Environmental Impact

Airships provide an opportunity to meet the growing demands of an interconnected world while reducing the environmental impact humanity imposes upon the planet.

Historically airships have been extremely energy efficient, and modern airships are even more so. In summary:

  • Airships have extremely low emissions of both greenhouse gases and other pollutants. When less fuel is burned, fewer emissions result.
  • Airships are much quieter than other forms of aerial transportation. This improves the quality of life for those served by airship transport, and opens airships for use in ecotourism without jeopardizing the tranquillity of remote biomes. With the capability to fly at variable speeds, including hovering, airships can allow eco-tourists to observe sensitive monuments and natural wonders from a spectacular vantage point, with little to no impact upon these treasures.
  • Airships require very little to no ground infrastructure, allowing operations in austere locations without the need to build or maintain costly roads, ports, or airports, which themselves are disruptive to sensitive ecosystems. This opens remote developing regions to the global marketplace. Perishable, organic produce can find willing buyers on the world stage, facilitating sustainable fair trade, where before, lengthy complicated logistics made such efforts infeasible.

Fuel Consumption* vs Aircraft Productivity

This graph indicates the existing technology level and expected future improvements in fuel consumption and productivity for both hybrid and fixed-wing aircraft

Fuel Consumption* vs Aircraft Productivity

Greenhouse Effect** vs Aircraft Productivity

This graph indicates the existing technology level and expected future improvements in greenhouse gas emissions for both hybrid and fixed-wing aircraft. Hybrid aircraft have lower greenhouse gas emissions because they consume less fuel and operate at a lower altitude.

Greenhouse Effect** vs Aircraft Productivity key
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