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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 ...

Airline fuel efficiency gains not keeping pace with rapid growth in passenger traffic and emissions, finds studies | ICCT,atmosfair
Airline fuel efficiency gains not keeping pace with rapid growth in passenger traffic and emissions, finds studies
Wed 20 Dec 2017 - Fuel efficiency gains and fleet modernisation have failed to keep pace with overall growth in aircraft carbon emissions as a result of the rapid increase in air passenger travel, finds two reports monitoring airline performance. In its annual ranking of the carbon efficiency of 200 of the world's largest airlines that are responsible for 92 per cent of worldwide air traffic, German organisation atmosfair says global CO2 emissions increased by 4 per cent in the past year, while the kilometres flown rose by almost 7 per cent. It says airlines are only modernising their fleets at a slow pace with just 1 per cent of aircraft worldwide classified as highly fuel efficient. A study by US NGO the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found a sharp increase in passenger traffic drove up both profits and fuel consumption on US domestic airline operations between 2014 and 2016. Read more ...

UK aviation has managed to decouple passenger increase from carbon and noise growth, says industry report | Sustainable Aviation
UK aviation has managed to decouple passenger increase from carbon and noise growth, says industry report
Tue 19 Dec 2017 - UK cross-industry coalition group Sustainable Aviation (SA) says the sector has succeeded in disconnecting the growth in passenger numbers from the rate of growth in carbon and noise emissions. In its latest progress report, carbon emissions from the six airline members of the group - British Airways, easyJet, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic - increased by less than half a per cent between 2014 and 2016 despite a 9 per cent increase in the number of passengers flown. During the same period, it reports a reduction of 12,000 people in the noise contour areas of five SA member airports. Commending the report, the UK Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, said sustainable growth was one of the key objectives of the government's long-term strategy for UK aviation. Read more ...

Dutch government urged by airlines to drop tax proposals as NGOs take it to court over ICAO aircraft CO2 standard | Airlines for Europe,ICAO CO2 standard,Natuur & Milieu,Transport & Environment,T&E,ClientEarth
Dutch government urged by airlines to drop tax proposals as NGOs take it to court over ICAO aircraft CO2 standard
Thu 14 Dec 2017 - Eight years after ditching an air passenger 'eco' tax introduced a year earlier, the Dutch government is reportedly planning new aviation taxation measures to address the sector's environmental impact. International airline associations have written to the Dutch finance minister urging the government not to proceed with the policy. They believe the government envisages a Europe-wide aviation tax resulting from negotiations due in 2019 over the Paris climate objectives and a tax on noisy and polluting aircraft. If the two measures are deemed insufficient then an aviation passenger tax may be introduced in the Netherlands from 2021, they fear. Meanwhile, the government is being taken to court by three NGOs for refusing to release ICAO documents on the global aircraft CO2 standard adopted by the UN agency in March this year. Read more ...

ICAO opens consultation with States on proposed rules for CORSIA implementation | CORSIA SARPs
ICAO opens consultation with States on proposed rules for CORSIA implementation
Thu 7 Dec 2017 - ICAO's proposed rules for States and aeroplane operators on the administration; monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions; carbon offsetting requirements; and emissions units under the CORSIA scheme have been circulated to the UN agency's 192 member States for comment. The so-called CORSIA Package is made up of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and related guidance material. The 128-page document sent by the ICAO Secretary General to States on Tuesday contains a proposal for a first edition of a new Volume IV (CORSIA) to Annex 16 (Environmental Protection) of the Chicago Convention to apply from 1 January 2019. It also includes draft Implementation Elements and supporting documents. States have been requested to forward their comments on the proposals to ICAO by 5 March 2018, an unusually short consultation period. Read more ...

Environmental groups criticise ICAO over lack of CORSIA transparency and threat to biofuel sustainability criteria | Carbon Market Watch,Transport & Environment,T&E
Environmental groups criticise ICAO over lack of CORSIA transparency and threat to biofuel sustainability criteria
Fri 18 Nov 2017 - ICAO has come under fire from two environmental groups over a perceived lack of transparency on decisions concerning its CORSIA global carbon offsetting scheme and fears that sustainability criteria for the use of biofuels qualifying under the scheme are being heavily watered down. ICAO's governing Council has been meeting to discuss detailed regulations on the operation of the scheme that have been drawn up by its technical committee CAEP. However, CAEP confidentiality rules and the closed-door Council sessions are allowing ICAO to develop climate policy in isolation and this risks undermining the Paris Agreement, argues Carbon Market Watch. Meanwhile, Transport & Environment says it understands political interventions in the Council could lead to the removal of 10 out of the 12 sustainability criteria for biofuels recommended by CAEP. The CORSIA Package, as it is known, is due to be sent shortly to all ICAO states for scrutiny and approval. Read more ...

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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 ...

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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Sustainable aviation fuel webinars: First Friday Research Highlights
November 2017 to May 2018
United Kingdom

ICAO Seminar on Carbon Markets
7-9 February 2018
Montreal, Canada

 


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RECENT NEWS

Eight airlines join 'Fly Green Day' to use Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel on flights out of Chicago | Gevo,Air BP
Eight airlines join 'Fly Green Day' to use Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel on flights out of Chicago
Fri 10 Nov 2017 - Eight airlines have flown from Chicago O'Hare International Airport using a jet fuel blend containing Gevo's alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) renewable fuel derived from bio-isobutanol. Blended and supplied by Air BP, the fuel was made available using the airport's existing fuelling infrastructure, such as pipelines, terminals and tankage. This was the first time blended fuel had been supplied to airline customers through the main fuel hydrant system. The airlines - Lufthansa, United Airlines, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Atlas Air - were participating in Fly Green Day, an event to help boost the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuels, sponsored by the O'Hare Fuel Committee and organised by Gevo. Read more ...

Rocky Mountain Institute signs partnership deal with The Good Traveler carbon offsetting programme | The Good Traveler,Rocky Mountain Institute,Carbon War Room
Rocky Mountain Institute signs partnership deal with The Good Traveler carbon offsetting programme
Fri 10 Nov 2017 - The Good Traveler carbon offsetting programme is to be administered by the global non-profit Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) under a multi-year partnership. The programme is a non-profit collaboration among US airports and transportation authorities that includes San Diego International Airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the Port of Seattle and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. RMI will join their Advisory Member Group to help shape future strategy of the programme, with an objective to grow the market for high-quality carbon reduction options and to cultivate new travel-based emissions-reduction projects. Read more ...

KLM signs agreement with Costa Rica to explore potential for sustainable biofuel flights from San Jose | KLM,Costa Rica
KLM signs agreement with Costa Rica to explore potential for sustainable biofuel flights from San Jose
Tue 7 Nov 2017 - KLM has entered into a cooperation agreement with the government of Costa Rica to research the possibility of flights out of the capital San Jose using sustainable aviation fuel. The Dutch carrier said it was the first time such an agreement had been made by an airline with a government. The two parties signed a letter of intent last week that will see KLM share its knowledge and expertise with the government in close cooperation with partner SkyNRG. The move coincided with the KLM launch after a 20-year break of a direct twice-weekly return service between San Jose and Amsterdam that will be operated by a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner.  Read more ...

IAG achieves highest 'A' rating in 2017 CDP climate list of global company performance | IAG,CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project,British Airways
IAG achieves highest 'A' rating in 2017 CDP climate list of global company performance
Mon 6 Nov 2017 - International Airlines Group (IAG) has achieved a coveted 'A List' status in this year's CDP ratings of leading environmental performances by the world's leading organisations. Formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, the global disclosure system enables companies to measure and manage their environmental impact and the data is used by investors and purchasers, as well as policy-makers. The Climate A List was established in 2011 and introduced for water and forests in 2015 and 2015 respectively, with IAG one of 112 companies worldwide making the 2017 climate change A List, the only representative from the aviation sector. It was also awarded 'most improved' UK organisation in 2017. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Willie Walsh said last week IAG would take an equity investment in its new sustainable aviation fuels venture with Velocys. Read more ...

Provisional agreement reached to continue limiting EU ETS scope to intra-EEA flights until end of 2023 | Julie Girling
Provisional agreement reached to continue limiting EU ETS scope to intra-EEA flights until end of 2023
Thu 19 Oct 2017 - The EU Council Presidency and the European Parliament have reached a provisional compromise agreement that will extend the EU ETS derogation of international flights to and from Europe until the end of 2023. The Council had supported a European Commission proposal for an indefinite exemption of such flights pending a future review of ICAO's CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme, whereas Parliament had voted for the derogation to finish at the end of 2020. The derogation extension will align with the end of the initial three-year pilot phase of CORSIA. The two sides also agreed to a future review to consider a declining year-on-year cap, the so-called linear reduction factor, on aviation emissions under the EU ETS from 2021 onwards. Earlier today, a Commission official briefed Environment Committee (ENVI) MEPs on CORSIA progress. Read more ...

United States adopts ICAO Chapter 14 noise stringency standard for new aircraft designs
United States adopts ICAO Chapter 14 noise stringency standard for new aircraft designs
Wed 18 Oct 2017 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has passed a rule that requires newly designed aircraft to harmonise with the ICAO Chapter 14 noise standard that came into effect in July 2014. In keeping with FAA numbering of aircraft noise standards, the new standard will be adopted as Stage 5 in the US. The agency believes the standard will ensure that the latest available noise reduction technology is incorporated into new aircraft designs. It represents an increase in stringency of 7 EPNdB relative the previous ICAO Chapter 4 standard, or Stage 4. It will apply to new larger aircraft type designs with a maximum certificated take-off weight (MTOW) of 55 tonnes submitted for certification on or after 31 December 2017. For smaller aircraft with a MTOW of less than 55 tonnes, the standard will apply on or after 31 December 2020. The standard was passed into European Union law in January 2016. Read more ...

Geneva Airport partners with local energy utility to install 50,000m2 of solar panels | Geneva Airport,solar
Geneva Airport partners with local energy utility to install 50,000m2 of solar panels
Wed 18 Oct 2017 - Geneva Airport has entered into a contract with public energy utility Geneva Industrial Services (SIG) to install solar panels on 50,000 square metres of roof space - the equivalent of about eight football pitches. The array will produce around 7.5 GWh of electricity per year, the equivalent of the annual power consumption of 2,500 local homes. The photovoltaic solar panels will be installed on 10 roofs located around the airport, with an expected completion date of 2020. SIG will build and own the panels for 25 years and has committed 13 million Swiss francs ($13.2m) in funding for the project. The electricity produced by the facility will primarily be used to power the airport, which already boasts solar panels covering 10,000 square metres. Read more ...

Qantas and Virgin Australia agree to purchase renewable jet fuels from US companies | SG Preston,Gevo,Qantas,Virgin Australia,Air New Zealand,Fulcrum BioEnergy
Qantas and Virgin Australia agree to purchase renewable jet fuels from US companies
Tue 17 Oct 2017 - Qantas has announced that its flights from Los Angeles will be powered by biofuel from 2020 as a result of an off-take agreement with US bioenergy company SG Preston. The Australian airline says it will purchase 8 million gallons (30 million litres) of renewable jet fuel per year for a 10-year period. The fuel will be a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and renewable fuel produced from non-food plant oils that is claimed to emit half the comparable amount of carbon emissions on a life-cycle basis. Last year, SG Preston entered into a similar off-take agreement with JetBlue in which the US carrier will purchase more than 33 million gallons of blended jet fuel per year for at least 10 years, with the renewable jet fuel portion making up 30 per cent of the total blend. Meanwhile, Qantas rival Virgin Australia has announced it will shortly start trialling the use of renewable jet fuel supplied by Gevo through Brisbane Airport’s existing fuel supply system. Read more ...