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

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

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

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

States agree not to set targets as ICAO unveils its long-term vision on sustainable aviation fuels deployment | CAAF/1,CAAF/2
States agree not to set targets as ICAO unveils its long-term vision on sustainable aviation fuels deployment
Mon 16 Oct 2017 - ICAO concluded its second Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/2) held in Mexico City with an agreement on a long-term vision for the development, production and supply of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) through to 2050. Delegates from Member States, industry and environmental groups had initially been asked to support ICAO's Vision 2050 proposals for short, mid and long term goals that would ensure a 2 per cent share of SAF in international aviation fuel demand by 2025, rising to 32 per cent in 2040 and 50 per cent by 2050. However, a number of States, along with industry and NGOs, failed to back the setting of targets and the conference settled instead for wording that calls for a "significant percentage" of SAF by 2050. The aviation industry said it welcomed the emphasis on developing robust sustainability criteria as a central component of alternative aviation fuels deployment. Read more ...

Zunum Aero reveals details of its 12-seat hybrid-electric passenger aircraft that it hopes to be operational by 2022 | Zunum Aero,Wright Electric,Boeing HorizonX,JetBlue Technology Ventures,electric aircraft
Zunum Aero reveals details of its 12-seat hybrid-electric passenger aircraft that it hopes to be operational by 2022
Fri 13 Oct 2017 - US-based Zunum Aero has revealed more details of its hybrid-electric 12-seat regional aircraft that it claims will be operational by 2022. In April, Zunum announced it had received backing from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures. The aircraft is being designed to have a maximum cruise speed of 340 miles an hour and a take-off distance of 2,200 feet (670m), and the company believes it can open up fast and affordable travel for thousands of communities across the United States. It is expected to have up to 80 per cent lower emissions compared to comparable jet aircraft, and over time Zunum's quest is to eliminate emissions with an all-electric version. UK low-cost carrier easyJet recently unveiled its support for an electric regional aircraft in development by US start-up, Wright Electric. Read more ...

Flights in all world regions at greater risk of severe turbulence incidents as a result of climate change | Paul Williams,University of Reading
Flights in all world regions at greater risk of severe turbulence incidents as a result of climate change
Tue 10 Oct 2017 - In May, 27 passengers on board an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok were injured when the Boeing 777 encountered clear-air turbulence. Because the plane was unable to detect the turbulence ahead, passengers had not been warned to fasten their seat belts. There is evidence that clear-air turbulence (CAT) has already risen by 40-90 per cent over Europe and North America since 1958 and studies by researchers from the universities of Reading and East Anglia in the UK have shown that as a consequence of climate change, the frequency of turbulence on flights between Europe and North America could double by 2050 and the intensity increase by 10-40 per cent. The same researchers have since extended their previous work by analysing eight geographic regions, two flight levels, five turbulence strength categories and four seasons, and found large increases in CAT. Read more ...

UN senior climate official calls on all governments to join CORSIA and up long-term ambitions to reduce aviation CO2 | ATAG17
UN senior climate official calls on all governments to join CORSIA and up long-term ambitions to reduce aviation CO2
Mon 9 Oct 2017 - The participation of all countries in ICAO's global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme is needed for it to be fully effective, a senior UNFCCC official told industry leaders at last week's Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva. Even then the sector's aspirational goal of stabilising emissions at 2020 levels would not be enough to reach the Paris climate agreement targets, said Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN climate change agency. However, he commended the aviation industry's 2050 reduction target and called on ICAO to up its own long-term ambitions. Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President, told the conference that a steering group of ICAO's CAEP environmental committee had finalised recommendations for new CORSIA regulations and the UN aviation agency was working with the UNFCCC on eligible emissions units for the scheme. Read more ...