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Industry urges adoption of CORSIA MRV rules and rapid progress on offset eligibility and sustainable fuels criteria | CORSIA
Industry urges adoption of CORSIA MRV rules and rapid progress on offset eligibility and sustainable fuels criteria
Wed 20 June 2018 - Aviation industry representatives have urged members of the governing ICAO Council to adopt the rules necessary for the implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The 214th Session of the 36-State Council is currently taking place in Montreal and is due to consider the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) before the meeting finishes next week. Since the agreement to implement the scheme was reached by all ICAO Member States at their Assembly in late 2016 (A39-3), this June session has been identified as crucial for the adoption of monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) rules that affect every airline in the world with annual CO2 emissions from international flights above 10,000 tonnes. These operators are expected to submit emissions monitoring plans before the end of this September and then start monitoring their CO2 emissions from 1 January 2019. Read more ...

Sustainable aviation fuels incentive under new EU renewable energy directive not enough, says IATA | RED,Renewable Energy Directive
Sustainable aviation fuels incentive under new EU renewable energy directive not enough, says IATA
Tue 19 June 2018 – The EU Council, European Parliament and European Commission have agreed a new post-2020 regulatory framework that includes an EU-wide binding renewable energy target for 2030 of 32 per cent with a 14 per cent target for transport energy. The current Renewable Energy Directive (RED I) sets a 2020 target for 20 per cent consumption but more ambition is required if climate commitments to the Paris Agreement targets are to be met, says the Commission. The new directive, RED II, includes reference to a contribution of aviation and marine fuels from renewable sources towards meeting the target, and aims to provide an added incentive for the supply of sustainable aviation fuels in the EU. However, IATA has expressed disappointment that the incentive does not go far enough. Read more ...

Oil giant Shell commits to sustainable aviation fuels as it enters long-term collaboration with SkyNRG | Shell Aviation,SkyNRG
Oil giant Shell commits to sustainable aviation fuels as it enters long-term collaboration with SkyNRG
Tue 5 June 2018 - Once criticised for a lack of enthusiasm towards sustainable fuels for aviation, the global oil giants are now sensing an opportunity to meet a worldwide demand from the aviation sector for such fuels. Total and BP have already made significant investments in the field and now Shell has agreed a long-term strategic collaboration with Dutch sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplier SkyNRG. The multi-year partnership will bring together Shell Aviation's technical and commercial expertise, global supply chain and carbon management operations with SkyNRG's long track record and in-depth knowledge of the SAF market. The two parties stress their long-term commitment to developing opportunities and solutions for low-carbon aviation fuels. They say the initiative will be structurally supported by a joint business development fund. Read more ...

Airline industry urged to prepare for monitoring carbon emissions as CORSIA nears adoption | IATA AGM Sydney
Airline industry urged to prepare for monitoring carbon emissions as CORSIA nears adoption
Tue 5 June 2018 - With less than seven months before CO2 monitoring requirements under ICAO's CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme come into force, the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) has reminded airlines and business aircraft operators of the urgent need to prepare. Although the voluntary pilot phase doesn't start until 2021, all operators with international services - regardless of whether the country the operator is registered has agreed to join from the start - must start monitoring their CO2 emissions from 1 January 2019. A major reason for this is so a baseline of global emissions from international flights can be established for future carbon offsetting obligations. A lower baseline, which is fixed until the end of the scheme in 2035, as a result of a failure by operators to report emissions could lead to higher offsetting costs for the industry as a whole. Read more ...

Global CO2 emissions from airlines expected to rise 4.4% this year as fuel consumption continues to grow | IATA AGM Sydney
Global CO2 emissions from airlines expected to rise 4.4% this year as fuel consumption continues to grow
Mon 4 June 2018 - Carbon emissions from airlines are forecast by IATA to grow to 897 million tonnes (Mt) in 2018 as a result of an historically high fuel consumption of 94 billion US gallons. This is an upward forecast from the industry association in December 2017 when it estimated carbon missions would reach 874 Mt from a lower fuel consumption. Its new forecast would represent a 4.4 per cent increase on 2017 emissions of 859 Mt. Against a backdrop of increasing oil prices, IATA forecasts the airline industry will spend $188 billion on its fuel in 2018, or around 24.2 per cent of its overall expenses, up from 21.4 per cent in 2017. Speaking at the opening of its annual general meeting in Sydney, IATA DG Alexandre de Juniac urged more governments to join the ICAO CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme from the start in 2020 as well as support the implementation of sustainable aviation fuels. Read more ...

Initiative launched to encourage adoption of sustainable jet fuels by business aviation | EBAA,NBAA,IBAC,NATA,GAMA,EBACE
Initiative launched to encourage adoption of sustainable jet fuels by business aviation
Fri 1 June 2018 - The business aviation sector has come together to raise awareness and encourage adoption by business aircraft owners, operators and fuel suppliers of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SJAF). At the centre of the initiative is a guide to explain and promote the benefits of such fuels that has been put together by a coalition of the sector's trade associations. It was released this week at the EBACE event in Geneva when industry leaders signed a commitment to redouble efforts to reduce their sector's environmental footprint and in particular to focus on SJAF development and uptake. The 'Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Aviation Jet Fuel' explains the science behind the fuels, why they are safe to use in business jets and why operators should adopt them. Read more ...

EU backs industrial-scale sustainable aviation fuel production project and Camelina cultivation research | BIO4A,RE-CORD,Camelina,Total
EU backs industrial-scale sustainable aviation fuel production project and Camelina cultivation research
Wed 30 May 2018 - A new EU-backed project has been launched to demonstrate the first industrial-scale production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe. The four-year BIO4A initiative will also investigate the potential of reclaiming dry marginal land at risk of desertification in the Mediterranean region for cultivating the Camelina crop as biomass for producing SAF. BIO4A (Advanced Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation) has received funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and will be coordinated by the Italian research organisation RE-CORD, which is located at the University of Florence. Organisations from France, the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium will take part. SAF made from lipids such as used cooking oil will be produced at Total's remodelled La Mède biorefinery in France.  Read more ...

Fulcrum BioEnergy breaks ground on 10.5 million gallon waste to jet fuel Sierra plant | Fulcrum BioEnergy
Fulcrum BioEnergy breaks ground on 10.5 million gallon waste to jet fuel Sierra plant
Fri 18 May 2018 - Waste-to-fuels company Fulcrum BioEnergy has broken ground on its Sierra BioFuels Plant in McCarran, Nevada, that is to supply airlines with around 10.5 million gallons of fuel each year when commercial operations start in the first quarter of 2020. Sierra will be the first commercial-scale plant in the United States converting municipal solid waste (MSW) that would otherwise have been sent to landfill into low-carbon renewable transport fuel. Utilising Fulcrum's proprietary thermochemical process, Sierra will convert around 175,000 tons of household garbage annually. The company is planning similar plants sited near large metropolitan areas where it has already secured long-term supplies of feedstock, fuel logistics and fuel offtake agreements.  Read more ...

Air BP enters into airport and business aviation initiatives to offset flight emissions | BP Target Neutral,Air BP,Teruel Airport.Avantto
Air BP enters into airport and business aviation initiatives to offset flight emissions
Fri 18 May 2018 - Air BP has announced carbon offsetting initiatives with an airport in Spain and a business aviation company in Brazil. To mark the fifth anniversary of Teruel Airport, all carbon emissions related to Jet-A1 and Avgas 100LL aviation fuel supplied by Air BP during May will be offset through BP's Target Neutral programme that invests in carbon reduction projects around the world. The carbon emissions related to the use of all aviation fuels supplied by Air BP to Brazilian aircraft management company Avantto Aircraft Administration for the next 12 months will be offset through BP Target Neutral. The programme has offset 3.17 million tonnes of CO2e during its 11 years of operation. Read more ...

Two new European projects get off the ground to investigate conversion of forestry residues to jet fuel | KLM,SkyNRG,Global Bioenergies
Two new European projects get off the ground to investigate conversion of forestry residues to jet fuel
Thu 17 May 2018 - To mark the introduction of a new daily flight between Amsterdam and Växjö Småland Airport, KLM has announced it will invest in 120,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) per year for use on all flights to and from the destination in southern Sweden. The purchase represents a 5 per cent use of SAF on flights but KLM pledges to make it the airline's most sustainable route by joining with the airport to buy offsets for the remaining carbon emissions. In addition, KLM and sustainable aviation fuel provider SkyNRG will partner with Växjö airport, the city authority and Sweden's largest cooperative of forest owners, Södra, to conduct a feasibility study for local SAF production. Meanwhile, following an EU grant of €13.9 million ($16.4m), SkyNRG is also to participate in an industrial consortium that aims to convert softwood residues into gasoline and jet fuel. The project will be led by France's Global Bioenergies. Read more ...

New Boeing 737 MAX helps LOT Polish Airlines' steep climb in Heathrow's noise league table | Heathrow Airport
New Boeing 737 MAX helps LOT Polish Airlines' steep climb in Heathrow's noise league table
Thu 17 May 2018 - When Heathrow Airport first started its Fly Quiet league table in 2013 of the top 50 busiest airlines serving the London hub, LOT Polish Airlines was its poorest performer. Having switched this year to operating new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on its Heathrow services, the carrier has leapt into second place in the latest league table for the period January to March 2018. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), meanwhile, continues to lead the field based on seven noise metrics and, as a result of an extension to the programme, other emission metrics. The airport has also announced the start of a public consultation on a new five-year Noise Action Plan. It is also pushing ahead with plans and investment to improve local air quality at the airport in a switch to electric powered vehicles and ground support equipment. Heathrow now claims to have the highest density of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Europe. Read more ...

Virgin Atlantic makes gains on emissions reductions and fuel efficiency improvements as new aircraft join fleet | Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic makes gains on emissions reductions and fuel efficiency improvements as new aircraft join fleet
Mon 14 May 2018 - Carbon emissions from Virgin Atlantic's aircraft fleet were reduced by 2.5 per cent in 2017 to just under 4 million tonnes of CO2, the lowest since they peaked at nearly 5.2 million tonnes in 2007, when the airline started its 'Change is in the Air' sustainability programme. Fuel efficiency improved by 1.8 per cent compared to the previous year - so exceeding the IATA industry 1.5 per cent goal - to reach 0.711 kg CO2 per revenue tonne kilometre (CO2/RTK). The airline has a target to reduce aircraft CO2/RTK by 30 per cent by 2020 from the 2007 baseline. It attributes the drop in emissions to a small reduction in the flying programme and the ongoing fleet renewal of replacing four-engine aircraft with more fuel efficient twin-engine alternatives.  Read more ...

Airport and airlines agree plan to replace 10% of jet fuel at Sea-Tac with sustainable alternatives by 2028 | Port of Seattle,Seattle-Tacoma
Airport and airlines agree plan to replace 10% of jet fuel at Sea-Tac with sustainable alternatives by 2028
Thu 10 May 2018 - A work plan involving the collaboration of 13 US and international airlines has been agreed to provide all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with access to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). They will work to meet a timetable approved by the Port of Seattle Commission last December that aims for a minimum 10 per cent of sustainable jet fuel to be produced locally from sustainable sources within 10 years, increasing to 50 per cent by 2050. With airlines at Sea-Tac projected to use around 700 million gallons of jet fuel per year, a 10 per cent replacement would save 682,500 metric tons of GHG emissions, says the Port. A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Port and the airlines formalises a commitment to develop a strategic plan to reach the first 2028 goal. Read more ...

UK industry network seeks interested parties for potential sustainable aviation fuels collaboration with the USA | SAF SIG,ASCENT,CAAFI
UK industry network seeks interested parties for potential sustainable aviation fuels collaboration with the USA
Thu 10 May 2018 - UK businesses are being approached to take part in a joint mission to the United States later in the year to seek opportunities for collaboration in the development of sustainable aviation fuels. The mission is being coordinated by the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Special Interest Group (SAF SIG), an initiative of the UK's Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) that was set up last year with the support of government and industry to accelerate the domestic production of SAF. Working with the Science and Innovation Network in the US, KTN will facilitate meetings with officials from the ASCENT alternative jet fuels programme and the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). The mission also incorporates attendance at CAAFI's biennial general meeting in December. Read more ...

Alberta trade delegation flies to California on an Air Canada A320 powered by biofuel | Air Canada,Edmonton International Airport
Alberta trade delegation flies to California on an Air Canada A320 powered by biofuel
Tue 8 May 2018 - A trade delegation led by the Alberta government has flown from Edmonton to San Francisco on an Air Canada Airbus A320-200 flight powered by biofuel. According to the airline, which also partnered with Edmonton International Airport on the initiative, the use of biofuel cut the flight's carbon emissions by over 10 tonnes, representing an overall 20 per cent reduction in net emissions. Alberta contains nearly all of Canada's controversial oil sands and much of its conventional oil reserves but is looking to wean the province off its dependence on the fossil fuel economy and attract foreign investment. For Air Canada, the flight follows closely on another recent initiative that saw biofuel being co-mingled with Toronto-Pearson's conventional jet fuel supply to coincide with Earth Day. Read more ...

COMMENTARY

ICAO, why can't you be a bit more like your sister and adopt a long-term absolute goal? | ICCT
ICAO, why can't you be a bit more like your sister and adopt a long-term absolute goal?
Fri 4 May 2018 - Arguably, the biggest climate news so far in 2018 is the International Maritime Organization (IMO) finally adopting a global climate framework for international shipping. In doing so, it joined its sister agency, ICAO in establishing a plan to cut emissions in their respective sectors. These two sisters, who weren't specifically mentioned in the Paris Agreement, were in competition to be the next agency to formulate a strategy. ICAO beat IMO to the punch by adopting its own global climate deal in 2016. Now that both are in place, how do they compare? This analysis by Dan Rutherford of ICCT argues ICAO is clearly the underperforming sibling. However, he suggests ICAO could go a long way to making up the gap if it were to adopt industry's goal of a 50 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 on an absolute, rather than net, emissions basis.  Read more ...

NEW PUBLICATION

Beyond the ICAO's CORSIA: Towards a More Climatically Effective Strategy for Mitigation of Civil-Aviation Emissions
April 2018 - In a peer-reviewed research article published in the journal Climate Law, air transport economist Chris Lyle examines ICAO's role in addressing international aviation's growing emissions since referral by the UNFCCC to the UN agency through the Kyoto Protocol. He examines the 'basket of measures' developed by ICAO to mitigate emissions through to the adoption of a framework for a market-based measure that aims at carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onward. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is to be the primary emission-mitigation tool for international aviation. However, even with an increased use of alternative fuels and CORSIA implementation, the 'basket' will not produce a reduction in global aviation emissions, he argues, and proposes a derivative but more ambitious strategy. Read more ...

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

For more details on the following events, click here

ICAO Seminar on CORSIA
2-3 July 2018
Montreal, Canada

New posting Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Clean Growth
12 July 2018
Birmingham, United Kingdom

ATAG 2018 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit
2-3 October 2018
Geneva, Switzerland

Aviation Carbon 2018
4-5 November 2018
London, United Kingdom

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RECENT NEWS

Swedish airline passengers to pay up to $47 more as a result of new green tax on flights | Sweden
Swedish airline passengers to pay up to $47 more as a result of new green tax on flights
Apr 2018 - As of April 1, a new eco tax on air travel has come into force in Sweden that will add 60 kronor ($7) to the cost of domestic flights and flights within the EU, while flights to countries outside the EU but not travelling further than 6,000kms will cost 250 kronor ($29) more. Passengers on long-haul flights of more than 6,000kms will pay an additional 400 kronor ($47) on their tickets. Brought in by the minority Green Party in the coalition Swedish government, the tax has been opposed by other political parties and sharply criticised by airlines. However, a poll last month in a Swedish newspaper showed a small majority (53 per cent) of the respondents supported the tax compared to 44 per cent when the same poll was carried out a year ago. The government said it was unfair for the most environmentally damaging method of transport to escape such a tax. Read more ...

ICAO and UNDP solar-at-gate airport pilot project launched at Jamaica's Norman Manley International | UNDP,GEF
ICAO and UNDP solar-at-gate airport pilot project launched at Jamaica's Norman Manley International
Thu 26 Apr 2018 - A collaborative initiative involving ICAO and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has been launched at Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston that will provide renewable power to aircraft gate facilities. The project, with a further facility on the Caribbean island to be added, involves the installation of gate electrification equipment, along with a solar power generation facility. Solar panels have been installed on the roof of a parking lot and the energy generated covers the full power requirement for aircraft operations at one gate. Funding for the project has come from the Global Environment Facility and the intention is to replicate it globally, at a larger scale and in particular to airports in all Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It would bring both environmental benefits and help the economic sustainability of such airports because of the high cost of energy in their operations, says ICAO. Read more ...

Air Canada, Red Rock and SkyNRG move forward on biofuel initiatives while Air New Zealand takes longer view | Air Canada,GARDN,Red Rock Biofuels,Global Bioenergies,Air New Zealand,SkyNRG
Air Canada, Red Rock and SkyNRG move forward on biofuel initiatives while Air New Zealand takes longer view
Thu 26 Apr 2018 - As part of a Canadian biofuel demonstration project, Air Canada has blended 230,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into Toronto-Pearson Airport's multi-user, co-mingled airport fuel supply system. Carbon savings from the fuel were accredited to Air Canada domestic flights from Toronto that took place last Sunday, Earth Day. In other aviation biofuel news, Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels has finally received the green light to construct a renewable energy biofuels plant in Oregon. The company has offtake agreements in place with FedEx and Southwest Airlines. Meanwhile, SkyNRG has announced it is to collaborate with Global Bioenergies on ASTM certification of an isobutene feedstock and conversion process for the production of sustainable aviation fuel. Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon has said large-scale commercialisation of SAF is a decade away after a search for suitable biofuel partners had so far proved elusive. Read more ...

Fuel-saving initiatives and fleet renewal at Etihad enable 3.3 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions last year | Etihad
Fuel-saving initiatives and fleet renewal at Etihad enable 3.3 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions last year
Wed 25 Apr 2018 - Etihad Airways reduced the fuel consumption of its fleet by over 62,000 tonnes in 2017 compared with the previous year, representing a saving of 195,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and a 3.3 per cent improvement. It reports efficiency per passenger kilometre improved by as much as 36 per cent on some routes. At an average age of 5.4 years, the 115-strong passenger and cargo fleet is one of the industry's youngest and last year Etihad retired several older aircraft in favour of the fuel-efficient Boeing 787, which brings the number of Dreamliners in the fleet to 19. To further add efficiency, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier has made a number of operational improvements, including flight plan adjustments and more continuous descent approaches. Read more ...

IMO steals a march on ICAO by agreeing a long-term strategy to reduce the shipping sector's international GHG emissions
IMO steals a march on ICAO by agreeing a long-term strategy to reduce the shipping sector's international GHG emissions
Tue 24 Apr 2018 - Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the sister UN agency of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), have adopted an initial strategy on the long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. Reaching a global consensus on climate action has proved as contentious for IMO as it has for ICAO since the two agencies were handed the responsibility for limiting or reducing international GHG emissions from their respective sectors in the Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997. A dispute between countries on the level of ambition in reducing emissions was resolved at a meeting of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) in London attended by over 100 countries. The strategy aims to reduce annual GHG emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2050 compared to 2008 and pursue efforts towards phasing them out entirely. Some believe this now moves IMO ahead of ICAO on a path to fulfil the global climate ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Read more ...

Private jet charter company Victor teams with Air BP to launch carbon offset programme for aircraft operators | BP Target Neutral,Victor,Air BP,GlobeAir
Private jet charter company Victor teams with Air BP to launch carbon offset programme for aircraft operators
Mon 16 Apr 2018 - Fast-growing private jet charter business Victor, in collaboration with Air BP and BP Target Neutral, has opened its carbon offset programme to operators and customers following a trial phase. Over half of Victor and Air BP's 20 biggest operator customers have already signed up to the initiative, which is expanding during this year to a fully-fledged programme, with Austria's GlobeAir among the early adopters. Over three-quarters of Victor's customers opted into the scheme have received quotes for flights where carbon emissions for the fuel used will be offset through projects in BP Target Neutral's global portfolio. The partners say it is an early opportunity for aircraft operators to take action on emissions with CORSIA deadlines on the horizon. Victor is also aiming to use carbon-neutral fuel for all flights by 2020. Read more ...

ASTM approval of ethanol-based renewable jet fuels a green light for LanzaTech and Byogy | Byogy,LanzaTech,ASTM,Gevo
ASTM approval of ethanol-based renewable jet fuels a green light for LanzaTech and Byogy
Fri 13 Apr 2018 - Global standards body ASTM International has completed its revision of alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel specifications that will enable jet fuel to be produced from ethanol, so paving the way for renewable jet fuel from technology companies LanzaTech and Byogy to be used on commercial flights. Under ASTM's ballot procedure, various technical committees have agreed to add ethanol as an approved feedstock in ASTM D7566 Annex A5, the standard specification for aviation turbine fuel containing synthesised hydrocarbons for ATJ synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK). Isobutanol-derived jet fuel was the first ATJ-SPK to be specified under Annex A5 two years ago, which allowed Gevo's renewable jet fuel product to be used in commercial airline operations in blends permitted up to 30 per cent. The latest revision to the annex also lifts the blend ratio limit for ATJ-SPK fuels to 50 per cent. Read more ...

Canadian green aerospace R&D collaboration GARDN joins biofuels sustainability standards body RSB | GARDN,RSB
Canadian green aerospace R&D collaboration GARDN joins biofuels sustainability standards body RSB
Wed 11 Apr 2018 – Canada's Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), a non-profit organisation that brings together government, academia and the aerospace industry to develop technologies and processes to lessen the sector's environmental impact, has joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). GARDN is a part of the Canadian government's 'Business-Led Networks of Centers of Excellence' programme and has a number of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) projects in place. It says membership of RSB, with its best-in-class sustainability standard, is "an ideal fit" in tackling the challenges of developing biofuel supply chains. Read more ...

American Carbon Registry honours Airlines for America with environmental award for its ICAO CORSIA role | American Carbon Registry,GreenTrees,Winrock International
American Carbon Registry honours Airlines for America with environmental award for its ICAO CORSIA role
Apr 2018 - Trade association Airlines for America (A4A) has been presented with the annual 'Commitment to Quality' environmental achievement award by the American Carbon Registry (ACR) for "helping to shape the ICAO GHG emissions reduction programme and offsetting mechanism for airlines in a way that ensures quality, rigour and transparency." The non-profit enterprise of Winrock International, ACR oversees the registration and verification of carbon offset projects in both the voluntary carbon market and California's regulated carbon market, as well as operating an electronic registry system. Announcing the award, ACR lauded A4A's critical role in supporting the ICAO agreement on the CORSIA carbon offset scheme for international aviation and the development of its implementing provisions.  Read more ...

World Energy acquires AltAir's world-first commercial scale renewable jet fuel refinery | AltAir,World Energy
World Energy acquires AltAir's world-first commercial scale renewable jet fuel refinery
Mar 2018 - Boston-based World Energy has acquired Delek US Holdings' interests in renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel producer AltAir Paramount in California for a reported $72 million. The purchase includes the Paramount refinery, the world's first to supply renewable jet fuel on a commercial scale for customers such as United Airlines, Air Canada, Qantas and others. It produces in the region of 35 million gallons per year of renewable jet. "Supported by the frameworks of the national renewable fuel standard and California's Low Carbon Fuels Standard programmes, AltAir converted a struggling petroleum refinery to one of the country's most important renewable fuel refineries, while preserving and converting approximately 100 jobs to the green economy," said Bryan Sherbacow, AltAir's co-founder.  Read more ...

Sweden's Braathens Regional Airlines to offer passengers the option to book biofuel flights | Braathens
Sweden's Braathens Regional Airlines to offer passengers the option to book biofuel flights
Mar 2018 - From April 8, passengers flying with Braathens Regional Airlines will have the option to pay an extra fee of 300 Swedish krona ($36) per flight to enable the carrier to fly on biofuel. After a flight and depending on the number of passengers that paid the supplement, the plane is refuelled with the appropriate amount of biofuel, which is being supplied by Air BP, and is based on a fixed cost equivalent to an average flight time of one hour. "Since 2017, we have offered this biofuel opportunity to businesses only – now it's possible for everyone. This is an important step towards our goal of becoming fossil-free by the end of 2030." This month, the airline joined the government's Fossil Free Sweden initiative. In February 2017, Braathens flew its first biofuel flight that also marked the first time an ATR turboprop had used a biofuel blend on a commercial flight. Read more ...

Heathrow launches UK competition to find green solutions for airports and aviation | Heathrow Airport
Heathrow launches UK competition to find green solutions for airports and aviation
Mar 2018 – Heathrow Airport has launched the Sustainable Innovation Prize for UK businesses and organisations to submit ideas and solutions on how to address the environmental challenges of airports and the aviation industry. The applications must fit one of three categories: waste as a resource; sustainable and low-carbon materials; and measuring and enhancing quality of life locally. Worth £20,000 ($27,000), the winner will be able to trial and develop their concept and the opportunity to use Heathrow’s operation and partners as a ‘live laboratory’. The entries will be reviewed for their maximum sustainability benefit, as well as likelihood of trial success and later implementation. The prize is part of the Heathrow 2.0 sustainable growth strategy launched a year ago and the airport’s ambitions to make it a ‘centre of excellence’ for aviation sustainability. Closing date for submissions is March 31. Read more ...

Portland International first US airport to use 100% recycled aircraft de-icing fluid | Portland International Jetport
Portland International first US airport to use 100% recycled aircraft de-icing fluid
Mar 2018 – Portland International Jetport in Maine has laid claim to being the first airport in the United States to use 100% recycled aircraft de-icing fluid. Provided by Inland Technologies and applied by Northeast Air, the local FBO, the new fluid is a culmination of three years of preparation and is said to meet all FAA safety requirements. Since Inland’s original facility opened six years ago, nearly six million gallons of used aircraft de-icing fluid has been collected to ensure it does not mix with storm water and has been processed to remove the glycol and other contaminants. Nearly one million gallons of pure glycol have been recovered in this time. “Having operated from this location for almost 50 years, we have actively participated in the evolution of de-icing technology,” reported Henry Laughlin, Northeast Air’s President. “Our introduction of AirFirst technology trucks significantly reduced the volume of glycol used in the overall process and our glycol blending system ensures minimal wastage. We have now completed the circle through the application of recycled glycol using the world’s most advanced de-icing equipment.” Read more ...

Italian free route airspace procedures saved 95,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2017 | ENAV
Italian free route airspace procedures saved 95,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2017
Mar 2018 - Free Route procedures implemented by Italian air navigation service provider (ANSP) ENAV led to savings of around 30,000 tonnes of fuel from flights over Italy in 2017, saving approximately 95,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The procedure - the first to be implemented by one of the larger European ANSPs, claims ENAV - permits aircraft flying over Italian airspace at an altitude exceeding 11,000 metres (36,000 feet) to choose a direct, shorter path without having to follow the route network. ENAV says as a result of the benefits, a number of new routes began crossing Italian airspace in 2017. It is now working on lowering the Free Route altitude to 9,000 metres (29,500 feet) by this summer, almost four years earlier than indicated in a European directive. “In order to deploy Free Route, we invested in technology and in training our air traffic controllers, who confirmed their strong professionalism,” said ENAV CEO Roberta Neri. Read more ...

Air Canada named as ATW's Eco-Airline of the Year for 2018 | Air Canada
Air Canada named as ATW's Eco-Airline of the Year for 2018
Feb 2018 - Industry magazine Air Transport World has named Air Canada as 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year among its annual airline industry awards. The judges cited the carrier's commitment to emissions reductions through supporting the development of alternative fuels and its numerous green programmes and partnerships, including being the first airline in the world to voluntarily join the World Bank's IMF Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. "Air Canada has made sustainability central to its decision-making and business processes, and this includes acting responsibly with respect to the environment," said the airline's CEO Calin Rovinescu. "This award will further spur us on to the goals we have set for ourselves to continually improve our environmental performance." Its corporate sustainability report was recently named best in the transportation category by The Finance and Sustainability Initiative in its annual competition. Read more ...

Ethiopia to host RSB's first African aviation biofuel conference | RSB
Ethiopia to host RSB's first African aviation biofuel conference
Feb 2018 - Sustainability certification body the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is to hold its first African Aviation Biofuel Summit in Addis Ababa on March 20. Sponsored by Boeing, the event aims to bring together local, regional and international leaders from the aviation industry and government who are driving the development of sustainable aviation biofuels in the region. As well as sharing global experience and best practice, it will look at feedstock opportunities and biofuel production potential in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia. The RSB and WWF South Africa are expected to provide insight and expertise on sustainability and feedstocks. Other speakers will include representatives from IATA, Boeing, SkyNRG, LanzaTech, Ethiopian Airlines and national agencies. RSB is already cooperating with Boeing and South African Airways on an aviation biofuels project in South Africa. Read more ...

Lufthansa Cargo passes tougher ISO14001 environmental stringency test | Lufthansa Cargo,Jettainer
Lufthansa Cargo passes tougher ISO14001 environmental stringency test
Feb 2018 - Lufthansa Cargo has again been awarded ISO14001 environmental management certification, after being audited to the revised and stricter standard. The airline has been certified at all its German stations since 2010, with worldwide certification achieved in 2015. This was extended to its ULD subsidiary Jettainer, and another subsidiary, time:matters, is also now certified. "We worked together with the various departments to successfully implement the standard’s more stringent requirements with respect to risk determination, stakeholder orientation and life cycle assessment, including supplier management," said Bettina Jansen, Head of Environmental Management at Lufthansa Cargo. "As an airline, we have a special responsibility to our environment. We live up to this responsibility through our ambitious environmental targets, especially in areas of particular relevance, such as flight operations, cargo handling and infrastructure." Read more ...

Geneva and Galápagos airports certified as carbon neutral  | Airport Carbon Accreditation,ACA,Galapagos Ecological Airport,Geneva Airport
Geneva and Galápagos airports certified as carbon neutral
Jan 2018 - Geneva and Galápagos airports are the latest airports to be certified as carbon neutral under the industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. This brings the total number of carbon neutral airports for emissions under their control to 37, with Galápagos Ecological Airport in Ecuador becoming the first to reach this status in Latin America. “We are very encouraged by the fact that the learnings and the efficiencies achieved through their carbon management journey up to Level 3+ will ultimately be implemented by airports across the region,” commented ACI-LAC DG Javier Martinez Botacio. The airport has invested in carbon offsets funding biomass and cook stoves projects, purchased under the UNFCCC CDM and Gold Standard. In all, 211 airports across the world are now accredited at one of the four levels of the carbon programme, which was first launched in Europe in 2009. More details of ACI programme hereRead more ...

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands joins KLM's Corporate Biofuel Programme | KLM,SkyNRG
Air Traffic Control the Netherlands joins KLM's Corporate Biofuel Programme
Jan 2018 – Air Traffic Control the Netherlands has joined KLM’s Corporate Biofuel Programme, enabling it to compensate for the CO2 from staff business flights through the purchase of sustainable biofuels. “Our employees travel regularly outside the Netherlands to meet with our international partners. Air Traffic Control the Netherlands is delighted to be able to contribute to the sustainable development of the aviation sector by compensating for 100% of the CO2 emitted by our business flights with KLM. This is a great example of how we jointly facilitate aviation, in a sustainable way,” said CEO Michiel van Dorst. Other partners in the programme include Delft University of Technology, ABN AMRO, Accenture, FrieslandCampina, City of Amsterdam, Loyens & Loeff, Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management, PGGM, and the Schiphol Group. Sourced through SkyNRG, the biofuels are produced from raw materials that do not have a negative impact on biodiversity and food production, says KLM. Read more ...

GE Aviation starts engine combustor testing of unblended Gevo ATJ renewable fuel | Gevo,CLEEN,GE Aviation
GE Aviation starts engine combustor testing of unblended Gevo ATJ renewable fuel
Jan 2018 – Engine manufacturer GE Aviation has started jet engine combustor testing using unblended renewable alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel produced by Gevo. The testing is part of the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise Program (CLEEN) and is specifically designed to enable greater displacement of petroleum-based jet fuel by bio-based alternative products. Meanwhile, Gevo has announced cuts in staff and costs to improve cash flow but says it remains committed to increasing sales of its ATJ fuel. “In 2018, the goal is to obtain off-take agreements for our products that will support financing the Luverne Facility expansion,” said CEO Dr Patrick Gruber. “Concurrently, we are looking extensively into ways to extend our cash runway as far as possible to give us the time to land and negotiate these contracts properly.” Gevo’s ATJ was approved for commercial aviation use in 2016 and has been used in flights by Alaska Airlines and by eight other airlines on flights out of Chicago in November 2017. Read more ...

Imposing eligibility constraints on CORSIA offset credits could have significant impact on UN CDM, finds study | CORSIA,Carbon Market Watch,DEHSt,CDM
Imposing eligibility constraints on CORSIA offset credits could have significant impact on UN CDM, finds study
Thu 22 Mar 2018 - The UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is likely to be a primary source of carbon credits for airlines seeking to offset the industry’s growth in CO2 emissions post-2020 under ICAO's CORSIA. However, slow demand for the credits - known as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) - from registered CDM projects has led to a prolonged period of low prices, but the CORSIA scheme is likely to have a major impact on the market. A 2017 study estimated the potential demand for emission units at around 2.7 billion across the life of the scheme, which is due to run until 2035. A new analysis prepared for the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) finds that up to 3.8 billion new CERs could supply the market at prices below one euro per unit but recommends eligibility restrictions are required to drive up the price of CERs and incentivise new and vulnerable projects that could lead to real emission reductions. Read more ...

Boeing’s latest 777F ecoDemonstrator flight programme tests 100% biofuel use and turbulence detection | Boeing ecoDemonstrator,JAXA,Safran
Boeing’s latest 777F ecoDemonstrator flight programme tests 100% biofuel use and turbulence detection
Wed 21 Mar 2018 - Boeing is midway through its latest ecoDemonstrator flight programme that is testing more than 30 technologies aboard a FedEx-owned 777 freighter. Since 2012, the programme has tested more than 55 technologies using four commercial aircraft as flying test beds, with the aim of accelerating new technologies and processes that can reduce emissions and noise, improve airlines’ gate-to-gate efficiency and help meet other environmental goals. The 2018 programme is testing flight deck innovations, propulsion advancements, advanced materials, more efficient flight operations and clear-air turbulence detection. Most test flights are also being powered with 100 per cent paraffinic biofuel, the first time this has taken place using a commercial airliner. Boeing says the testing is to gather performance data and demonstrate drop-in fuel properties. Read more ...

IAG implements Honeywell fuel efficiency software across its airlines and reports 2.6% fuel burn improvement | IAG,Willie Walsh,Honeywell,GoDirect Flight Efficiency
IAG implements Honeywell fuel efficiency software across its airlines and reports 2.6% fuel burn improvement
Tue 20 Mar 2018 - International Airlines Group (IAG) is installing fuel efficiency software to help reduce fuel burn and emissions across its airlines - Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and LEVEL. Honeywell's GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software will provide flight data on fuel consumption to help analyse aircraft performance and monitor efficiency initiatives. "We have a strong track record in identifying and implementing initiatives to reduce our carbon emissions," commented Willie Walsh, IAG's Chief Executive. "This technology will allow our airlines to further optimise their fuel consumption and share best practice across the Group." The group reports that it improved fuel and carbon efficiency by 2.6 per cent in 2017, so exceeding IATA's fuel efficiency target for the industry of an average annual improvement of 1.5 per cent. Read more ...

We must address climate change, says climate sceptic Michael O'Leary as Ryanair unveils green policy | Ryanair,Michael O'Leary
We must address climate change, says climate sceptic Michael O'Leary as Ryanair unveils green policy
Wed 14 Mar 2018 - Well-known for his pronouncements that climate change is a hoax, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary appears to have undergone a change of mind. In a foreword to Ryanair's new environmental policy document, he said aviation must play its role in addressing climate change and Europe's largest airline "is committed to leading the way." The airline supported the 2-degree ambition of the Paris climate agreement, he added, and also IATA's goal of reducing the sector’s net CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 against 2005 levels. He has targeted the airline to achieving an emissions performance 8 per cent better by 2030 than currently and 31 per cent better than the average of the four other biggest European airlines. The low-cost carrier has also pledged to eliminate all non-recyclable plastics within five years and is introducing a carbon offsetting option for passengers. Read more ...

LAM Mozambique and Kenya Airways host wildlife trafficking workshops for airline and airport staff | ROUTES,Trafficking,USAID,TRAFFIC,United for Wildlife
LAM Mozambique and Kenya Airways host wildlife trafficking workshops for airline and airport staff
Tue 13 Mar 2018 - Two workshops have been held in Maputo and Nairobi to train airline and airport staff on how they can help detect and stop illegal trafficking in wildlife products, such as ivory and rhino horn. Hosted by LAM Mozambique Airlines and Kenya Airways, the workshops were organised by ROUTES, a public-private partnership supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The partnership brings together government agencies; international conservation, development and law enforcement organisations; and the transportation and logistics industry, including IATA. A report published by ROUTES last year estimated the illegal trade was worth over $20 billion worldwide and identified Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International as an important hub for trafficking. Over the next few months, ROUTES will be holding workshops in other trafficking hotspots Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia and Malaysia. Read more ...

EU accepts ICAO CORSIA rules package but has concerns over emissions units and sustainable fuels criteria | CORSIA SARPs
EU accepts ICAO CORSIA rules package but has concerns over emissions units and sustainable fuels criteria
Wed 7 Mar 2018 - The European Union has signalled its general acceptance of the ICAO CORSIA Package proposals that were sent to ICAO Member States for comment. The Package contains the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) technical rules for the international aviation carbon offsetting scheme that will apply to States and aeroplane operators from 2019. A letter to ICAO signed by Filip Cornelis, Director of Aviation at the European Commission's transport directorate, says that while the EU "is not completely satisfied" with elements of the package, in the interests of reaching and maintaining ICAO agreement, the EU endorsed the consensus reached by the governing ICAO Council and strongly urged the adoption of the proposed package without further amendment. In its submission, the United States has also expressed support for the CORSIA package, although adding that if there is to be reconsideration of any elements then it has preferred edits of its own. (Article updatedRead more ...

Industry urges adoption of CORSIA technical rules without delay as ICAO consultation with States closes | CORSIA SARPs
Industry urges adoption of CORSIA technical rules without delay as ICAO consultation with States closes
Tue 6 Mar 2018 - The three-month consultation process with ICAO Member States on the technical rules for the implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) formally closed yesterday. Comments by States on the rules - the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) - will now be considered by ICAO's governing 36-State Council and also the UN agency's Air Navigation Commission, an independent SARPs advisory body to the Council. The final adoption of the SARPs by the Council is expected at its next formal session in June for application from 1 January 2019. The aviation industry has urged States to approve the SARPs without delay or amendments to give time for aircraft operators to be fully prepared for on-time implementation. Outstanding issues remain, however, on offset unit eligibility and the sustainability criteria on aviation biofuels under CORSIA. Read more ...

Airline group TUI plans sustainable fuel strategy as it takes delivery of first biofuel-powered Boeing 737 MAX | TUI
Airline group TUI plans sustainable fuel strategy as it takes delivery of first biofuel-powered Boeing 737 MAX
Mon 5 Mar 2018 - Holiday airline group TUI has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft that was powered by a 30 per cent biofuel blend on its flight from the manufacturer in Seattle to Stockholm, where it joins TUI Nordic. This is the second MAX 8 to join the TUI fleet, the first delivered a month ago to TUI Belgium in Brussels, and form the initial deliveries of a large fleet renewal, with a total of 72 737 MAX 8 and MAX 10 aircraft to be added across the group by 2023. TUI says a more sustainable approach to aviation is an important part of its long-term strategy and aims to operate Europe's most carbon efficient airlines and reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by a further 10 per cent by 2020. The group, which includes six airlines with around 150 modern medium and long-haul aircraft, is in the process of developing a sustainable alternative fuel development plan. Read more ...

EU-wide taxes on jet fuel and plane tickets could help plug budget gap and address transport climate impact, says T&E | T&E,
EU-wide taxes on jet fuel and plane tickets could help plug budget gap and address transport climate impact, says T&E
Fri 2 Mar 2018 - Taxing jet kerosene and applying a value added tax to plane tickets within Europe could raise €26.5 billion ($32bn) a year that could be used to plug an EU budget gap, reduce labour taxes and help meet climate targets, says a position paper by campaign group Transport & Environment. With the EU currently drafting its post-2020 budget and looking for alternative sources of revenue to make up for the UK's Brexit departure, this is an opportunity to raise revenue from transport for both EU and national budgets while helping to tackle rising emissions from the sector, argues T&E. It calls for reforms of the 2003 Energy Taxation Directive (ETD) and rescinding of the exemption for the taxation of aviation and marine fuels, and require jet fuels on domestic and intra-EU routes to be subject at least to the EU minimum rate of fuel tax, which is currently 33 euro cents per litre. Value added tax (VAT) should also be levied on airline tickets for domestic, intra-EU and even extra-EU flights, says the Brussels-based NGO. Read more ...

Projected sustainable aviation fuel uptake by 2025 could be doubled with government support, says IATA | Virgin Atlantic,LanzaTech,Alexandre de Juniac
Projected sustainable aviation fuel uptake by 2025 could be doubled with government support, says IATA
Tue 27 Feb 2018 - To coincide with the tenth anniversary of the first-ever biofuel flight, IATA has set out its aims for one billion passengers to fly on aircraft powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blends by 2025, but only if supported by government policy. The demonstration flight in 2008 by a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 from London Heathrow to Amsterdam Schiphol used 500 gallons of biofuel sourced from coconut and babassu nut oils in the jet fuel blend. The flight showed the technical viability of using drop-in biofuels and since then the threshold of 100,000 SAF flights was passed in 2017, with IATA expecting one million flights during 2020. Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic is expecting to carry out its first commercial biofuel flight later this year, pending approval of the waste gas to jet fuel product developed by its partner LanzaTech. Read more ...

Nepal's Yeti Airlines pledges to become carbon neutral as it develops partnership with UNDP | Yeti Airlines,UNDP,SDGs
Nepal's Yeti Airlines pledges to become carbon neutral as it develops partnership with UNDP
Thu 15 Feb 2018 - Following its partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote UN Sustainable Development Goals, Nepalese domestic carrier Yeti Airlines is targeting carbon neutrality from this year. The airline, which operates a fleet of six BAe Jetstream 41s and took delivery of two ATR 72-500 aircraft in 2017, has published its first annual greenhouse gas inventory that was the focus of a workshop held recently in Kathmandu. Having measured emissions resulting from aircraft operations, vehicle use and ground facilities, a baseline has been established to monitor progress on carbon reduction efforts. The airline will purchase UN-certified credits to offset those emissions that it is unable to achieve in-house.  Read more ...

Qantas transpacific biofuel flight heralds future for farming of carinata oilseed crop in Australia | Agrisoma,Qantas,AltAir
Qantas transpacific biofuel flight heralds future for farming of carinata oilseed crop in Australia
Tue 13 Feb 2018 - The first commercial flight to use a biofuel blend between the United States and Australia has been undertaken by Qantas. Flying from Los Angeles to Melbourne, the Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operated with around 24,000kg of blended biofuel processed from Brassica carinata, a non-food industrial oilseed crop developed by Canadian agricultural technology company Agrisoma Biosciences. Having previously looked at a number of potential sustainable aviation fuel pathways, the airline now believes its new partnership with Agrisoma will be a big step in the development of a renewable jet fuel industry in Australia. Water efficient and requiring no specialised production or processing techniques, field trials have shown carinata should do very well in the Australian climate, says Qantas. Agrisoma is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and last month AltAir Fuels, which produced the blend for the Qantas flight, was certified by the organisation. Read more ...

CORSIA adoption momentous but is just the start of the environmental long-term challenge, says airline chief | Aviation Carbon 2017,AC17
CORSIA adoption momentous but is just the start of the environmental long-term challenge, says airline chief
Mon 5 Feb 2018 - The adoption in 2016 by ICAO States of CORSIA had been momentous, IAG CEO Willie Walsh told the recent Aviation Carbon 2017 conference, and urged governments to support the international carbon offsetting scheme from the start and airlines to start preparing for its introduction. However, he said, it was just the beginning of the environmental challenge facing the industry and he foresaw the need for a market-based measure continuing well beyond CORSIA's planned end in 2035 as well as a step-change in aircraft technology and the ongoing development of sustainable alternative fuels. The industry had to demonstrate both financial and environmental sustainability or it will decline, he warned. Tim Johnson of the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF) said recent research suggested it would be difficult for industry emissions growth to be funded through the carbon markets on a long-term basis and the focus had to be on decarbonising the sector. Read more ...

Norway sets ambition for all-electric short-haul flights by 2040 as aerospace majors announce hybrid-electric venture | E-Fan,Zunum,Wright Electric,electric aircraft,hybrid-electric aircraft,Avinor
Norway sets ambition for all-electric short-haul flights by 2040 as aerospace majors announce hybrid-electric venture
Thu 25 Jan 2018 - By 2040, all short-haul flights within Norway and neighbouring countries lasting up to one-and-a-half hours should be operated by electric aircraft, forecasts Norwegian airport operator Avinor. In the transition to all-electric aircraft operations, the country, which aims to be the world's first to switch to electric air transport, will ramp up use of sustainable aviation fuels and hopes to have a small electric plane with 19 seats operating on a commercial route starting in 2025. Over the past year, a number of electric or hybrid-electric commercial aircraft projects have hit the headlines, the latest an announcement by Airbus, Siemens and Rolls-Royce that they are to collaborate on designing a demonstrator hybrid-electric regional aircraft that is anticipated to fly in 2020. Read more ...

Virgin Atlantic removes Cambodian forest project from carbon offset portfolio as NGO and standards body clash over REDD+ | Virgin Atlantic,VCS,Fern,Natural Capital Partners,REDD+
Virgin Atlantic removes Cambodian forest project from carbon offset portfolio as NGO and standards body clash over REDD+
Tue 23 Jan 2018 - Following a report by forestry NGO Fern, Virgin Atlantic Airways has removed from its carbon offset portfolio a controversial REDD+ project in Cambodia. The report, which warns the aviation industry not to purchase REDD+ forestry credits under the ICAO CORSIA international carbon offsetting scheme, included a case study of the Oddar Meanchey project. Fern claims forest carbon offsets fail to meet the majority of the eight principles set by ICAO and should be excluded from the CORSIA mechanism. The NGO also says standards set by bodies such as Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), which certified the Cambodian project, should not be trusted. VCS has reacted strongly, publishing a rebuttal and calling the report inaccurate and misleading. It says REDD+ has matured over the past decade and forest carbon credits are now well-positioned to meet all ICAO's offset quality criteria. Read more ...
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Airline fuel efficiency performance on transpacific routes heavily influenced by belly freight, finds ICCT study | ICCT
Airline fuel efficiency performance on transpacific routes heavily influenced by belly freight, finds ICCT study
Thu 18 Jan 2018 - Belly freight carried in the cargo hold of passenger aircraft accounts for around 25 per cent of the total payload mass moved on flights across the Pacific and is the most important driver of airline fuel efficiency performance. So finds a new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation which has analysed and ranked 20 airlines operating nonstop flights between mainland United States and East Asia and Oceania. It found the gap between the most fuel efficient, China's Hainan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, and least efficient, Qantas Airways, was 64 per cent, which is the widest it has found in its studies on comparing US domestic and transatlantic flights. Airlines that predominantly used Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft were also found to be considerably better performers on transpacific routes than those using four-engined aircraft, including the Airbus A380. Read more ...

Latest sustainability report outlines how fast-growing Qatar Airways is facing up to its environmental challenge | Qatar Airways
Latest sustainability report outlines how fast-growing Qatar Airways is facing up to its environmental challenge
Thu 11 Jan 2018 - The carbon emissions of fast-growing Qatar Airways increased by 21 per cent last year on the back of a 23.8 per cent increase in revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs). However, the Gulf carrier improved its average carbon efficiency (CO2/RTK) by 2.5 per cent over the year, building on a 1.4 per cent improvement achieved the previous year. Carbon emissions from aircraft operations have risen by 45 per cent over the past three years, from 12 million tonnes in the 2014-15 reporting year to 17.5 million tonnes in 2016-17, while carbon efficiency has improved from 0.807 to 0.776 kg CO2/RTK over the period. The latest sustainability report from the Qatar Airways Group - whose interests include cargo handling, aviation and catering services, retail outlets, hotels and the management of Hamad International Airport - outlines its environmental policy and objectives, along with improvements planned for sustainable growth across operations. Read more ...

Heathrow raises environmental charges in bid to persuade airlines to use cleaner, quieter aircraft | Heathrow Airport,Gatwick Airport
Heathrow raises environmental charges in bid to persuade airlines to use cleaner, quieter aircraft
Tue 9 Jan 2018 - Heathrow Airport has increased its environmental charges by 7 per cent from January 1 in efforts to encourage airlines to use their most efficient aircraft when serving the UK hub. Around 80 per cent of the total environmental charge is recovered through noise charges and the rest through charges on aircraft NOx emissions. Heathrow says the higher charges are part of its Heathrow 2.0 sustainability strategy to make the airport cleaner and quieter for local communities. The strategy also includes a pledge to ensure all the airport's cars and small vans are electric powered by 2020, and Heathrow has announced it has taken delivery of its 50th electric vehicle. Heathrow is about to launch a public consultation over its expansion plans and the search is now on for someone to head the new independent Community Engagement Board. Read more ...