Carbon footprint from helitankers: sustainable decision making in aerial wildfire fighting

Álvarez Gallego, Sergio and Planelles Gonzalez, Rosa and Rubio Sánchez, Agustín (2015). Carbon footprint from helitankers: sustainable decision making in aerial wildfire fighting. "International Journal of Wildland Fire", v. 24 (n. 7); pp. 983-988. ISSN 1049-8001. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF15011.

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Title: Carbon footprint from helitankers: sustainable decision making in aerial wildfire fighting
Author/s:
  • Álvarez Gallego, Sergio
  • Planelles Gonzalez, Rosa
  • Rubio Sánchez, Agustín
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: International Journal of Wildland Fire
Date: July 2015
ISSN: 1049-8001
Volume: 24
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Carbonfeel; consumption-based emissions; environmental accounting; helicopters; MC3; Scope 3 emissions
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería y Morfología del Terreno
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Carbon footprint (CF) can be a key factor stimulating innovation while driving sustainable decision making. The air transport sector and wildfires are considered to be relevant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Among the available resources for wildfire suppression, aerial firefighting ? particularly using helitankers ? is the most effective method. However the high economic costs and fuel-related emissions incurred by helitankers prevent their widespread use. This work aims to calculate the CF from helitankers in order to assess this new indicator for sustainable decision making. The CF is calculated here by a compound method based on the financial accounts of a Spanish company that owns 20 helitankers. The total cumulative corporate CF in 2012 was 5497 t CO2 equivalents. We discuss the influence of the method, its implications and future actions for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Our experience should be considered as a pilot study providing further evidence of the value of using sustainable indicators in decision making.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainAGL2010–16862/FORUnspecifiedAgustín Rubio SánchezGestión de gases de efecto invernadero en masas forestales del sistema central: estudio en el límite de árbol
Madrid Regional GovernmentS2013/MAE-2719REMEDINAL3-CMAdrián Escudero AlcántaraRestauración y conservación de los ecosistemas mediterráneos: respuesta frente al cambio global

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Item ID: 44753
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/44753/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:44753
DOI: 10.1071/WF15011
Official URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au/WF/WF15011
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 10 Mar 2017 15:34
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 15:34
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