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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 Board members that will recommend eligible offsets for CORSIA | TAB,EUC
ICAO releases list of Technical Advisory Board members that 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 ...

ANALYSIS

CORSIA creates compliance complexities for aircraft owners and lessors, as well as operators | Vedder Price,Avocet,Barry Moss,Jordan Labkon
CORSIA creates compliance complexities for aircraft owners and lessors, as well as operators
Fri 5 Apr 2019 - The airline industry has generally welcomed the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) new CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation, which went into effect on 1 January 2019. However, CORSIA's Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) impose an immediate compliance obligation on international airlines and raises a number of potential and unforeseen credit, political and reputational risks, not only for operators but also for aircraft owners and lessors, write Jordan Labkon and Barry Moss. It is important that owners and financiers understand the basic functions of the scheme, monitor the evolving landscape of requirements and the consequences of non-compliance, and consider implementation of risk mitigation measures in lease and loan documentation. Read more ...

CORSIA offset supply - the importance of vintage in determining scheme's cost and environmental integrity  | CDM,EUC,Refinitiv
CORSIA offset supply - the importance of vintage in determining scheme's cost and environmental integrity
Wed 3 Apr 2019 - The ICAO Council has now adopted long-awaited eligibility standards that set guidelines for what types of units airlines can use to offset their emissions growth under CORSIA. There are currently about two billion carbon offsets in circulation produced by the UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), with a large proportion already used by governments and companies for compliance purposes. If the remaining units - and those to be generated by CDM projects in the future - are allowed under the aviation scheme, their volume would far surpass demand for offsets by air carriers. On the flipside, restricting the amount of CDM units eligible under CORSIA to only those with high environmental integrity would severely limit offset supply. This analysis by Refinitiv highlights a few possible offset unit supply scenarios, each reflecting potential restrictions to CDM unit eligibility on the basis of the recently elaborated offset criteria.  Read more ...

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

For more details on the following events, click here

Aviation Fuels & Additives Training Course 2019
8-12 April 2019
University of Sheffield, UK

New posting First ICAO Stocktaking Seminar towards the 2050 Vision for Sustainable Aviation Fuels
30 April - 1 May 2019
Montreal, Canada

New posting ICAO Seminar on Green Airports
8-9 May 2019
Lima, Peru

Global Sustainable Aviation Forum 2019
13 May 2019
Montreal, Canada

New posting ICAO Environment Symposium
14-16 May 2019
Montreal, Canada

IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium
14-15 November 2019
New Orleans, USA

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RECENT NEWS

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 ...

Munich Airport and Lufthansa open 'Green Gate' exhibition to promote their sustainability efforts | Munich Airport,Lufthansa
Munich Airport and Lufthansa open 'Green Gate' exhibition to promote their sustainability efforts
Fri 14 Dec 2018 - Munich Airport and Lufthansa have opened a 'Green Gate' exhibition in the airport's Terminal 2 satellite. It shows passengers programmes and initiatives of the two companies to promote sustainable mobility. In the waiting area of Gate K21, the partners have created a 'discovery zone' centred around aspects of environmental and climate protection. Information panels with short texts, images, infographics, videos and interactive elements demonstrate measures already taken on environmental improvements as well as future strategies. The exhibition also highlights Lufthansa's achievements in fuel efficiency through its modernised fleet, in particular the Airbus A350-900, which is operated on long-haul routes from the Munich hub. Read more ...

Transition to electrical propulsion of aircraft required to hold down aviation's share of global CO2 in 2050 | RAeS,Greener by Design,Wright Electric,electric aircraft,Roland Berger,E-Fan X
Transition to electrical propulsion of aircraft required to hold down aviation's share of global CO2 in 2050
Thu 13 Dec 2018 - A transition to electrical propulsion is required if aviation's current share of global CO2 emissions, around 3 per cent, is to remain the same by 2050, reports consultancy Roland Berger. Presenting its findings at the recent Royal Aeronautical Society's annual Greener by Design conference, it estimated that if the sector was to continue to evolve at its current technological and fleet growth pace, aviation could account for as much as 24 per cent of global CO2 emissions by mid-century as other industries rapidly decarbonise. At the conference, Airbus said the prospects for all-electric aircraft were very promising for shorter range aircraft but the challenge remained of how to power and reduce the environmental impact of the large aircraft sector. Jeff Engler of US start-up Wright Electric, which is being supported by low-cost airline easyJet in efforts to have an electric passenger aircraft in operation by 2030, said getting to commercialisation would require huge spending in research, as well as industry support and policy intervention. Read more ...

Kalmar Airport, airlines and businesses work towards future fossil-free flights to Stockholm | Kalmar Airport,BRA,Air BP,SAS
Kalmar Airport, airlines and businesses work towards future fossil-free flights to Stockholm
Tue 11 Dec 2018 - A unique airline/airport cooperation has been agreed that will see all domestic flights from Kalmar to Stockholm meet a 5 per cent biofuel target in 2019. Under the agreement, airlines SAS and BRA will pay for 50 per cent of the additional cost of the biofuel, while Kalmar Oland Airport will secure funding for the remaining half. The approximate 80 tonnes of biofuel required for the flight services will be supplied by fuel supplier Air BP. Together with its owner, the Kalmar Municipality, the airport says it has been working actively for many years to create the funding conditions for the additional cost premium of biofuel, with a long-term goal of having fossil-free aviation from Kalmar. BRA has been offering its passengers the option to pay an extra fee per flight to enable the regional carrier to fly on biofuel. SAS has pledged to use renewable fuel on all domestic flights by 2030. Read more ...

Fuel suppliers join forces to supply three European airlines with sustainable fuel at SFO | SkyNRG,SFO,Finnair,Shell
Fuel suppliers join forces to supply three European airlines with sustainable fuel at SFO
Tue 11 Dec 2018 - Shell, World Energy and SkyNRG have joined forces to supply three European airlines - KLM, SAS and Finnair - with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at San Francisco Airport (SFO). The fuel, to be produced from used cooking oil, will be sourced by SkyNRG from World Energy's Paramount refinery in Los Angeles. The initial phase of the initiative aims to pave the way for longer term, more resilient SAF supply chains at the airport, say the partners. In May, Shell and SkyNRG announced a long-term collaboration to promote and develop the use of SAF in aviation supply chains. A MoU was then signed in September by SFO and a group of eight airlines and fuel producers to expand the use of SAF at the airport. Finnair's involvement is as a result of starting to offer its customers from early 2019 the opportunity to offset their CO2 flight emissions by supporting the use of SAF or by funding emissions reduction projects or carbon sinks. Read more ...

Airlines having difficulty in raising carbon efficiency in line with growth, finds atmosfair | atmosfair,TUI,LATAM
Airlines having difficulty in raising carbon efficiency in line with growth, finds atmosfair
Mon 10 Dec 2018 – German non-profit carbon offsetting company atmosfair says airlines that have not updated their fleets or have only made slight improvements have lost ground in its latest global ranking of airline carbon efficiency. Worldwide, it says, only one in ten airlines is managing to keep its CO2 emissions in line with its traffic growth and fuel efficiency is rarely moving at the same pace as kilometres flown. Carbon emissions grew by 5 per cent, while the number of kilometres flown increased by 6 per cent, according to the data for 2016 examined by atmosfair of the largest 190 airlines covered by its Airline Index 2018. UK holiday airline TUI Airways again topped the rankings of the most efficient airlines, with LATAM the best performing international scheduled carrier. (Article updated 14 Dec)  Read more ...

Carbon markets, NGOs and IATA urge countries at COP24 climate talks to adopt robust rules on double counting | COP24,double counting
Carbon markets, NGOs and IATA urge countries at COP24 climate talks to adopt robust rules on double counting
Fri 7 Dec 2018 - Carbon market representatives, IATA and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have urged countries currently meeting at the UNFCCC's COP24 in Poland to adopt strong rules to avoid double counting on emissions reductions under the Paris Agreement and ICAO's CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme. This week, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the US-based EDF and a group of 40 companies, business groups and NGOs issued a 'Katowice Declaration on Sound Carbon Accounting'. Double counting could occur when a country claims a reduction of emissions against its climate pledge under Paris when that same reduction has been sold under a carbon offset programme to, say, an airline in respect of its CORSIA obligations. Robust rules will give airlines confidence that the emissions units they buy bring about genuine reductions, says IATA. Read more ...

British Airways launches sustainable aviation fuels university challenge | British Airways,IAG
British Airways launches sustainable aviation fuels university challenge
Fri 7 Dec 2018 - British Airways is challenging UK academics to create a new generation of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) based on carbon reduction potential, innovation, value to the UK economy and feasibility to implement. In a collaboration with Cranfield University, a competition with a first prize of £25,000 to fund further research was launched at an event held at BA's London headquarters attended by UK universities and industry experts. The award is part of a commitment from BA's parent International Airlines Group (IAG) to invest a total of $400 million over 20 years in sustainable fuel development and long-term supply agreements. BA Chief Executive Alex Cruz said the UK could lead the world in developing and producing SAF. The airline also provided an update on its project with Velocys to produce renewable jet fuel from municipal waste. Read more ...

Heathrow lays out a roadmap for achieving a carbon neutral growth future | Heathrow Airport
Heathrow lays out a roadmap for achieving a carbon neutral growth future
Tue 4 Dec 2018 - Heathrow Airport has signalled its intention that by the time its proposed third runway begins operations in 2026 all new growth will be carbon neutral. This would mean that growth in emissions from additional flights after expansion would be offset through carbon credits. It expects 95 per cent of flights departing Heathrow in 2026 to be covered by the global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme and the airport aims to offset any remainder. Heathrow wants to play a major role in helping the aviation sector act on carbon emissions through four key areas: cleaner aircraft technology; improvements to airspace and ground operations; sustainable aviation fuels; and developing and promoting new ways of carbon offsetting. Using offsetting as an interim measure, it is planning to make the airport's own energy use carbon neutral from 2020. Read more ...

Aviation industry says it's on track and committed to start reporting carbon emissions from January | CORSIA,AC18
Aviation industry says it's on track and committed to start reporting carbon emissions from January
Fri 30 Nov 2018 - With just a month to go before airlines and business aircraft operators with international flights must start monitoring and reporting their CO2 emissions under the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme, the sector says it is firmly on track to meet its commitments. "We're really encouraged by the readiness of the operators and there has been an outstanding response to the capacity-building efforts the industry has put in place, with positive engagement from both airlines and governments," Michael Gill, Executive Director of the industry coalition Air Transport Action Group, told the recent Aviation Carbon 2018 conference. He and other industry leaders called for early resolution of outstanding issues at ICAO on criteria around emissions units and alternative fuels. They also expressed concerns over a potential global patchwork of overlapping or contradictory measures and regimes. Read more ...

As ICAO deadline approaches, Europe wrestles with differences over CORSIA | CORSIA SARPs
As ICAO deadline approaches, Europe wrestles with differences over CORSIA
Wed 28 Nov 2018 - The EU Council has agreed a common position on a response to ICAO over the "filing of differences" by EU States with CORSIA regulations adopted by the ICAO governing Council in June. ICAO Member States are required before the end of this week (Dec 1) to notify the UN body if their national regulations or practices do not conform with the CORSIA Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). Although the filing is essentially a legal process concerning MRV regulations, influential members of the European Parliament and environmental groups are pressing EU States to protect the future of the Aviation EU ETS in their filings. The airline industry and third countries such as the United States, on the other hand, are calling for the full replacement of the EU ETS with the ICAO global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. Read more ...

SAS and Norwegian join initiatives to reduce emissions and drive sustainability | SAS,Norwegian,Avtech
SAS and Norwegian join initiatives to reduce emissions and drive sustainability
Fri 16 Nov 2018 - Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) CEO Rickard Gustafson has joined other Nordic-based company leaders in announcing an initiative to align their business strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explore opportunities for collaboration. They say there is a need for new business models to drive the transition to a modern economy aligned with ethical, social and environmental priorities. Referencing SDGs 9, 12 and 13, Gustafson said SAS will reduce its emissions by 25 per cent by 2030 and use advanced biofuels equivalent to all SAS domestic air traffic. Meanwhile, low-cost carrier Norwegian has said it will expand an initiative undertaken with Sweden's Avtech on new weather technology that can help optimise flight paths for improving fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. Read more ...

Dutch aviation sector presents government with action plan to reduce gross emissions by 35 per cent by 2030 | KLM,Schiphol
Dutch aviation sector presents government with action plan to reduce gross emissions by 35 per cent by 2030
Thu 15 Nov 2018 - The Dutch civil aviation sector has pledged to reduce its gross carbon emissions originating in the Netherlands by 35 per cent by 2030. This is in addition to airline commitments required under the EU Emissions Trading System and the global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme. To achieve the target, the industry has presented the Dutch government with its 'Smart and Sustainable' action plan covering seven areas, including ground operations, where it believes emission reductions can be made. It adds the plan aims to make the Dutch airline industry "the smartest and most sustainable sector in the world," with research consultancy CE Delft assessing its objectives as ambitious yet achievable. Read more ...

International network of activists mount campaign to halt growth of the aviation sector | Stay Grounded
International network of activists mount campaign to halt growth of the aviation sector
Wed 17 Oct 2018 - A two-week campaign has ended by an international network of around 130 civil society organisations and activist groups to protest against unrestrained expansion of the aviation sector and its impact on the climate and local residents. The Stay Grounded network, which includes Friends of the Earth International, reports it carried out 27 "actions" in 11 countries to raise awareness of what it describes as "the ongoing massive wave of airport infrastructure expansion and the need for alternatives". The countries included Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and the UK. The network says its campaign is also directed against the ICAO CORSIA scheme and the use of carbon offsetting. It has published a position paper outlining 13 steps for transitioning towards a transport system "that is more socially just and ecologically sustainable". Read more ...

Heathrow offers landing charge incentive to first electric-powered commercial flight | Heathrow,E-FanX,Siemens,Zunum,Wright Electric,hybrid-electric
Heathrow offers landing charge incentive to first electric-powered commercial flight
Wed 17 Oct 2018 - As part of efforts to encourage airlines to invest in electric technology and speed up the arrival of zero-emissions flights, Heathrow Airport has announced it will offer free landing charges for a year to the first electric or electric-hybrid commercial flight into the airport and then entering regular service. Heathrow estimates at current price levels, the prize would be worth nearly £1 million ($1.3m) to the operator. As the likelihood of a passenger electric-hybrid aircraft entering service is over a decade away, the incentive is largely symbolic for now but the airport hopes the gesture will encourage innovators. It estimates more than 100 electric aircraft projects are underway across the world. With global air passenger traffic expected to double by 2035, the prospect of much quieter, cleaner and more efficient electric aircraft can play a critical role in driving a sustainable future for the aviation sector, it adds. Read more ...

Norway's government introduces 0.5 per cent blending mandate for advanced aviation biofuels from 2020 | Norway,Ramboll,Avinor
Norway's government introduces 0.5 per cent blending mandate for advanced aviation biofuels from 2020
Thu 11 Oct 2018 - The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment has announced a requirement for a minimum requirement of 0.5 per cent content of advanced biofuel be mixed with jet fuel sold from 2020. This follows a consultation that had proposed a 1 per cent requirement by 2019. The ministry has stipulated that no biofuel should be used from "problematic" raw materials such as palm oil and should come instead from advanced fuels produced from wastes and residues. It has used calculations from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency to estimate that the mandate will result in a reduction of 14,000 tonnes of CO2e in the first year. Meanwhile, as part of its 2019 national budget, the government has said it intends increasing the air passenger tax on long-haul flights and reducing it on regional flights in order to give the tax an "environmental profile". Read more ...

Climate action and climate resilience are two sides of the same challenge for airports around the world, says ACI | ACI Europe,ACI World,Airport carbon accreditation
Climate action and climate resilience are two sides of the same challenge for airports around the world, says ACI
Wed 10 Oct 2018 - The number of airports worldwide engaged in the sector's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme has risen to 246 over the past year, representing a 25 per cent increase over the previous year. Collectively, those airports managed to reduce their CO2 emissions by 347,000 tonnes. The programme has four levels of accreditation and 48 have now achieved the highest carbon neutral status. Of those, 44 airports have reported offsetting 672,000 tonnes of CO2 during the latest year of the programme, which was originally launched by trade body ACI Europe in June 2009. Meanwhile, ACI World has published a policy brief to encourage airports to conduct risk assessments, consider various adaptation measures and develop mitigation strategies for the potential impact of climate change on their infrastructure and operations.  Read more ...

Government support for LanzaTech's low-carbon jet fuel could enable three UK plants by 2025, says Virgin Atlantic | Virgin Atlantic,LanzaTech
Government support for LanzaTech's low-carbon jet fuel could enable three UK plants by 2025, says Virgin Atlantic
Tue 9 Oct 2018 – Virgin Atlantic has urged the UK government to offer LanzaTech access to the same incentives given to earlier generations of biofuels that would provide critical investor support to enable the building of three commercial low-carbon jet fuel production plants in the UK. With the incentives, LanzaTech says the three plants could be producing up to 125 million gallons of sustainable fuel per year by 2025 – enough to fly all Virgin Atlantic's UK outbound flights as a 50/50 mix with conventional jet fuel - and other important benefits to the UK. Without support, "the opportunity will no doubt be picked up elsewhere," said the airline. Government ministers were on hand at London Gatwick Airport to welcome the first commercial flight to use the LanzaTech alcohol-to-jet fuel. Read more ...

Industry and countries prepare for introduction of CORSIA but "much work to be done" | GSAS
Industry and countries prepare for introduction of CORSIA but "much work to be done"
Tue 9 Oct 2018 - With just three months to go before all airlines with international flights must start monitoring their carbon emissions, ICAO's CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme was centre stage at this year's Global Sustainable Aviation Summit (GSAS) in Geneva organised by the industry's Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). Marking 10 years since the industry announced its emissions reduction goals through to 2050, IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said flying was now 20 per cent more efficient than a decade ago. He called on more governments to volunteer to join CORSIA and reaffirm it as the single global market-based measure for aviation emissions. This was backed by a senior FAA official who said continued US support for CORSIA was driven by a need to avoid a patchwork of national and regional measures, adding it was essential China took part in CORSIA. Read more ...

Majority of public believe cutting emissions is main priority for changes to UK airspace, finds poll conducted for NATS | NATS
Majority of public believe cutting emissions is main priority for changes to UK airspace, finds poll conducted for NATS
Thu 27 Sept 2018 - Research commissioned by UK air traffic service provider NATS shows just over half (52 per cent) of 1,000 people polled by Ipsos MORI agreed that reducing aircraft carbon emissions should be the top priority from any reworking of the UK's airspace. Improving flight paths (36 per cent) and reducing aircraft noise (32 per cent) were next in line of importance. Less than a quarter (24 per cent) of those polled cited increasing airport capacity as a priority, although almost half - a figure that rises to 64 per cent in London - agreed that airport expansion was "the right thing to do", with 15 per cent disagreeing. NATS says much of the UK's network of air routes and flight paths, originally designed in the 1960s, are in urgent need of modernisation. Read more ...