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ICAO receives eight more applications from carbon programmes seeking offset eligibility under CORSIA | TAB,Technical Advisory Body
ICAO receives eight more applications from carbon programmes seeking offset eligibility under CORSIA
Thu 28 May 2020 - ICAO has received eight applications from emissions unit programmes in the second round of assessments by its Technical Advisory Body (TAB), along with material updates to two applications in the first round. The public is invited to comment by June 26 on the new applications and updates, in particular regarding their alignment with ICAO's emissions unit criteria (EUC). The programmes range from a project to supply geothermal-generated electricity to Kenya’s national grid to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cooperative effort of 10 eastern US states to cap and reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector. The TAB's assessment and recommendations are expected for consideration by the ICAO Council during its session in early November. A third round of applications is planned to begin in January 2021. Read more ...

Lufthansa Group to collaborate with Swiss ventures developing renewable jet fuel from sunlight | ETH Zurich,Climeworks,Synhelion,Solar-to-jet,PtL,Lufthansa,Raffinerie Heide
Lufthansa Group to collaborate with Swiss ventures developing renewable jet fuel from sunlight
Wed 27 May 2020 - Lufthansa Group has signed a letter of intent with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and its two spin-offs Climeworks and Synhelion to develop renewable jet fuel from sunlight. The collaborative partnership, initiated by Lufthansa Group subsidiaries SWISS and Edelweiss, will include cooperation in technology and economic efficiency, with an intention to agree at a later date on quotas of the renewable fuel to support demonstration projects. Researchers and engineers at ETH Zurich have developed processes that make it possible to extract CO2 from the atmosphere and together with water and the help of concentrated sunlight, convert it into a synthesis gas that can be used to produce jet fuel. The fuel releases only as much CO2 as was previously extracted from the atmosphere. Read more ...

European Commission recommends EU states back industry proposal for CORSIA baseline change | Covid-19
European Commission recommends EU states back industry proposal for CORSIA baseline change
Tue 26 May 2020 - The European Commission has recommended EU states should support a proposal by the airline industry to change the CORSIA baseline to take account of the expected sharp decline in carbon emissions this year. Under the scheme, airlines must offset the carbon emissions above a 2019-2020 baseline, but a lower baseline would likely mean a higher than expected carbon offsetting obligation. IATA estimates the baseline would be about 30 per cent more stringent than originally anticipated before the Covid-19 crisis and is calling for a 2019-only baseline. ICAO's environment committee CAEP has carried out its own analysis on the impact of changing the baseline to 2019 and found offsetting requirements in the three-year pilot phase starting in 2021 would be close to zero and be reduced by between 9 and 32 per cent in all phases up to 2035. Meanwhile, backed by an Oeko-Institut analysis, a group of NGOs and carbon market stakeholders has urged ICAO Council members not to make the change at next month's Council session and instead wait until the scheme’s first review in 2022.  Read more ...

The UK’s first waste-to-jet fuel plant takes a step forward as Velocys secures planning permission | Velocys
The UK’s first waste-to-jet fuel plant takes a step forward as Velocys secures planning permission
Thu 21 May 2020 - Sustainable fuels technology company Velocys has received planning approval to build its proposed Altalto Immingham waste-to-jet fuel plant on a site in the north-east of England. Subject to completion of legal agreements with the local council and final funding, the company plans to begin construction in 2022 and to start producing commercial volumes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in 2025. The plant will convert "hundreds of thousands" of tonnes of non-recyclable household and commercial waste, otherwise destined for landfill or incineration, into SAF for the partners in the project, Shell and British Airways. The planning approval had been subject to an objection by Natural England, which expressed concern over the plant's location near an estuary site rich in wildlife but the objection was withdrawn and the council unanimously approved the application. Read more ...

Aviation emissions the most impacted globally during the Covid-19 lockdown, shows analysis of economic sectors | Covid-19
Aviation emissions the most impacted globally during the Covid-19 lockdown, shows analysis of economic sectors
Tue 19 May 2020 - In the first peer-reviewed study of the drop in global carbon emissions during the Covid-19 lockdown, an analysis of six economic sectors during the period January to April shows aviation was the most impacted by the confinement. While responsible for 3 per cent of global emissions, it accounted for a 10 per cent decrease in the global total during the first four months of the pandemic. The study, which has just been published in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that daily global emissions across sectors during the peak of the confinement measures in early April decreased by 17 per cent - or 17 million tonnes (MtCO2) - compared to mean daily levels in 2019, dropping to levels last observed in 2006. Depending on the level of remaining worldwide restrictions and their duration, the researchers from the universities of East Anglia (UK) and Stanford (US) estimate a fall of 4 to 7 per cent in overall 2020 global emissions, the rate of decline needed annually to limit climate change close to a 1.5C warming, they point out. Read more ...

ASTM approves pathway for production of microalgae-based sustainable aviation fuel developed by Japan's IHI | ASTM,CAAFI,IHI,RSB
ASTM approves pathway for production of microalgae-based sustainable aviation fuel developed by Japan's IHI
Mon 18 May 2020 - Fuel standards organisation ASTM International has approved the seventh technology pathway for the production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Annex A7 to ASTM's SAF specification D7566 establishes approval for a type of synthesised paraffinic kerosene derived from hydroprocessed hydrocarbons, esters and fatty acids. The standard provides that HC-HEFA-SPK fuel, which has been developed by Japan's IHI Corporation, may be blended at up to 10 per cent by volume with conventional fuel. The fuel pathway is the first to receive expedited review under ASTM's fast-track review process. Meanwhile, sustainability standards body RSB has submitted to ICAO an application to be recognised as a sustainability certification scheme under the CORSIA global carbon scheme for international aviation. Read more ...

Airlines unlikely to have any CORSIA offsetting obligations for at least three years if baseline rule changed, finds EDF analysis | EDF,Covid-19
Airlines unlikely to have any CORSIA offsetting obligations for at least three years if baseline rule changed, finds EDF analysis
Fri 15 May 2020 - Under most post-Covid recovery scenarios for the airline industry, it is unlikely airlines will have any obligations to purchase and surrender emissions units for at least the duration of CORSIA's three-year pilot phase starting next January if a rule change to the scheme's baseline is made, finds an analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Aeroplane operators covered by CORSIA will be required to offset emissions above a baseline calculated on the average emissions from international flights for 2019 and 2020. However, the dramatic fall in global air traffic expected this year will significantly lower the baseline and result in a much higher offsetting obligation over CORSIA's 15-year duration, says IATA. It is calling on the ICAO Council at its session next month to change the rule so that only 2019 emissions are used as the baseline. EDF argues that such a decision should wait until the next Assembly in 2022. Read more ...

Europe must not turn its back on CORSIA or it could fall apart, EU transport chief warns MEPs | Covid-19,Valean,Liese,Timmermans
Europe must not turn its back on CORSIA or it could fall apart, EU transport chief warns MEPs
Wed 13 May 2020 - With a deadline of the end of next month (June 30) for countries to voluntarily opt in or out of the CORSIA scheme from its start in January 2021, the EU's transport chief told sceptical members of the European Parliament this week that EU support was vital for the scheme's existence. Without it, there was a clear risk CORSIA "could fall to pieces", Commissioner Adina Vălean told a meeting of the Parliament's environment committee (ENVI). She reassured MEPs that a future revision of the EU ETS would not be compromised by the implementation of the global offsetting scheme for international aviation emissions and the two would be complementary. Meanwhile, Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans told a transport committee (TRAN) meeting that it was legitimate for Member States to ask airlines currently seeking state bailouts for environmental commitments in return. Read more ...

Growth of carbon emissions from European flights slowed in 2019 but still against downward trend in other industrial sectors | Covid-19
Growth of carbon emissions from European flights slowed in 2019 but still against downward trend in other industrial sectors
Thu 7 May 2020 - Aviation emissions covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose by 1 per cent in 2019, as against an overall decrease of 9 per cent from stationary installations. However, the European Commission described the increase from 67.49 million tonnes of CO2 in 2018 to 68.14 Mt last year as significantly smaller than in previous years. Analysis by the Commission shows 46 per cent of 2019 emissions were covered by free allocations of allowances to aircraft operators. With IATA forecasting a potential 55 per cent fall in total 2020 European revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) as a result of Covid-19, many airlines may not need to buy any allowances this year. Meanwhile, only a few airlines have so far been required to agree environmental conditions as part of bailouts by EU states, which are largely business-as-usual targets. Read more ...

COMMENTARY

CORSIA: Five key takeaways on what eligibility decisions mean for carbon markets | Gold Standard,TAB
CORSIA: Five key takeaways on what eligibility decisions mean for carbon markets
Wed 20 May 2020 - On March 13, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced that credits from Gold Standard and five other standards will be eligible for CORSIA, the aviation sector's carbon market scheme, for the pilot phase 2021-2023. While Gold Standard believes the requirement for a carbon-intensive sector like aviation to take accountability only for emissions for growth compared to a baseline is insufficient, especially without more ambitious decarbonisation expectations, it is a testimony to the integrity of the voluntary carbon market that some of its standards are among those recognised for this new compliance mechanism. Drilling down deeper, the selection criteria yield five key takeaways that stand to set a new minimum bar in carbon markets, writes Gold Standard's Sarah LeugersRead more ...

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NEW DATES ICAO Stocktaking Seminar on aviation in-sector CO2 emissions reductions
8-10 September 2020
Montreal, Canada

Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2020
29-30 September 2020
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RECENT NEWS

Blow for commercial aircraft electric propulsion as Airbus and Rolls-Royce cancel E-Fan X programme | E-Fan X,electric,hybrid,Zunum Aero,E-Fan
Blow for commercial aircraft electric propulsion as Airbus and Rolls-Royce cancel E-Fan X programme
Fri 1 May 2020 - Airbus and Rolls-Royce have announced an ending to their joint hybrid-electric E-Fan X demonstrator programme, a pioneering project directed towards the electrification of commercial passenger aircraft. A BAe 146 test aircraft with one of its four jet engines replaced by a 2.5MW motor was due to embark on its first flight in 2021. With the industry in Covid-19 crisis mode, both parties have decided the actual requirement to carry out the test flight was "not critical at this time". Airbus Chief Technology Officer Grazia Vittadini said as the aircraft manufacturer started "to navigate the realities of a post-Covid-19 world", it needed to refocus and reprioritise its efforts to decarbonise the aviation industry. Rolls-Royce CTO Paul Stein said the company would continue with ground testing of the power generation system it had developed for the programme. Read more ...

New report highlights the growing impact and health risks associated with wildlife trafficking through the air transport system | ROUTES,TRAFFIC,C4ADS,Wildlife Trafficking
New report highlights the growing impact and health risks associated with wildlife trafficking through the air transport system
Thu 30 Apr 2020 - A new report on wildlife trafficking in the air transport sector shows that last year more than one million illegal wildlife products and live animal were seized at airports, with around one seizure recorded every day. The report, 'Runway to Extinction', examines the trends, transit routes and trafficking methods used by wildlife smugglers exploiting the aviation industry in six world regions. Produced by C4ADS as part of the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership, this is the third report highlighting the world's fourth most valuable type of international organised crime. As Covid-19 ravages countries across the globe, the illegal wildlife trade is also an important factor in the spread of zoonotic - animal to human - diseases, with trafficked live birds, reptiles and mammals at risk of ending up in illegal or unregulated markets. Read more ...

Aviation and fuel sectors respond favourably to major EU policy initiative to boost sustainable aviation fuels | RefuelEU
Aviation and fuel sectors respond favourably to major EU policy initiative to boost sustainable aviation fuels
Thu 30 Apr 2020 - The European Commission has received a largely enthusiastic response to its new roadmap initiative, ReFuelEU Aviation, aimed at boosting the supply and demand for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the EU. The Commission acknowledges that without EU-level intervention, the demand for SAF - currently just 0.05 per cent of total jet fuel supply - will likely reach just 2.8 per cent by 2050. The objective, it says, is to reduce the sector's environmental footprint in line with EU climate targets and the Paris Agreement. Policy options under consideration include a blending mandate to impose a minimum share of SAF, a revision of the multiplier under the EU's Renewable Energy Directive, a central auctioning mechanism and a funding mechanism to encourage deployment and uptake of SAF. The Commission's transport directorate (DG MOVE) has carried out an initial impact assessment (IIA) under the roadmap, which received over 120 responses from airline and aviation groups, oil and SAF producers, NGOs and government agencies. Read more ...

Covid-19 air traffic slump provides European opportunity for 'perfect flights' initiative and more direct routes | CANSO, Eurocontrol
Covid-19 air traffic slump provides European opportunity for 'perfect flights' initiative and more direct routes
Fri 24 Apr 2020 - While European air traffic volumes are considerably lower due to the coronavirus pandemic, airlines and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) have launched an environmental initiative to facilitate 'perfect flights' through optimising flight paths. The effort is being led by the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) in association with IATA, A4E, ERA, AIRE, IFATCA and the Eurocontrol Network Manager. In order to manage traffic safely and efficiently into and out of busy airspace, ANSPs normally apply airspace restrictions to maximise capacity, reduce complexity and organise aircraft into specific flows. In the current low-level traffic scenario, most of these airspace restrictions can be lifted, which enables more direct routes and allows aircraft to fly their optimal vertical profiles, says CANSO.  Read more ...

IATA starts discussions with ICAO on changing the CORSIA baseline to exclude 2020 emissions | Covid-19
IATA starts discussions with ICAO on changing the CORSIA baseline to exclude 2020 emissions
Tue 21 Apr 2020 - As IATA's regular updates on the Covid-19 impact on the air transport industry become increasingly pessimistic, many analysts are warning of an extended crisis with global air traffic not returning to previous levels for some years. IATA has raised its previous forecast on industry losses in 2020 by 25 per cent to $314 billion and a near halving of passenger traffic and capacity. The airline industry body has already started discussions with ICAO on changing the CORSIA baseline to avoid including 2020 emissions in the calculation, which would lead to an increased offset purchasing requirement during the course of the 15-year scheme. Both the EU and the US have shown some sympathy with the request. However, the European mood is that airlines should not escape their climate responsibilities as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and that aid should come with strings attached. Read more ...

IATA calls for change in CORSIA baseline to protect airlines from future higher offsetting requirements | Covid-19
IATA calls for change in CORSIA baseline to protect airlines from future higher offsetting requirements
Fri 3 Apr 2020 – As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, IATA has called on the ICAO Council to change the baseline calculation used for the CORSIA offsetting scheme for international aviation emissions. Under rules agreed by ICAO, the baseline is set at the average emissions for the years 2019 and 2020. For the 15-year duration of CORSIA starting next year, airlines are required to purchase offsets to cover any annual growth in emissions above the baseline. The collapse in global air traffic as a result of the outbreak, with demand unlikely to recover this year, will lead to significantly lower 2020 emissions. This in turn will lower the baseline considerably than was previously projected and result in much higher anticipated offsetting requirements and therefore costs once the sector returns to previous levels, says IATA. It requests the Council to make the change no later than the end of June. Read more ...

Efforts to link US airline rescue package to carbon targets resisted as industry faces unprecedented times | Covid-19
Efforts to link US airline rescue package to carbon targets resisted as industry faces unprecedented times
Mon 30 Mar 2020 - Attempts have failed to link the future carbon emissions performance of US airlines to the rescue package aimed at helping the beleaguered sector through the coronavirus crisis. Congress voted last Friday to provide the US aviation industry around $60 billion in grants and potential loans as part of the total $2.2 trillion package. House Democrats proposed airlines receiving aid would have to start offsetting their carbon emissions in 2025 and reduce overall emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 but this was rejected by the Senate. In its latest assessment of the impact of the global pandemic on the airline industry, IATA is expecting a 38 per cent fall in global passenger traffic (RPKs) in 2020, with North America the least affected region (-27 per cent) and Europe (-46 per cent) the most. Concerns have been expressed over the calculation of the CORSIA baseline in which airlines will have to offset CO2 emissions above the 2019/20 average. Read more ...

ICAO starts second round of applications from carbon programmes seeking CORSIA offsetting approval | TAB,Verra,Voluntary Carbon Standard,VCS,ACR,American Carbon Registry
ICAO starts second round of applications from carbon programmes seeking CORSIA offsetting approval
Tue 24 Mar 2020 - ICAO has called for applications from carbon programmes for a second round of assessments against the CORSIA emissions unit criteria for approval to supply eligible emission units, or carbon credits, for offsetting compliance by airlines under the global scheme. The UN agency received 14 applications in the first round, with the governing Council approving six programmes this month and two more being invited to re-apply. Applications for the second round must be submitted by 20 April and ICAO will hold a webinar on 3 April for interested programmes needing to understand the process. Publication of applications is expected by the end of May, to be followed by a public comment period and then assessment by ICAO's Technical Advisory Body (TAB), with the Council deciding on the TAB's recommendations later in the year. Read more ...

Following Brisbane trial, Gevo secures Australian funding towards sustainable aviation fuel evaluation project | Gevo,Brisbane Airport,Viva Energy
Following Brisbane trial, Gevo secures Australian funding towards sustainable aviation fuel evaluation project
Fri 20 Mar 2020 - Colorado-based renewable jet fuel producer Gevo has secured funding from the Queensland government to support the assessment of a waste-to-biofuel project in the Australian state. The Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund provides targeted funding for pilot, demonstration or commercially scalable biorefinery projects that use conventional waste streams or biomass to produce bioenergy, biofuels and high-value bioproducts. The award follows an initiative Gevo took part in to supply aircraft at Brisbane Airport with blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through the airport's general fuel supply system. Gevo's participation in the trial, which completed last year and also involved Virgin Australia and the Queensland government, has led to the state being considered as the location for the company's first biorefinery outside of the United States. Read more ...

Norwegian ambitions for establishing the electrification of short-haul passenger aircraft laid out in new report | Avinor,Norway,electric
Norwegian ambitions for establishing the electrification of short-haul passenger aircraft laid out in new report
Thu 19 Mar 2020 - The first use of electric aircraft for domestic scheduled air travel in Norway is feasible by the end of the decade, finds a report by airport operator Avinor and the Norwegian CAA for the country's government. If the right support and measures are put in place, the report foresees that by 2040 all domestic aviation in Norway will be operated with electrified aircraft, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent compared with 2020. It proposes incentives regarding technology development, investment support and an attractive tax regime during the operational phase, alongside international innovation cooperation. An aviation zero emissions task force has already been set up to prepare and present a roadmap in mid-2020 that includes EASA, the Norwegian CAA, Airbus, Leonardo, Safran, Avinor and airlines SAS and Wideroe. Read more ...

ICAO Council follows advisory body recommendations and approves CORSIA-eligible carbon programmes | TAB, CORSIA
ICAO Council follows advisory body recommendations and approves CORSIA-eligible carbon programmes
Mon 16 Mar 2020 - ICAO's governing Council has approved the first programmes that will provide eligible emissions units requirements in the 2021-2023 pilot phase of the global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme. The Council has adopted in full the recommendations of its Technical Advisory Body (TAB) that was established to assess applications from emissions unit programmes against agreed CORSIA criteria (EUC). Of the 14 applications received, six programmes have been assessed as having met the scheme’s EUC, including the UN's CDM, with two programmes conditionally approved subject to meeting certain conditions. Two more have been invited to reapply with four others rejected either because their programmes were in the early stage of development or were not considered programmes. To reinforce CORSIA's environmental integrity, a vintage restriction has been placed on eligible units. (Article updated March 17Read more ...

Finnair signs SAF agreement with Neste as it targets a 50 per cent reduction of net emissions by 2025 | Finnair
Finnair signs SAF agreement with Neste as it targets a 50 per cent reduction of net emissions by 2025
Mon 9 Mar 2020 - As part of what it calls the most ambitious sustainability strategy to date in the aviation industry, Finnair says it intends to reduce its net emissions by 50 per cent by the end of 2025 from a 2019 baseline and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 at the latest. To achieve the 2025 target, the airline is investing between €3.5-4.0 billion ($4-4.5bn) over the next five years and a further €60 million ($68m) in sustainability initiatives over the same period. As well as seeking reductions in onboard weight and driving improvements in operational fuel efficiency, Finnair will also offset the carbon emissions from flights by corporate customers. Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are to play a key role in its long-term carbon reduction strategy and last week the airline announced an agreement with Neste to purchase SAF for use on flights from Helsinki. Read more ...

Airline chiefs slam European countries over green taxes and overdue reform of inefficient airspace | Airlines for Europe,A4E
Airline chiefs slam European countries over green taxes and overdue reform of inefficient airspace
Fri 6 Mar 2020 - Chief executives from Europe's biggest airlines called for urgent reform and modernisation of European airspace that they said could eliminate around 25 million tonnes of CO2 a year and save €17.4 billion ($19.4bn) in fuel and related socio-economic costs. IAG's Willie Walsh said it was "scandalous" that after many decades, the Single European Sky still had not been implemented. Speaking at the Airlines for Europe Annual Summit this week, the CEOs also criticised attempts to tax passengers and fuel on environmental grounds, saying none of the revenues were used to help the industry decarbonise. Instead, the EU should ensure the full implementation of the global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme and pursue a long-term carbon goal at ICAO. They also urged EU States to take legislative action and policy decisions to boost the development and uptake of sustainable aviation fuels. Read more ...

Airport and air navigation sectors provide best-practice PBN guidance for aircraft noise management | PBN,Performance-based Navigation,Eurocontrol,CANSO,ACI World
Airport and air navigation sectors provide best-practice PBN guidance for aircraft noise management
Fri 28 Feb 2020 - Airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) have partnered to launch new guidance material on Performance Based Navigation (PBN), an advanced, satellite-enabled form of air navigation that enables aircraft to fly a precise vertical and lateral flight path. PBN offers enhanced safety, increased operational efficiency, reduced cost and a reduction in carbon emissions. However, because of the precise flight paths, PBN concentrates aircraft noise, which can bring benefits to some local communities around airports and adverse impacts to others. The new guidance addresses these benefits and challenges, as well as noise management options, stakeholder responsibilities, public engagement and PBN implementation case studies. Meanwhile, Europe's air navigation and safety organisation Eurocontrol has joined with airports to launch a new initiative for more sustainable airport operations. Read more ...

Appeal court’s climate ruling delivers blow to Heathrow's expansion plans and third runway | AEF,Airlines UK,Stay Grounded,Extinction Rebellion,Plan B
Appeal court’s climate ruling delivers blow to Heathrow's expansion plans and third runway
Thu 27 Feb 2020 - The Court of Appeal in London has ruled the UK government acted unlawfully in failing to take into account the Paris climate change agreement when supporting the expansion of Heathrow Airport. In its judgement, the court said it was not making a decision that expansion was incompatible with the UK's commitment to reducing emissions under Paris but the ruling raises doubts about whether a third runway will now be built. The government is now considering its next steps but the Transport Secretary has indicated it will not appeal the decision. Heathrow noted other challenges on noise and air pollution had been rejected by the court and said it would appeal to the Supreme Court as the issue was "eminently fixable". Campaign groups fighting the expansion said the ruling had implications for other signatories to the Paris Agreement. Read more ...

ICAO Council gathers to consider important decisions on carbon offset eligibility under CORSIA | CORSIA,TAB,EDF,Carbon Market Watch
ICAO Council gathers to consider important decisions on carbon offset eligibility under CORSIA
Thu 27 Feb 2020 - During its 219th Session starting next week (March 2), ICAO's governing Council is expected to make important decisions on the global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation, CORSIA, which starts in 10 months' time. Most notable is consideration by Council members of recommendations of the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) on emissions units, or carbon credits, to be eligible under CORSIA. The TAB has evaluated applications from 14 carbon programmes from the compliance and voluntary carbon market sector against a set of sustainability criteria adopted by ICAO and last month informally presented its findings to the Council. The decision on eligibility will provide the first test of the environmental integrity of the scheme, which is a cause for concern by some States, in particular Europe, and environmental groups. Read more ...

JetBlue closes airline industry’s first sustainability-linked loan with BNP Paribas as it aligns financial strategy with ESG goals | JetBlue,BNP Paribas
JetBlue closes airline industry’s first sustainability-linked loan with BNP Paribas as it aligns financial strategy with ESG goals
Wed 26 Feb 2020 - JetBlue has closed a sustainability-linked loan (SLL) with global bank BNP Paribas by amending an existing $550 million senior secured revolving credit facility. Included under the terms of the SLL is a provision that aligns JetBlue's strategic initiatives with its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and objectives. The SLL provides a pricing mechanism related to the applicable margin and commitment fee, which is then linked to the airline's ESG score provided by Vigeo Eiris, an international provider of ESG research and services for investors and organisations. The market in green or sustainability-linked loans has grown rapidly in recent years as companies seek to improve their environmental and social performance, and with investors becoming increasingly concerned over exposure to climate risks. By 2018, the global market for these loans had reached over $99 billion and JetBlue says its SLL is an airline industry first.  Read more ...

Heathrow goes carbon neutral and aims for zero carbon infrastructure by mid-2030s | Heathrow Airport
Heathrow goes carbon neutral and aims for zero carbon infrastructure by mid-2030s
Tue 25 Feb 2020 - London's Heathrow Airport has targeted being a zero carbon airport by the middle of the next decade, having become one of the world's first major aviation hubs to attain carbon neutral status for its infrastructure. The airport has invested £100 million ($128m) in improving energy efficiency and generating and buying renewable energy, which has resulted in a 93 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from its buildings since 1990. To reach carbon neutrality, remaining emissions will be offset through VCS-certified tree planting projects in Indonesia and Mexico, and Heathrow is to invest a further £1.8 million to support UK nature-based projects. Heathrow's plan is to achieve net zero carbon across its airport infrastructure "as soon as possible" and work towards zero carbon by the mid-2030s. Meanwhile, SAS has taken the top ranking for the third consecutive quarter in Heathrow's 'Fly Quiet and Green' league table. Read more ...

Delta to spend $1 billion over next 10 years towards goal of becoming first major carbon neutral airline | Delta,Delta Air Lines,Gevo,Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels
Delta to spend $1 billion over next 10 years towards goal of becoming first major carbon neutral airline
Mon 24 Feb 2020 – Starting March 1, Delta Air Lines is committing $1 billion over the next 10 years towards mitigating all flight and ground emissions from its global operations. The airline said it will invest in driving innovation, advancing clean air travel technologies, accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions and waste, and new offsetting and carbon removal projects. Between 2005 and 2018, Delta reduced its absolute GHG emissions by 11 per cent, although emissions have increased marginally year on year since 2012. In 2013, the airline became the first to cap its annual emissions at the 2012 level through the purchase of carbon offsets. In December, Delta entered into a long-term offtake agreement to purchase 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel annually from Gevo and is promising further announcements this coming year. Read more ...

KLM and SKyNRG announce new industry partners for their corporate biofuel programmes | KLM,SkyNRG,Board Now
KLM and SKyNRG announce new industry partners for their corporate biofuel programmes
Wed 12 Feb 2020 - KLM and SkyNRG have each announced new members of their respective corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programmes. Lavazza becomes KLM's first Italian partner to the airline's programme as part of implementing the coffee company's sustainability objectives across its entire value chain. Partners in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme pay a surcharge on their business travel that covers the difference in cost between biofuel and traditional jet kerosene to help stimulate the production of SAF. The programme was launched in 2012 together with Dutch SAF supplier SkyNRG, which itself was formed by KLM in 2009. Last year, SkyNRG started its own corporate SAF programme, Board Now, which extends the reach to non-KLM corporate customers. Its latest member is online air travel platform Etraveli Group, which operates over 20 brands globally. Read more ...

UK aviation industry commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 despite a 70% growth in passengers | Sustainable Aviation,
UK aviation industry commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 despite a 70% growth in passengers
Wed 5 Feb 2020 - The UK industry coalition Sustainable Aviation (SA), which represents airlines, airports and manufacturers, has pledged to collectively achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The group believes the goal can be met while still enabling a 70 per cent growth in passenger numbers by mid-century. It forecasts that under a 'do nothing' scenario, UK aviation activity emissions could rise from 37 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) in 2016 to 71 MtCO2 in 2050. SA has released a roadmap to show that 41 Mt could be reduced annually through in-sector gains from new and future aircraft technology, improvements in operational and air traffic procedures, and the use of sustainable fuels. To reach net zero would require an escalating price on carbon and market-based measures developed internationally that obligate airlines to mitigate the remaining emissions by investing in carbon reductions from outside of the sector.  Read more ...

ASTM approves ARA's synthetic kerosene process for the production of sustainable aviation fuel | ASTM International,CAAFI,ARA
ASTM approves ARA's synthetic kerosene process for the production of sustainable aviation fuel
Fri 31 Jan 2020 - A new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) specification has been approved for commercial airline use by standards development organisation ASTM International, with support from the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). The new annex to the SAF specification D7566 establishes criteria for the production and use of catalytic hydrothermolysis jet fuel (CHJ), a type of synthetic kerosene developed by Applied Research Associates (ARA) in the United States. Developed with Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), ARA's Biofuels ISOCONVERSION (BIC) process uses catalytic hydrothermolysis to convert any renewable fat, oil and grease feedstock into high yields of drop-in hydrocarbon fuels. The ASTM standard provides that CHJ fuel may be blended at up to 50 per cent by volume with conventional jet fuel. The fuel process represents the sixth approved pathway for the production of SAF. Read more ...

The European aviation sector must come together to work on a net zero goal, says airport industry leader | ACI Europe,Olivier Jankovec,Ovais Sarmad
The European aviation sector must come together to work on a net zero goal, says airport industry leader
Fri 31 Jan 2020 - The aviation sector in Europe is facing a daunting challenge over climate change and there is a need to go beyond the industry's current emissions goals with an ambition to collectively achieve net zero over the long term, said Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI Europe, at last week's Aviation Sustainability Summit in Brussels organised by the airport trade body. The climate emergency was not only driving EU policy but also financial investors were starting to limit their exposure to the most carbon intensive industries and it was clear aviation was under the spotlight for its contribution to global warming, he said. Policies and regulations should be focused on decarbonising the sector but not reducing demand for the sake of it, he argued. Despite the sector's significant economic and social benefits, its fast-growing emissions meant aviation has no choice but to transform, Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said in a keynote address. Read more ...

IATA and XCHG confirm partnership to develop an airline carbon exchange for CORSIA emission units | XCHG,CBL Markets,TAB
IATA and XCHG confirm partnership to develop an airline carbon exchange for CORSIA emission units
Thu 30 Jan 2020 - A partnership has been announced between IATA and Xpansiv CBL Holding Group (XCHG) to develop the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE) that will serve as a centralised marketplace for emission units eligible under ICAO's global carbon offsetting scheme CORSIA. Powered by CBL Markets, an XCHG company, the exchange will provide airlines with CORSIA offsetting obligations secure access to real-time data with full price transparency. CBL and IATA plan to trial the exchange during this first quarter of 2020 with airlines that want to start offsetting voluntary credits as a pilot phase. ACE trading will be supported by the IATA Settlement System and Clearing House and offer seamless and risk-free settlement to airlines, including non-IATA members. The partners say CORSIA eligible units will be listed on ACE once ICAO has published those accepted under the scheme. Read more ...

UK public wrestles with environmental impact of aviation in face of mid-century net zero emissions target | NATS,Climate Assembly UK,Committee on Climate Change,Sustainable Aviation
UK public wrestles with environmental impact of aviation in face of mid-century net zero emissions target
Thu 30 Jan 2020 - A survey conducted by UK air navigation service provider NATS in conjunction with research consultancy ComRes shows that a large majority of the British public - 81 per cent - have a positive view of aviation to them personally and to the UK economy as a whole. However, the annual tracking survey also showed a growing public consciousness over aviation's environmental impact. Six select committees of the House of Commons have commissioned a citizens' assembly, called Climate Assembly UK, to give the public an informed say on how the UK should meet its net zero GHG emissions target by 2050, which will include deliberations on travel and aviation. To help achieve net zero through changes to land use, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change has suggested a levy on the aviation sector to help fund a substantial increase in tree planting. Read more ...

Major European hybrid electric propulsion research project launches as Nordic electric aviation initiative gets Finavia boost | ONERA,NEA,Nordic,Finavia,IMOTHEP,Bauhaus Luftfahrt,hybrid electric aircraft
Major European hybrid electric propulsion research project launches as Nordic electric aviation initiative gets Finavia boost
Wed 29 Jan 2020 - French aerospace research lab ONERA is to lead a consortium of 33 aviation industry and research stakeholders on a new European research project called IMOTHEP into hybrid electric propulsion for commercial aviation. The four-year initiative has received a €10.4 million ($11.5m) grant from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework programme. Meanwhile, Finnish airport operator Finavia is the latest to join the Nordic Network for Electric Aviation (NEA), an initiative to develop electric aviation in the region that is funded by Nordic Innovation, an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers. Finavia itself has been funding a fully electric aircraft since 2018, which had a successful test flight at Malmi Airport in Helsinki in the summer of that year. Following a first meeting held in Ostersund, Sweden, in December, NEA network members are meeting in Helsinki this week for a series of workshops. Read more ...

French government announces launch of roadmap and deployment targets for a national sustainable aviation fuel industry | Air France,TOTAL,Elisabeth Borne
French government announces launch of roadmap and deployment targets for a national sustainable aviation fuel industry
Mon 27 Jan 2020 - The French government has launched a roadmap to develop a national sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry with the aim of replacing fossil kerosene with 2 per cent of SAF from 2025, 5 per cent in 2030 and 50 per cent in 2050. This, says the government, is consistent with the country’s long-term low-carbon strategy. In December 2017, it signed a 'Commitment for Green Growth' with five industrial groups - Air France, Airbus, Safran, Total and Suez Environment - to define and collaborate on the roadmap. Alongside the roadmap, a Call for Expressions of Interest (CEI) has been opened by the Ministries of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Economy and Agriculture. It will determine the best tools to encourage the development of the new sector and identify and support innovative investment opportunities for advanced aviation fuels. Read more ...

Airlines need to implement a wide range of initiatives to compensate for high growth in carbon emissions, recommends report | Susanne Becken
Airlines need to implement a wide range of initiatives to compensate for high growth in carbon emissions, recommends report
Thu 23 Jan 2020 - An analysis of leading international airlines has found initiatives to save emissions fall into 22 different categories of action, ranging from aircraft efficiency measures to improving flight operations, with the most notable being fleet renewal, retrofits and weight reductions. However, to compensate for the high growth in emissions, an airline would have to implement a large number of these measures year on year. Professor Susanne Becken of Griffith University, in collaboration with Amadeus, assessed the largest 58 airlines that make up 70 per cent of the industry's total available seat kilometres (ASKs). She found only 35 of them provided information on their emissions, which collectively showed an efficiency improvement of around 1 per cent in in 2018 compared to 2017. Becken highlights the need for improved public disclosure and reporting by the industry and calls for an acceleration of efforts to decarbonise the sector. Read more ...

JetBlue follows European lead and becomes first US airline to offset CO2 emissions from its domestic flights | JetBlue,Air France, British Airways,Lufthansa,carbon offsetting
JetBlue follows European lead and becomes first US airline to offset CO2 emissions from its domestic flights
Fri 10 Jan 2020 - Low-cost airline JetBlue is to offset the CO2 emissions from all its domestic flights beginning in July, becoming the first major US airline to make the move. JetBlue said it expects to offset between 7 and 8 million tonnes of emissions annually through projects focused on but not limited to forestry, landfill gas capture and solar/wind projects. In Europe, Air France, British Airways and easyJet have begun offsetting their domestic emissions from January 1. With French partner EcoAct, Air France will offset the emissions of 450 flights per day, which carry around 57,000 passengers, through projects in South America, Africa and Asia, and will develop two projects in France. British Airways is undertaking a tender process to select offsetting partners and specific projects for its carbon neutral UK domestic flights initiative. Read more ...