Sustaining Flight: Comprehension, Assessment, and Certification of Sustainability in Aviation
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This chapter focuses on flight energy, and what it would mean if flight energy could be secured in a sustainable way. The dictionary definitions of ‘sustainable’ imply both physical and social justice components. Acceptance of the proposition that neither environmental benignity nor social justice can be achieved, one independent of the other, has been slow in coming. Recognizing how the two are mutually dependent is essential, as is developing a mechanism for determining whether real sustainability is happening. This is particularly important for the airline industry, which operates on a global scale and sources inputs on that same scale. Policy efforts at international scale, in these respects, have not been entirely fruitful.
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