How Can We Make Air Travel Greener (Besides Never Flying Again)?

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Aviation is responsible for over two percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, and for technological reasons it’s one of the most difficult sectors to decarbonize. But California – an early adopter of sustainable aviation fuel and home to 12 international airports – is positioned to guide the nation toward greener air travel, according to UC Berkeley climate and energy expert Ethan Elkind. As part of Forum’s new series “In Transit,” we’ll talk about the hope and limitations of green aviation technology and how we can reduce our carbon footprint when we fly.


Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law; host of the podcast, Climate Break