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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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