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Air France agrees SAF initiative on flights from San Francisco while KLM buys renewable fuel from Neste | Air France,KLM,Solar Impulse,Neste,World Energy,Shell Aviation
Air France agrees SAF initiative on flights from San Francisco while KLM buys renewable fuel from Neste
Tue 10 Dec 2019 - Airline group partners Air France and KLM have each entered into new commitments to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Air France and Shell have signed a memorandum of undertaking with World Energy through which the airline plans to use SAF made from inedible waste fats and oils on flights from San Francisco with effect from 1 June 2020. No details have been released of how much fuel Air France intends to purchase but the initiative is expected to hep save around 6,000 tons of CO2 over a period of 16 months. Meanwhile, KLM has purchased an undisclosed amount of SAF from Neste, which will be produced from used cooking oil and used on flights out of Amsterdam. For the first time, the fuel will be supplied through the existing infrastructure at Schiphol. KLM said the purchase had been made possible as a result of contributions to its Corporate BioFuel Programme, which Neste has announced it will join. Read more ...

Carbon offsetting programme applicants fall short of meeting criteria for CORSIA scheme, finds study | Oeko-Institut,Oeko,TAB
Carbon offsetting programme applicants fall short of meeting criteria for CORSIA scheme, finds study
Mon 9 Dec 2019 - None of the 14 carbon offsetting programmes that have applied for eligibility under ICAO's CORSIA currently perform well against the most important criteria stipulated by the scheme, according to a paper prepared for the German environment ministry by Oeko-Institut and others. Some applicants hardly meet any of the emissions unit criteria (EUC) and are unlikely to be even considered carbon offsetting programmes. The report recommends that programmes should only be approved by ICAO once they have adopted the necessary standards and procedures to satisfy all EUCs. The approval process and the environmental integrity of CORSIA would be greatly facilitated if the current UN climate conference in Madrid adopted rules that explicitly addressed offset credits under the scheme. ICAO's Technical Advisory Body (TAB) is due to submit recommendations on eligible programmes to the ICAO Council's next Session in March. Read more ...

Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco plant to be used in new project to supply biodiesel at Johannesburg OR Tambo | Sunchem,South African Airways
Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco plant to be used in new project to supply biodiesel at Johannesburg OR Tambo
Tue 3 Dec 2019 - A new South African project has been launched that will use a locally produced feedstock to manufacture biodiesel for ground handling operations at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport. If the project is successful, it will be scaled up in the coming years to produce biojet fuel as well as green diesel. The move follows an earlier pilot project to produce sustainable aviation fuel that was derived from Sunchem's nicotine-free tobacco plant called Solaris that has a high yield of oil and biomass compared to conventional crops. The fuel was used to power a South African Airways flight in 2016 that had been refined by World Energy Fuels in the US, supplied by SkyNRG and supported by Boeing. In addition to Sunchem, partners in the new Project Reya Fofa - Setswana for 'We are flying' - include Swissport, the Royal Bafokeng Nation and iLive, and is endorsed by South African Airways. Read more ...

Airport carbon programme continues to grow as industry sees climate as an increasing concern | ACI Europe,Birmingham Airport,Manchester Airport,Willis Towers Watson,AGS Airports,Airport Operators Association
Airport carbon programme continues to grow as industry sees climate as an increasing concern
Tue 3 Dec 2019 - Following its tenth year since launch, the airport industry's four-level carbon accreditation programme now has participation by 288 airports worldwide, with 61 airports at the highest carbon neutral level. The reporting year to May 2019 ended with 274 airports accredited, an increase of 16 per cent over the previous year, which collectively reduced carbon emissions by 322,297 tonnes or 4.9 per cent on the previous year. The 50 carbon neutral airports in the reporting year offset over 700,000 tonnes of CO2 to balance out their residual emissions. Following ACI Europe's commitment earlier this year for all European airports to reach net-zero emission operations by 2050, the UK's Birmingham Airport has revealed its goal of reaching the target by 2033. Meanwhile, climate change and its impacts has been identified by the industry as a foremost and increasing concern. Read more ...

Qantas pledges net-zero carbon by 2050, CNG from 2020 on all emissions and heavy investment in SAF | Qantas,Qantas Future Planet
Qantas pledges net-zero carbon by 2050, CNG from 2020 on all emissions and heavy investment in SAF
Mon 25 Nov 2019 - Following the move last month by IAG, Australia's Qantas has become the second airline group to commit to a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. With immediate effect, Qantas and its subsidiary Jetstar Airways will also match every dollar spent by customers opting to offset the carbon footprint of their flights, which the group expects will encourage more travellers to offset their emissions. In addition, the group, which also includes QantasLink and Qantas Freight, will offset the growth in emissions from all domestic and international operations from 2020, going beyond its obligations under CORSIA. Qantas said it will invest A$50 million ($33m) over the next 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry. Last week, Qantas blamed climate change for an increase in the number of flight delays and cancellations at Sydney Airport. Read more ...

SAS signs SAF deal with Gevo, unveils new sustainable onboard food packaging and tops Heathrow noise and emissions league | SAS,Gevo,Fly Quiet and Green,
SAS signs SAF deal with Gevo, unveils new sustainable onboard food packaging and tops Heathrow noise and emissions league
Fri 22 Nov 2019 - US renewable fuels manufacturer Gevo has signed a sales agreement with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the carrier for use and distribution in low-carbon regions of the United States. Details of the contract have not been released but Gevo said it will supply the SAF to SAS from its expanded Luverne, Minnesota plant, which is expected to be constructed over the next several years. SAS has also announced it is relaunching its onboard food packaging and cutlery with a new design and more sustainable materials that will save up to 51 tons of plastics per year. The airline has also been ranked as the best airline based on noise and emissions performance at Heathrow Airport over the last quarter as a result of the introduction of Airbus A320neo aircraft and better track-keeping and continuous descent approach operations. Read more ...

Belly freight is the most influential driver of airline fuel efficiency in the US-Latin America market, finds ICCT | ICCT
Belly freight is the most influential driver of airline fuel efficiency in the US-Latin America market, finds ICCT
Thu 21 Nov 2019 - A new study from ICCT finds Azul, Frontier and Volaris operated the most fuel-efficient direct flights between the United States and Latin America in 2018. Brazilian airline Azul, closely followed by LATAM, performed best on routes between the US and South America, with Frontier and Mexican carrier Volaris tied as the most fuel-efficient airlines on non-stop flights in 2018 between the US and Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. On South American routes, the least fuel-efficient carrier, Ecuador's TAME, burned 52 per cent more fuel per passenger kilometre than Azul. ICCT found the belly freight share of total mass carried was the most influential driver of airline fuel efficiency in the fast-growing US-Latin America market, explaining nearly half of the quantifiable variance between the best and worst performers. At 42 per cent of all flights, this is the largest international market for the US. Read more ...

Shell Aviation to support SkyNRG's Dutch SAF production facility development and secures fuel purchase option | SkyNRG,Shell Aviation
Shell Aviation to support SkyNRG's Dutch SAF production facility development and secures fuel purchase option
Wed 20 Nov 2019 - Shell Aviation has expanded its interests in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) development through an agreement to support SkyNRG's DSL-01 SAF production plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, that is due to be commissioned in 2022. The facility is expected to become Europe's first to be dedicated to SAF production, a year or two ahead of the Velocys/British Airways Altalto project on the north-east coast of England that Shell is also supporting. Shell said it will bring its technical and commercial expertise to the Dutch project's development and will also secure an option purchase SAF from the facility, which is expected to produce 100,000 tonnes annually from waste and residue streams. Earlier this year, KLM committed to purchasing 75,000 tonnes annually from DSL-01 for 10 years. Last month, SkyNRG launched its Board Now programme in which companies can offset their business travel emissions through contributing to the purchase and use of SAF from the facility. Read more ...

EasyJet becomes first major net-zero carbon emissions airline and joins Airbus in electric aircraft research  | easyJet
EasyJet becomes first major net-zero carbon emissions airline and joins Airbus in electric aircraft research
Tue 19 Nov 2019 - From today, European low-cost carrier easyJet will offset the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of its flights. The move will cost an estimated £25 million ($32m) a year that will not be passed on to customers, says the airline. In a partnership with advisory company Climate Focus, only carbon offset programmes which meet either the Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) accreditation have been selected. The airline has also formed partnerships with project developers EcoAct and First Climate. Selected projects include forest conservation in South America and Africa, a large solar installation in India and clean water in Uganda and Eritrea. Carbon offsetting is only an interim measure while new technologies emerge to decarbonise aviation, says easyJet, and it has also announced an MoU with Airbus on a hybrid and electric aircraft research project. Read more ...

Nine countries call on European Commission to find a common approach on EU-wide air passenger taxation | Taxes
Nine countries call on European Commission to find a common approach on EU-wide air passenger taxation
Mon 18 Nov 2019 – Nine EU countries are calling on the new European Commission to come up with a proposal for a coordinated EU-wide approach to air passenger taxes. In a statement presented to the Commission's incoming Executive Vice President, Frans Timmermans, who will be in charge of EU climate policy, the nine finance ministers said the pricing of carbon emissions from flights was insufficient. The lack of a common policy led to unfair competition between States, they argued. European airline associations responded that such taxes do not achieve the aim of reducing aviation emissions, which were already subject to carbon pricing through the EU ETS. Meanwhile, trade association Airlines for America (A4A) has warned German taxation plans violate the US-EU air transport agreement and risk undermining the global CORSIA scheme. Read more ...

IAG commits to net zero emissions by 2050 and BA to offset all carbon emissions on domestic UK flights from 2020 | British Airways,IAG
IAG commits to net zero emissions by 2050 and BA to offset all carbon emissions on domestic UK flights from 2020
Thu 10 Oct 2019 - International Airlines Group (IAG) has become the first airline group to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with interim targets for a 10 per cent reduction in CO2 per passenger kilometre by 2025 and a 20 per cent reduction in net CO2 by 2030, both compared to 2020 levels. IAG says it is developing management incentives for employees to reduce carbon emissions across the group in line with the targets. IAG subsidiary British Airways (BA) has also announced that from 2020 it plans to offset CO2 emissions, estimated at around 400,000 tonnes per year, from all UK domestic flights. The airline is partnering with not-for-profit Pure Leapfrog on a new scheme to offer its passengers an offsetting option on international flights, with proceeds going to forestry REDD+ and cook stove projects in Cambodia, Peru and Sudan.  Read more ...

APPOINTMENT

Italian candidate Salvatore Sciacchitano becomes first European President of the ICAO Council | Salvatore Sciacchitano
Italian candidate Salvatore Sciacchitano becomes first European President of the ICAO Council
Tue 26 Nov 2019 – Italy’s Salvatore Sciacchitano has been elected by the 36-member governing ICAO Council as its President for a three-year term beginning 1 January 2020. He succeeds Dr Olumuyiwa Aliu of Nigeria who has served as President for two terms since 2014. Sciacchitano's candidacy had been endorsed by the 44 Member States of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). During a 39-year career in aviation, Sciacchitano has served as General Director of the Italian Airworthiness Authority (RAI), as Deputy General Director of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and Executive Secretary of ECAC between 2010 and 2018. He has also participated in several ICAO Assemblies as Chief or Alternate Chief of the Italian Delegation to ICAO, as well as the Chief Delegate of ECAC. He had also recently been appointed to the Italian Delegation to the ICAO Council. Read more ...

NEW PUBLICATION

ICAO Environmental Report 2019 'Destination Green – The Next Chapter' | ICAO A40
ICAO Environmental Report 2019
'Destination Green – The Next Chapter'

September 2019 - To coincide with the 40th Assembly, ICAO has published its triennial Environmental Report. The downloadable 376-page publication reports on ICAO's international aviation environmental protection efforts and consolidates this progress in a single-reference source. It carries various articles and case studies that can best inform the public of the work conducted by the ICAO Secretariat, ICAO Member States, the aviation industry and the many other stakeholders involved. In her introduction to the report, ICAO's Deputy Director, Environment, Jane Hupe says major steps have been taken since the 39th Assembly in 2013, including the adoption of CORSIA, a new CO2 emissions standard for aeroplanes and capacity building projects in ICAO Member States. Read more ...

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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RSB Annual Meeting
5-6 December 2019
Berlin, Germany

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RECENT NEWS

Last day drama at ICAO Assembly as old disputes between developed and developing countries over climate action re-emerge | ICAO A40
Last day drama at ICAO Assembly as old disputes between developed and developing countries over climate action re-emerge
Fri 4 Oct 2019 - Drama unfolded on the last day of ICAO's 40th Assembly as China, India and Russia attempted to reopen negotiations on two climate related resolutions that were expected to be adopted in the final plenary session. Signs of discontent in closed sessions during the Assembly emerged when a joint statement was released by China, India and Russia detailing significant changes they wanted to the climate change resolution. China called for a secret ballot of States that resulted in the original resolutions - including the CORSIA resolution - being adopted by 92 votes to 25, with 10 abstentions. The three major emerging nations, with the support of others, notified ICAO of reservations to the resolutions and called for a high-level meeting in 2021 to continue discussions on the issue. IATA told the Assembly that intense outside pressure meant industry would have to work faster than ICAO to reduce the sector's climate impact. (Updated 7 OctRead more ...

Investment flows into development of electric propulsion for future commercial aircraft | Collins Aerospace Systems,Boeing HorizonX Ventures,Safran Corporate Ventures,NASA,GE,Electric PowerSystems
Investment flows into development of electric propulsion for future commercial aircraft
Thu 26 Sept 2019 - Aircraft engine manufacturer GE is to partner with NASA's Advanced Air Vehicles Program to develop a central component for the electric propulsion of a commercial aircraft. The project team is aiming to develop a next-generation inverter that meets the size, power, efficiency and altitude requirements specified by NASA for flight operations. This provides power to drive the electric motor and the challenge is to come up with an inverter that is small enough and delivers the required power to support electric flight. GE believes its silicon-carbide technology can provide the significant increase in power density that is required. NASA says it has been researching electric aircraft architectures for nearly two decades and has developed experimental aircraft that have demonstrated electrical propulsion concepts to significantly reduce fuel consumption and emissions. In related news, Boeing and Safran have announced a joint investment in Electric Power Systems, which is developing aviation-grade energy storage systems. Read more ...

ICAO's CORSIA scheme still requires strong support from countries, Aliu tells Assembly | ICAO A40
ICAO's CORSIA scheme still requires strong support from countries, Aliu tells Assembly
Wed 25 Sept 2019 – Opening ICAO's 40th Assembly in Montreal yesterday, Council President Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu called on States to affirm their support for the global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme and warned countries against imposing further measures such as taxes on international aviation emissions. Over the next fortnight, EU countries will be seeking to block or amend wording in a proposed Assembly resolution that attempts to make CORSIA the exclusive market-based measure at the expense of the EU's own Emissions Trading System. At the Assembly, industry and environmental groups are calling on ICAO to speed up an agreement on setting a long-term target to reduce aviation emissions. The Assembly takes place following UN calls for greater climate action and a large climate march on Friday (27th) is due to pass the ICAO building, with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg expected to participate. Read more ...

UK government's climate advisers suggest a pathway towards net-zero aviation emissions by 2050 | Committee on Climate Change,CCC
UK government's climate advisers suggest a pathway towards net-zero aviation emissions by 2050
Tue 24 Sept 2019 - Emissions from international aviation and shipping must be included in the country's net-zero emissions by 2050 climate target, says the UK government's advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC). However, the body accepts that even with improvements to fuel efficiency and the use of sustainable and novel fuels, zero-carbon aviation is highly unlikely to be feasible by 2050. In a letter and report to the UK government, the CCC proposes demand growth be limited to at most 25 per cent above current levels and the use of what it calls greenhouse gas removal offsets to deal with remaining emissions. Aviation, it says, is likely to be the largest emitting sector in 2050 and account should also be taken of the added climate impact of its non-CO2 effects. Formal inclusion of international aviation emissions in the net-zero target would complement agreed international policies, such as CORSIA, and should not be interpreted as a unilateral UK approach to reducing these emissions, says the CCC. Read more ...

Global aviation CO2 emissions are rising 70 per cent faster than ICAO projections, finds ICCT | ICCT
Global aviation CO2 emissions are rising 70 per cent faster than ICAO projections, finds ICCT
Thu 19 Sept 2019 - Analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows global CO2 emissions from commercial aviation are currently rising 70 per cent faster than long-term projections by ICAO that already point to a tripling of emissions by mid-century. ICCT has carried out what it claims is the first detailed global CO2 inventory for aviation in 15 years and finds that total emissions from all commercial operations, including freight, totalled 918 million tonnes (Mt) in 2018, around 2.4 per cent of the global total. This is close to the industry's own estimates of 905 Mt reported in June, which was a 5.2 per cent increase over the previous year. The ICCT data shows 40 per cent of global passenger transport-related CO2 emissions came from domestic flights, which are outside the scope of ICAO's global CORSIA scheme. ICCT has also released its latest US domestic airline fuel efficiency rankings that found Frontier Airlines to be the most efficient in the 2017-18 period. Read more ...

European Commission recommends EU States object to CORSIA exclusivity provision to protect EU ETS | ICAO A40,Pascal Canfin
European Commission recommends EU States object to CORSIA exclusivity provision to protect EU ETS
Thu 12 Sept 2019 - The European Commission has recommended EU Member States file a reservation at the upcoming ICAO Assembly against an attempt by a majority of ICAO's Member States to ensure the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme is the only market-based measure applying to CO2 emissions from international flights. The EU has signalled its intention to continue applying its own scheme, the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), to flights within the European Economic Area after 2021 when CORSIA is due to start. This would contravene an 'exclusivity' clause in a draft revision of the CORSIA resolution for consideration at the Assembly. The purpose of a reservation would be to inform ICAO that EU States do not intend to comply with the stipulation if adopted. However, three EU States have so far declined to support the move, which requires EU unanimity, fearing the impact on relations with third countries over an already fragile political agreement. Read more ...

Industry and NGOs urge ICAO to adopt a long-term emissions reduction goal for international aviation by 2022 | ICAO A40
Industry and NGOs urge ICAO to adopt a long-term emissions reduction goal for international aviation by 2022
Mon 9 Sept 2019 - The aviation industry and environmental organisations have urged ICAO to agree on a long-term goal to reduce emissions from international aviation for adoption by its 41st Assembly in 2022. Industry and NGOs believe ICAO must act in light of the recent UN IPCC special report calling for a net zero emissions world by the middle of the century. In a working paper for consideration by States attending the Assembly, industry has also expressed concern that the implementation and effectiveness of the ICAO CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme could be undermined by States or groups of States applying carbon pricing instruments or taxes to international flights additional to CORSIA. Meanwhile, a paper from China and Russia describes CORSIA and its carbon-neutral growth goal as "morally unfair".  Read more ...

ICAO advisory body to evaluate 14 programmes for eligibility under CORSIA carbon offset scheme | ICAO CORSIA,Refinitiv,AitherCO2,A40
ICAO advisory body to evaluate 14 programmes for eligibility under CORSIA carbon offset scheme
Tue 3 Sept 2019 - Fourteen carbon offset programmes have applied to ICAO for their units to be made available to airlines under the UN agency's CORSIA scheme for international aviation. A public comment period finishes on September 5 and ICAO's Technical Advisory Body (TAB) will then evaluate whether the submissions comply with the CORSIA emissions unit criteria before making recommendations to the governing ICAO Council for its consideration in March 2020. Unsuccessful applicants and new programmes are invited to apply again during a next round that is expected to begin around the same time. The applications range from the UN's Clean Development Mechanism to forestry programmes administered by the World Bank and Poland's State Forests. The 19-member TAB has chosen representatives from the US and Singapore as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson respectively. Read more ...

Submission of planning application to develop UK's first waste to jet fuel plant a major milestone, says BA | British Airways,Velocys,Altalto
Submission of planning application to develop UK's first waste to jet fuel plant a major milestone, says BA
Thu 29 Aug 2019 - British Airways waste to jet fuel project with Velocys has moved a step forward with the submission of a planning application to develop a site on the north-east coast of England for sustainable jet fuel production. The airline said the application was a major milestone for the project, a first of its kind in Europe. Subject to planning approval and successful funding, construction of the Immingham plant is due to begin in 2021 and to start producing commercial volumes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in 2024. When fully operational, the plant is expected to convert over 500,000 tonnes each year of non-recyclable everyday household and commercial waste destined for landfill or incineration into producing over 60 million litres of fuel, of which 40 million litres is intended to be jet fuel. The carrier is now calling for the setting up of a dedicated cross-government body to provide policy support to accelerate UK SAF development. Read more ...

California start-up ZeroAvia plans hydrogen-fuelled, zero-emissions commercial flights by 2022 | ZeroAvia,SystemIQ,Electric,Hydrogen
California start-up ZeroAvia plans hydrogen-fuelled, zero-emissions commercial flights by 2022
Tue 27 Aug 2019 - Silicon Valley start-up ZeroAvia claims its hydrogen-fuelled electric powertrain could be ready for zero-emission, 500-mile commercial regional flights capable of carrying 10 to 20 passengers by the early part of the next decade. The company, founded by cleantech entrepreneur and pilot Val Miftakhov, has already started flight testing its powertrain prototype on a Piper M-Class airframe following experimental R&D certification by the FAA earlier this year. At a 2-ton take-off weight and six seats in a business class arrangement, ZeroAvia says it is currently the world's largest zero-emission aircraft flying without any fossil fuel support. From 2022, the company plans to lease the hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain through a power-by-the-hour arrangement to commercial operators purchasing new aircraft supplied by established manufacturers. Read more ...

NATS research shows growing majority of UK public concerned over environmental impact of aviation but curbs on flying resisted | NATS
NATS research shows growing majority of UK public concerned over environmental impact of aviation but curbs on flying resisted
Fri 23 Aug 2019 - Research carried out on behalf of the UK's air traffic service provider NATS shows growing concern by the flying public over aviation's impact on the environment. Its annual study of attitudes to flying, carried out by IPSOS MORI, showed 60 per cent of those interviewed wanted to see reducing emissions made the top priority for the aviation industry, a rise of eight percentage points on the previous year. Although still a minority, 38 per cent - a rise from 30 per cent in 2018 - were willing to pay some form of a climate change levy on the price of a plane ticket. Meanwhile, NATS has revealed it saved airlines 113,500 tonnes of aircraft CO2 emissions last year, equating to £18.4 million ($22.4m) in fuel costs, and bringing total emissions reductions achieved since 2006 to 8.4 million tonnes. Its latest annual report, however, NATS admits it will fall short of a 2008 commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by an average of 10 per cent per flight by 2020. Read more ...

Finnair's passenger biofuel purchase initiative takes off with first SAF flights from San Francisco | Finnair
Finnair's passenger biofuel purchase initiative takes off with first SAF flights from San Francisco
Mon 19 Aug 2019 - Following its 'Push for change' initiative launched earlier this year, Finnair has used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on two flights from San Francisco to Helsinki. The initiative encourages passengers to either offset the carbon emissions from their flights or mitigate their carbon footprint through paying to contribute towards the cost of Finnair buying more expensive biofuel. The airline carried out a consumer survey a year ago that found travellers were prepared to pay more to lower the environmental impact from their flights as long as the proceeds went directly towards mitigation projects. Finnair, along with SAS and KLM, subsequently signed an agreement with Shell, World Energy and SkyNRG to use SAF produced from Californian-sourced used cooking oil at World Energy's Paramount refinery in Los Angeles. Read more ...

Global response of aviation industry to climate challenge far too timid and complacent, says EU transport chief | Taxes,Henrik Holohei
Global response of aviation industry to climate challenge far too timid and complacent, says EU transport chief
Tue 30 July 2019 - Arguing the ICAO CORSIA global carbon offsetting scheme is a sufficient tool in meeting the industry's contribution to the climate challenge is not enough anymore, the European Commission's Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Henrik Holohei, said in a keynote speech at last week's meeting of the International Aviation Club in Washington DC. In a hard-hitting message, he said societal and political priorities in Europe had evolved and sustainability had become the new number one challenge for aviation, requiring the airline industry to "step up". Proposals on the taxation of kerosene and passengers were being discussed at the European level, he told the US audience. His comments follow a move by France to impose an 'eco-tax' on tickets for all outgoing flights and consideration by Germany on raising its aviation tax to make flying more expensive in order to cut emissions. Read more ...

Carbon emissions from international aviation could treble by 2045 and fuel efficiency goal missed, says ICAO | ICAO A40
Carbon emissions from international aviation could treble by 2045 and fuel efficiency goal missed, says ICAO
Thu 25 July 2019 - With an anticipated increase of 3.3 times growth in international air traffic during the period 2015-2045, ICAO projects fuel consumption and carbon emissions will increase by 2.2 to 3.1 times, depending on advances in technology and air traffic management (ATM). International aviation consumed approximately 160 million tonnes (Mt) of fuel in 2015, resulting in CO2 emissions of around 505 Mt. By 2045, if the scenarios were followed, carbon emissions from international flights could rise to between 1,110 Mt and 1,570 Mt. Even under the most optimistic scenario, the ICAO's projected long-term average fuel efficiency improvement of 1.37 per cent per annum falls short of its aspirational goal of 2 per cent. On aircraft noise, the area around airports exposed to yearly average day-night noise levels above 55 dB is likely to remain the same or grow up to 2.2 times during the 2015-2045 period. These global trends, which also include aircraft NOx emission projections, are to help inform environmental discussions at the ICAO 40th Assembly starting in September. Read more ...

EgyptAir delivery flight of a 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing sets new sustainable aviation fuel records | EgyptAir,EPIC Fuels,World Energy
EgyptAir delivery flight of a 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing sets new sustainable aviation fuel records
Thu 25 July 2019 - The delivery of a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to customer EgyptAir yesterday was powered by a 30/70 blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and conventional kerosene. The 13-hour, 11,000km delivery flight from Boeing's facility in Everett, Washington, marks the longest flight to date using a SAF blend this high and the longest of any SAF-powered transatlantic commercial aircraft flight, claims the airline. EgyptAir also becomes the first North African airline to use SAF. The SAF was produced from used cooking oil by World Energy at its California biorefinery and supplied by EPIC Fuels. The airline said the Boeing 787-9 is expected to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 20 per cent over the aircraft it is replacing. Boeing estimates the Dreamliner family has saved 37 billion pounds (16.8 million tonnes) of fuel since entering service in 2011, the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for a year. Read more ...

Air New Zealand commits to doubling the number of in-flight single-use plastics it will remove this year | Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand commits to doubling the number of in-flight single-use plastics it will remove this year
Tue 23 July 2019 - Air New Zealand has committed to increase the number of single-use plastic items it will remove this year from 24 million to nearly 55 million items. To mark its 'Plastic Free July' campaign, the airline has removed individual plastic water bottles from its Business Premier and Premium Economy cabins on Tasman and Pacific Island services under five hours in duration, as well as from its Works Deluxe offering on these flights. The initiative is expected to divert more than 460,000 bottles that have to be sent annually to landfill and save over 300 tonnes of carbon emissions by reducing weight on the aircraft. The airline also plans to roll out coffee cups made from plants rather than plastic across its domestic and international networks from October, while plastic water cups will be transitioned to recyclable alternatives from September. Read more ...

Fast-growing, carbon-neutral Dallas Fort Worth reaches emissions reduction goal two years early | Dallas Fort Worth,DFW
Fast-growing, carbon-neutral Dallas Fort Worth reaches emissions reduction goal two years early
Tue 23 July 2019 - The world's largest carbon-neutral airport, Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW), says its goal to reduce carbon emissions per passenger by 15 per cent by 2020 compared with 2015, equivalent to a 3 per cent annual reduction, has been achieved two years early. Since 2010, it has reduced emissions per passenger by 83 per cent and overall electricity costs by 27 per cent, while passenger numbers increased 22 per cent over the same period, according to DFW's latest annual Environmental Social Governance Report. The airport purchases all its electricity from Texas wind farms. To further diversify energy sources, the airport has installed and now operates on-site solar and geothermal renewable technologies. With North Texas being among the country's fastest growing regions and passenger numbers expected to continue rising, DFW says it is continually seeking new ways to decrease its impact on the environment. Read more ...

Qatar Airways first to achieve IATA wildlife trafficking standard as new ROUTES mapping tool released | ROUTES,C4ADS,Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways first to achieve IATA wildlife trafficking standard as new ROUTES mapping tool released
Mon 22 July 2019 - The USAID ROUTES Partnership and C4ADS have launched a publicly available mapping tool on wildlife trafficking in the air transport sector. The ROUTES Dashboard provides in-depth and customisable analysis of the trafficking trends, routes and methods associated with wildlife trafficking seizures at airports worldwide. The tool can be used by airlines and airports, enforcement personnel, government agencies and other stakeholders to help strengthen counter-wildlife trafficking policies in the sector. Meanwhile, ROUTES partner Qatar Airways has become the first airline to achieve a new industry standard for the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking in aviation. The IATA certification confirms an airline has procedures, staff training and reporting protocols in place that make the smuggling of illegal wildlife products more challenging. Read more ...

Airbus starts carbon-neutral delivery flights of new aircraft to Delta from its US assembly line | Air BP,Delta Air Lines
Airbus starts carbon-neutral delivery flights of new aircraft to Delta from its US assembly line
Thu 18 July 2019 - The delivery flight of a new Airbus 321 aircraft from the aircraft manufacturer's final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama to a Delta Air Lines' facility in Kansas City last week was powered by a biofuel blend. The residual CO2 emissions from the flight are being offset to ensure the flight was carbon-neutral. Delta is partnering with Air BP to supply the biofuel, which is being produced by Neste in Sweden, for an initial 20 carbon-neutral delivery flights from Mobile, with the offsets purchased through the BP Target Neutral programme. Last September, JetBlue became the first Airbus customer to have a delivery flight powered by renewable jet fuel supplied and certified by Air BP. Locally-produced sustainable aviation fuel is not yet available in the southeast of the United States to supply delivery flights, a situation Airbus is looking to help change. Read more ...

Avinor to support new Norwegian sustainable aviation fuel pilot plant while Japan's ANA signs with LanzaTech | Avinor,Qantafuel,ANA,LanzaTech
Avinor to support new Norwegian sustainable aviation fuel pilot plant while Japan's ANA signs with LanzaTech
Wed 17 July 2019 - Norwegian airport operator Avinor has entered into an agreement with technology company Qantafuel to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from forestry residues to be produced in a new pilot plant that will be partly funded by state enterprise Enova. Avinor has committed NOK 8 million ($930,000) towards the project's development. Meanwhile, Japan's largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has signed an offtake contract with LanzaTech to purchase its sustainable aviation fuel. Full details of the agreement have not been released but ANA said it is targeting 2021 for first delivery. This follows a partnership the airline agreed last year with Mitsui, which had itself invested $20 million in 2014 towards development of LanzaTech's advanced micro-organism gas fermentation technology.  Read more ...

KLM calls on airlines to work closer together for a more sustainable future for aviation | KLM
KLM calls on airlines to work closer together for a more sustainable future for aviation
Fri 12 July 2019 - KLM has invited aviation industry stakeholders to join it in working together to pursue a more sustainable future for aviation and launched a campaign called 'Fly Responsibly' aimed at customers, employees, corporates and other airlines. The initiative was launched at an event held at Amsterdam Schiphol to mark 100 days before the airline's 100th anniversary. The airline is offering other airlines without a carbon offsetting programme free incorporation of its CO2ZERO service into their own booking system without KLM branding. KLM is also encouraging its own passengers to compensate for their flight emissions through the service and suggests they use more sustainable modes of transportation, such as the railway, on short destinations. In the recently published Air France-KLM sustainability report, the airline says in 2018, CO2 emissions per passenger were reduced by 17.3 per cent compared to 2011. Read more ...

EU States gather to discuss imposition of climate taxes and carbon pricing on European aviation sector | Taxes
EU States gather to discuss imposition of climate taxes and carbon pricing on European aviation sector
Wed 26 June 2019 - A coalition of EU States came together last week in the Netherlands to discuss how carbon pricing and taxes could be applied to Europe's air transport sector. At a conference convened by the Dutch government, the country's finance minister, Menno Snel, said it was unfair aviation escaped taxes compared to other transport sectors and called on States to work together to create a European aviation tax and carbon pricing system. His stance was supported in presentations by ministers from Sweden and France, who called for a carbon tax on fossil aviation fuel and that the next European Commission tackle the issue as a priority. The EU Commissioner responsible for taxation, Pierre Moscovici, said the Commission was ready to work with States willing to impose a fuel tax on flights between them. A researcher from Oeko-Institut estimates if flights covered by the EU ETS were taxed on their fuel, it would raise around 8.7 billion euros ($9.9bn) annually for European treasuries. Read more ...

European airport industry commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 without the use of offset credits | ACI Europe
European airport industry commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 without the use of offset credits
Wed 26 June 2019 - In a resolution passed at its annual general assembly in Cyprus, trade body ACI Europe committed the European airport industry to becoming net zero for carbon emissions under its control by no later than 2050. The sector says it is responding to the Climate Emergency and acting upon the latest scientific evidence from the UN's IPCC report on holding the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C. Based on current traffic volumes at European airports and the total estimated carbon footprint, the net zero goal requires the elimination of 3.46 million tonnes of annual CO2 emissions. The resolution, backed by 194 airports across 24 European countries, also calls for the entire aviation sector to develop a joint ambition, vision and roadmap towards a net zero carbon emissions air transport system. Read more ...

Boeing commits $1 million towards Brazilian RSB-certified feedstock production for sustainable aviation fuel | RSB,Brazil
Boeing commits $1 million towards Brazilian RSB-certified feedstock production for sustainable aviation fuel
Thu 20 June 2019 - Boeing has announced a $1 million investment in the Brazilian bioeconomy that will focus on identifying suitable feedstocks and supporting small-scale farmers achieve Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of biomass for conversion into sustainable aviation fuels. The aircraft manufacturer says its collaboration with RSB intends to maximise environmental, social and economic benefits, and ensure best-in-class sustainability standards in the country. RSB will be working with WWF to ensure sustainability in feedstock options and farming practices in order to increase the capacity for sustainable fuel production for the aviation sector. The Boeing investment is additional to the 'Fuelling the Sustainable Bioeconomy' project - a partnership between RSB and WWF, and powered by Boeing's Global Engagement portfolio. Read more ...

ICAO invites applications from emissions unit programmes for CORSIA eligibility assessment | CORSIA SARPS
ICAO invites applications from emissions unit programmes for CORSIA eligibility assessment
Fri 14 June 2019 - ICAO has opened applications from emissions unit programmes for assessment by its Technical Advisory Body (TAB) under the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. Applications have to be completed and submitted to the ICAO Secretariat by 12 July 2019 after when the TAB will conduct an initial screening of programme applications. ICAO intends publishing applications on its website during August or September and then commence a 30-day public comment period. In August, the TAB is due to start its assessment of applied-for programmes against the adopted emissions unit criteria, with the aim of making recommendations to the ICAO Council for decision-making on eligible units by February 2020. A second application period is foreseen to begin in 2020. Read more ...

United Airlines lays claim to having flown the industry's most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind | United Airlines,Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
United Airlines lays claim to having flown the industry's most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind
Thu 13 June 2019 - United Airlines has undertaken what it claims to be the industry's most eco-friendly commercial flight to date. Dubbed the 'Flight for the Planet', it involved a number of environmental actions that included the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), zero cabin waste efforts, operational efficiencies and carbon offsetting. The flight on World Environment Day from United's Chicago O'Hare hub to its 'eco-hub' in Los Angeles used a 30/70 blend of SAF provided by World Energy and traditional jet fuel. United remains the only US airline to use SAF on a continuous basis and recently renewed its contract with World Energy, agreeing to purchase up to 10 million gallons of "cost-competitive" fuel over the next two years. Meanwhile, Neste and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates five airports, have signed a MoU to facilitate the use of sustainable transportation fuels at Port Authority facilities and in its fleet vehicles and equipment. Read more ...

European research project claims breakthrough in production of renewable jet fuels from sunlight | Solar,Bauhaus Luftfahrt
European research project claims breakthrough in production of renewable jet fuels from sunlight
Thu 13 June 2019 – A project funded by the EU and Switzerland claims to have made a breakthrough in producing renewable jet kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2. The Sun-to-Liquid project follows on from an earlier project, SOLAR-JET, that developed the technology to achieve the first-ever production of solar jet fuel in a laboratory environment. Researchers have scaled up the technology for testing in the field and a unique solar concentrating plant has been built at the IMDEA Energy Institute in Spain, resulting in the first synthesis of solar kerosene. A solar reactor, developed by project partner ETH Zurich, produces synthesis gas that is processed through an on-site gas-to-liquid plant, developed by HyGear, into kerosene. The partners claim a 90 per cent reduction in net CO2 emissions compared to conventional fossil-derived jet fuel and given the abundant feedstock that does not compete with food production, they say it can meet future fuel demand at a global scale. Read more ...

KLM to support research by TU Delft on the Flying-V future long-distance aircraft concept | TU Delft,KLM,KLM Equipment Services
KLM to support research by TU Delft on the Flying-V future long-distance aircraft concept
Tue 11 June 2019 - KLM and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) have signed a cooperative agreement under which the airline will contribute towards TU Delft's research into a future new aircraft concept called the Flying-V. The v-shaped design integrates the passenger cabin, cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings and the researchers believe the improved aerodynamics and reduced weight will enable the aircraft to use 20 per cent less fuel than the Airbus A350 while carrying the same number of passengers and volume of cargo. The aircraft would have the same wingspan as an A350 and be shorter in length so it would be able to use existing airport infrastructure. Meanwhile, KLM's ground support subsidiary at Amsterdam Schiphol, KLM Equipment Services, is to switch its vehicles to using gas-to-liquid (GTL) fuel supplied by Shell this month to help improve air quality at the airport. Read more ...

Aviation emissions in Europe continue to rise rapidly, says Commission, as Ryanair pledges monthly CO2 statistics | Ryanair
Aviation emissions in Europe continue to rise rapidly, says Commission, as Ryanair pledges monthly CO2 statistics
Mon 10 June 2019 – While emissions from stationary installations, such as power and manufacturing plants, covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) fell by 4.1 per cent overall in 2018, emissions from the aviation sector rose by 3.9 per cent, according to confirmed figures released by the European Commission. The scheme covers over 11,000 stationary installations and 500 aircraft operators flying between European airports. The biggest reduction was achieved in the power sector where coal and gas-fired production is being replaced by electricity from renewables. In contrast, says the Commission, aviation emissions continue to increase rapidly and verified emissions from operators amounted to 66.9 million tonnes of CO2e in 2018. Meanwhile, Ryanair, which entered the top 10 of Europe's biggest emitters for the first time last year, has become the first airline in the EU to release monthly statistics relating to its CO2 emissions. Read more ...

EU study arguing additional aviation taxes can cut emissions is dismissed by European airlines as flawed | A4E,CE Delft
EU study arguing additional aviation taxes can cut emissions is dismissed by European airlines as flawed
Fri 7 June 2019 - A report published by the European Commission finds that imposing value added tax (VAT) on airline passenger tickets and/or applying a kerosene tax to flights would reduce aviation carbon emissions and noise from in line with a reduced demand for flying in Europe. The study modelled impacts on EU States and looked at aviation taxation in other major countries. In most EU countries, a 10 per cent increase in ticket prices would result in a 9 to 11 per cent lower demand and the resulting reduction in the number of flights would produce similar levels of reductions in emissions and noise. However, trade association Airlines for Europe (A4E) has dismissed the report as flawed and simplistic. Meanwhile, the Dutch government has released details of a conference to be hosted by the finance ministry on June 20/21 that is aiming to bring EU States together to discuss unified aviation carbon pricing and taxes. Read more ...

Airline emissions climb 5.2 per cent to reach 905 million tonnes in 2018 but growth expected to slow this year | IATA AGM
Airline emissions climb 5.2 per cent to reach 905 million tonnes in 2018 but growth expected to slow this year
Wed 5 June 2019 - IATA's half-year economic performance report issued during its AGM in Seoul this week shows carbon emissions from the industry worldwide rose by 5.2 per cent in 2018 compared to the previous year to reach 905 million tonnes. This compares to an annual increase of 5.9 per cent recorded in 2017. According to IATA's forecast for this year, the downward trend will continue with a rise of 2.5 per cent in 2019 as a result of growing deliveries of new aircraft and a sharp rise in fuel prices. During the AGM, IATA airlines unanimously adopted a resolution reconfirming their support for the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme and committing to fully complying with its MRV and offsetting requirements. It also urged ICAO States to reiterate their support for CORSIA at its upcoming Assembly, encouraged all States to volunteer for its initial voluntary phases and that they confirm the scheme was to be the only market-based measure applicable to international flights. Read more ...

Fulfilling climate obligations will be hard but we’re up to the challenge, promises aviation industry | ATAG,GSAF,GSAS,ICAO Environmental Symposium
Fulfilling climate obligations will be hard but we’re up to the challenge, promises aviation industry
Wed 29 May 2019 - Addressing aviation's impact on climate change and meeting the challenge was a key theme at the recent Global Sustainable Aviation Forum in Montreal organised by the industry’s Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). While attention remains focused on ICAO's CORSIA offsetting scheme delivering carbon neutral growth from 2020, the industry’s long-term goal of halving net CO2 emissions by 2050 is coming under greater scrutiny since the UN IPCC's recent report calling for greater action if the worst effects of climate change are to be avoided. While the industry set its long-term target a decade ago, governments at ICAO have yet to follow suit and some aviation representatives have urged the UN agency to take steps at its forthcoming Assembly in late September to move on the issue, although this is unlikely. ICAO's own Environmental Symposium that took place the same week had a broad content, covering noise, air quality, climate adaptation, sustainable fuels, capacity building and operational issues. Read more ...

Heathrow to address air quality concerns with ultra low emissions zone and charges for vehicles using the airport | Heathrow
Heathrow to address air quality concerns with ultra low emissions zone and charges for vehicles using the airport
Wed 29 May 2019 - As part of efforts to reduce the number of vehicles coming to the airport and protect local air quality, Heathrow is introducing the world's first airport Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2022 for passenger cars and private hire vehicles entering car parks or drop-off zones. The Heathrow ULEZ will introduce minimum vehicle emissions standards identical to those shortly applying in central London. Following the opening of the new proposed third runway and improvements to public transport access to the airport, Heathrow then plans to transition the ULEZ into a vehicle access charge (VAC) on all passenger cars, taxis and private hire vehicles coming to car parks or drop-off areas. Heathrow will consult on the proposals in a statutory consultation on its expansion plans to be launched on June 18.  Read more ...

SkyNRG and KLM announce project to build Dutch 35 million gallon sustainable aviation fuel facility | SkyNRG,KLM
SkyNRG and KLM announce project to build Dutch 35 million gallon sustainable aviation fuel facility
Tue 28 May 2019 - SkyNRG is to lead a project to build a commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility in the Netherlands, that it says will be the first of its kind in the world. Scheduled to open in 2022, the plant will specialise in producing SAF, bioLPG and naphtha, primarily using waste and residue streams, such as used cooking oil, that will come from regional industries. The facility will run on sustainable hydrogen produced using water and wind energy, says the company. The SAF to be produced at the facility, named DSL-01, claims a CO2 emissions reduction of around 85 per cent compared to its fossil equivalent and has been assessed by the RSB in its planning phase to ensure it complies with RSB’s best-in-class sustainability standard. The plant is expected to produce 100,000 tonnes of SAF annually and KLM has committed to taking 75,000 tonnes a year for a 10-year period. Read more ...

Business aviation showcases commitment to sustainable fuels with multiple SAJF flights to industry show | EBACE,EBAA,Bizav
Business aviation showcases commitment to sustainable fuels with multiple SAJF flights to industry show
Mon 27 May 2019 - Following the launch by the business aviation sector a year ago of a commitment towards the adoption of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF), 23 aircraft arriving at the EBACE industry event in Geneva last week were fuelled from sustainable sources. Many of those aircraft arrived from London's TAG Farnborough Airport, where industry leaders had hosted a demonstration day, called 'Fuelling the Future', which was officially designated a part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. This followed another demonstration day held in January at Van Nuys Airport, California. Other flights arriving in Geneva were similarly fuelled with SAJF at airports in France, Sweden and the United States. The coalition of industry organisations behind the initiative have published a guide to using SAJF for business aircraft operators, who have needed assurance that SAJF is safe and does not impact aircraft performance. Read more ...

SAS and Airbus agree collaboration on 18-month hybrid and electric aircraft research project | SAS,Electric,Hybrid
SAS and Airbus agree collaboration on 18-month hybrid and electric aircraft research project
Thu 23 May 2019 - Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a hybrid and electric aircraft research project. The initiative aims to build knowledge of the opportunities and challenges regarding the operational and infrastructure requirements involved with a large-scale introduction of hybrid and full electric aircraft in commercial traffic. The scope of the project, which starts next month and will run until the end of 2020, includes five work packages that focus on analysing the impact of ground infrastructure and charging on range, resources, time and availability at airports. Airbus is currently working with Rolls-Royce and Siemens on the E-Fan X hybrid-electric flight demonstrator project that is seen as an important step towards electric flight for commercial aircraft. Read more ...

Air BP and Neste supply SAF for Swedish regional aviation 'perfect flight' and business aviation initiative | Air BP,Neste,ATR,BRA,Braathens,SAJF
Air BP and Neste supply SAF for Swedish regional aviation 'perfect flight' and business aviation initiative
Tue 21 May 2019 - Following their agreement last month to deliver sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to airline and airport customers in Sweden, Air BP and Neste have taken part in a 'perfect flight' initiative with Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) and regional aircraft manufacturer ATR. Produced by Neste and supplied by Air BP, SAF was used to power an ATR 72-600 aircraft on a commercial one-hour flight between Halmstad City and Stockholm Bromma. The two fuel companies have also announced they are to offer SAF to general and business aviation customers, as well as aircraft manufacturers, at Stockholm Arlanda and Caen Carpiquet airport in France. Sweden has ambitions for all air travel to be fossil-free by 2045 and a recent report recommended the government impose a 1 per cent SAF blending mandate from 2021, rising to 5 per cent in 2025 and 30 per cent in 2030. Read more ...

Qantas operates first-ever zero waste flight as it plans to slash single-plastics and waste | Qantas
Qantas operates first-ever zero waste flight as it plans to slash single-plastics and waste
Mon 20 May 2019 - Qantas has carried out what it claims to be the first-ever commercial flight to produce no landfill waste. It marks the start of plans by the Australian carrier to cut 100 million single-use plastics by the end of 2020 and eliminate three-quarters of waste by the end of the following year. All inflight products on the domestic flight from Sydney to Adelaide, which was staffed by cabin crew from the Qantas 'Green Team', will be disposed through composting, reuse or recycling. About 1,000 single-use plastic items were substituted with sustainable alternatives or removed altogether from the flight, including individually packaged servings of milk. Customers were encouraged to use digital boarding passes and electronic bag tags where possible, with staff on hand to ensure paper passes and tags were disposed of sustainably. Read more ...

Air New Zealand purchases credits worth over $600,000 on behalf of its voluntary carbon offsetting programme | Air New Zealand,ClimateCare
Air New Zealand purchases credits worth over $600,000 on behalf of its voluntary carbon offsetting programme
Wed 8 May 2019 - Air New Zealand has purchased NZD$1 million (S660,000) worth of carbon offsets from native forestry projects on behalf of the airline's FlyNeutral voluntary carbon offsetting programme. The credits support a range of forestry projects located across the country registered with the New Zealand government's Permanent Forest Sink Initiative, as well as some international sustainable energy projects. Air New Zealand re-launched its FlyNeutral programme in late 2016 so that offsetting was prioritised in the online customer booking system. According to the airline’s latest sustainability report, customers offset over 130,000 journeys in 2018, up from nearly 40,000 the previous year. Since 2018, corporate and government customers have also been able to offset their emissions under the programme and the airline also offsets emissions on behalf of its employees travelling for work. Read more ...

British Airways and Velocys anticipate starting UK sustainable jet fuel production in 2024 | British Airways,Velocys
British Airways and Velocys anticipate starting UK sustainable jet fuel production in 2024
Wed 8 May 2019 - The British Airways project with renewable fuels company Velocys is "well advanced", say the two partners, and production of waste-to-jet fuel is slated to start in 2024 from a new facility in north-east England. An 80-acre (32ha) brownfield site near Immingham on the Humber estuary, with a direct fuel pipeline to Heathrow, has been secured on a three-year option arrangement pending the final go-ahead for the project. Speaking at a British Airways 'Future of Aviation Fuels' event in London, Velocys CEO Henrik Wareborn said he expected a financial close on the project by the end of 2020. The event saw presentations from the three short-listed academic finalists in a competition organised by British Airways as part of its centenary celebrations to stimulate UK research into potential sustainable aviation fuels of the future. Read more ...

Emissions from international aviation must be included in a UK net-zero by 2050 target, says government advisors | CCC,Committee on Climate Change
Emissions from international aviation must be included in a UK net-zero by 2050 target, says government advisors
Thu 2 May 2019 - The UK's Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which advises the government on climate policy and action, has recommended that to be line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, the UK should set a 2050 net-zero target to cover all greenhouse gases and all sectors, including international aviation and shipping. The body says the target must be met without recourse to carbon offsetting. In a major report, it says increased ambition and stronger levers over and above present ICAO targets will be required in the long run and it will advise the government later in the year on its approach to aviation. The CCC says ICAO's CORSIA scheme is not compatible with achieving net-zero globally and the UN agency should set a long-term objective consistent with Paris. The report comes a day after a High Court ruling against legal action brought by groups opposed to Heathrow expansion. Read more ...

Delta offsets the carbon emissions of 300,000 passengers in celebration of Earth Day | Delta Air Lines,ecosphere+,The Nature Conservancy
Delta offsets the carbon emissions of 300,000 passengers in celebration of Earth Day
Tue 30 Apr 2019 - To coincide with Earth Day last week, Delta Air Lines offset the emissions of over 300,000 passengers on domestic flights into and out of New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and Atlanta. As a result, the carrier said it will buy around 50,000 carbon offsets that will benefit the Conservation Coast project, which provides environmental protection from deforestation and sustainable economic opportunities for communities in Guatemala. In 2013, Delta purchased over 500,000 UN CDM credits that were intended for compliance with the EU Emissions Trading System but were not subsequently required as the scope of the scheme changed. Instead, the credits were retired against the airline’s 2013 emission levels and Delta has since voluntarily capped carbon emissions at 2012 levels by purchasing offsets. Read more ...

Weather data service from Avtech helps Norwegian save fuel and emissions as well as providing added safety | Avtech,Norwegian,Met Office
Weather data service from Avtech helps Norwegian save fuel and emissions as well as providing added safety
Mon 29 Apr 2019 - A weather forecasting service developed by Swedish IT company Avtech has enabled Norwegian Air Shuttle to reduce CO2 emissions by 2,000 tonnes from its Boeing 737-800 fleet over a three-month test period. Avtech's 10K resolution weather service allows pilots to avoid unfavourable winds at given altitudes during the flight and to start the descent phase at the right moment. No new equipment needs to be installed on the aircraft as all real-time calculations are made on the ground by Avtech. The 10K weather grid is based on the UK Met Office's high-definition weather modelling system and calculations on a per-flight basis use Avtech's patented algorithms. The company claims that as well as saving fuel and emissions, the system can provide added safety and help avoid cabin incidents caused by clear air turbulence. Read more ...

ACI's global carbon management programme for airports completes its first decade | ACA,Airport Carbon Accreditation,ACI World,ACI Asia-Pacific
ACI's global carbon management programme for airports completes its first decade
Fri 26 Apr 2019 - As it completes its tenth year since launch, the industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme now has 264 airports in over 70 countries certified at one of its four levels, reports trade body Airports Council International (ACI). Initially launched in Europe in 2009, the programme has expanded to become the global standard for airports worldwide to address their carbon footprint. It has been live in Asia-Pacific since late 2010 and 18 of the 54 airports accredited in the region were presented with their annual certificates during the recent ACI Asia-Pacific & World Annual General Assembly held in Hong Kong. The highest level of the programme aims to ensure the carbon neutrality of airport operations and ACI has released a guidance document on carbon offsetting. During the Assembly, Green Airports Recognition 2019 awards were presented to nine Asia-Pacific airports for outstanding environmental achievement. Read more ...

All Finland's airports to be carbon neutral this year as Finavia brings forward climate programme goal | Finavia,Finland
All Finland's airports to be carbon neutral this year as Finavia brings forward climate programme goal
Mon 8 Apr 2019 - Finnish airport operator Finavia now expects all of its airports to be carbon neutral in 2019, one year earlier than previously planned. Helsinki Airport was certified as carbon neutral in 2017 under the industry's four-stage Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme and airports in Lapland are set to be similarly certified shortly. Carbon neutrality requires offsetting of CO2 emissions an airport cannot manage operationally and emissions at other Finavia airports that have not yet been certified at the highest ACA level will still be offset. A second installation of solar panels is currently being fitted to the roof of the airport terminal and is increasing installation in other areas of the airport to be newly built. The operator is also now using renewable diesel in its ground vehicles. Read more ...

European emissions from airlines jump 5 per cent in 2018 as Ryanair joins list of top 10 EU emitters | Sandbag
European emissions from airlines jump 5 per cent in 2018 as Ryanair joins list of top 10 EU emitters
Thu 4 Apr 2019 - Emissions from airlines covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose by 4.9 per cent in 2018 while all other European industrial and power sectors fell last year. For the first time, an airline - Ryanair - joined the top 10 European CO2 emitters, a list previously reserved for coal power plant polluters. The Irish-based low-cost carrier recorded 9.9 million tonnes in 2018, a 6.9 per cent increase on the previous year and 49 per cent over the past five years, according to analysis by Sandbag of EU ETS data released by the European Commission. CO2 emissions from intra-EEA flights covered by the EU ETS have risen by 26 per cent since 2012, while other sectors have fallen. Some EU governments are pressing for harmonised EU-wide taxes on airline tickets or kerosene to stem the growth. Read more ...

ICAO releases list of Technical Advisory Body members who will recommend eligible offsets for CORSIA | TAB,EUC
ICAO releases list of Technical Advisory Body members who will recommend eligible offsets for CORSIA
Thu 28 Mar 2019 - ICAO has released the list of members appointed to the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) that will assess emissions units programmes for eligibility under the UN agency's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The TAB, which will provide recommendations on eligibility to ICAO's governing 36-State Council for decision, is made up of 19 members that the Council has agreed meet the required technical expertise and balanced geographical representation. Around 40 candidates had been nominated for membership by 34 countries. Among the members are two former chairmen of the UNFCCC's CDM Executive Board and others with experience of carbon markets and UN negotiations. An early task of the TAB will be to discuss and provide recommendations on the vintage of eligible units. Read more ...

Growing support among EU environment ministers for applying further carbon pricing on aviation emissions | European Council
Growing support among EU environment ministers for applying further carbon pricing on aviation emissions
Wed 20 Mar 2019 - A recent proposal by the Netherlands finance ministry for an EU-wide aviation tax to deal with the sector's growing emissions has received backing from a Belgian environment minister at a meeting of the Council of European Environment Ministers. The call was supported by France, Sweden and Luxembourg. The Belgian minister, Jean-Luc Crucke, asked for the issue to be fully debated at the next Council meeting in June. He said a carbon pricing system should be applied to aviation that was in fair competition with other forms of transport, such as rail. The Netherlands is planning an international conference with EU States, also in June, to discuss carbon pricing and aviation, and how States can work together. The UK government said last week it will look at whether travel providers such as airlines should be required to offer carbon offsets to their customers.  Read more ...

Boeing launches sustainable aviation fuel delivery flight option with Alaska as first customer | Alaska Airlines,China Southern
Boeing launches sustainable aviation fuel delivery flight option with Alaska as first customer
Tue 19 Mar 2019 - Boeing is to offer customer airlines and operators the option of having delivery flights of their new aircraft powered by blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The option will be available for customers accepting new aircraft from Boeing's delivery centres in Seattle and Everett, and it is working to extend the option at its centre in South Carolina. The manufacturer also plans to use SAF for certain flight tests at its Boeing Field facility. The fuel will be supplied by World Energy from its Paramount refinery in California. The first participant in the programme is Alaska Airlines when it takes delivery of three Boeing 737 MAX airplanes intended for this year. Meanwhile, Airbus, which first introduced the delivery flight SAF option in 2016, has added China Southern Airlines to its programme with the delivery of an A320neo to the carrier's Guangzhou base. Read more ...

Agreement on sustainability criteria and advisory body for CORSIA carbon credits welcomed, although with reservations from NGOs | EUC,TAB
Agreement on sustainability criteria and advisory body for CORSIA carbon credits welcomed, although with reservations from NGOs
Fri 15 Mar 2019 - Although still to be confirmed, the ICAO Council is understood to have appointed 19 members to the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) that will evaluate and make recommendations to the Council on eligible programmes and units for the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. The setting up of the TAB and its terms of reference were agreed at the Council's 216th Session last week, which also approved the emissions unit criteria (EUC) that aim to ensure only credible emissions units, or carbon credits, can be used by airlines to offset their emissions. The Council agreement on the EUC and the TAB has been welcomed by the aviation industry and the carbon markets as a "significant milestone" and "big step forward" in the development of CORSIA. While adding their welcome to the Council decisions, NGOs said the criteria still left the door open to dubious credits and expressed concerns over transparency. Read more ...

FAA launches voluntary MRV Program for US aircraft operators participating in CORSIA | FAA
FAA launches voluntary MRV Program for US aircraft operators participating in CORSIA
Tue 12 Mar 2019 - The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched the CORSIA MRV Program for US airplane operators with international flights participating in the ICAO carbon offsetting scheme. According to ICAO, it is mandatory for all operators, regardless of the country they are based in, to report verified CO2 emissions above a certain threshold from 1 January 2019. However, the FAA says the Program is completely voluntary and participants may request to be removed from it at any time although, it adds, it will only be effective if a critical mass of operators volunteer to participate. The reported emissions for 2019/2020 will be submitted by the FAA to ICAO to enable the setting of CORSIA's global 2020 baseline and the agency says that in the event it does not receive data from an operator it will include an estimate in the aggregate data. In the notice, the FAA reiterates continued US support for CORSIA is conditional on a number of external factors. Read more ...

Ryanair to donate 1 million euros from its carbon offset programme to four climate and conservation projects | Ryanair,First Climate,Michael O'Leary
Ryanair to donate 1 million euros from its carbon offset programme to four climate and conservation projects
Mon 11 Mar 2019 - Following a decision by Europe's biggest low-cost airline Ryanair to launch a voluntary carbon offsetting option for customers in 2018, the airline has announced its first international environmental partnerships. Over 1 million euros ($1.1m) raised from passengers and the airline will be donated to projects in Uganda, Portugal and Ireland. These include a partnership with First Climate to support and disseminate energy-efficient cookstoves in Uganda, and an Irish group dedicated to the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises. The other two projects involve tree replanting in an area of Portugal devastated by wildfires in 2018 and preserving and restoring native woodland in Ireland. Not previously noted for a commitment to environmentalism, Ryanair last year set emissions reduction targets and said it supported long-term industry climate goals. Read more ...

Proposal for Sweden to follow Norway's lead and mandate use of sustainable aviation fuels from 2021 | Norway,Sweden,Swedavia,Neste,mandates
Proposal for Sweden to follow Norway's lead and mandate use of sustainable aviation fuels from 2021
Thu 7 Mar 2019 - A report commissioned by the Swedish government to investigate how GHG emissions can be reduced from aviation has proposed a mandate requiring fuel companies from 2021 to provide airlines refuelling at the country's airports with a proportion of sustainable aviation fuel. An initial requirement would be for 1 per cent of sustainable aviation fuel be blended with jet kerosene, rising to 5 per cent in 2025 and 30 per cent in 2030. The mandated use of SAF would reduce overall aviation GHG emissions by 0.8 per cent in 2021 and up to 27 per cent by 2030, estimates the report carried out by former Green Party leader Maria Wetterstrand. Norway has recently announced a 0.5 per cent blending mandate in 2020. Finland-based SAF producer Neste, which welcomes the moves, said the market should be able to satisfy the volume demand for both countries. Read more ...

ICAO Council approves criteria for CORSIA emissions units and structure for new body overseeing eligibility | EUC,TAB
ICAO Council approves criteria for CORSIA emissions units and structure for new body overseeing eligibility
Wed 6 Mar 2019 - The ICAO Council has approved - unanimously, according to one source - the Emissions Units Criteria (EUC) that will underpin the environmental integrity of carbon offset credits to be used by airlines under the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. Agreement was also reached by the Council at its 216th Session for the operationalisation of the Technical Advisory Body (TAB), a group of experts nominated by States that will recommend to the Council eligible units against the criteria. Emissions unit programmes that wish to be considered for eligibility in CORSIA will be invited to apply for consideration by the TAB and applications will be made available for public comment. As yet, it is unclear whether Council members agreed on whether a vintage date should be applied to offset projects or on the composition of the TAB membership. Read more ...

Environmental NGOs call on ICAO's governing Council to adopt CORSIA draft emission credits criteria with no changes | ICSA,EUC,TAB
Environmental NGOs call on ICAO's governing Council to adopt CORSIA draft emission credits criteria with no changes
Tue 5 Mar 2019 - NGOs have joined the call for ICAO's governing Council to adopt unchanged draft proposals for the Emissions Unit Criteria (EUC) that are essential to the environmental integrity of the global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. The Council's 216th Session concludes this week and representatives on the 36-State Council are due to discuss the criteria and to establish a Technical Advisory Body (TAB) that will make recommendations to the Council on eligible emission units for use under the scheme. European representatives on the Council have already urged their colleagues to approve a robust set of criteria during the session. In an open letter, the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) calls on Council members to approve the draft EUC with no changes, ensure CORSIA emissions are not double-counted and to make TAB membership publicly available and its processes transparent. Read more ...

Europe presses ICAO Council for decision on CORSIA's carbon offset eligibility criteria  | CORSIA,EUC,TAB
Europe presses ICAO Council for decision on CORSIA's carbon offset eligibility criteria
Fri 22 Feb 2019 - Europe is pressing the governing ICAO Council to approve at its current 216th Session the emissions units criteria (EUC) that will underpin the eligibility of carbon offset credits that can be used under ICAO's CORSIA scheme. The EUC are a key piece of the whole CORSIA scheme and they are essential to its environmental credibility, a European representative on the Council told GreenAir. A draft of the criteria has been in circulation for over a year and a group within ICAO's CAEP technical committee has been carrying out informal testing of some offset programmes against the criteria, as well as providing recommendations on the Technical Advisory Body (TAB). Made up of experts, the TAB will recommend to the Council on eligible emissions units. States have been contacted to nominate candidates for the TAB and provide comments on the EUC for consideration and approval at the Session, which runs until March 15.  Read more ...

Dutch finance ministry argues for EU-wide single aviation tax to cover the sector's environmental costs | The Netherlands,NACC,flybmi,taxes
Dutch finance ministry argues for EU-wide single aviation tax to cover the sector's environmental costs
Thu 21 Feb 2019 - The Dutch finance ministry has released a paper suggesting the EU should adopt a Europe-wide aviation tax in response growing emissions from the sector. Such a coordinated approach could prevent a shift in air passengers to neighbouring countries, avoid the accumulation of regulations and administrative burdens for airlines, and counter the fragmentation and disruption of the internal market. The government says it will hold an international conference in June with EU States to discuss carbon pricing and aviation, and find ways on how States can work together. The ministry, which says it wants to "green taxes", has proposed re-introducing a national passenger tax by 2021 and carried out a consultation last year. Meanwhile, UK regional airline flybmi has ceased operations and entered administration, citing recent spikes in fuel and carbon costs among its problems. Read more ...

Turbulence ahead for supersonic passenger aircraft, predicts ICCT, as ICAO declines to establish new international noise standard | CAEP,ICCT,Boom,Aerion
Turbulence ahead for supersonic passenger aircraft, predicts ICCT, as ICAO declines to establish new international noise standard
Thu 21 Feb 2019 - In the light of high-profile projects in the United States to develop new supersonic passenger aircraft, there was an expectation ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) could agree to start work on establishing a specific international supersonic landing and take-off (LTO) noise standard at its triennial meeting (CAEP/11) that concluded last week. CAEP "considered the progress" of supersonic transport (SST) operations but decided instead to undertake an exploratory study during its next three-year work cycle. Dan Rutherford of the US-based International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) believes this is a blow in particular to the ambitions of Boom's 55-seat Mach 2.2 airliner. Two other supersonic business aviation projects, Aerion and Spike, have said they intend complying with today’s ICAO LTO noise standard applying to subsonic aircraft. Read more ...

ICAO's technical committee agrees increase in stringency level on particulates and CORSIA sustainable aviation fuel methodologies  | CAEP
ICAO's technical committee agrees increase in stringency level on particulates and CORSIA sustainable aviation fuel methodologies
Tue 19 Feb 2019 - ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) has agreed to increase the stringency level of a standard limiting emissions of non-volatile Particulate Matter (nvPM) from aircraft engines. The technical committee's 11th (CAEP/11) triennial meeting just concluded also delivered new technology goals for the sector, covering aircraft noise, NOx emissions and fuel efficiency. Agreement was also reached on the means to calculate and claim the benefits accrued from the use of sustainable aviation fuels under the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme and also recommendations on the body being formed to evaluate the eligibility of emissions units. Over the next three years, CAEP will assess how to certify hybrid and electric aircraft and will undertake an exploratory study on supersonic aircraft. Read more ...

In the absence of a zero-carbon plane, long-term growth in aviation demand cannot continue unchecked, says UK's climate adviser | Committee on Climate Change
In the absence of a zero-carbon plane, long-term growth in aviation demand cannot continue unchecked, says UK's climate adviser
Mon 18 Feb 2019 - The largest contribution to reducing long-term aviation emissions will come from new technologies and aircraft designs, but in the absence of a true zero-carbon plane, steps will be required to limit growth in demand, says the UK government's advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC). In a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, the Committee's Chairman, Lord Deben, said UK aviation emissions have more than doubled since 1990, while emissions for the economy as a whole have fallen by around 40 per cent. The government has agreed with the CCC's planning assumption that emissions should be around their 2005 level - 37.5 MtCO2e - by 2050, but the letter urges that this should be met on the basis of actual emissions and not by relying on international offset credits. Speaking at the RAeS Greener by Design conference in November, a CCC official said the target will have to be revisited in the light of the Paris Agreement. Read more ...

Commission prepares for no-deal Brexit with list of reassigned airlines administered by the UK under EU ETS | EU ETS,Brexit
Commission prepares for no-deal Brexit with list of reassigned airlines administered by the UK under EU ETS
Fri 15 Feb 2019 - In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the European Commission has issued a revised list of aircraft operators covered under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) that shows the new EU competent authority of those operators currently administered by the UK. The list is contained in a new regulation published in the Official Journal earlier this week but only enters into force if the UK leaves the European Union on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement. The UK administers the largest number of operators compared with other EU States. The UK has brought forward the deadlines for operators to report their 2018 emissions to March 11, who must also surrender allowances by March 15. Meanwhile, ICAO has released a preliminary incomplete list of operators and the State to which they are attributed under the global CORSIA carbon scheme. Read more ...

China Airlines and Virgin Atlantic top-scoring carriers in latest CDP corporate climate list | CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project,DJSI
China Airlines and Virgin Atlantic top-scoring carriers in latest CDP corporate climate list
Tue 12 Feb 2019 - Taiwan-based China Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways both scored a creditable A- score in CDP's Climate List for 2018, which rates the environmental performances of corporations worldwide. Tourism group TUI, which also includes five airlines, also scored A-. Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP analysed over 6,800 responses from the world's largest companies against a wide range of metrics that include transparency, target-setting and awareness of risks and opportunities. Other organisations scoring A- were Boeing and United Technologies, along with Munich Airport. Last year, International Airlines Group (IAG) became the first to achieve the coveted top climate leadership A ranking. Only 136 companies made the A List 2018, one of which was Finnish renewable jet fuel producer Neste. Read more ...

SAS, Finnair and China Airlines launch passenger carbon offsetting initiatives | SAS,Finnair,China Airlines,ClimateCare,Carbon Analytics,Preem,Natural Capital Partners
SAS, Finnair and China Airlines launch passenger carbon offsetting initiatives
Fri 8 Feb 2019 - Three airlines - SAS, Finnair and China Airlines - have each introduced carbon offsetting initiatives for their customers. Starting this month, SAS Group will offset the carbon emissions of all tickets booked through its EuroBonus loyalty programme, which has 5.6 million members. The airline estimates that around 40 per cent of passenger-related carbon emissions will be offset as a result and says it will be introducing this year the opportunity for customers to reduce their carbon footprint through choosing a biofuel upgrade option when purchasing tickets. Last month, Finnair introduced a service for customers to offset or reduce the CO2 of their flights by supporting an emissions reduction project or through buying biofuel. Taiwan-based China Airlines has partnered with ClimateCare to offer a carbon calculator on its booking website and enable customers to offset their carbon footprint. Read more ...

UK calls for long-term international aviation emissions goal as it unveils its draft 'Aviation 2050' strategy | Department for Transport,DfT,David Lee
UK calls for long-term international aviation emissions goal as it unveils its draft 'Aviation 2050' strategy
Thu 31 Jan 2019 - The UK government will press for a long-term goal on international aviation climate emissions to be negotiated and ideally agreed by ICAO's 41st Assembly in 2022 that is consistent with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. In line with the goal, the government says it will work to strengthen the ICAO CORSIA global carbon offsetting scheme through its review mechanism from 2022 and negotiate for the scheme to continue after its proposed end date in 2035. While CORSIA demonstrated international ambition for aviation to play its part in tackling climate change, there must be continued efforts to reduce the sector's share of global CO2 emissions, it says in its Aviation 2050 strategy green paper. In the wake of Brexit, the government says it is considering a range of options to manage flights currently covered by the EU ETS. Read more ...

The new generation of supersonic aircraft could have severe environmental impacts, warns ICCT study | ICCT,supersonic,Boom,SST
The new generation of supersonic aircraft could have severe environmental impacts, warns ICCT study
Wed 30 Jan 2019 - A planned 2,000-strong international supersonic commercial aircraft fleet in operation by 2035 could have severe environmental and health impacts around the world, finds a new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). An estimated 5,000 supersonic flights per day could expose large regions of the globe to sonic booms at a frequency of more than once per hour, with the most heavily impacted regions experiencing between 150 and 200 sonic booms per day. The fleet could also consume five to seven times as much fuel per passenger as subsonic aircraft on the same routes, leading to emissions of 96 million tonnes of CO2 per year, more than the combined 2017 emissions of US carriers American, Southwest and Delta. International regulators meet next week at ICAO to discuss whether to apply existing subsonic standards to the new generation of supersonic aircraft or develop new standards that ICCT fears will be more lenient. Read more ...

Neste rejects NGO claim that its renewable aviation fuel includes palm oil | Palm oil,Neste,Biofuel Watch
Neste rejects NGO claim that its renewable aviation fuel includes palm oil
Wed 30 Jan 2019 - Renewable fuel producer Neste has rejected a report by NGO Biofuel Watch that claims the Finnish company is using palm oil in its aviation product. Neste is the world's largest producer of renewable diesel and the world's largest company producing renewable fuel from waste and residue raw materials. It is also said to use between one and two per cent of the world's palm oil production, although since 2013, the company has only used crude palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). However, reacting to the report, Neste says it is not using palm oil as a raw material for its renewable aviation fuel. Meanwhile, it is reported elsewhere the Malaysian aviation industry is supporting government efforts to promote the country's palm oil industry. Read more ...

Continued growth of European aviation poses environmental challenges that must be addressed, warns EU regulator | Eurocontrol,EASA,EEA,EAER
Continued growth of European aviation poses environmental challenges that must be addressed, warns EU regulator
Mon 28 Jan 2019 - Europe's aviation regulator EASA has warned the continued growth of European aviation could undermine efforts to mitigate climate change and the Paris objectives if effective action is not taken to reduce the sector's emissions over the next 10 years. In its 2nd European Aviation Environmental Report, prepared in conjunction with Eurocontrol and the European Environment Agency, EASA says overall impacts from aviation have increased by 10 per cent for CO2, 12 per cent for NOx and 14 per cent for noise since 2014. In its most likely traffic forecast, aircraft CO2 emissions are predicted to increase by 21 per cent and NOx emissions by 16 per cent from 2017 to 2040 as the number of flights in Europe grow by 42 per cent. Existing mitigation measures are unlikely to counteract the increasing environmental impacts, says the report. As aircraft movements increase, aviation noise may also affect new populations in the future, it adds. Read more ...

ICAO launches two African airport solar-at-gate projects to reduce aircraft ground emissions | Kenya,Cameroon,solar-at-gate
ICAO launches two African airport solar-at-gate projects to reduce aircraft ground emissions
Fri 25 Jan 2019 - ICAO has launched airport solar-at-gate pilot projects in Cameroon and Kenya to help reduce carbon emissions produced by aircraft during ground operations. Last month, a ground-mounted 500 kW solar power generation facility and mobile airport gate electric equipment was opened at Mombasa's Moi International Airport. The solar facility is expected to generate 820,000 kWh per year and avoid at least 1,300 tonnes of CO2 annually, while the airport gate equipment will service more than 2,500 flights per year. A new ground-mounted 1.2 MW solar installation at Douala International Airport (right) has also just become operational and is expected to eliminate at least 2,575 tonnes of CO2 from over 5,100 flights annually. Funding support for the projects has come from the European Union. Read more ...

AeroMexico passengers sitting more comfortably on ELeather's sustainable lightweight seat covers | AeroMexico,ELeather
AeroMexico passengers sitting more comfortably on ELeather's sustainable lightweight seat covers
Wed 23 Jan 2019 – AeroMexico has become the latest airline to reupholster passenger seats on its aircraft with ELeather's recycled, environmentally-friendly material. ELeather takes unused traditional leather trimmings diverted from landfill and reconstitutes it with a high-performance textile core to create engineered leather. The company says passengers enjoy a more comfortable flying experience while the material is five times more durable and 50 per cent lighter than normal leather, so helping reduce the airline's fuel costs and carbon emissions. AeroMexico has so far reupholstered seating on 64 aircraft and has plans to roll this out across its entire fleet in the coming years. The UK-based company exports a range of products - from transport to apparel - to more than 40 countries, with more than 150 airline customers. Read more ...

Etihad operates first commercial flight to use sustainable aviation fuel produced from saltwater tolerant plants | Etihad,Masdar,Honeywell UOP
Etihad operates first commercial flight to use sustainable aviation fuel produced from saltwater tolerant plants
Tue 22 Jan 2019 - Etihad Airways has operated the world's first commercial flight to use jet fuel derived from plants grown in saltwater. The fuel was produced by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) established by Masdar Institute, which operates a pilot facility in Abu Dhabi cultivating salt-tolerant halophyte plants that thrive in desert conditions and do not need fresh water or arable land to grow. The initiative is also intended to address food security in the UAE through the farming of seafood as a core element in the process. Masdar Institute is part of Khalifa University, and other members of SBRC include Boeing, ADNOC, Safran, GE and Bauer Resources, as well as Etihad. The consortium expects to expand the facility to commercial-scale over the next few years. The flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam was operated by a Boeing 787 powered by GE's GEnx-1B engines. Read more ...

Fulcrum announces location of its next US waste-to-fuels plant, as bizav sector showcases sustainable jet fuels | Fulcrum,EBAA,NATA,NBAA
Fulcrum announces location of its next US waste-to-fuels plant, as bizav sector showcases sustainable jet fuels
Thu 10 Jan 2019 - Waste-to-fuel company Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Gary, Indiana, as the location for its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will have the capacity to produce three times the amount of renewable transportation fuels compared to its first Sierra plant in Nevada that is due to start operations in early 2020. Construction of Centerpoint is expected to begin in 2020 and take around 18-24 months to complete. Once operational, it will process in the region of 700,000 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) from the Greater Chicago area and converted offsite into a prepared feedstock to produce approximately 33 million gallons of renewable jet and diesel fuels. California-based Fulcrum has partnerships and offtake agreements with United Airlines and Cathay Pacific, and jet fuel suppliers Air BP and World Fuel Services. Meanwhile, the US National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is hosting an event at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles on January 17 to highlight plans by the business aviation sector to adopt sustainable jet fuels. Read more ...