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JetBlue and Boeing see exciting future in passenger hybrid-electric aircraft and invest in start-up Zunum | Zunum Aero,Wright Electric,Airbus E-Fan,Boeing HorizonX
JetBlue and Boeing see exciting future in passenger hybrid-electric aircraft and invest in start-up Zunum
Fri 28 Apr 2017 - US carrier JetBlue and Boeing are to back start-up Zunum Aero, which is developing regional hybrid-electric aircraft that could be flying as early as the 2020s. Hybrid aircraft could revolutionise the regional airline market, say the partners, by bringing about cheaper, faster and more environmentally-friendly air travel between regional airports. Both Boeing and Airbus are already working on the concept themselves but the technology breakthrough is dependent on major advances in battery power, as well as aircraft and engine design. Initially, Zunum is planning a small capacity aircraft with a range of 700 miles but by 2030 it expects to be producing aircraft accommodating up to 50 passengers and capable of flying over 1,000 miles. Another US start-up, Wright Electric, also has ambitions to come up with an electric passenger aircraft within the next 10 years and is being supported by UK budget airline easyJet. Read more ...
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ACI Asia-Pacific recognises airports in the region for their environmental and carbon reduction achievements | ACI Asia-Pacific,Green Airport Recognition
ACI Asia-Pacific recognises airports in the region for their environmental and carbon reduction achievements
Fri 28 Apr 2017 - The inaugural annual Green Airports Recognitions were presented during this year's ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly held recently in Doha, Qatar, with Platinum recognitions going to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Darwin International Airport. ACI Asia-Pacific stresses these are not competitive awards but are recognition of environmental projects undertaken by airports large and small in the region. The objective is to promote environmental best practice and recognise outstanding accomplishments. Understanding that different airports have different environmental priorities, each year a specific environmental aspect will be chosen as the recognition theme. This year's theme was energy management. Also during the Assembly, 11 airports in the region were presented with their Airport Carbon Accreditation certificates to recognise their initiatives and achievements in carbon reduction. Read more ...

Air Canada and NRC start research into biofuel impact on contrail formation from commercial flight operations | Air Canada,NRC
Air Canada and NRC start research into biofuel impact on contrail formation from commercial flight operations
Tue 25 Apr 2017 - Five Air Canada biofuel-powered flights between Montreal and Toronto over the coming days will be trailed by a National Research Council of Canada (NRC) T-33 research jet using advanced sensing equipment to sample and test the contrail biofuel emissions from each aircraft. It is part of the Civil Aviation Alternative Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research (CAAFCER) project led by NRC that is studying the environmental benefits of biofuel use on contrails. Depending on suitable weather conditions required for the testing, the first of the flights could take place today. The sustainable biofuel has been produced by AltAir Fuels from used cooking oil and supplied by SkyNRG. NRC has already taken part in extensive trials of a NASA-led project in the United States to measure the impact of alternative fuels on contrails, details of which were recently published in the journal Nature. The results showed using biofuels could substantially decrease jet engine exhaust particles and so reduce climate-warming contrails. Read more ...

CORSIA aviation carbon emissions scheme must learn lessons from UN's flawed offset mechanism, says study | Oeko,Stockholm Environment Institute
CORSIA aviation carbon emissions scheme must learn lessons from UN's flawed offset mechanism, says study
Tue 25 Apr 2017 - While ICAO deliberates over rules concerning what offsets should be eligible under its carbon scheme for international aviation, a study prepared for the European Commission concludes the UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has fundamental flaws in terms of overall environmental integrity. An offset mechanism established under the Kyoto Protocol to contribute to GHG mitigation, the CDM will end in 2020 - just as the ICAO CORSIA scheme gets underway - and a future design is required under the successor Paris Agreement. The fundamental principle that only real, measurable and additional emission reductions are generated, has not been adequately followed in most of the projects covered by the CDM, finds the study by Oeko-Institut. Lessons should be learned and applied to other crediting mechanisms like CORSIA, it advises. NGOs, meanwhile, say ICAO runs the risk of repeating the mistakes and the aviation sector should not rely on offsetting to address aircraft emissions. Read more ...

Incidents of severe aircraft turbulence likely to multiply as a result of climate change, finds study | Paul Williams,University of Reading,turbulence
Incidents of severe aircraft turbulence likely to multiply as a result of climate change, finds study
Wed 12 Apr 2017 - Incidents of severe aircraft turbulence on transatlantic routes are likely to become twice or even three times more common as a result of climate change, finds a new study from the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading in the UK. The study used supercomputer simulations of the atmosphere to calculate how wintertime transatlantic clear-air turbulence would change at an aircraft's cruising altitude of around 39,000 feet (12 km) in response to a doubling in the concentration of CO2 levels in the atmosphere, which scientists predict will occur later this century. The results show the average amount of light turbulence increasing by 59 per cent, rising to 149 per cent for severe turbulence. A significant number of injuries to passengers and crew already take place each year, as well as damage to aircraft, and the study concludes an intensification of clear-air turbulence could have important consequences for aviation. Read more ...

Swedish project looks to narrow the emissions reporting gap between estimated and actual flight paths | LFV,Swedish Transport Agency,FOI
Swedish project looks to narrow the emissions reporting gap between estimated and actual flight paths
Tue 11 Apr 2017 - Until now, calculating emissions from aircraft in Sweden has assumed airlines take the straightest and shortest routes, despite this not being the usual case in real-world conditions. A collaboration involving the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), the Swedish Transport Agency and Sweden's air navigation service provider LFV is now trying to narrow the gap between estimated and actual flight paths. The project has involved FOI, a leading defence and security research institute that also studies the environmental impact of aircraft, accessing LFV's radar tracks from 2,200 domestic flights during a few weeks in 2016. By studying the radar tracks, FOI has been able to refine its calculation model and bring down the difference by around 8 per cent. LFV said the outcome could lead to lower fuel consumption and a reduced climate impact from the aviation sector. Read more ...

North American airports recognised for their achievements in environmental leadership | ACI-NA,Miami International Airport,Dallas-Fort Worth International,Indianapolis Airport Authority,Minneapolis-St Paul,Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
North American airports recognised for their achievements in environmental leadership
Fri 7 Apr 2017 - Miami International Airport, Indianapolis Airport Authority, Minneapolis-St Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport have been announced as this year's winners of the ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards. The four awards by trade association Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) recognise outstanding achievement in the categories of Environmental Management; Environmental Mitigation; Outreach, Education and Community Involvement; and Innovative/Special Projects. A runner-up award was made to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The awards were started in 1997 and winning airports are required to demonstrate the environmental benefit of their project and its innovative approach, effective implementation, applicability and cost-effectiveness. Meanwhile, Dallas Fort Worth has received a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership. Read more ...

Seaweed cultivation could provide a promising source of sustainable aviation biofuels, finds Norwegian report | Bellona,Avinor
Seaweed cultivation could provide a promising source of sustainable aviation biofuels, finds Norwegian report
Tue 28 Mar 2017 - Seaweed could become a promising source of biofuels for aviation if sustainably produced and economic and policy challenges can be overcome, says a report by Norwegian NGO Bellona. Seaweeds, or macroalgae, generally contain high amounts of carbohydrates (sugars) that make them highly suitable for bioethanol and biobutanol production, where the sugars are fermented. They belong to the fastest growing species in the world and growth rates far exceed those of terrestrial plants, plus the rapid growth also means they absorb significant amounts of CO2. Most importantly, they do not compete for valuable land space or fresh water during cultivation as do many crops grown for biofuels. Industrial seaweed cultivation, where it is mainly used in food production and pharmaceuticals, is largely confined to Asia whereas in Europe it is in the very early development phase. However, says the report, there is a golden opportunity to design a high-potential sustainable aviation biofuel industry effectively from scratch. Read more ...

Vienna Airport appeals to Austria's highest courts over ruling that a new runway would violate climate law | Vienna International Airport
Vienna Airport appeals to Austria's highest courts over ruling that a new runway would violate climate law
Fri 24 Mar 2017 - Vienna Airport has filed an appeal to Austria's highest courts over a ruling by a lower federal court that a new third runway would violate the country's climate protection laws. The airport operator, Flughafen Wien, has lodged a complaint with the Austrian Constitutional Court arguing the ruling violates its guaranteed rights and freedoms to carry on a business. It has also filed an extraordinary appeal with the Austrian Supreme Administrative Court that the ruling contained serious procedural violations, inconsistent reasoning and was materially unlawful. In its judgment handed down last month, the Federal Administrative Court ruled the positive economic benefits of the airport expansion were outweighed by the potential harm to the public interest from climate change caused by higher carbon emissions as a result of increased flights. However, the airport argues national climate protection law specifically excludes CO2 emissions from flight traffic and it is anyhow only responsible for its own CO2 emissions. Read more ...

NATS and IAA extend XMAN initiative to reduce Heathrow holding stacks for flights through Irish airspace | NATS,XMAN,Irish Aviation Authority,IAA
NATS and IAA extend XMAN initiative to reduce Heathrow holding stacks for flights through Irish airspace
Fri 24 Mar 2017 - The air traffic management system to reduce the fuel-intensive and polluting holding stacks of aircraft arriving into London's Heathrow Airport, the busiest hub in Europe, has now been fully extended to include flights travelling through Irish airspace. First trialled by UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS in 2014, the XMAN (Cross-Border Arrival Management) system aims to instruct pilots to slow down the speed of their aircraft up to 350 nautical miles from Heathrow to avoid delays and unnecessary fuel burn. NATS, which has also been collaborating with ANSPs in France and the Netherlands, says XMAN is so far delivering over 4,700 tonnes of fuel savings for airlines annually, representing nearly 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. It is a key concept of the Single European Sky initiative, which will require 24 airports across Europe to deploy XMAN procedures by 2024. Read more ...

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia attract international interest in developing homegrown jet biofuels | Air New Zealand,Virgin Australia,CSIRO
Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia attract international interest in developing homegrown jet biofuels
Wed 22 Mar 2017 - A year after issuing a joint Request for Information (RFI) from parties interested in supporting the development and production of sustainable aviation fuel in the region, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia say they have had strong interest both locally and from abroad. The airlines have now completed an extensive review of more than 30 responses from organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe and the United States. When announcing the RFI, the airline partners said that while the aviation biofuel development was accelerating internationally, it was not the case in their region. A roadmap report published in 2011 by the Australian government science research agency CSIRO found that by 2020 a 5 per cent bio-derived jet fuel share could be possible in Australia and New Zealand, expanding to 40 per cent by 2050. Despite both airlines having engaged in a number of early alternative fuel initiatives, progress so far has been slow however. Read more ...

Using aviation biofuels could reduce aircraft engine pollutants and non-CO2 climate impacts, find scientists | NASA,DLR,National Research Council Canada,NRC
Using aviation biofuels could reduce aircraft engine pollutants and non-CO2 climate impacts, find scientists
Mon 20 Mar 2017 - Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 per cent and so can help reduce contrail formations that produce climate warming effects, say research scientists led by NASA. The findings, published in the journal Nature, follow a series of flight tests undertaken in 2013 and 2014 as part of the Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions Study, or ACCESS, in which NASA partnered with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council Canada (NRC). The tests involved flying NASA's workhorse DC-8 as high as 40,000 feet while its four engines burned a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel mixed with camelina-derived biofuel. A trio of research aircraft took turns to fly behind the aircraft at distances ranging from 300 feet to more than 20 miles to take measurements and study contrail formation. Read more ...

Etihad comfortably surpasses industry target with a 2.5 per cent fuel efficiency improvement in 2016 | Etihad
Etihad comfortably surpasses industry target with a 2.5 per cent fuel efficiency improvement in 2016
Tue 14 Mar 2017 - Etihad Airways claims to have improved fuel efficiency across all operations by 2.5 per cent in 2016, which represented savings of nearly 190,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of 1,200 flights between Abu Dhabi and London. The UAE's national airline says it is working on several key initiatives to optimise efficiency, both with the aircraft fleet itself and through external collaboration with aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus. These include efforts to reduce the weight of onboard items and investing in new technology to ensure flight crews have the latest information on weather patterns to allow them to plan for optimum fuel efficiency of their aircraft during flight. Airport staff are also supporting efforts to ensure emissions reductions from using ground power instead of auxiliary power units when aircraft are at gates. Read more ...

CANSO encourages air navigation service providers to adopt carbon footprinting and issues a best practice guide | CANSO
CANSO encourages air navigation service providers to adopt carbon footprinting and issues a best practice guide
Mon 13 Mar 2017 - With vast communications and navigation infrastructure, and a need to operate safely and resiliently on a 24/7 basis, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) are energy intensive businesses. They therefore have a role to play both in terms of the influence they can have in reducing aircraft emissions through more efficient operations but also directly in terms of the impact of operating their facilities. To help ANSPs address their environmental performance, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) has published a best practice guide to carbon footprinting. Focusing mainly on the management of carbon impacts from powering buildings and the infrastructure associated with delivering operations and services, the guide aims to provide ANSPs with a framework to establish tailored programmes to measure, monitor and reduce their emissions. Read more ...

Heathrow sets out long-term vision of a zero carbon airport and creating a centre of sustainability excellence | Heathrow Airport
Heathrow sets out long-term vision of a zero carbon airport and creating a centre of sustainability excellence
Thu 9 Mar 2017 - Although we're passionate about the environment, we weren't previously punching our weight, admitted Heathrow Airport's Executive Director Expansion Emma Gilthorpe at the unveiling last week of Heathrow 2.0, a self-styled bold and ambitious long-term sustainability strategy for the airport. The UK government has signalled its support for major expansion and a third runway but there are still considerable challenges for the airport, not least over environmental and climate change concerns. Goals set out in the plan include becoming carbon neutral by 2020 and a zero emissions airport by 2050; all flights serving the airport by the time of the new runway opening in the middle of the next decade to be subject to the global CORSIA carbon-neutral growth scheme; and creating a Centre of Excellence for aviation sustainability research and innovation. Read more ...

Unanimous adoption by ICAO Council paves way for introduction of new aircraft CO2 emissions standard | ICAO CO2 standard,EPA,CAEP
Unanimous adoption by ICAO Council paves way for introduction of new aircraft CO2 emissions standard
Mon 6 Mar 2017 - The ICAO Council unanimously adopted on Friday (Mar 3) the Aeroplane Carbon Dioxide Emissions Certification Standard that was recommended last year by ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). After seven years of development, the new standard is part of the ICAO 'basket of measures' to reduce aviation emissions and is intended to encourage more fuel-efficient technologies into aeroplane design, covering propulsion, aerodynamics and structures. It has been criticised in some quarters for its lack of stringency as a result of being too heavily industry-driven, but is claimed to be the first global technology standard covering CO2 emissions for any sector. Current ICAO Annex 16 Standards include aircraft noise (Volume I) and engine emissions in respect of local air quality (Volume II), and the new CO2 standard is expected to become applicable as Volume III during the latter part of this year. Read more ...

ICAO negotiations on CORSIA scheme challenging, European climate chief tells EU environment ministers | CORSIA,Canete,Stop the Clock
ICAO negotiations on CORSIA scheme challenging, European climate chief tells EU environment ministers
Thu 2 Mar 2017 - The goal of stabilising rather than reducing emissions from international aviation through the use of international carbon credits fell below EU climate ambitions but the agreement reached at the ICAO Assembly last October on the CORSIA scheme starting in 2021 was a welcome and necessary first step on climate action for the sector, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete told EU environment ministers at a Council meeting on Wednesday. The EU's responsibility now, he said, was to make the scheme work and improve it over time, consistent with the goals agreed under the Paris Agreement. Intensive ongoing negotiations at ICAO on the rulebook and governance of the scheme were challenging, he reported. The Commission proposes a continuation of the EU ETS 'stop the clock' (STC) legislation until 2020 to allow for the discussions to continue, with further assessment needed to ensure the aviation sector contributed to EU 2030 climate targets. Canete urged the Council to swiftly reach an agreement with the European Parliament on STC. Read more ...

Strategic decisions on EU aviation biofuel deployment urgently required to overcome cost obstacle | Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development;Utrecht University;Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands;RENJET
Strategic decisions on EU aviation biofuel deployment urgently required to overcome cost obstacle
Tue 28 Feb 2017 - Despite efficiency improvements and a global agreement to stabilise carbon emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels, due to rapid growth in the sector there is likely to be a gap of 232 million tonnes of CO2 between 2020 and 2030 within the EU alone. Although carbon offsetting may plug this gap, it is not a long-term solution and renewable jet fuels will be an essential element of structurally reducing these emissions but a number of obstacles need to be overcome in order to stimulate their use, says a new report. A major stumbling block is overcoming the price premium and researchers at Utrecht University and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) estimate that replacing five per cent of all regular aviation fuel by 2030 will cost upwards of €10 billion ($10.6bn). Their report looks at the pre-conditions for the ramp-up of biofuels for aviation in the EU and conclude that rapid strategic decisions are required to realise the required significant long-term emissions reductions. Read more ...

Early promise of green aircraft taxiing solutions has yet to materialise although progress on regulatory approvals | WheelTug,TaxiBot,EGTS,GreenTaxi
Early promise of green aircraft taxiing solutions has yet to materialise although progress on regulatory approvals
Fri 24 Feb 2017 - It is estimated around 18 million tonnes of CO2 are emitted annually during aircraft taxiing operations and efforts other than reduced engine taxiing have been ongoing for over a decade to find alternative, innovative solutions to save fuel, time and emissions. However, those efforts have had mixed results. A Honeywell/Safran EGTS joint venture was abandoned last year. A similar joint venture involving L-3 and Crane Aerospace, called GreenTaxi, also disappeared off the radar. This has left just two mainstream solutions: the WheelTug nose wheel electric drive system that propels a narrowbody aircraft from the stand to the runway, and IAI's TaxiBot semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle. However, this has not dented the enthusiasm of IATA in seeing the potential fuel and emissions saving benefits of autonomous taxiing and has announced it will hold its second E-Taxiing conference in Singapore in May. Read more ...

San Diego International seeks interested parties for its expanding carbon offset air traveller programme | San Diego International Airport,Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
San Diego International seeks interested parties for its expanding carbon offset air traveller programme
Thu 23 Feb 2017 - San Diego International Airport has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from parties interested in the supply of carbon offsets and the operation of its The Good Traveler programme. Launched in September 2015, the programme had offset around 11.5 million air miles by December 2016 as a result of passengers purchasing credits for offsetting the carbon emissions of their trips. Travellers can either purchase credits from The Good Traveler website or from retail outlets and works on a simple basis of a payment of $2 for every 1,000 miles flown. The programme has now been taken up by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and is looking to extend its reach to the corporate and events markets. Read more ...

MPs say the UK government is not doing enough to mitigate environmental impacts of an expanded Heathrow | Environmental Audit Committee,Heathrow third runway
MPs say the UK government is not doing enough to mitigate environmental impacts of an expanded Heathrow
Thu 23 Feb 2017 - A cross-party committee of MPs has criticised the UK government for not doing enough to show how an expanded Heathrow Airport can operate within environmental legal limits and climate targets. With London already in breach of EU air quality rules for 2017, a report by the Environmental Audit Committee says a new strategy is required to ensure that expansion is not granted at the expense of public health. It also accuses the government of providing a lack of detail on carbon emissions limits, with figures used for the costs and benefits of expansion being based, say the MPs, on a hypothetical international framework to reduce emissions that does not yet exist. They call for an independently scrutinised strategy to reduce carbon emissions from international aviation and say it is imperative the UK remains within the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) after Brexit. Noise measures lack ambition, they argue, and if the government plans to rely on technical improvements to reduce noise impacts then it must provide the aviation industry with support. Read more ...

Austrian federal court rejects Vienna Airport's third runway plans on climate protection grounds | Vienna International Airport
Austrian federal court rejects Vienna Airport's third runway plans on climate protection grounds
Tue 21 Feb 2017 - Austria's Federal Administrative Court has ruled plans for a new third runway at Vienna International Airport should be rejected on climate change grounds, and that the positive economic benefits of the airport expansion were outweighed by the potential harm to the public interest caused by higher carbon emissions. Plans for the runway were first submitted back in 2007 and had been approved by the Lower Austrian regional government. In its 128-page decision, the court found the increase in aviation CO2 emissions from an extra runway was at odds with the country's 2020 transport sector reduction target. Vienna Airport's operator said a third runway was of vital importance to its economic future and described the decision as "legally and objectively untenable and false". It now intends to file an extraordinary appeal with the Austrian Supreme Administrative Court and pledged to "continue to vigorously pursue this project." Read more ...

Government policy action is key to the large-scale deployment of aviation biofuels, hears ICAO seminar
Government policy action is key to the large-scale deployment of aviation biofuels, hears ICAO seminar
Fri 17 Feb 2017 - Although sustainable alternative fuels are key to meeting the aviation sector's long-term emissions goals, supportive government policies are required to bring these fuels to global deployment. This was a central theme of last week's ICAO Seminar on Alternative Fuels in Montreal that brought together a range of stakeholders including biofuel producers, regulators, the airline and aerospace sectors, and government representatives. The seminar was a precursor to a high-level ICAO Conference on Alternative Fuels to be held in Mexico City next October in which States will convene to devise strategies for developing commercial-scale supplies of sustainable jet fuels. Speakers at the seminar said policy efforts were required to reduce financial risk, ensure a level playing field with other transport sectors and create public-private partnerships. The seminar was also a chance for biofuel producers and airlines to provide updates on alternative fuel projects. Read more ...

European Parliament votes for reforms to the EU ETS from 2020 that would tighten aviation emissions cap | Redshaw Advisors,International Emissions Trading Association,T&E
European Parliament votes for reforms to the EU ETS from 2020 that would tighten aviation emissions cap
Wed 15 Feb 2017 – The European Parliament has voted to increase the ambition of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the next phase of the scheme starting in 2021, which includes tightening the emissions cap of the aviation sector. The sector should expect to receive 10 per cent fewer allowances than its 2014-2016 average, say MEPs. Trilogue negotiations on the overall EU ETS reform package will now take place with the EU Council, which represents Member States, and the European Commission before a final decision is taken. Green lobby group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomed the decision by MEPs as evidence that aircraft emissions will in future be treated on a par with other industries covered by the EU ETS. European airlines made clear their opposition last week to the sector's continued inclusion in the EU scheme once the ICAO global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme starts in 2021. Read more ...

European airlines seek speedy EU agreement and clarity on the future of EU ETS legislation | Airlines for Europe,A4E,Willie Walsh,Carsten Spohr,Pekka Vauramo,Michael Cramer
European airlines seek speedy EU agreement and clarity on the future of EU ETS legislation
Fri 10 Feb 2017 - European airline leaders welcomed last week's proposal from the European Commission to continue with the 'stop the clock' scope of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) until 2020 and urged EU legislators to apply the required new regulations as soon as possible. Speaking at the inaugural Airlines for Europe (A4E) Aviation Summit in Brussels on Wednesday, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said A4E members expected the ICAO CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme to replace the EU ETS from 2021 and called for a smooth transition between the two. However, German Green MEP Michael Cramer said during a panel session at the conference that it was likely the European Parliament would vote to continue with the EU ETS alongside CORSIA, raising the prospect of European airlines having to comply with two carbon schemes. Meanwhile, the Pope has described the buying of carbon offsets to compensate for air travel as hypocritical. Read more ...

Swedish regional airline BRA undertakes first biofuel flight of a turboprop ATR 72-600 | BRA,Braathens,ATR,NISA
Swedish regional airline BRA undertakes first biofuel flight of a turboprop ATR 72-600
Tue 7 Feb 2017 - Swedish carrier BRA, formerly Braathens Regional, has carried out a commercial flight using a blended biofuel sourced from used cooking oil, marking a first for both the airline and turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR. The ATR 72-600 flew from Stockholm's city airport Bromma to Umea in northern Sweden, a flight distance of around 500 kilometres. With Swedish forests covering over half the country, there are several national research and development projects currently underway to produce sustainable biofuels from forestry residues in the near future. BRA said the flight was an initiative to show its commitment to the environment, while ATR pointed to the environmental performance of the ATR 72-600 and its lowest fuel consumption per seat in its aircraft category. Read more ...

European Commission proposes intra-European flights should remain covered by EU ETS pending ICAO progress | Stop the clock
European Commission proposes intra-European flights should remain covered by EU ETS pending ICAO progress
Fri 3 Feb 2017 - The European Commission has proposed that a continuation of the 'stop the clock' intra-EEA scope of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for aviation would be the most suitable option to address the period 2017-2020. The 'stop the clock' legislation automatically ended on 31 December 2016 pending the outcome of ICAO negotiations on a global market-based measure, and revised legislation is now required. Since ICAO States agreed at their Assembly in October to implement the phased Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), debate has centred around what the EU should do with its own scheme both before and after CORSIA starts in 2021. The Commission says it would be premature to take a decision on the post-2020 regime at this stage while there were still outstanding uncertainties affecting the implementation of CORSIA. Read more ...
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UK government opens consultations on Heathrow Airport expansion and airspace modernisation | NPS,Airports Commission,Committee on Climate Change,Heathrow Airport,Airlines UK,Airport Operators Association
UK government opens consultations on Heathrow Airport expansion and airspace modernisation
Fri 3 Feb 2017 - The UK government has published a draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) that lays down the planning and decision-making framework for a third runway at Heathrow Airport and has opened it to a 16-week public consultation. The draft NPS sets out the measures that Heathrow will have to comply in order to get development consent for the airport expansion. These include noise insulation measures for homes and schools, above market value compensation for home owners having to make way for the new runway, mitigation of noise impacts and a commitment to no increase in airport-related road traffic. However, the NPS has been criticised by environmental groups for a lack of detail on how an expansion of air traffic sits with the UK’s climate change targets. The government has also announced separate proposals and a consultation on modernising UK airspace and managing aircraft noise. They include setting up an independent aviation noise commission. Read more ...

Aviation must continue to be included in the EU ETS post-2020, says influential European Parliament lawmaker | Peter Liese
Aviation must continue to be included in the EU ETS post-2020, says influential European Parliament lawmaker
Thu 2 Feb 2017 - International flights between Europe and major aviation countries that do not participate in ICAO’s CORSIA global carbon offset scheme from the start in 2021 should be covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), said the European Parliament's top lawmaker on aviation carbon policy. Peter Liese, former rapporteur on the inclusion of aviation into the EU ETS and environment spokesperson for the Parliament's biggest political group, indicated this could include flights between Europe and countries such as India and Russia, which have said they do not intend to join CORSIA until the mandatory phase commences in 2027. Liese also fully expects all flights within Europe to continue to be included in the EU ETS post-2020 under more stringent emission reduction targets than currently. Tomorrow, the European Commission is due to present proposals on the future direction of aviation's inclusion in the scheme as new legislation is required from 2017 if it is not to automatically revert to its full original scope. Read more ...

United commits to a lower carbon footprint during the coming year than its American and Delta rivals | United Airlines,AltAir,Fulcrum,ATW
United commits to a lower carbon footprint during the coming year than its American and Delta rivals
Mon 30 Jan 2017 - United Airlines has pledged it will have a lower gross carbon footprint this year than its two main US rivals, Delta and American, as part of its 2017 Global Performance Commitment to corporate account customers. If the airline fails to meet the target then it will compensate eligible accounts in the form of United Services Funds, which can be used for certain waivers and amenities such as upgrades. The commitment comes as United was named Eco-Airline of the Year by Air Transport World (ATW) magazine for its environmental leadership. The award recognises the carrier's multiple initiatives over recent years, including becoming the first US airline to begin using commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel on regular scheduled flights from its Los Angeles (LAX) hub and its investment in alternative fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy. Read more ...

Airport operator Fraport joins global elite of the world's 100 most sustainable large corporations | Fraport,Global 100 index
Airport operator Fraport joins global elite of the world's 100 most sustainable large corporations
Fri 27 Jan 2017 - Fraport, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, has been recognised as one of the world's top 100 most sustainable companies in the annual Global 100 index compiled by media and research firm Corporate Knights. This is the first time an airport has been included in the index, which started in 2005 and measures 14 key performance indicators (KPIs) across companies with a market capitalisation of over $2 billion. Nearly 5,000 companies from around the world were evaluated for their economic, environmental and social performance. Fraport, ranked 96th in the index and the only company represented from the transportation infrastructure sector classification, scored an overall 51.89 per cent, compared to a score of 73.10 per cent achieved by the 2017 index leader Siemens. The airport operator maintained its rating on a number of other sustainability indexes during 2016. Read more ...

Record additions of new aircraft fail to help Emirates improve fuel efficiency of its passenger operations | Emirates,United for Wildlife
Record additions of new aircraft fail to help Emirates improve fuel efficiency of its passenger operations
Tue 24 Jan 2017 - Longer flight paths to avoid regional trouble-spots, along with a drop-off in load factors, are blamed by Gulf carrier Emirates for failing to improve the fuel efficiency of its passenger operations for the second year in a row. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions grew 12.8 per cent in the year 2015-16, outstripping the 11 per cent growth in capacity with the introduction of new routes, higher frequencies and increased capacity with larger aircraft on a number of existing routes, according to Emirates' latest environmental report. Despite bringing down the average age of the fleet from 75 months to 74 as a result of adding 29 new aircraft, passenger fuel efficiency reached 4.20 litres per 100 passenger kilometres, compared with 3.99 L/100 PK in 2014-15. As in the previous year, however, the fuel efficiency of Emirates' freighter operations managed to improve fuel efficiency performance. Read more ...

Growth in UK aviation has been delivered without any increase in carbon emissions, finds airline industry report | Airlines UK,British Air Transport Association
Growth in UK aviation has been delivered without any increase in carbon emissions, finds airline industry report
Fri 20 Jan 2017 - Although carrying 20 million more passengers than 10 years ago, this growth has been achieved without an increase in carbon emissions, claims a new report from Airlines UK, the trade body representing UK-registered airlines. It cites government data showing that in 2015, jet fuel deliveries to UK airports - for both UK and non-UK airline operations - were 10 per cent lower than in 2006. By investing in more than 470 new aircraft since 2005, at a cost of £37 billion ($45bn), UK airlines had helped the industry to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 million tonnes, it says. The report seeks to set out how future UK demand for air travel can be met while ensuring the sector limits its environmental impact and hits emission reduction targets. It also calls on government to support these efforts with favourable policy decisions. Read more ...

Feasibility study identifies sites to support supply of up to 50 million gallons per year of aviation biofuel to Sea-Tac Airport | Port of Seattle,Alaska Airlines,Sea-Tac
Feasibility study identifies sites to support supply of up to 50 million gallons per year of aviation biofuel to Sea-Tac Airport
Thu 19 Jan 2017 - A first-of-its-kind study has identified the best infrastructure options for delivering blended sustainable aviation biofuel to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). Commissioned by the Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines, the study evaluated more than 30 sites around Washington State that could potentially support the receipt, blending, storage and delivery infrastructure required to supply Sea-Tac with up to five million gallons per year of biofuel in the short term (12-18 months) and 50 million gallons per year in the long term (two to 10 years). An aviation biofuel production plant was not considered in this study but will be an important next step once a long-term biofuel source is identified, say the partners. Sea-Tac has a goal to power every flight departing the airport with biofuel. Read more ...

Gatwick Airport joins global renewable electricity alliance and expects to reach carbon neutrality shortly | Gatwick Airport,RE100,The Climate Group,CDP,Athens International Airport,ACA
Gatwick Airport joins global renewable electricity alliance and expects to reach carbon neutrality shortly
Thu 19 Jan 2017 - London Gatwick has become the first airport to join the RE100 global alliance that commits businesses to using 100 per cent renewable electricity. It joins over 80 of the world's most influential companies that cover sectors such as IT, telecoms, retail, food and banking. With the private sector accounting for around half of the world's electricity consumption, switching demand to renewables will accelerate the transformation of the global energy market and aid the transition to a low-carbon economy, says the initiative. The 87 companies in the alliance create enough renewable electricity demand to power Holland each year. Gatwick has already been purchasing 100 per cent renewable electricity since 2013, a key factor in its efforts to becoming carbon neutral. Meanwhile, Athens International has become the first Greek airport to become carbon neutral, raising the number of airports worldwide to achieve this status to 28. Read more ...

Aviation impacts on local air quality addressed in new report from UK industry group Sustainable Aviation | Sustainable Aviation,local air quality
Aviation impacts on local air quality addressed in new report from UK industry group Sustainable Aviation
Wed 18 Jan 2017 - Air quality in urban areas has become an increasingly contentious issue in the UK and arguments over expansion of air traffic capacity around London have centred on concerns over potential rising levels of local airborne pollutants. Industry group Sustainable Aviation (SA) has now published a paper on air quality at and around UK airports, and what the sector is doing to mitigate impacts. The group says aviation's contribution to overall UK emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) is very small but acknowledges air quality levels around some airports exceed health-based target levels. Air quality is therefore a key priority for both government and the industry, maintains SA, and its paper lays out a range of initiatives being taken to reduce NOx and PM emissions, and suggests a number of areas where the right policy support could enable further reductions. Read more ...

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 ...