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Boost for British Airways and Solena waste-to-jet fuel GreenSky project as location of facility is confirmed | Solena,GreenSky
Boost for British Airways and Solena waste-to-jet fuel GreenSky project as location of facility is confirmed
Wed 16 Apr 2014 - The British Airways and Solena project to convert landfill waste into jet fuel has received a major boost with the announcement of the location chosen for the facility. The site will be in the Thames Enterprise Park, a regeneration project just east of London on the estuary of the River Thames that includes a former oil refinery. Work on building the GreenSky facility is expected to start in 2015 and employ around 1,000 workers in the construction, which is due to be completed in 2017, and create up to 150 permanent jobs when operational. British Airways is providing construction capital and becoming a minority shareholder in the $500 million GreenSky project. The airline has committed to purchasing all the jet fuel produced by the plant, around 16 million gallons a year, for the next 11 years at market competitive prices, currently worth around $550 million. Read more ...

NASA signs agreements with German and Canadian partners to test impact of alternative fuels at altitude | NASA,DLR,German Aerospace Center,NRC,IFAR
NASA signs agreements with German and Canadian partners to test impact of alternative fuels at altitude
Mon 14 Apr 2014 - NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are due to begin on May 7 from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The programme will be the latest in a series of NASA ground and flight tests that began in 2009 to study emissions and contrails formation from new blends of renewable aviation fuels. ACCESS I tests showed that such blends may substantially reduce emissions of black carbon, sulphates and organics, says NASA. ACCESS II will gather additional data, with an emphasis on studying contrail formation. Read more ...

First round-the-world solar powered flight to take place in 2015 as Solar Impulse 2 is unveiled | Solar Impulse
First round-the-world solar powered flight to take place in 2015 as Solar Impulse 2 is unveiled
Mon 14 Apr 2014 - The Solar Impulse team have unveiled the second version of their aircraft that has been designed to complete the world's first round-the-world solar-powered flight. The two co-founders - explorer Bertrand Piccard and engineer Andre Borschberg - will take turns to fly Solar Impulse 2 eastwards from continent to continent starting in March 2015 from the Gulf area. As well as a feat of aviation innovation, the aim of the project is to promote clean technology around the world. With a technical team of 80 specialists, it has so far taken 12 years of calculations, simulations, construction and testing. With a weight of just 2,300kg, the single-seater aircraft has a huge wingspan of 72 metres – longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and only 8 metres shorter than the Airbus A380. The wings, fuselage and horizontal tailplane contain 17,248 highly-efficient solar cells, each only 135 microns thick, the same as a human hair. Read more ...

ACI’s airport carbon programme extends its reach as Incheon becomes South Korea's first accredited airport | Airport Carbon Accreditation,Incheon
ACI’s airport carbon programme extends its reach as Incheon becomes South Korea's first accredited airport
Thu 10 Apr 2014 - Seoul's Incheon International Airport has become the first South Korean airport to achieve certification in ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. There are four levels of certification and the airport reached the third 'Optimisation' level. Under the programme, an airport must first measure its carbon footprint (Level 1) and put in place carbon management procedures to show emissions reductions (Level 2). To achieve Level 3, it must then engage with third party service providers at the airport, such as ground handlers and catering companies, to further reduce emissions. It also involves engagement with authorities and users on surface access to and from the airport. Launched by ACI Europe in June 2009, the voluntary programme now has around 80 airports participating on three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia. Read more ...

British Airways opts for credit360’s sustainability software to monitor its carbon reduction performance | British Airways,credit360
British Airways opts for credit360’s sustainability software to monitor its carbon reduction performance
Thu 10 Apr 2014 - British Airways has selected sustainability software company credit360 to monitor and help reduce the airline's carbon footprint. The software will be used to track the fuel burn and carbon emissions per passenger kilometre for every aircraft in the fleet and will allow BA to compare and contrast the sustainability performance of different aircraft and identify areas for improvement. The system will also be deployed to help collect and manage a wide range of social and environmental indicators across more than 200 sites. In line with its One Destination sustainability plan, the airline has a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 from a 2005 baseline. British Airways is the first airline customer for credit360, which has signed up 30 other organisations over the past year for its sustainability software and now has more than 175 clients worldwide. Read more ...

Boeing receives EPA's highest energy efficiency award for its operations as it strives for zero emissions growth | Energy Star,EPA
Boeing receives EPA's highest energy efficiency award for its operations as it strives for zero emissions growth
Wed 9 Apr 2014 - For the second year in succession, Boeing has been awarded 'Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence' recognition by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its leadership in energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from around 16,000 organisations participating in the Energy Star voluntary programme and Boeing is among 16 other 'Partners of the Year' recognised by an award in the industrial category. Boeing has received the Energy Star award each year since 2011 and reached the Sustained Excellence level in 2013. From 2007 to 2012, Boeing reduced its energy consumption by 3 per cent on an absolute basis, the equivalent of energy to power 44,000 US homes for a year. Last year, it set new targets of zero growth for greenhouse gas emissions by 2017. Read more ...

Feisty exchanges over Aviation EU ETS as European Parliament votes to continue with ‘Stop the Clock’  | Peter Liese
Feisty exchanges over Aviation EU ETS as European Parliament votes to continue with ‘Stop the Clock’
Thu 3 Apr 2014 - The European Parliament today voted in favour of a compromise agreement brokered between Parliament rapporteurs and EU member states, represented by the European Council. The vote will see a resumption of the 'Stop the Clock' (STC) scope in which only intra-European Economic Area (EEA) flights will be covered by the Aviation EU ETS, rather than the proposal by the European Commission to also include emissions from international flights within EEA airspace. Despite the large majority in favour of the compromise - 458 for, 120 against and 24 abstentions - the vote was preceded by feisty exchanges between MEPs in a debate on the issue. STC will now run from 2013 until the end of 2016 and the agreement allows for a return to the original full scope of the scheme from 2017 should an agreement at ICAO to implement a global market-based mechanism from 2020 not be reached at its Assembly in 2016. (Updated April 4, 7 & 14Read more ...

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Middle East Jet Fuels Conference
16-17 April 2014
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ATAG 2014 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit
29-30 April 2014
Geneva, Switzerland


2nd aireg International Biofuel Conference
19 May 2014
Berlin, Germany

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Critical week for the Aviation EU ETS as MEPs hear arguments on which proposal to support | Peter Liese,GACAG,Transport & Environment,T&E
Critical week for the Aviation EU ETS as MEPs hear arguments on which proposal to support
Mon 31 Mar 2014 - With a crucial vote in the European Parliament this week, MEPs will be presented with two choices that will likely determine the future of the Aviation EU ETS until at least 2016. As the lead environment committee (ENVI) voted by the narrowest of margins on March 19 to reject a trilogue compromise agreed with EU member states to continue with the 'Stop the Clock' (STC) scope of the scheme, the airspace proposal put forward by the European Commission and supported by a majority of ENVI members will be the text presented to the plenary session. However, the STC trilogue deal is expected to be tabled as an amendment and may well achieve majority support. Meanwhile, NGOs are urging MEPs to vote for the airspace approach while representatives from the aviation industry are calling for a vote against and in favour of the trilogue deal. The debate on the issue will be held on Wednesday evening (April 2) with the vote taking place the following morning. Read more ...

US demonstration plant starts daily production of drop-in renewable jet and biodiesel fuels | Blue Sun Energy,Applied Research Associates,Chevron Lummus Global,Agrisoma Biosciences
US demonstration plant starts daily production of drop-in renewable jet and biodiesel fuels
Fri 28 Mar 2014 - A newly-commissioned demonstration-scale facility in St Joseph, Missouri has started 24/7 operations that will see production of 4,200 gallons per day of renewable jet and diesel fuels from industrial and waste oils. The venture is a partnership of Applied Research Associates (ARA), Blue Sun Energy and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), and uses a propriety process called Biofuels Isoconversion (BIC) to produce 100 per cent drop-in diesel and jet fuels. The partners claim the low-cost process can convert any non-edible fats and oils directly into high-density, aromatic cycloparaffin and isoparaffin hydrocarbons that are ideal for drop-in military and civilian jet fuels. ARA and CLG were amongst participants in a Canadian project in 2012 that included the first flight of a civilian aircraft using unblended renewable jet biofuel. Read more ...

Gatwick goes on the noise offensive with compensation pledge to help win battle for a new London runway | Gatwick Airport,Heathrow Airport,GACC,NCS
Gatwick goes on the noise offensive with compensation pledge to help win battle for a new London runway
Thu 27 Mar 2014 - As competition hots up to persuade the UK government-appointed Airports Commission, and ultimately Parliament, on their own cases for building a new runway, London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports have stressed the importance of winning the aircraft noise debate. Believed to be the first airport in the world to make such an offer, Gatwick has committed to pay annual compensation of around £1,000 ($1,600) to local households most affected by aircraft noise should it receive approval for a new second runway. It has also released a supportive noise management report that benchmarks its approach with other leading UK and European airports. Heathrow, meanwhile, has pointed to a survey it commissioned from pollsters Populus that aircraft noise is only the seventh most important aspect of a London airport for Londoners. Read more ...

Converting airport equipment to electric at Sea-Tac to save $2.8 million of fuel and 10,000 tons of emissions annually | Seattle-Tacoma,Alaska Airlines
Converting airport equipment to electric at Sea-Tac to save $2.8 million of fuel and 10,000 tons of emissions annually
Tue 25 Mar 2014 - One of North America's greenest airports, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has launched a $31 million project to provide nearly 600 electric charging stations for ground support equipment (GSE) such as baggage tugs, bag ramps and pushback vehicles. Converting the GSE to electric is projected to save around $2.8 million in airline fuel costs and 10,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Alaska Airlines is already switching 204 fossil fuel-powered vehicles to electric - 146 with Alaska and 58 with Horizon - and more airlines will join the programme later this year. A large part of the funding is coming from federal grants including from the US Department of Energy and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Read more ...

Norwegian airport operator Avinor to invest up to $16.5 million to support national aviation biofuel production | Avinor,NHO Luftfart,NMBU
Norwegian airport operator Avinor to invest up to $16.5 million to support national aviation biofuel production
Mon 24 Mar 2014 - Norway's state-owned airport operator and air navigation services provider Avinor has pledged to contribute up to 100 million Norwegian kroner ($16.5 million) over a ten-year period to help develop an aviation biofuel sector in the country. Announcing the move at an Avinor conference, 'Fly with Norwegian biofuel in 2020', the organisation's CEO said the advent of new and more energy-efficient aircraft would not be enough as the industry works towards carbon-neutral growth, and biofuels would have to be a key part of the solution. Petter Heyerdahl, Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), told the conference that biomass for producing biofuels should be reserved for the transport sector, in particular aviation, where there are few alternative options to fossil fuels. Read more ...

Development of sustainable jet fuels moves towards next phase of new technology pathways and ramping up supply | SkyNRG,Etihad,British Airways,KLM,Amyris,Masdar,Lufthansa PureSky
Development of sustainable jet fuels moves towards next phase of new technology pathways and ramping up supply
Fri 21 Mar 2014 - The early excitement of demonstration flights and subsequent approvals for the use of some types of biofuel blends on passenger flights has given way to the less headline-grabbing 'hard yards' of establishing supply chains to provide airlines with cost-competitive and sustainable fuels. New technology pathways are expected to be certified for commercial aviation use within the next year that will see innovative synthetic jet fuels reach the market. The recent disclosure that green diesel may become a blending source for jet fuel is another important step. The challenge now is to move beyond one-off projects towards a continuous supply of jet biofuels using standard fuel logistics at airports. The recent Bio Jet Fuel conference at the World Bio Markets in Amsterdam brought together the aviation and biofuel sectors to discuss progress. GreenAir reports from the event on the latest developments in Europe and further afield. Read more ...

Aviation EU ETS agreement to continue with 'Stop the Clock' stumbles as Parliament's ENVI MEPs narrowly vote to reject | Peter Liese
Aviation EU ETS agreement to continue with 'Stop the Clock' stumbles as Parliament's ENVI MEPs narrowly vote to reject
Wed 19 Mar 2014 - MEPs on the European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) today narrowly rejected a compromise agreement reached with EU member states and the European Commission to extend the 'Stop the Clock' scope of the Aviation EU ETS until 2016. The deal, if passed, would have paved the way for the scheme's scope to be restricted to flights within the European Economic Area (EEA) to allow ICAO room to agree the introduction of a binding global market-based measure (MBM) from 2020. Green and left of centre ENVI members decided at a party level to reject the deal brokered during trilogue negotiations by the committee's rapporteur on the legislation, centre-right German MEP Peter Liese. The deal fell short of an earlier agreement by ENVI members to back a Commission proposal that would see EEA airspace coverage of the emissions from all international flights departing and arriving EEA airports. However, Liese is confident a plenary of the full Parliament next month will vote for the compromise. Read more ...

ICAO groups start work on developing a global market-based measure for international aviation emissions | GMTF,EAG,ICAO 38th Assembly
ICAO groups start work on developing a global market-based measure for international aviation emissions
Wed 12 Mar 2014 - As ICAO begins its task of developing a global market-based measure (MBM) to address the growth of international aviation emissions, the establishment of groups to carry out the political and practical aspects of the work is nearly complete. The UN agency's governing Council has agreed a clear process and roadmap with expected milestones and the necessary governance structure, confirmed an ICAO spokesperson. Under the direction of the Council, the Environment Advisory Group (EAG) - a proposal of the BRIC countries - will oversee the work related to the development of the global scheme, which will be principally undertaken by a Global Market-based Measure Technical Task Force (GMTF) comprised of representatives and experts from ICAO member states, industry and NGOs. Both the EAG and GMTF held their first meetings last week. Read more ...

Iberia fits Airbus A340 with air quality sampling equipment as part of IAGOS climate change research project | Iberia,IAGOS
Iberia fits Airbus A340 with air quality sampling equipment as part of IAGOS climate change research project
Mon 10 Mar 2014 - Iberia is to take part in the IAGOS air quality and composition measurement project, a part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. The IAGOS - Integration of Routine Aircraft Measurements into a Global Observing System - project measures the chemical composition of air samples taken from an aircraft at cruising altitude. The Spanish airline has installed air sampling equipment on an Airbus A340-300 used on routes to Latin America and will measure quantities of H2O, O3, CO, CO2, NOx and aerosols. To show variations over time, the aircraft will collect and report the data for several years. The data will also be reported to weather services almost in real time. Other airlines participating in IAGOS include Lufthansa, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air France. The German airline was the first to join the project, equipping an A340-300 in July 2011. Read more ...

Boeing, South African Airways and RSB start efforts to help small farmers in Southern Africa grow sustainable biofuels | South African Airways,RSB,
Boeing, South African Airways and RSB start efforts to help small farmers in Southern Africa grow sustainable biofuels
Mon 10 Mar 2014 - Following their agreement last October to work together on a strategy to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel sector in Southern Africa, Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) are extending the collaboration to include the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The three partners have announced an initiative to help smallhold farmers in the region grow crops to produce sustainable fuels. In December, Boeing and RSB held a three-day workshop in Kuala Lumpur with the aim of bringing together small farmers and local interests in Southeast Asia to educate and inform on sustainable feedstock practices. SAA has a target of having 50 per cent of its fuel uplifted at Johannesburg to be made up of sustainable jet fuel by 2023. Read more ...

EU states get their way as deal struck with Parliament negotiators to continue with 'Stop the Clock' | Peter Liese
EU states get their way as deal struck with Parliament negotiators to continue with 'Stop the Clock'
Tue 5 Mar 2014 - Negotiators from the three European institutions - the Parliament, Commission and the Council - have reached an agreement that is likely to see an extension to 2016 of the one-year 'Stop the Clock' (STC) suspension of the full scope of the Aviation EU ETS. The Commission, backed by members of the Parliament's environment committee (ENVI), supported an airspace approach that would have seen all airlines flying to and from Europe covered by the EU ETS for the portion of flights taking place in EEA airspace. However, worried about international repercussions, a majority of EU member states - led by France, Germany and the UK - have won their fight for a continuation of STC without appearing to have made any meaningful concessions beyond a commitment to return to the full scope from 2017 if no binding agreement is reached on a global market-based measure at ICAO. Article updated March 7 Read more ...

Emissions reductions at Boeing facilities recognised by Climate Leadership Award from US EPA | EPA
Emissions reductions at Boeing facilities recognised by Climate Leadership Award from US EPA
Mon 3 Mar 2014 - In recognition of its success in managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities, Boeing has received a Climate Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The award is made to organisations that publicly report and verify corporate greenhouse gas inventories and achieve emissions reduction goals. Through the Climate Leaders programme, Boeing surpassed its own goal of reducing absolute emissions from its US operations by one per cent from 2007 to 2012. The aircraft manufacturer said it had achieved the reductions through employee involvement and energy conservation programmes, including upgrades to lighting and heating, venting and air conditioning systems, and the use of renewable energy. Boeing use hydroelectric and renewable energy sources for nearly half of its total domestic electricity consumption. Read more ...

Civil aviation mourns the passing of Assad Kotaite, ICAO leader, diplomat and visionary
Civil aviation mourns the passing of Assad Kotaite, ICAO leader, diplomat and visionary
Mon 3 Mar 2014 - Universally recognised as one of the most prominent and respected figures in the world of civil aviation, Dr Assad Kotaite, Council President Emeritus of ICAO, died on 27 February at the age of 89. His career with ICAO began in 1953, and from 1956 to 1970 he was the Representative of Lebanon on the Council of ICAO. In 1970, he was appointed Secretary General of ICAO and then elected President of the Council for eleven successive mandates - from 1976 until his retirement 30 years later in 2006. His tenure is the longest among senior executives in the history of the United Nations system. His environmental involvement included overseeing the development of the Committee on Aircraft Noise, which eventually became the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, and the associated introduction of environmental standards by ICAO. Chris Lyle remembers a giant of aviation and a mentor to many. Read more ...

NGOs urge EU governments to take action over EU ETS enforcement against non-compliant foreign airlines
NGOs urge EU governments to take action over EU ETS enforcement against non-compliant foreign airlines
Fri 28 Feb 2014 - European environmental NGOs have formally requested German, Dutch and British authorities responsible for administering the Aviation EU ETS to take necessary action against airlines that failed to comply with the carbon scheme in 2012. The NGOs name airlines Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Air India, Jet Airways, Saudia and Aeroflot as not having submitted carbon permits to cover their intra-European flights that year by the 30 April 2013 deadline. Facing international opposition, the EU temporarily suspended a requirement for airlines to report emissions from intercontinental flights to and from Europe in 2012 under the 'Stop the Clock' derogation in order to allow progress towards an ICAO agreement on a global market-based measure. However, carriers regardless of nationality were still required to comply with the scheme for flights carried out within Europe. The NGOs point out that offenders gain a competitive advantage over compliant airlines if the regulations are not enforced equally and consistently. Read more ...

Leading UK companies taking part in WWF challenge cut business flights by 38 per cent over three-year period | WWF-UK
Leading UK companies taking part in WWF challenge cut business flights by 38 per cent over three-year period
Thu 27 Feb 2014 - Some of the UK's biggest companies have cut flights by up to 38 percent and flight expenditure by 42 per cent over a three-year period, saving over £2 million ($3.3m) and 3,000 tonnes of CO2 on average. Twelve companies and organisations are taking part in the One in Five Challenge run by WWF-UK to reduce their flights by 20 per cent within five years. Participants such as BSkyB, BT, Capgemini, Lloyds TSB, Microsoft UK, Vodafone and the Scottish Government have managed to cut more flights, more quickly than anticipated, according to the programme's latest annual report. The aim is to encourage companies to cut their costs and carbon from business travel, and change behaviour in favour of alternatives such as rail and videoconferencing. WWF-UK claims its analysis points to a permanent change in meeting and travel practices and questions the business case for UK airport expansion. Read more ...

Cathay Pacific, SAA and Thai up their game in response to Heathrow's noise performance league table ratings | Heathrow Airport,Cathay Pacific,South African Airways,Thai Airways
Cathay Pacific, SAA and Thai up their game in response to Heathrow's noise performance league table ratings
Tue 25 Feb 2014 - Following the launch last November by London's Heathrow Airport of its 'name and shame' quarterly Fly Quiet noise performance table, a number of airlines have responded by replacing older aircraft on their Heathrow route and improving track keeping procedures. The table lists the top 50 airlines serving the airport by number of flights in the quarter according to six noise-related criteria. Each airline receives a red/amber/green rating according to each criterion, as well as an overall score that allows comparison with other airlines. The second table, covering the period October to December 2013, has just been published. Heathrow singles out Cathay Pacific Airways, South African Airways and Thai Airways for special mention over their improved noise performance. Read more ...

Aircraft operator hit with half a million euro EU ETS non-compliance penalty as EU states send out enforcement notices | Avocet,Verifavia,Liese,EU ETS compliance
Aircraft operator hit with half a million euro EU ETS non-compliance penalty as EU states send out enforcement notices
Mon 24 Feb 2014 - As part of a coordinated process across EU member states, notices have been sent to airlines and business jet operators that failed to comply with Aviation EU ETS regulations in 2012. One Europe-based commercial business jet owner is understood to have received a penalty from the UK authorities amounting to nearly half a million euros for failing to surrender the required number of allowances by the 30 April 2013 deadline. Each member state has legislated differently on enforcement and the UK has chosen a tiered approach, serving notices on just a handful of operators for now, whereas others have sent notices to all non-compliant operators. In a looming test of political will, some EU authorities are faced with enforcing penalties on Chinese, Indian and Russian operators that carried out intra-European flights in 2012 but failed to comply with the EU ETS 'Stop the Clock' regime. Read more ...

Airbus and China's COMAC to cooperate on developing ATM concepts to deliver sustainable air transport growth | COMAC
Airbus and China's COMAC to cooperate on developing ATM concepts to deliver sustainable air transport growth
Fri 21 Feb 2014 - Airbus and Chinese aircraft manufacturer COMAC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on developing new air traffic management (ATM) concepts and operations that they claim will help enable a sustainable growth in air transport. The partners will share best practices and identify improvements required by current ATM technology roadmaps both on-board the aircraft and on the ground. Standardised and interoperable ATM, they say, will make flights more efficient, with passengers enjoying shorter travelling times as a result of optimised take-off, landing and taxiing procedures. Emissions, they add, will also be significantly reduced and lower levels of noise will benefit people living near to airports. Read more ...

Deal on extending EU ETS 'Stop the Clock' until 2016 inches closer but red lines drawn on revenue earmarking  | Peter Liese
Deal on extending EU ETS 'Stop the Clock' until 2016 inches closer but red lines drawn on revenue earmarking
Fri 21 Feb 2014 - The first trilogue negotiations this week involving representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament (EP) and EU member states, represented by the European Council, to hammer out a way forward for the Aviation EU ETS has resulted in a closing of gaps on some issues but divisions on others. The 'Stop the Clock' (STC) derogation applying to intercontinental flights was for 2012 only and if the EU institutions fail to find an agreement the carbon scheme will automatically 'snap back' to the original full scope of the EU directive, with the prospect of renewed international fall-out. Whereas EU states are supporting a modified STC scope, the Parliament's environment committee, which leads on the directive, supports a Commission proposal to regulate all flights taking place in EEA airspace. It now appears EP negotiators are willing to accept STC until 2016 but in exchange demand states earmark ETS auction revenues for climate purposes and a tightening of the emissions cap. Read more ...

China’s aviation regulator opens the way for commercial use of aviation biofuel as it awards first licence to Sinopec | Sinopec,China Eastern,CAAC
China’s aviation regulator opens the way for commercial use of aviation biofuel as it awards first licence to Sinopec
Wed 19 Feb 2014 – The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has awarded a licence to the country's leading oil refiner Sinopec that permits use of its 'No. 1 Aviation Biofuel' in commercial operations. This is the first licence to be awarded and follows two years of testing by CAAC's Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Department. Last April, China Eastern Airlines carried out a test flight of an Airbus A320 from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport using conventional jet fuel blended with biofuel made up of palm oil and used cooking oil that had been developed, produced and refined by Sinopec. Awarding the Chinese Technical Standard Order Authorization (CTSOA), CAAC said the fuel met international fuel certification standards and the process had involved the participation of US and European regulatory authorities. It added the development of alternative clean energy was an important measure in promoting the sustainable development of civil aviation in the country and achieving emissions reduction targets. Read more ...

United Airlines to replace its hot beverage cups with a fully recyclable version made from plastic bottles | United Airlines,MicroGREEN
United Airlines to replace its hot beverage cups with a fully recyclable version made from plastic bottles
Tue 18 Feb 2014 - United Airlines is to replace its non-recyclable Styrofoam hot beverage cups with a fully recyclable cup made from up to 50 per cent recycled materials. The eco-friendly, insulating InCycle cup is manufactured by Washington-based MicroGREEN using a waterless, additive-free recycling process in which over four cups can be made from a single recycled PET plastic water bottle. The InCycle cup is already in service at Alaska Airlines and the technology has won a number of green innovation awards. United says it is reviewing its operational recycling efforts to find ways to reduce waste and to increase recycling within its system. This includes a re-design of the airline's inflight recycling policy and procedures to simplify the process for flight attendants, generate increased recycling volumes and minimise waste. Read more ...

UK sustainable aviation industry group plots roadmap towards a 30 per cent uptake in aviation biofuels by 2050 | Sustainable Aviation,Jonathon Counsell,Matt Gorman,Andy Jefferson,TUI Travel,E4tech,Committee on Climate Change,CCC
UK sustainable aviation industry group plots roadmap towards a 30 per cent uptake in aviation biofuels by 2050
Mon 17 Feb 2014 - The UK cross-sector industry group Sustainable Aviation (SA) has started work on a roadmap to plot a path towards achieving a 30 per cent take-up of sustainable alternative aviation fuels by 2050. These fuels are expected to show lifecycle savings of 60 per cent compared to their fossil fuel equivalent and therefore contribute to an overall reduction of 18 per cent in UK aviation CO2 emissions. According to the incoming Chair of the group, British Airways' Head of Environment Jonathon Counsell, one of the aims of the roadmap is to stimulate UK government action on aviation biofuels. The roadmap is expected to be unveiled at the Farnborough air show in July and will follow the publication of other SA roadmaps over the past two years covering CO2 emissions and aircraft noise. Achievements by the group and members during the period are detailed in its Progress Report 2013 just published. Read more ...

Malaysia’s first airport solar power system to save $627,000 in annual energy costs and 18,000 tonnes of CO2 | Kuala Lumpur International Airport,Malaysia Airports,Malaysia,SunEdison
Malaysia’s first airport solar power system to save $627,000 in annual energy costs and 18,000 tonnes of CO2
Thu 6 Feb 2014 - Malaysia Airports has unveiled the country's first airport solar power system at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The 19 megawatt interconnected system - the largest of its type in Malaysia - is designed to generate more than 26,000-megawatt hours of energy per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 18 million kilograms per year. Based on current energy costs, the combined solar power systems are expected to save the airport around RM2.1 million ($627,000) annually. To generate the maximum amount of energy from the limited space available, a solution was found to install ground-mount, parking canopy and rooftop systems. The installation was carried ou by solar technology manufacturer and provider SunEdison. Read more ...

Growing confidence in understanding the climate impact of aviation non-CO2 effects, says leading scientist | University of Reading,Keith Shine,Emma Irvive,Paul Williams
Growing confidence in understanding the climate impact of aviation non-CO2 effects, says leading scientist
Fri 31 Jan 2014 - It is readily accepted that in addition to CO2 there are other climate forcing effects caused by aircraft but scientists have been less clear as to the extent of the impact. However, according to Keith Shine, Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science at the UK's University of Reading, there is now a growing confidence in the understanding of other contributory climate factors from aviation. Although there remains uncertainty over the role of aerosols and sulphur emissions emitted by aircraft at altitude, significant progress has been made on the effects of contrail forcing and NOx and water vapour emissions. Shine said non-CO2 effects were short-lived compared to CO2 emissions and it was a decision for policy-makers, not scientists, on how they should be factored in when determining action on aviation's climate change impact. Read more ...

Students and companies worldwide invited to join open-source Embry-Riddle project to develop renewable jet fuel | Embry-Riddle
Students and companies worldwide invited to join open-source Embry-Riddle project to develop renewable jet fuel
Fri 31 Jan 2014 - Senior students at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, Arizona are taking part in an open-source project to develop jet biofuel. The 'CapStone' project is also inviting the participation of students and academics from universities around the world as well as companies interested in developing renewable jet fuel. The classroom lectures are filmed for worldwide consumption and a global network will allow participants to contribute to the science and technology of the project and share with experts through social media. The students will be working on further development of a biodiesel transesterification reactor invented by Dr Richard Parnas of the University of Connecticut, which is claimed to be a small, efficient and inexpensive process to recycle waste vegetable oil (WVO) into biodiesel or jet fuel. The project is being co-sponsored by DoctorBioDiesel, a local biodiesel fuel additive company, and two media and internet associates. Read more ...

Liese secures Parliament mandate to back EU ETS airspace proposal and sets sights on revenue earmarking | Liese
Liese secures Parliament mandate to back EU ETS airspace proposal and sets sights on revenue earmarking
Thu 30 Jan 2014 - The Environment Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament today voted 49-6 in favour of supporting the European Commission's EU ETS airspace proposal that aims to include emissions within EU/EEA airspace from all flights to, from and within Europe. The committee also passed amendments to the proposal that seek to restrict the airspace scope until 2016 rather than until 2020, as suggested by the Commission, plus the introduction into the directive of a legally binding commitment by EU member states to earmark EU ETS auction revenues for climate-related funding. The vote provides a mandate for the EU ETS directive's rapporteur, Peter Liese, to negotiate with the Commission and member states, through the European Council, on the legislation. Member states are largely against the proposal and favour a continuation of the 'Stop the Clock' (STC) approach that restricted emissions coverage to intra-EU/EEA flights only during 2012, as do MEPs on the industry and transport committees (ITRE and TRAN), and tough trilogue discussions are expected during February and March to seek an agreement. Read more ...

Angry MEPs threaten to derail Aviation EU ETS negotiations with EU states over airline non-compliance | Liese,Groote,Bardram,VerifAvia,PwC
Angry MEPs threaten to derail Aviation EU ETS negotiations with EU states over airline non-compliance
Wed 29 Jan 2014 - Politicians in the European Parliament have demanded EU member states get tough with airlines that failed to comply with the EU ETS in 2012. The Parliament's rapporteur on the Aviation EU ETS, Peter Liese, has threatened to derail the forthcoming negotiations with the Council, which represents member states, over the future of the directive if enforcement steps are not taken. The trilogue process is expected to be challenging as Liese and a majority of MEPs are supporting the European Commission's airspace ETS proposal whereas EU states - in particular France, Germany and the UK - want a scaling back. Airlines from China, India and Saudi Arabia were named as operating intra-EU flights during 2012 but did not comply. Meanwhile, EU Competent Authorities are advising all aircraft operators with flights to, from and within the EU/EEA during 2013 to report full scope emissions by March 31. Read more ...

Aviation EU ETS up in the air as European politicians, member states and airlines differ on future direction | Peter Liese,John Hanlon,Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy,Martin Callanan,Jacqueline Foster
Aviation EU ETS up in the air as European politicians, member states and airlines differ on future direction
Mon 27 Jan 2014 - With a decision required by EU institutions before the end of April, there remains strong disagreement over the future direction of the Aviation EU ETS, not only within the European Parliament and EU member states but also between European airlines. MEPs in the Parliament's transport and industry committees voted last week to water down the Commission's proposal to regulate emissions from all flights within EU/EEA airspace. The environment committee, which leads on the issue, is due to vote on Thursday (Jan 30) and largely backs the proposal. Rapporteurs on the three committees are now attempting to seek a compromise. Meanwhile, the three trade associations representing European airlines differ too on the future EU ETS scope. A clash is also looming between Parliament and member states on the earmarking of EU ETS auction revenues. Read more ...

Airbus sets up Centre of Excellence in Malaysia to assess local sustainable jet fuel production opportunities | SEASAFI
Airbus sets up Centre of Excellence in Malaysia to assess local sustainable jet fuel production opportunities
Mon 27 Jan 2014 - Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with five research and technology institutions to assess local opportunities for sustainable biomass production in Malaysia. The aim, says Airbus, is to determine the most suitable feedstocks to ensure any future jet fuel production is based only on sustainable solutions. According to the latest Global Market Forecast by Airbus, Asia-Pacific will lead in terms of world traffic by 2032. "Today's MoU is part of our engagement to support traffic growth whilst reducing aviation's footprint on the environment," said the aircraft manufacturer's New Energies Programme Manager, Frederic Eychenne. The first assessment is due to be completed by December 2014. Read more ...

Canadian aerospace initiative receives $22 million over five years to continue green aviation R&D | GARDN
Canadian aerospace initiative receives $22 million over five years to continue green aviation R&D
Fri 24 Jan 2014 - The Canadian government has announced it will contribute CAD$12 million ($11m) over the next five years to the Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN), an initiative that brings together more than 35 industry, university and government partners. The funding will be matched by participating aerospace companies under the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence (BL-NCE) programme. The aim of GARDN, which was first set up in 2009 with funding from BL-NCE, is to reduce the ecological footprint of the important aerospace sector in Canada, the fifth largest in the world. Activities are structured around two strategic pillars: the funding of research projects in industry and the development of strategic thinking on green aviation in Canada. Read more ...

Seawater-fed desert plant an efficient source of sustainable aviation biofuel, find Abu Dhabi scientists | Masdar
Seawater-fed desert plant an efficient source of sustainable aviation biofuel, find Abu Dhabi scientists
Thu 23 Jan 2014 - Research scientists in Abu Dhabi claim to have made a breakthrough in sustainable aviation biofuel development, finding desert plants fed by seawater can produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks. The work, funded by Boeing, Etihad Airways and Honeywell UOP, is being carried out by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), which is affiliated with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. SBRC scientists will now test their findings in a pilot project that could support biofuel crop production in arid countries, such as the United Arab Emirates. Announced at this week's World Future Energy Summit, the promising research follows the launch a few days ago of the BIOjet Abu Dhabi advanced aviation biofuel initiative and a sustainable biofuel demonstration flight by Etihad.  Read more ...

Demonstration flight marks launch of new Abu Dhabi initiative to develop a UAE sustainable aviation biofuel industry | Etihad Airways,Masdar,Amyris,Total,Etihad
Demonstration flight marks launch of new Abu Dhabi initiative to develop a UAE sustainable aviation biofuel industry
Mon 20 Jan 2014 - A new initiative, BIOjet Abu Dhabi, has been launched to set up a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in the United Arab Emirates. The five partners collaborating in the venture - Etihad Airways, Boeing, Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology - will engage a broad range of stakeholders to develop a framework for the supply chain. The initiative will focus on research and development together with investments in feedstock production and refining capability in the UAE and globally. To mark the launch, Etihad undertook a 45-minute demonstration flight of a Boeing 777 with one engine powered by a locally-blended jet fuel made up of 10 per cent plant-derived biofuel supplied by Total/Amyris and conventional jet kerosene.  Read more ...

Bombardier's Belfast facility given green light on energy plant to convert waste into heat and electricity | Bombardier
Bombardier's Belfast facility given green light on energy plant to convert waste into heat and electricity
Wed 15 Jan 2014 - The Bombardier Aerospace factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which makes the advanced composite wings for the new CSeries jet, has been granted full planning consent for a new £85 million ($140m) energy plant that will convert waste into electricity and heat for the facility. The plant, which is expected to take 18 months to build, will be situated adjacent to the factory and will convert 120,000 tonnes of non-recyclable commercial and industrial waste annually using a gasification process. The project will reduce energy costs significantly, an important factor given the Belfast factory pays three times more for its power than sister facilities in North America. Read more ...

Boeing identifies readily-available renewable green diesel as potential cost-competitive sustainable jet fuel | ASTM,green diesel
Boeing identifies readily-available renewable green diesel as potential cost-competitive sustainable jet fuel
Tue 14 Jan 2014 - In what could be a significant breakthrough, Boeing has identified green diesel - a renewable ground transportation fuel - as a new source of sustainable aviation biofuel. Analysis by Boeing researchers has found that green diesel - not to be confused with biodiesel, which is a separate product and chemically different - has similar chemical properties to today's aviation biofuel. The company says the fuel emits at least 50 per cent less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its life-cycle and could be blended directly with traditional jet fuel. Boeing says it is now working with the US FAA and other stakeholders to gain approval for aircraft to fly on green diesel. Read more ...

Airbus signs agreement with Safran and Honeywell to further develop and evaluate green taxiing system | EGTS
Airbus signs agreement with Safran and Honeywell to further develop and evaluate green taxiing system
Mon 13 Jan 2014 - Airbus has agreed to back further evaluation of the autonomous electric taxiing system undergoing development by Safran and Honeywell Aerospace. The MoU with the EGTS International joint venture marks the selection of the system - referred to by Airbus as eTaxi - for the narrowbody Airbus A320 family aircraft. The system would allow an aircraft to push back from the gate without a tug, taxi out to the runway and return to the gate after landing without operating the main engines. On an average per trip basis, projected fuel savings and CO2 reductions are estimated at around four per cent and taxiing-related carbon and nitrous oxide emissions are expected to be cut in half. The significantly more efficient taxiing operation would also save around two minutes of time on pushback. Over the next few months, the partners will develop a global commercial case and implementation plan to determine the system's feasibility. Read more ...

Analysis shows 84m tonnes of aviation CO2 covered by EU ETS in 2012 as cargo airlines reap windfalls | Sandbag
Analysis shows 84m tonnes of aviation CO2 covered by EU ETS in 2012 as cargo airlines reap windfalls
Thu 9 Jan 2014 - According a Sandbag analysis, over 1,000 participating airlines and aircraft operators reported between them a total of 84 million tonnes of CO2 emissions for the first year of aviation’s inclusion in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Around 89 per cent of eligible operators fully complied with the scheme, representing 98 per cent of intra-EU aviation emissions. Although the one-year 'Stop the Clock' (STC) derogation allowed operators to opt out from having to surrender allowances for extra-EU international flights, a number of major air cargo carriers based inside and outside the EU chose to comply with the full scope of the scheme, enabling them to end 2012 with a surplus of free allowances representing a windfall, says Sandbag. Although denied by the airline, Sandbag estimates Europe's biggest emitter, Ryanair, stood to reap a windfall in 2012 of around 8 million euros ($10.9m) through its passenger EU ETS levy. Read more ...

Swedish airport launches competition to find solution to reduce ground noise impact on local residents | Swedavia,Bromma Stockhom Airport
Swedish airport launches competition to find solution to reduce ground noise impact on local residents
Tue 7 Jan 2014 - Swedish airport operator Swedavia has launched a competition to find an innovative solution that will reduce ground noise affecting the residential area of Bromma Kyrka, close to Bromma Stockholm Airport. The challenge, which carries a prize of 100,000 Swedish krona (around $15,000), is open to individuals and teams from anywhere in the world. Swedavia says it is looking for ideas that represent "innovation and clever design" and follow certain criteria in terms of feasibility, noise reduction, financial soundness and aesthetics. Bromma is Stockholm's city airport, situated just nine kilometres from the city centre, with the closest residents living only 180 metres from the runway and therefore exposed to noise from aircraft and airport vehicles. Closing date for competition entries is February 28 and the winner will be chosen in the Spring. Read more ...

Airways New Zealand develops seven new green aviation Asia-Pacific routes under the ASPIRE programme | ASPIRE,Airways New Zealand
Airways New Zealand develops seven new green aviation Asia-Pacific routes under the ASPIRE programme
Mon 6 Jan 2014 - Seven new 'green aviation routes' have been introduced between New Zealand and airports in the United States and Singapore under the ASPIRE – Asia and South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions – programme. ASPIRE-Daily City Pairs are daily routes certified by IATA as using best practice procedures to reduce environmental impact. The new routes developed by air navigation service provider Airways New Zealand are Auckland-Singapore return; Christchurch-Singapore return; Los Angeles-Auckland return; and San Francisco-Auckland. The ANSP is now assisting Airports Fiji to join ASPIRE, with the aim of decreasing air traffic's environmental footprint in the South Pacific. Read more ...