|Private jet charter company Victor teams with Air BP to launch carbon offset programme for aircraft operators|
Mon 16 Apr 2018 - Fast-growing private jet charter business Victor, in collaboration with Air BP and BP Target Neutral, has opened its carbon offset programme to operators and customers following a trial phase. Over half of Victor and Air BP's 20 biggest operator customers have already signed up to the initiative, which is expanding during this year to a fully-fledged programme, with Austria's GlobeAir among the early adopters. Over three-quarters of Victor's customers opted into the scheme have received quotes for flights where carbon emissions for the fuel used will be offset through projects in BP Target Neutral's global portfolio. The partners say it is an early opportunity for aircraft operators to take action on emissions with CORSIA deadlines on the horizon. Victor is also aiming to use carbon-neutral fuel for all flights by 2020. Read more ...
|ASTM approval of ethanol-based renewable jet fuels a green light for LanzaTech and Byogy|
Fri 13 Apr 2018 - Global standards body ASTM International has completed its revision of alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel specifications that will enable jet fuel to be produced from ethanol, so paving the way for renewable jet fuel from technology companies LanzaTech and Byogy to be used on commercial flights. Under ASTM's ballot procedure, various technical committees have agreed to add ethanol as an approved feedstock in ASTM D7566 Annex A5, the standard specification for aviation turbine fuel containing synthesised hydrocarbons for ATJ synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK). Isobutanol-derived jet fuel was the first ATJ-SPK to be specified under Annex A5 two years ago, which allowed Gevo's renewable jet fuel product to be used in commercial airline operations in blends permitted up to 30 per cent. The latest revision to the annex also lifts the blend ratio limit for ATJ-SPK fuels to 50 per cent. Read more ...
|Canadian green aerospace R&D collaboration GARDN joins biofuels sustainability standards body RSB|
Wed 11 Apr 2018 – Canada's Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), a non-profit organisation that brings together government, academia and the aerospace industry to develop technologies and processes to lessen the sector's environmental impact, has joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). GARDN is a part of the Canadian government's 'Business-Led Networks of Centers of Excellence' programme and has a number of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) projects in place. It says membership of RSB, with its best-in-class sustainability standard, is "an ideal fit" in tackling the challenges of developing biofuel supply chains. Read more ...
|Imposing eligibility constraints on CORSIA offset credits could have significant impact on UN CDM, finds study|
Thu 22 Mar 2018 - The UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is likely to be a primary source of carbon credits for airlines seeking to offset the industry’s growth in CO2 emissions post-2020 under ICAO's CORSIA. However, slow demand for the credits - known as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) - from registered CDM projects has led to a prolonged period of low prices, but the CORSIA scheme is likely to have a major impact on the market. A 2017 study estimated the potential demand for emission units at around 2.7 billion across the life of the scheme, which is due to run until 2035. A new analysis prepared for the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) finds that up to 3.8 billion new CERs could supply the market at prices below one euro per unit but recommends eligibility restrictions are required to drive up the price of CERs and incentivise new and vulnerable projects that could lead to real emission reductions. Read more ...
|Boeing’s latest 777F ecoDemonstrator flight programme tests 100% biofuel use and turbulence detection|
Wed 21 Mar 2018 - Boeing is midway through its latest ecoDemonstrator flight programme that is testing more than 30 technologies aboard a FedEx-owned 777 freighter. Since 2012, the programme has tested more than 55 technologies using four commercial aircraft as flying test beds, with the aim of accelerating new technologies and processes that can reduce emissions and noise, improve airlines’ gate-to-gate efficiency and help meet other environmental goals. The 2018 programme is testing flight deck innovations, propulsion advancements, advanced materials, more efficient flight operations and clear-air turbulence detection. Most test flights are also being powered with 100 per cent paraffinic biofuel, the first time this has taken place using a commercial airliner. Boeing says the testing is to gather performance data and demonstrate drop-in fuel properties. Read more ...
|IAG implements Honeywell fuel efficiency software across its airlines and reports 2.6% fuel burn improvement|
Tue 20 Mar 2018 - International Airlines Group (IAG) is installing fuel efficiency software to help reduce fuel burn and emissions across its airlines - Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and LEVEL. Honeywell's GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software will provide flight data on fuel consumption to help analyse aircraft performance and monitor efficiency initiatives. "We have a strong track record in identifying and implementing initiatives to reduce our carbon emissions," commented Willie Walsh, IAG's Chief Executive. "This technology will allow our airlines to further optimise their fuel consumption and share best practice across the Group." The group reports that it improved fuel and carbon efficiency by 2.6 per cent in 2017, so exceeding IATA's fuel efficiency target for the industry of an average annual improvement of 1.5 per cent. Read more ...
|We must address climate change, says climate sceptic Michael O'Leary as Ryanair unveils green policy|
Wed 14 Mar 2018 - Well-known for his pronouncements that climate change is a hoax, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary appears to have undergone a change of mind. In a foreword to Ryanair's new environmental policy document, he said aviation must play its role in addressing climate change and Europe's largest airline "is committed to leading the way." The airline supported the 2-degree ambition of the Paris climate agreement, he added, and also IATA's goal of reducing the sector’s net CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 against 2005 levels. He has targeted the airline to achieving an emissions performance 8 per cent better by 2030 than currently and 31 per cent better than the average of the four other biggest European airlines. The low-cost carrier has also pledged to eliminate all non-recyclable plastics within five years and is introducing a carbon offsetting option for passengers. Read more ...
|LAM Mozambique and Kenya Airways host wildlife trafficking workshops for airline and airport staff|
Tue 13 Mar 2018 - Two workshops have been held in Maputo and Nairobi to train airline and airport staff on how they can help detect and stop illegal trafficking in wildlife products, such as ivory and rhino horn. Hosted by LAM Mozambique Airlines and Kenya Airways, the workshops were organised by ROUTES, a public-private partnership supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The partnership brings together government agencies; international conservation, development and law enforcement organisations; and the transportation and logistics industry, including IATA. A report published by ROUTES last year estimated the illegal trade was worth over $20 billion worldwide and identified Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International as an important hub for trafficking. Over the next few months, ROUTES will be holding workshops in other trafficking hotspots Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia and Malaysia. Read more ...
|EU accepts ICAO CORSIA rules package but has concerns over emissions units and sustainable fuels criteria|
Wed 7 Mar 2018 - The European Union has signalled its general acceptance of the ICAO CORSIA Package proposals that were sent to ICAO Member States for comment. The Package contains the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) technical rules for the international aviation carbon offsetting scheme that will apply to States and aeroplane operators from 2019. A letter to ICAO signed by Filip Cornelis, Director of Aviation at the European Commission's transport directorate, says that while the EU "is not completely satisfied" with elements of the package, in the interests of reaching and maintaining ICAO agreement, the EU endorsed the consensus reached by the governing ICAO Council and strongly urged the adoption of the proposed package without further amendment. In its submission, the United States has also expressed support for the CORSIA package, although adding that if there is to be reconsideration of any elements then it has preferred edits of its own. (Article updated) Read more ...
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