positioned at the top of the aircraft wing, and increased Airbus Group A320 sales. Data used are taken from air traffic in Spain for the 2010–2014 period with projections being made for 2020. The results show that winglets reduce CO2 equivalent emissions associated with Spain's air transport for the 2015–2020 period between 66.29 and 59.56 Gg. depending on the scenario considered in 2020.

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  • Cansino, José M. & Román, Rocío, 2017. "Energy efficiency improvements in air traffic: The case of Airbus A320 in Spain," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 109-122.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:101:y:2017:i:c:p:109-122
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2016.11.027

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