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Latest atmosfair airline CO2 efficiency rankings show global air traffic growing at twice the rate of emissions | atmosfair,China West Air
Latest atmosfair airline CO2 efficiency rankings show global air traffic growing at twice the rate of emissions
Fri 13 Jan 2017 - An analysis by German climate protection organisation atmosfair of 32 million flights in 2014, covering 92 per cent of global aviation traffic, shows CO2 emissions increased by 3 per cent over the previous year, about half the rate of their traffic volume growth. The annual atmosfair Airline Index (AAI) compares airline emissions by city pairs of more than 200 airlines worldwide from a range of respected independent data sources and evaluates and ranks those airlines by their respective CO2 efficiency. It finds those airlines investing in new aircraft models with high seating configurations and load factors performed best in improving their carbon efficiency. As to be expected, regional and leisure airlines headed the AAI table, with a Chinese airline, China West Air, achieving the highest ranking. China is now catching up with the EU in terms of efficiency, says atmosfair, with 10 airlines, compared to 16 from Europe, in the top 50. Read more ...

Commercialisation of ATJ fuels gets boost with funding from the US DOE to develop two demo facilities | LanzaTech,Byogy,AVAPA
Commercialisation of ATJ fuels gets boost with funding from the US DOE to develop two demo facilities
Thu 12 Jan 2017 - The commercialisation of alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel in the United States has taken a step forward with awards from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) towards the development of two demonstration-scale facilities. As part of the DOE's first-phase federal funding of six projects in total, LanzaTech will receive $4 million to design and plan a demo facility using industrial off gases to produce low-carbon jet and diesel fuels. The second award of $3.7 million has been made to Georgia-based AVAPCO to help develop a demo-scale integrated biorefinery that combines the company's biomass-to-ethanol process with project partner Byogy's ATJ technology to produce renewable jet fuel from woody biomass. The two projects are expected to match at least half of the DOE funding and, depending on their progress, continuation to the second phase could each attract further funding of up to $45 million in fiscal year 2018 towards construction of the facilities. Read more ...

Swedavia takes first delivery of jet biofuel purchased through the Nordic Fly Green Fund initiative | Fly Green Fund,NISA,Swedavia
Swedavia takes first delivery of jet biofuel purchased through the Nordic Fly Green Fund initiative
Wed 11 Jan 2017 - Swedish airport operator Swedavia has become the first company to purchase jet biofuel through the Nordic Fly Green Fund initiative, which aims to provide finance to assist in the development of large-scale jet biofuel production and usage in the region. Swedavia took delivery of 450 tonnes of biofuel, costing SEK7.5 million ($825,000), just before the New Year and corresponds to the amount of fuel used for the company's business travel in 2016. The fuel was used on a Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flight from Stockholm Arlanda to Copenhagen on January 5 and marked another step in being the first time jet biofuel has been supplied to an aircraft through the airport's regular fuel logistics infrastructure. Swedavia said its investment in the fuel would help both promote domestic production and achieve the ambition of making Swedish domestic air travel fossil-free by 2030. Read more ...

European Parliament’s environment committee agrees to tighten screw on aviation under reformed EU ETS | ENVI,Redshaw Advisors,T&E
European Parliament’s environment committee agrees to tighten screw on aviation under reformed EU ETS
Fri 16 Dec 2016 - Members of the European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) have agreed a proposal to tighten the rules on aviation emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and bring the sector’s emissions cap more into line with other industries. The MEPs believe aviation must do more to reduce emissions and expect the sector to be on an equal footing by 2030. The EU is currently looking to reform the EU ETS, which has received criticism for a lack of teeth that has resulted in the price of allowances currently hovering at barely 5 euros ($5). However, the proposals would only take effect from the next post-2020 period by which time airlines will expect the new ICAO global CORSIA scheme to replace it. This week, a study commissioned by Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment found that by keeping the EU ETS for flights within Europe, the ENVI proposals would cut nearly four times more emissions than under CORSIA. Read more ...

More airports working towards carbon neutrality as sector makes global progress on CO2 programme | Airport Carbon Accreditation,Manchester Airport,Munich Airport,Hyderabad Airport,
More airports working towards carbon neutrality as sector makes global progress on CO2 programme
Tue 13 Dec 2016 - At the Paris COP21 climate summit a year ago, the European airport industry pledged to have 50 carbon neutral airports by 2030. Since then, five more airports in Europe have reached that goal, bringing the total number in Europe to 25. Manchester Airport has now joined the list and become the first UK airport to achieve carbon neutrality, and Munich Airport has just announced plans to become Germany's first carbon neutral airport. Munich intends to spend 150 million euros ($160m) between now and 2030 on a climate protection programme that aims to reduce CO2 emissions directly attributed to the airport's operations by 60 per cent over the period, with the remaining 40 per cent taking the form of carbon offsets. Outside Europe, Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International has become the second Asia-Pacific region airport to achieve carbon neutral status. Read more ...

UK aviation industry says 2050 CO2 targets can be met while still accommodating significant demand growth | Sustainable Aviation,Committee on Climate Change
UK aviation industry says 2050 CO2 targets can be met while still accommodating significant demand growth
Fri 9 Dec 2016 - As government assesses the impact of airport expansion on long-term national carbon targets, the UK industry group Sustainable Aviation (SA) has released a comprehensive update of its CO2 Road-Map, first published in 2012. The general thrust of UK aviation policy is for CO2 emissions from the sector to be no more in 2050 than they were in 2005. To date, UK aviation demand has grown 11 per cent since 2005 while emissions are below 2005 levels, but is expected to accelerate and emissions, according to SA, could rise by 155 per cent under a 'no-improvements' scenario. However, even with an increase in runway capacity, SA's updated roadmap shows that with a combination of changes to operations, improvements in aircraft technology and the introduction of alternative fuels, gross CO2 emissions could peak around 2035 before falling back to near 2005 levels by 2050. To achieve an industry target of halving 2005 emissions by 2050 though would require market-based measures, says SA. Read more ...

Aviation and shipping growth will undo EU efforts to reduce transport emissions, finds CE Delft study | CE Delft,T&E
Aviation and shipping growth will undo EU efforts to reduce transport emissions, finds CE Delft study
Wed 7 Dec 2016 - Growth in emissions from air and sea transport will undo EU efforts to reduce those from land transport by 2030 and threaten European climate commitments, concludes campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E) following a report it commissioned from consultants CE Delft. Under binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for sectors not covered by the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), land transport - cars, vans, trucks, trains and barges - is expected to consume 43 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) less energy per year in 2030 than it did in 2010. Yet ships and planes in Europe will consume 19 Mtoe more annually in 2030 than they did 20 years earlier, finds CE Delft. Aviation's share of total EU transport fossil fuel demand is expected to rise from 13 per cent in 2010 to 16 per cent in 2030, while shipping increases from 11 per cent to 14 per cent. Read more ...

Engine manufacturer GE Australia joins the Qantas corporate carbon offset programme | Qantas
Engine manufacturer GE Australia joins the Qantas corporate carbon offset programme
Mon 5 Dec 2016 - GE Australia has joined the Qantas Future Planet programme, in which the airline manages carbon offset portfolios for its corporate customers and providing them with access to more than 40 certified offset projects in Australia and overseas. Most of GE's offsetting is expected to support Australia-based projects that have significant community benefits as well as reducing carbon emissions, such as the North Kimberley fire abatement project lead by native title groups in Western Australia. Other major organisations that have signed up for the airline's corporate partnership programme, which is an extension of the voluntary carbon offsetting offered to passengers, include international law firm Allens, Destination NSW and Ernst & Young.  Read more ...

Advanced biofuels for aviation set to benefit under proposals to revise EU policy on transport fuels | RED,Neste
Advanced biofuels for aviation set to benefit under proposals to revise EU policy on transport fuels
Fri 2 Dec 2016 - Revisions to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive (RED) could see preferential rules applying to advanced aviation and marine fuels to support their deployment in the sectors. Despite significant growth of renewable fuels since 2009, fossil-based oil supplies 94 per cent of all energy used for cars, trucks, ships and planes, says the European Commission in its extensive "winter package" released this week of policy proposals to improve the bloc's energy efficiency and meet 2030 climate targets. Further development of advanced alternative fuels will therefore be required and the revised RED aims to introduce an obligation on European transport fuel suppliers to provide an increasing share of advanced biofuels, while at the same time decreasing the use of first generation, food-based biofuels. IATA welcomed the Commission's proposals and urged policy-makers to go further and prioritise the use of sustainable fuels in air transport. Read more ...

Major boost for UK biojet as government proposes to extend renewable transport fuel incentives to aviation | Sustainable Aviation,Solena,LanzaTech,RTFO
Major boost for UK biojet as government proposes to extend renewable transport fuel incentives to aviation
Wed 30 Nov 2016 - The UK aviation industry has welcomed a proposal by the government to extend one of its main policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport to include aviation, which could provide a major boost for future production of renewable aviation fuels in the country. Under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO), tradable certificates (RTFCs) are awarded to suppliers of sustainable biofuel and have so far only applied to road transport. The RTFO requires that a certain percentage of road transport fuel is renewable and provides a valuable incentive for the biofuels industry which contributes towards meeting this obligation. However, in a consultation launched yesterday, the government says it is not proposing to provide a similar mandate for the supply of renewable aviation fuels given the market is still in its infancy. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both have ambitions to open up local production of sustainable aviation fuels. Read more ...

British Airways in talks with potential partners as it plans to re-launch sustainable jet fuels project | Solena,Fulcrum
British Airways in talks with potential partners as it plans to re-launch sustainable jet fuels project
Fri 25 Nov 2016 - British Airways is making significant progress in finding a company to partner with on a new initiative to produce sustainable jet fuel for the airline, says Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of parent International Airlines Group. Blamed on a steep fall in the oil price and lack of government support, plans were shelved exactly a year ago to build a facility in a partnership with Solena Fuels on the site of a former oil refinery by the Thames estuary east of London. Walsh told the annual UK Airport Operators Association conference this week that an announcement would be made in the coming months on a new project. He also welcomed the ICAO global agreement to manage damaging CO2 emissions from the aviation sector, in contrast to fellow Irish airline chief Michael O'Leary of Ryanair, who described climate change as "completely bogus". Read more ...

COMMENTARY

Regional action must be front and centre in efforts to cut aviation's climate impact | T&E
Regional action must be front and centre in efforts to cut aviation's climate impact
Tue 10 Jan 2017 - For too long, the debate about addressing aviation emissions has been reduced to regional versus global measures, with an assumption by many that global always trumps regional. Now the dust has settled on the 39th ICAO Assembly, we can see for the first time what a global market-based measure (GMBM) can deliver, and the results are not as remotely encouraging as many presumed, writes Andrew Murphy of Transport & Environment (T&E). Research commissioned by T&E found that coverage of ICAO's GMBM could deliver fewer emission reductions over its lifetime than the full inclusion of aviation in a reformed EU ETS. To match the ambition required by the Paris Agreement, both global and regional action is required, and European policy-makers should not delay in strengthening and defending the EU ETS, he argues. Read more ...

FEATURE ARTICLE

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NEW PUBLICATIONS

ICAO Environmental Report 2016 – On Board a Sustainable Future | ICAO Environmental Report
ICAO Environmental Report 2016 – On Board a Sustainable Future
August 2016 - ICAO has announced the publication of the 2016 edition of its Environmental Report, which shares information on progress made over the last three years across key areas of the UN agency's civil aviation environmental protection activities. This fourth edition is a compendium of technical and scientific articles intended to inform of the work of the ICAO Secretariat, ICAO Member States and the many stakeholders involved. It also serves as a reference document in matters concerning international aviation and the environment, as well as presenting the work of ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), which has more than 600 international experts, in areas such as noise, air quality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and aircraft end-of-life recycling. Read more ...

McGill University’s Occasional Paper Series on the environmental sustainability of international civil aviation | McGill University
McGill University’s Occasional Paper Series on the environmental sustainability of international civil aviation
August 2016 - The Centre for Research in Air and Space Law at McGill University in Canada has published an Occasional Paper Series on the environmental sustainability of international civil aviation. The 13 research papers address various policy, legal and technical means and issues relating to the regulation of the impact of international aviation on the environment. The papers are intended to be of relevance to discussions at the upcoming ICAO Assembly starting next month and the authors hope they will contribute to the work of the Assembly and understanding of attending delegates. The papers are a collaborative effort between the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) at McGill and the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), and will form the core of a book that is due to be published at a later date by Cambridge University Press. Read more ...

NEW BOOK

Climate Change Governance in International Civil Aviation: Toward Regulating Emissions Relevant to Climate Change and Global Warming | Tanveer Ahmad
Climate Change Governance in International Civil Aviation: Toward Regulating Emissions Relevant to Climate Change and Global Warming
September 2016 - Successful climate change governance in international civil aviation has yet to be achieved, says Tanveer Ahmad, and in this book he argues that to effectively govern emissions from international civil aviation of relevance to climate change and global warming, binding legal measures and a mandatory but temporary global market-based measure, or unilateral market-based measures of the same model adopted by economically powerful States, for international civil aviation are immediately required. The book demonstrates how de jure soft law instruments, international environmental law principles, a new understanding and way of exercising the doctrine of State sovereignty, together with multilateral and unilateral economic instruments, can be utilised to reduce aviation’s environmental impacts. Read more ...

AIRCRAFT & AIRPORT TECHNOLOGY

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APPOINTMENTS

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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New posting ICAO Alternative Fuels Seminar
8-9 February 2017
Montreal, Canada

New posting Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2017
3-4 October 2017
Geneva, Switzerland

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RECENT NEWS

EU politicians say ICAO carbon offsetting scheme lacks ambition and will push for reforms to Aviation EU ETS | COP22
EU politicians say ICAO carbon offsetting scheme lacks ambition and will push for reforms to Aviation EU ETS
Mon 21 Nov 2016 - The head of the European Parliament delegation to COP22 in Marrakech said action to address growing CO2 emissions by the international aviation and shipping sectors was insufficient and could jeopardise action elsewhere to meet global climate targets. Giovanni La Via, who is chair of the Parliament's environment committee, said the two sectors could represent up to 40 per cent of all global emissions by 2050 if they were not regulated. The European Commission will soon be publishing its proposals on the future direction of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for aviation from 2017 and MEPs are looking to tighten the rules. Elsewhere at COP22, which finished on Friday, ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu praised Europe's leadership and contribution in the agreement reached at last month's Assembly on the global market-based measure. Read more ...

Landing charges incentivising airlines to use the cleanest and quietest new aircraft, says Heathrow | Heathrow
Landing charges incentivising airlines to use the cleanest and quietest new aircraft, says Heathrow
Mon 21 Nov 2016 - The increasing use of the cleaner and quieter Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 aircraft is improving noise performance at Heathrow, says the airport, which has just published its Fly Quiet league table for the third quarter of 2016. Qatar Airways last week became the third carrier to fly the A350 on routes to Heathrow, joining Finnair and Ethiopian Airlines, making a total of six daily flights for the latest Airbus aircraft. Launched last year, the noise footprint of the A350 is claimed to be around 50 per cent smaller than its predecessor models and 21 of airlines serving Heathrow have the aircraft on order. With the number of Boeing 787 aircraft rising by 19 per cent, Heathrow says airlines are increasing the use of their quietest aircraft in response to the airport's landing charge incentive policy. British Airways' short-haul fleet continues to top the noise league table. Read more ...

IATA releases airport assessment tool to help cut illegal trafficking of wildlife shipments | CITES,United for Wildlife
IATA releases airport assessment tool to help cut illegal trafficking of wildlife shipments
Thu 17 Nov 2016 - In partnership with the World Customs Organization (WCO), IATA has developed and launched an Airport Wildlife Trafficking Assessment Tool to help airports in the fight against the illegal transportation of endangered species. The tool will enable airports to assess their supply-chain security, intelligence and risk management, staff awareness, and reporting processes, alongside air cargo and passenger screening policy and procedures. A pilot initiative is due to start this month at Maputo International Airport in Mozambique, with a global roll-out planned to follow next year. In March, IATA and 26 of its member airlines signed a declaration at Buckingham Palace in London committing to take action in closing vulnerabilities in the global transportation and customs system. Read more ...

Alaska Airlines makes first commercial flight using renewable jet fuel sourced from forestry waste | NARA,Gevo,Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines makes first commercial flight using renewable jet fuel sourced from forestry waste
Tue 15 Nov 2016 - The first-ever commercial flight to be powered by a blend of renewable jet fuel made from forest residuals was undertaken yesterday from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Washington DC. The Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 used a 20 per cent blend of ASTM-approved fuel produced by alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) company Gevo, whose technology was used to convert cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol before further conversion into jet fuel. The forest residuals - the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests - was sourced from the Pacific Northwest. The alternative jet fuel flight was made possible by the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) initiative and supported by the US Department of Agriculture. Read more ...

Carbon agreement shows ICAO is playing its part in supporting global climate ambitions, Aliu tells COP22 | COP22,ICAO GMBM
Carbon agreement shows ICAO is playing its part in supporting global climate ambitions, Aliu tells COP22
Thu 10 Nov 2016 - ICAO is determined to continue to lead on all matters concerning international civil aviation and climate change, asserted ICAO Council President Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu in a presentation to a plenary session of the UNFCCC's COP22 meeting in Marrakech. Following the agreement last month by its Member States to adopt the CORSIA global carbon offsetting scheme, ICAO is promoting the success during the two-week climate talks, nearly a year after the previous COP reached its own Paris Agreement. During the first few days of COP22, which started on Monday, Aliu has provided inputs from ICAO to the UNFCCC's SBSTA body, taken part in ICAO side events and bilateral meetings, and participated in a press briefing alongside UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa. He told journalists ICAO States and industry faced "a lot of hard work" to ensure the scheme was ready to start in 2021 but ICAO was playing its part in supporting wider global climate ambitions and a long-term goal for the sector was under consideration. Read more ...

Oil giant BP makes significant entry into sustainable aviation fuel production with investment in Fulcrum | Fulcrum,Air BP
Oil giant BP makes significant entry into sustainable aviation fuel production with investment in Fulcrum
Tue 8 Nov 2016 - Oil giant BP has announced a major move into sustainable aviation biofuels with a $30 million equity investment by its BP Ventures arm in US municipal solid waste (MSW) to jet fuel producer Fulcrum BioEnergy. Air BP has also agreed terms with Fulcrum on a 10-year offtake agreement in which the aviation division of BP will purchase 50 million gallons annually of low-carbon, drop-in jet fuel. One of the world's largest suppliers of aviation fuel products and services, Air BP will also have the opportunity to provide fuel supply chain services for the blending, certification and delivery of Fulcrum's jet fuel to commercial and military aviation customers. As a preferred supply chain partner, Air BP says it will distribute and supply the fuel into aircraft at key hubs across North America. With its first plant currently under construction in Nevada, Fulcrum has already signed similar equity investment and offtake agreements with Cathay Pacific Airways and United Airlines. Read more ...

Airport executives meet in Amsterdam to pledge joint action on the sector's sustainability and resilience | Airports Going Green
Airport executives meet in Amsterdam to pledge joint action on the sector's sustainability and resilience
Wed 2 Nov 2016 - Sixteen airports and airport authorities have come together to sign a declaration pledging to become more sustainable. An initiative of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, it was signed during the Airports Going Green conference taking place in Amsterdam. By increasingly working together, sharing successes and experiences, innovating and challenging their own organisations and business partners to think and act more sustainably, "the airports intend to take significant action towards increasing their sustainability," says Schiphol. The timing of the declaration is intended to tie with developments such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris COP21 outcome and the recent ICAO agreement on capping net aviation emissions. In a keynote to the conference, Dutch environment minister Sharon Dijksma said the ICAO scheme was a start in the journey to cut aviation emissions but given the expected growth of the sector, more would be needed. Read more ...

Fast-growing Qatar Airways' carbon emissions increase by a fifth but efficiency performance improves | Qatar Airways,Doha Hamad International Airport
Fast-growing Qatar Airways' carbon emissions increase by a fifth but efficiency performance improves
Wed 2 Nov 2016 - Fast-growing Qatar Airways saw a 20.4 per cent increase in carbon emissions in its 2015/16 financial year compared to the previous year. However, its overall carbon efficiency improved by 1.4 per cent from 0.807kg CO2/RTK in 2014/15 to 0.796kg CO2/RTK. The airline's fleet at the end of the 2015/16 year comprised 77 Boeing and 103 Airbus aircraft, with an average age of 5.4 years that makes it one of the youngest in the industry. It currently has more than 300 new aircraft on order or option, including 72 Airbus A350 XWB and 80 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. According to its latest 2015-2016 sustainability report, the airline was accredited by IATA's environmental assessment programme during the year and Doha's Hamad International Airport, which is operated by Qatar Airways Group, was also accredited under ACI's airport carbon programme. Read more ...

Sea-Tac financing initiative aims to provide routine airport-wide sustainable aviation biofuel supply | Sea-Tac,Carbon War Room,SkyNRG
Sea-Tac financing initiative aims to provide routine airport-wide sustainable aviation biofuel supply
Mon 31 Oct 2016 - The Port of Seattle has joined with Carbon War Room and SkyNRG to investigate long-term financing mechanisms that could provide a supply of cost-effective sustainable aviation fuels to all airlines serving Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). At present, point out the partners, supply agreements in the United States are being made through individual, expensive offtake contracts between biofuel producers and airlines. This new initiative aims to accelerate the transition of sustainable aviation fuel from an alternative product used by a few select airlines to a standard product available to all airlines at an airport, they say. Carbon War Room (CWR), founded by Richard Branson in 2009 and now a business unit of the Rocky Mountain Institute, and SkyNRG see airports as acting as a key orchestrator in the procurement and delivery process. Sea-Tac is currently assessing costs and infrastructure necessary to deliver sustainable aviation fuels to aircraft at the airport. Read more ...

New ASPIRE routes by Singapore Airlines and Hawaiian expected to save over 5,200 tonnes of CO2 annually | ASPIRE
New ASPIRE routes by Singapore Airlines and Hawaiian expected to save over 5,200 tonnes of CO2 annually
Thu 27 Oct 2016 - Two new routes involving fuel and emission reduction strategies have been opened up as a result of the Asia South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) programme. Since its establishment in 2008, the initiative's partner airlines and air navigation agencies have implemented 30 ASPIRE Daily City Pairs across the region and the latest additions involve Singapore Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. The Singapore Airlines' service, dubbed the Capital Express, is a new multi-sector route inaugurated last month between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington. Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS), Airservices Australia and Airways New Zealand say all flights on the route will make use of ASPIRE practices that should save around 1,500 tonnes of fuel and 4,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the course of a year. Hawaiian's three weekly flights using an Airbus A330 aircraft between Honolulu and Brisbane are expected to realise potential annual savings of 670 tonnes of emissions.  Read more ...

ICAO GMBM agreement a hard-fought compromise and a first step, say NGOs, but falls short of temperature goals | ICAO A39,GMBM,Tim Johnson
ICAO GMBM agreement a hard-fought compromise and a first step, say NGOs, but falls short of temperature goals
Tue 25 Oct 2016 - While welcoming the adoption of a global market-based measure (GMBM) by ICAO member nations to address fast-growing international aviation carbon emissions, environmental NGOs say its coverage falls short of the UN agency's own target of capping the sector's net emissions from 2020 and is not aligned with the temperature goals of the Paris climate agreement. They call on ICAO States to use a three-year review provision to ratchet up ambition of the new carbon offsetting scheme. Speaking at an aviation industry conference in London last week, the NGOs' lead representative at ICAO, Tim Johnson, said the ICAO Assembly outcome had been a hard-fought political compromise but was just a first step and critical work remained to ensure the environmental integrity of the scheme. Coverage had to be expanded in the initial six-year voluntary phase beyond the current 66 countries so far agreeing to participate, he added. Read more ...

Industry welcomes ICAO adoption of global carbon offsetting scheme and looks ahead to next phase | ICAO A39
Industry welcomes ICAO adoption of global carbon offsetting scheme and looks ahead to next phase
Fri 14 Oct 2016 - Seven years after first proposing a global market-based measure as part of a strategy to address its impact on climate change, last week's agreement by countries at the ICAO Assembly to start the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme from 2021 is a landmark moment for the aviation industry. The carbon-neutral growth from 2020 (CNG2020) mid-term target set by industry - it has a long-term ambition to cut net emissions in half by 2050 - went too far for some important aviation countries to sign up to, and the permitted exemptions and voluntary nature of the early stages of the scheme means CNG2020 will likely be unreachable. But the international agreement is welcome relief for an industry left out of the wider climate negotiations at the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris last December and enduring criticism from some quarters for failing to adequately address its fast-growing carbon emissions. Read more ...

ICAO enjoys its Paris moment as countries adopt climate resolution to address emissions from international aviation | ICAO A39,GMBM
ICAO enjoys its Paris moment as countries adopt climate resolution to address emissions from international aviation
Mon 10 Oct 2016 - The achievement by ICAO Member States to forge a consensus on adopting a resolution at their 39th Assembly that launches the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation from 2021 has been widely acclaimed as "historic". It comes within days of the threshold being reached to allow an early ratification of the Paris climate agreement. Depending on the number of countries that eventually sign up to participate in CORSIA from the start in 2021 of the six-year voluntary pilot and first phases, up to 2.5 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions could be offset over the duration of the scheme, which will run to 2035. By the end of the Assembly, 65 countries had agreed to voluntarily participate, representing 86.5 per cent of international aviation activity, says ICAO, although emissions coverage will be lower due to route exemptions. A number of high activity states from the developing world have though raised objections to the scheme’s aim of carbon-neutral growth. Read more ...

Airport carbon programme shows fall in annual overall CO2 reductions but improved efficiency of operations | Airport Carbon Accreditation
Airport carbon programme shows fall in annual overall CO2 reductions but improved efficiency of operations
Thu 6 Oct 2016 - Trade body Airports Council International (ACI) has reported 170 airports around the world are now participating in the industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, with 26 airports, mainly in Europe, reaching the highest carbon neutrality level. Despite the growing numbers of airports taking part and others moving up the levels in the programme, the collective reduction of CO2 in 2015/16 fell to 206,090 tonnes from 212,460 tonnes in the previous year. However, momentum continues to build, reported ACI World Director General Angela Gittens at the organisation's Annual General Assembly last week. The event was also marked by the launch of the new 4.0 version of the Airport Carbon and Emissions Reporting Tool (ACERT), which has been specially designed to be compatible with all four levels of the programme. Read more ...

ICAO States ready to overwhelmingly endorse proposal for global carbon scheme | A39,GMBM
ICAO States ready to overwhelmingly endorse proposal for global carbon scheme
Thu 6 Oct 2016 - Countries are poised to overwhelmingly adopt an ICAO Assembly resolution today that paves the way for the introduction of the global CORSIA offsetting scheme to address CO2 emissions from international aviation. After a six-day hiatus to allow bilateral behind-the-scenes talks on resolving areas of contention in the draft text of the resolution, a meeting of the Assembly's Executive Committee took place yesterday afternoon. States were invited to respond to small changes to the text first presented, which were endorsed by nearly all those present. However, Russia, India, Brazil and, to an extent, China still have concerns over the proposed scheme and also its climate neutrality goal but States from elsewhere in the world lined up to call for no further changes. The Committee meeting resumes this morning and the resolution is then expected to be adopted at a full plenary session by the end of the morning. Read more ...

ICAO extends emissions reduction capacity-building project with the EU as it receives its 100th State Action Plan | A39
ICAO extends emissions reduction capacity-building project with the EU as it receives its 100th State Action Plan
Fri 30 Sept 2016 - Away from the spotlight on the GMBM discussions at its 39th Assembly, ICAO has announced it has received its 100th Action Plan from States that collectively represent 89.9 per cent of international aviation activity. The Action Plan initiative was set up after the adoption of a resolution at the 37th Assembly in 2010 that invited States to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to the environment and outline strategies to mitigate their international aviation CO2 emissions. The ICAO Secretariat has since embarked on an extensive assistance programme to support States, particularly those from the developing world, with their plans. The effort has been aided by a European Union dedicated capacity-building and assistance project that started in 2013 involving 14 States - 12 in Africa and two in the Caribbean - which have each now submitted quantified Action Plans. On Monday, the European Commission and ICAO signed a Declaration of Intent to continue the cooperation. Read more ...

States queue up to endorse immediate adoption of GMBM resolution although opposition from BRICs | A39
States queue up to endorse immediate adoption of GMBM resolution although opposition from BRICs
Thu 29 Sept 2016 - On the first full day of discussions at the ICAO Assembly on the CORSIA global carbon scheme, reports suggest the great majority of government representatives have backed the draft resolution almost in its entirety. Interventions by countries from both the developed and developing world queued up to endorse the resolution and called for its adoption. However, the BRIC States - Brazil, Russian Federation, India and China - expressed their concerns over the scheme and even called into question the carbon-neutral growth goal from 2020. Although Brazil and India had already signalled their intention not to join the voluntary phases, with Russia a long-standing opponent of market-based measures, China has been expected to join. The Executive Committee, which is handling the discussions, will now meet in the morning to wrap up proceedings and report to a plenary session next week. Optimism is high an agreement can be reached, with or without the BRICs. (Updated Sept 30Read more ...

ICAO GMBM must address key environmental integrity concerns and broaden participation, say NGOs | A39,ICSA
ICAO GMBM must address key environmental integrity concerns and broaden participation, say NGOs
Thu 29 Sept 2016 - Environmental NGO umbrella group ICSA has identified a number of key concerns in the GMBM proposal it wants addressed during the ICAO Assembly negotiations that start in earnest today. With the Paris climate agreement shortly to reach the necessary level of ratification by countries to come into force, ICSA fears ambition in the current ICAO text is insufficient to confront fast-growing emissions from international aviation and places in jeopardy the goals set in Paris. The group says more States need to commit to joining the initial six-year voluntary phase of the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme in order to reach the sector's carbon-neutral growth from 2020 target. Although ICAO calculates over 80 per cent of international activity is already covered by the 60-plus countries that have so far indicated their participation in the scheme from the start, ICSA argues these commitments will only offset three-quarters of emissions growth after 2020 due to exemptions and exclusions. (Update Sept 30Read more ...

Global aviation CO2 scheme proposal is a pragmatic compromise that must be implemented, says IATA chief | A39
Global aviation CO2 scheme proposal is a pragmatic compromise that must be implemented, says IATA chief
Wed 28 Sept 2016 - As government representatives start their deliberations today on finalising consensus on the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme to cap net emissions from international aviation from 2020, the industry has urged them to agree on what would be the world’s first sectoral mechanism for tackling climate change. While the industry would have preferred a mandatory rather than initial voluntary approach covering all ICAO States, IATA's new Director General, Alexandre de Juniac, said the current proposal was a pragmatic compromise. IATA says the scheme "must focus on real emissions reductions", take into consideration differing circumstances of airlines based on maturity of markets and not distort competition. To coincide with the Assembly and to encourage governments to support CORSIA, cross-industry group ATAG has put together a series of videos featuring young aviation professionals calling for early environmental action. Read more ...

As Assembly gets underway, ICAO President and UN Secretary-General urge States to deliver GMBM | A39, ICAO GMBM
As Assembly gets underway, ICAO President and UN Secretary-General urge States to deliver GMBM
Tue 27 Sept 2016 - After nearly 20 years of painfully slow progress, the long-awaited opportunity for the world's governments to show leadership in addressing fast-growing carbon emissions from international aviation has finally arrived. Around 2,000 delegates from 191 countries are expected in Montreal for the two-week 39th ICAO Assembly (A39) starting today. High on the agenda is the proposal for a global market-based measure (GMBM) that aims to cap net emissions from the sector at 2020 levels (CNG2020) through a carbon offsetting scheme. Despite a number of formal meetings at ICAO this year to hammer out a consensus, along with many bilateral and multilateral negotiations between States, there remain a number of outstanding issues to be settled during the Assembly. Although a positive outcome is expected, it may not emerge until the final days. So far, around 58 States have volunteered their willingness to take part in the scheme from the start, with more expected to join during the Assembly. Read more ...

Fuel consumption of new aircraft could be reduced by 40% within 20 years using emerging technologies | ICCT
Fuel consumption of new aircraft could be reduced by 40% within 20 years using emerging technologies
Tue 27 Sept 2016 - The fuel consumption of new aircraft designs can be reduced by around 25 per cent in 2024 and 40 per cent in 2034 compared with today's aircraft by deploying emerging cost-effective technologies, finds a new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). This represents a more than doubling of average annual fuel efficiency improvement from slightly less than 1 per cent since 1980 to 2.2 per cent by 2034. The industry's preference of late for the re-engining of aircraft rather than 'clean sheet' designs means key airframe technologies to improve fuel efficiency are being under-deployed, argues ICCT. Based on fleet forecasts, US airlines alone could save around 71 billion gallons of jet fuel, or more than 20 per cent of total consumption, over the 2025 to 2050 timeframe through new aircraft technologies. With the additional benefits to the environment and consumers, this is equal to cost savings of about $285 billion based on current fuel prices. Read more ...

Design features of the EU’s aviation ETS should be strengthened to deliver real emissions reductions, finds T&E report | T&E
Design features of the EU’s aviation ETS should be strengthened to deliver real emissions reductions, finds T&E report
Thu 22 Sept 2016 - Despite imperfections, the inclusion of aviation into the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has functioned well and enjoys a high degree of compliance, finds a new report by Transport and Environment (T&E) that analyses performance over the 2013-2015 period. Even allowing for the reduced scope covering just intra-European flights, the cost to airlines has been far less than industry first predicted, says the Brussels-based NGO. T&E has proposed changes and reforms to the EU ETS to realise greater emissions reductions from the sector. Without further legislative intervention, the EU ETS will automatically 'snap back' from 2017 to include coverage of all flights between Europe and third countries pending a decision by countries on the proposed ICAO global carbon measure, and the European Commission is currently consulting on the EU scheme’s future.  Read more ...

JetBlue signs with SG Preston in one of the largest ever airline renewable jet fuel offtake agreements | JetBlue,SG Preston
JetBlue signs with SG Preston in one of the largest ever airline renewable jet fuel offtake agreements
Tue 20 Sept 2016 - JetBlue has signed a 10-year binding deal with bioenergy company SG Preston in what it describes as one of the airline industry's largest ever renewable jet fuel offtake agreements. The carrier plans to purchase more than 33 million gallons of blended jet fuel per year over the period. The blend is to be made up of 30 per cent HEFA-derived renewable fuel produced from sustainable non-food plant oils that is targeted to achieve a 50 per cent or higher reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a per gallon life-cycle basis compared to the fossil equivalent. JetBlue is looking to supply the fuel to New York area airports from 2019 and the amount purchased is equal to around 20 per cent of the airline's annual fuel consumption at New York JFK. This is a first entry into the aviation market for Philadelphia-based SG Preston, which has ambitions for five 120 million gallon per year renewable jet and diesel facilities in the US and Canada. Read more ...

Paris high ambition countries call for urgent action on aviation emissions and a robust global carbon scheme | ICAO GMBM,A39
Paris high ambition countries call for urgent action on aviation emissions and a robust global carbon scheme
Mon 19 Sept 2016 - Members of the High Ambition Coalition, which played a pivotal role in the successful outcome of the global climate negotiations last December that resulted in the Paris Agreement, have joined forces to call for urgent action to curb the growth of emissions from the aviation sector. Representing both the developed and developing world, Mexico, the Marshall Islands and the European Union have issued a joint statement saying it was "time for us to make history again" and for countries to work to secure an ambitious and robust global market-based measure (GMBM) at the forthcoming ICAO 39th Assembly. It was crucial there was a broad participation of countries in the scheme, they said, and the widest possible emissions coverage. However, another key member of the Coalition in Paris, Brazil, has indicated it is unlikely to join the voluntary phase of the scheme (2021-2026) as it did not produce enough emissions to justify doing so. (Updated Sept 20 & 21Read more ...

Environmental NGOs fear voluntary participation in global aviation scheme will undermine carbon neutrality goal | ICSA, ICAO GMBM,Flightpath 1.5,WWF-US,EDF,Carbon Market Watch
Environmental NGOs fear voluntary participation in global aviation scheme will undermine carbon neutrality goal
Fri 16 Sept 2016 - Environmental NGOs have expressed strong reservations with elements of the proposed global market-based carbon scheme that will shortly be presented for approval by ICAO's Member States at their upcoming Assembly that starts on September 27 in Montreal. They fear that relying on voluntary and unguaranteed participation in the initial phases of the scheme and what they see as weak environmental safeguards in the draft text will undermine the principle goal of achieving the carbon-neutral growth of international aviation emissions after 2020 (CNG2020). The level of ambition of the proposals falls well short of the climate commitment required by the global Paris Agreement, they argue, and have set out a number of measures that should be taken to strengthen the scheme's environmental integrity. Read more ...

LanzaTech achieves breakthrough with first batch of sustainable jet fuel to be produced from ethanol | LanzaTech
LanzaTech achieves breakthrough with first batch of sustainable jet fuel to be produced from ethanol
Wed 14 Sept 2016 - Alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel developer LanzaTech has succeeded in producing a batch of 1,500 US gallons of low carbon jet fuel from its ethanol product, which will now be used for additional testing as part of the ASTM fuel certification process required for commercial aviation use. The Chicago-based company and its partner Virgin Atlantic are working with Boeing, aircraft engine manufacturers and others involved in the process towards approval now anticipated in 2017, which would include a proving flight using the fuel. LanzaTech's technology captures waste carbon monoxide gases emitted from steel production plants and converts them into ethanol through fermentation, which can then be used as a feedstock for a variety of products, including aviation fuel. The Lanzanol batch was produced at a facility in China and shipped to the US, where it went through a final conversion to jet fuel by the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Read more ...

KLM and Lufthansa sign long-term agreements with US sustainable biofuel producers AltAir and Gevo | AltAir,Gevo
KLM and Lufthansa sign long-term agreements with US sustainable biofuel producers AltAir and Gevo
Mon 12 Sept 2016 - European airlines KLM and Lufthansa have each signed agreements with US biofuel companies for supplies of locally-produced sustainable fuels. KLM has agreed to purchase through a three-year offtake agreement an undisclosed quantity of used cooking oil based fuel produced by AltAir and supplied by Amsterdam-based SkyNRG. The fuel will be used on all KLM flights departing from Los Angeles and will be delivered to aircraft through the airport's hydrant system. Gevo, meanwhile, has entered into a non-binding heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply up to 8 million gallons annually of alcohol-to-jet fuel over a five-year period once its intended first commercial-scale facility in Minnesota is up and running. Read more ...

ICAO carbon offsetting scheme moves a step closer to agreement as Council releases final draft resolution text | ICAO GMBM,ICAO A39
ICAO carbon offsetting scheme moves a step closer to agreement as Council releases final draft resolution text
Sat 3 Sept 2016 - ICAO's 36-State governing Council has released final draft text of a Resolution to be put before the UN agency's triennial Assembly later this month on a global market-based measure (GMBM) aimed at keeping global net CO2 emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels. The new text moves away from a mandatory scheme from the beginning to a voluntary pilot and first phase covering the first six years (2021-2026). The second mandatory phase, which would run from 2027 to the proposed end of the carbon offsetting scheme in 2035, would exempt least developed countries and those with the lowest share of international aviation activity. However, all ICAO Member States are "strongly encouraged to voluntarily participate as early as possible." Some countries have already announced their participation but attention will now be focused on the intentions of the major aviation carbon emitters. (Updated Sept 6Read more ...

Alaska undertakes first commercial flights to use Gevo's newly-approved alcohol-to-jet renewable fuel | Gevo,Alaskan Airlines
Alaska undertakes first commercial flights to use Gevo's newly-approved alcohol-to-jet renewable fuel
Fri 10 June 2016 - Two Alaska Airlines flights departed Seattle for San Francisco and Washington DC on Tuesday fuelled by a 20 per cent blend of Gevo's renewable alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel, the first commercial flights to use the fuel since it was approved by fuel standards body ASTM International in April. Around 1,500 gallons of renewable fuel was used on the flights and was derived from sustainable non-edible field corn grown in South Dakota. Alaska estimates the blend used for the two flights reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent. The use of such fuels is part of a long-term commitment to its sustainability strategy, says the airline, and in November 2011 became the first US carrier to fly multiple commercial passenger flights - 75 in all - using biofuel from used cooking oil. Read more ...

Persuading governments to adopt global carbon scheme would be one of IATA's greatest achievements, says Walsh | IATA AGM 2016
Persuading governments to adopt global carbon scheme would be one of IATA's greatest achievements, says Walsh
Thu 9 June 2016 - The new Chairman of IATA's Board of Directors and CEO of International Airlines Group, Willie Walsh, told the media at the conclusion of last week’s AGM in Dublin that he was of "the firm belief" ICAO states will agree at their forthcoming Assembly a scheme to address international aviation’s carbon emissions. If so, he said, to have influenced governments to adopt the measure would be one of IATA's greatest achievements. Outgoing IATA Director General Tony Tyler said the decision was in the hands of governments but airlines and the wider air transport community had played an important role in helping to focus their thinking. A resolution passed at the AGM was intended to send ICAO states during their ongoing negotiations a strong signal that industry wanted them to adopt the measure, added IATA Senior Vice President Paul Steele. Read more ...

Airline industry comes together to urge governments to adopt global carbon offset mechanism | IATA AGM 2016,ICAO GMBM
Airline industry comes together to urge governments to adopt global carbon offset mechanism
Thu 2 June 2016 - The biggest item on our agenda this year is the environment, announced Director General Tony Tyler to journalists at the start of IATA's Annual General Meeting of the world's airlines in Dublin today. One of the earliest resolutions to be passed - overwhelmingly, according to IATA - was a resolution urging governments to adopt a single global carbon offset mechanism to address carbon emissions from international aviation at the ICAO Assembly this autumn. To achieve the industry's goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020, we need a mandatory global carbon offset scheme in addition to other measures, said Tyler. In a keynote address, however, Ireland's Transport Minister, Shane Ross, warned even with rapid developments in technology, aviation would struggle along with other industries to reconcile its rapid growth with its environmental footprint. Read more ...
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Canadian jet biofuel initiative selects Montreal-Trudeau for co-mingled fuel supply project | Air Canada,GARDN,CBSCI
Canadian jet biofuel initiative selects Montreal-Trudeau for co-mingled fuel supply project
Wed 1 June 2016 – Montreal-Trudeau Airport has been chosen by Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) for a project to supply aircraft with sustainable aviation biofuel from a shared fuel system. The three-year collaboration involving 14 stakeholder organisations, including Air Canada, is aiming to introduce 400,000 litres of biojet. Previous Air Canada biofuel flights used biojet that was segregated from regular jet fuel and loaded separately into an aircraft by a tanker but CBSCI is looking to develop a more efficient operational framework that will make use of a multi-user, co-mingled airport fuel supply system. The first of its kind in the country, the objective of the CBSCI project is to create a sustainable Canadian supply chain of biojet using renewable feedstocks. Read more ...

Industry carbon reduction programme now extends to over 150 airports worldwide | Airport Carbon Accreditation
Industry carbon reduction programme now extends to over 150 airports worldwide
Wed 1 June 2016 - During the COP21 climate summit in Paris last December, airport industry organisations ACI World and ACI Europe signed an MoU with the UNFCCC to promote the UN climate agency's Climate Neutral Now project and jointly encourage airports to reach the highest levels of the industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. Nearly six months on, ACI has released an update on progress that shows ACA status has now been earned by 157 airports across the world, which collectively handle 33 per cent of global passenger traffic. Of these, 21 airports have now achieved the highest Level 3+ representing carbon neutrality, with Turkey's Izmir Adnan Menderes the latest to join the ranks. Originally developed and launched by ACI Europe exactly seven years ago, the ACA was extended to airports in Asia-Pacific in 2011 in partnership with ACI Asia-Pacific and has since been rolled out in all other ACI regions.  Read more ...

Analysis: Unpicking the complex ground rules for international aviation's proposed global carbon emissions scheme | ICAO GMBM
Analysis: Unpicking the complex ground rules for international aviation's proposed global carbon emissions scheme
Wed 1 June 2016 - The recent High-level Meeting (HLM) of ICAO member states to consider a draft proposal on a global market-based measure (GMBM) scheme to address fast-growing carbon emissions from international aviation was seen by some as being marred by deep divisions. But those close to the negotiations are now more confident an agreement will be reached. Reporting significant progress during the talks on finding areas of common agreement, ICAO Council President Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu acknowledged though there was "still work to be done" on key elements of the scheme before it is presented for consideration by member states at their Assembly in late September. This article attempts to unpick the draft Assembly Resolution text, which aims to lay out the ground rules for what would be the first-ever global sectoral carbon scheme, resulting from the ICAO meeting. Read more ...

Aviation industry encouraged by ICAO progress on global carbon scheme negotiations but calls for higher emissions coverage | ICAO GMBM
Aviation industry encouraged by ICAO progress on global carbon scheme negotiations but calls for higher emissions coverage
Thu 19 May 2016 - Aviation industry representatives attending last week's High-level Meeting (HLM) on a global market-based measure (GMBM) at ICAO in Montreal say they were encouraged by the progress made during the talks. While difficult negotiations remained on a couple of key areas, said cross-industry Air Transport Action Group's (ATAG) Executive Director Michael Gill, the meeting had demonstrated ICAO was the right place for the discussions. Prior to the meeting, aviation leaders issued a communique at a one-day conference in Montreal that asked for ICAO states to support the implementation of a global carbon offsetting scheme to complement other technology and operational initiatives to reduce the industry's climate impact. The message was repeated yesterday at an international transport conference in Leipzig attended by 50 ministers of transport. Read more ...

Key differences must be bridged quickly to avoid failure by countries to agree a global aviation carbon scheme, say NGOs | FlightPath 1.5,ICSA,ICAO GMBM
Key differences must be bridged quickly to avoid failure by countries to agree a global aviation carbon scheme, say NGOs
Wed 18 May 2016 - Following last week's High-level Meeting in Montreal of ICAO member states to consider proposals on a global market-based measure (GMBM) to cap net carbon emissions from international aviation, environmental NGOs say unresolved differences risk "a high profile failure". Six international organisations have come together to campaign that aviation makes a fair contribution to the goal of limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. Although some progress was made during the negotiations, they say the current draft text on a resolution to be put to the ICAO Assembly in September falls short even of what is needed to reach ICAO's own goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020.  Read more ...

Despite disagreements on key elements of global aviation CO2 scheme, ICAO chief confident of success | ICAO GMBM
Despite disagreements on key elements of global aviation CO2 scheme, ICAO chief confident of success
Sun 15 May 2016 - After three days of complex negotiations, ICAO member states are moving towards the likelihood of an agreement at ICAO's triennial Assembly starting in late September on a global market-based measure (GMBM) to cap net carbon emissions from international aviation. However, differences still remain on key aspects of the proposals contained in the draft Assembly resolution text that was discussed during the High-level Meeting (HLM) convened by ICAO and are unlikely to be resolved until during the Assembly. But ICAO Council President Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu expects further ICAO initiatives and bilateral talks to continue over the summer and he remains highly optimistic the UN agency will pass an Assembly resolution to launch the proposed global carbon offsetting scheme. Read more ...

ICAO states convene to reach consensus on a global measure to cap international aviation emissions | ICAO GMBM
ICAO states convene to reach consensus on a global measure to cap international aviation emissions
Wed 11 May 2016 - Officials from ICAO member states have gathered in Montreal for a three-day high-level meeting (HLM) to forge a consensus on a global market-based measure (GMBM) to cap net carbon emissions from international aviation. Under discussion is a draft resolution text proposed by the ICAO Council President to be put before the next ICAO Assembly in late September that would pave the way for the introduction of a Carbon Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation (COSIA) from 2020. Despite sharp differences between major nations on key elements of the scheme, largely based around the issue of differentiation, ICAO officials are quietly confident that a deal can be struck but is likely to be taken to the wire at the Assembly. Read more ...

ICAO CO2 emissions standard was a factor in the decision to favour the all-new Bombardier C Series, says Delta | Delta Air Lines,CO2 standard,Bombardier,C Series
ICAO CO2 emissions standard was a factor in the decision to favour the all-new Bombardier C Series, says Delta
Wed 4 May 2016 - Last week's announcement that a major US airline, Delta, had ordered C Series aircraft from Canadian manufacturer Bombardier was a shot in the arm for the troubled and much-delayed all-new aircraft programme. The deal was also a boost for the aircraft CO2 emissions standard proposed by ICAO's environmental technical committee in February, which has come in for criticism from certain quarters for being unambitious. Delta's SVP for supply chain maintenance and fleet strategy, Greg May, said the decision to purchase 75 short- to mid-range CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 50 had been partly influenced by the introduction of the new standard. Bombardier claims the C Series, which is powered by Pratt & Whitney's PurePower PW1500G engine will deliver a 20 per cent savings in fuel and CO2 emissions compared to existing in-production rivals and will be the quietest commercial jet aircraft in its class. Read more ...