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Boeing commits to ensuring its aircraft can fly on 100 per cent SAF by 2030 | Boeing,ecoDemonstrator,Rolls-Royce
Boeing commits to ensuring its aircraft can fly on 100 per cent SAF by 2030
Tue 26 Jan 2021 - In order to meet the aviation industry's long-term carbon reduction goals, Boeing believes it will be necessary to raise the limit on what percentage sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) can be blended with conventional jet kerosene. The US aircraft manufacturer has therefore set a goal that commits its commercial airplanes to being capable and certified to fly on 100 per cent SAF by 2030. At present, blends are permitted up to a maximum of 50 per cent, with fuels from some technology pathways less than that, under ASTM standards agreed by regulatory, fuel and aviation industry experts. Boeing said it will determine what changes are required to its current and future airplanes to enable them to fly on 100 per cent sustainable fuels, and to work with regulators, engine companies and other stakeholders to ensure commercial aircraft operators can fly entirely on sustainable jet fuels. Read more ...

Shell pulls out of Velocys/British Airways project to build the UK’s first commercial SAF production plant | Velocys,Altalto,Shell
Shell pulls out of Velocys/British Airways project to build the UK’s first commercial SAF production plant
Wed 20 Jan 2021 - Shell has pulled its support for the Velocys/British Airways Altalto project, which plans to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from municipal waste in a new plant due to be constructed at Immingham in north-east England. The oil major, which was supplying commercial and technical expertise to the project, did not reveal reasons for the withdrawal but said it would be focusing elsewhere to leverage its own technology on other low-carbon initiatives. Under a joint development agreement, from which it has now withdrawn, Shell had an option to take a one-third share in the equity capital of Altalto. Velocys, a specialist in compact reactors used to produce sustainable fuels from wastes and residues and the lead in the project, said the move was by mutual consent and would have no impact on the existing development plan or funding for the plant. Read more ...

SkyNRG and LanzaTech form consortium to build Europe's first alcohol-to-jet fuel production facility | SkyNRG,LanzaTech,Fraunhofer,E4Tech,RSB
SkyNRG and LanzaTech form consortium to build Europe's first alcohol-to-jet fuel production facility
Tue 19 Jan 2021 - A consortium led by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplier SkyNRG, with LanzaTech as the technology provider, is to build Europe's first LanzaJet alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) facility. The pre-commercial production plant will convert waste-based ethanol to 30,000 tonnes - about 37 million litres - of SAF per year and is expected to pave the way for extended commercial production capability across Europe and globally. Other partners in the FLITE (Fuel via Low Carbon Integrated Technology from Ethanol) consortium include Europe’s largest applied research organisation, Fraunhofer; energy and sustainability strategy consultancy E4tech; and standards body the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The project has received €20 million ($24m) in grant funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The facility is expected to be fully operational in 2024. Read more ...

European airlines and NGOs reach consensus over sustainability and production of future aviation fuels | European Climate Foundation,ClimateWorks,RED
European airlines and NGOs reach consensus over sustainability and production of future aviation fuels
Thu 14 Jan 2021 - Representatives from the European aviation sector and environmental groups, together with a research organisation and a sustainable aviation fuel supplier, have come together to provide recommendations to EU policymakers on sustainability aspects and support for future aviation fuels. Convened by two climate-based philanthropic bodies, the guiding principles drawn up by the 12 participants in the Fuelling Flight Initiative are based on a shared vision that ramping up sustainable aviation fuels in Europe needs to be done in the right manner from the start. Endorsing the initiative include Air France, Deutsche Post DHL, easyJet, KLM, International Airlines Group, Schiphol Group, Transport & Environment, WWF and SkyNRG. The move comes as EU regulators consult on revisions to the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) to bring it in line with the ambitions of the European Green Deal and the net-zero by 2050 goal.  Read more ...

ZeroAvia to partner with British Airways on hydrogen power and secures UK funding towards HyFlyer project | ZeroAvia,Jet Zero Council,ATI,Hydrogen,IAG,British Airways
ZeroAvia to partner with British Airways on hydrogen power and secures UK funding towards HyFlyer project
Fri 18 Dec 2020 - British Airways (BA) is to partner with ZeroAvia on an initiative to explore how hydrogen-powered aircraft can play a role in the future of sustainable flight. Following its world-first hydrogen fuel cell powered flight of a commercial-size aircraft in September, ZeroAvia is planning the commercialisation of hydrogen-electric power for aircraft as early as 2023 with flights of up to 500 miles (800 km) in a 19-seater aircraft under its HyFlyer II project. Based in London and California, ZeroAvia has just secured a £12.3 million ($16.3m) grant towards the project from the UK government through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). The company has also raised a further £16 million ($21.4m) in Series A venture funding. The BA partnership will be part of parent company IAG’s Hangar 51 accelerator programme. Read more ...

Public contributions to Fly Green Fund allows delivery of sustainable aviation fuel to three Swedish airports | Fly Green Fund,Kalmar Airport
Public contributions to Fly Green Fund allows delivery of sustainable aviation fuel to three Swedish airports
Thu 17 Dec 2020 - The Fly Green Fund, a non-profit Swedish initiative offering businesses, public organisations and private travellers a means to reduce the climate impact of their flights through the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), has delivered nearly 46 tons of SAF to three airports in Sweden. The fuel was purchased from Air BP and produced from 100 per cent renewable waste and residue raw materials by Neste in Finland. With a lifecycle emissions reduction of 80 per cent compared with the conventional jet fuel it replaces, the fuel is certified by ISCC, which guarantees it meets the criteria of the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. The Fly Green Fund was founded in 2015 by Karlstad Airport, SkyNRG and NISA (Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation), and with this year’s delivery it has so far imported over 1,400 tons of SAF to Sweden since 2016. Read more ...

Major European air cargo carriers launch SAF initiatives for shippers and forwarders to offset their emissions | Air France-KLM,Cargo,Lufthansa Cargo,Compensaid,myclimate,DB Schenker
Major European air cargo carriers launch SAF initiatives for shippers and forwarders to offset their emissions
Thu 17 Dec 2020 - Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has launched what it claims is the world's first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme for the airfreight industry that will enable freight forwarders and shippers to participate in reducing aviation CO2 emissions. Based on a 'book and claim' system, forwarders and shippers contribute to offsetting emissions from flights through the use of SAF. Customers determine their own level of engagement with the programme and their entire investment is used for sourcing SAF. Lufthansa Cargo has launched a similar initiative in which customers can have the CO2 emissions of their shipments calculated during the booking process, which they can then offset through Lufthansa Group's Compensaid platform and the funds used to purchase SAF. As a result of a collaboration with DB Schenker, the first flights to be covered by the use of SAF took place in late November on a return Lufthansa Cargo flight between Frankfurt and Shanghai. Read more ...

Etihad Airways first Gulf airline to commit to 2050 net zero target and launches carbon offset programme | Etihad,Respira,Khalifa University,SBRC,ESG,Emirates
Etihad Airways first Gulf airline to commit to 2050 net zero target and launches carbon offset programme
Tue 15 Dec 2020 - UAE national airline Etihad Airways has pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions to 50 per cent of 2019 levels by 2035 and achieve full net zero emissions by 2050, which it claims is a first for a Gulf airline and the first in the industry to set a mid-point target towards carbon neutrality. In initial steps towards the goal, Etihad has committed to neutralise the CO2 emissions of its flagship 'Greenliner' 787-10 aircraft for a full year of operations in 2021. Separately, the airline will implement an additional voluntary offset programme for passengers via its website booking platform in 2021. Etihad recently launched the first ever aviation 'transition sukuk', a form of Islamic sustainability-linked finance, raising $600 million that will support investment in next-generation aircraft and tied to performance in reaching the airline’s carbon reduction targets. In other Gulf news, Emirates has used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time to power an A380 delivery flight. Read more ...

ICAO completes final building blocks for implementing CORSIA carbon scheme ahead of pilot phase start | CORSIA,Winrock,ART,Verra,REDD+,RSB,ISCC
ICAO completes final building blocks for implementing CORSIA carbon scheme ahead of pilot phase start
Mon 14 Dec 2020 - ICAO's governing Council has adopted decisions on eligible carbon emissions units and sustainability certification schemes for eligible fuels that the UN agency says are the final building blocks for the CORSIA carbon offsetting mechanism for international aviation, which formally starts next month. At its 221st session, the Council accepted recommendations from its Technical Advisory Body (TAB) on a second set of eligible emissions units (EEUs) for use with offsetting requirements in the initial 2021-2023 pilot phase of CORSIA. This includes the approval of the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART) to supply airlines with national and subnational (jurisdictional) forestry protection carbon credits. ART was the only new second-round applicant to be recommended for immediate eligibility to supply CORSIA EEUs. RSB and ISCC have been approved as sustainability certification schemes for CORSIA eligible fuels. Read more ...

United Airlines commits to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 through carbon capture technology investment | United Airlines,1PointFive,Carbon Engineering
United Airlines commits to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 through carbon capture technology investment
Thu 10 Dec 2020 - United Airlines has ramped up its 2018 pledge to cut its net greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050 by announcing a new ambitious commitment to a 100 per cent reduction by the same year. In an industry first, the US airline says it will meet its carbon neutrality goal through a multimillion-dollar investment in Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology rather than purchasing carbon credits to offset residual emissions. The investment is being made in 1PointFive, a partnership between Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, a subsidiary of Occidental, and Rusheen Capital Management, which is using technology licensed from Carbon Engineering in the first industrial-sized DAC plant in the United States. United has already invested $30 million in sustainable aviation fuel producer Fulcrum BioEnergy, the single largest investment in SAF production by any airline globally. Read more ...

UK's climate advisers recommend no net airport expansion without aviation industry progress to net zero | Committee on Climate Change,
UK's climate advisers recommend no net airport expansion without aviation industry progress to net zero
Wed 9 Dec 2020 - There should be no net expansion of UK airport capacity unless the sector is on track to sufficiently outperform its net emissions trajectory and can accommodate the additional demand, says the UK's Climate Change Committee (CCC). In a major report on recommended policies to achieve the UK's overall net zero emissions by 2050 target, the CCC says demand management will be required to constrain UK aviation growth to 25 per cent growth by 2050 from 2018 levels unless efficiency and sustainable aviation fuel take-up can be developed quicker than expected. The Committee recommends emissions from international aviation be included in UK carbon budgets and the net zero target by next year. The UK should also work with ICAO to set a long-term emissions goal consistent with the Paris Agreement, strengthen CORSIA and align the scheme to this goal in 2023.  Read more ...

New Zealand's Christchurch Airport first to be certified at ACI's higher transformation carbon accreditation level | Christchurch Airport,Air New Zealand,Airport Carbon Accreditation
New Zealand's Christchurch Airport first to be certified at ACI's higher transformation carbon accreditation level
Thu 3 Dec 2020 - Christchurch Airport in New Zealand has become the third airport in the world to reach the new higher level 4 certification of airport industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation voluntary programme. Whereas Dallas Fort Worth and New Delhi Indira Gandhi airports have been recognised at Level 4+ Transition, Christchurch is the first airport to achieve Level 4 Transformation. The new levels have been brought in by airports body ACI to reflect airport carbon reduction targets that are aligned with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. To attain this accreditation, Christchurch has been required to address broader emissions in its carbon footprint that include all the significant operational sources on and off site, as well as demonstrate evidence of actively engaging and leading its stakeholders towards delivering emissions reductions. Read more ...

EASA report on aviation's non-CO2 climate impacts highlights need for policy decisions and more research | Non-CO2,EASA,David Lee
EASA report on aviation's non-CO2 climate impacts highlights need for policy decisions and more research
Thu 3 Dec 2020 - Tasked by the European Commission to conduct an update on the non-CO2 effects of aviation on climate change, Europe's regulatory agency EASA has issued a report that highlights the latest understanding of the science and suggests technological, operational, policy and financial tools to address the issue. In addition to CO2, aircraft emit a wide variety of gases and aerosols at cruising altitude that influence climate directly and indirectly. The analysis confirms their significance is at least as important as those of CO2 alone, although the complexity of measuring non-CO2 climate impacts, together with the uncertainty regarding trade-offs between the various impacts, makes targeted policy development in this area challenging, say the authors. However, potential policies suggested include a levy on aircraft NOx emissions and/or the inclusion of such emissions under the EU ETS, and mandatory use of cleaner burning sustainable aviation fuels. Read more ...

IATA launches carbon exchange for airlines to access and trade offsets for CORSIA and voluntary requirements | CBL Markets,Xpansiv,Aviation Carbon Exchange,JetBlue
IATA launches carbon exchange for airlines to access and trade offsets for CORSIA and voluntary requirements
Fri 27 Nov 2020 - IATA has formally launched the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE), a platform for airlines and other aviation stakeholders to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing credits in certified projects. Carbon reduction programmes on ACE include forestry projects, clean wind energy operations, protection of eco-systems and remote community-based projects to cut emissions. The platform has been under development since the beginning of the year and is aimed at providing a tool for airlines in fulfilling their offsetting obligations starting in 2021 under the ICAO CORSIA scheme. The impact of Covid-19 on the airline industry and a change to the CORSIA baseline means offsetting under the scheme is now unlikely to be required for at least several years but ACE will still be open to airlines wanting to invest in voluntary offsets. ACE was developed in conjunction with commodities trader Xpansiv CBL Holding Group and US carrier JetBlue has completed the first trade. Read more ...

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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Biofuels International Conference & Expo
15-16 June 2021 [new dates]
Brussels, Belgium

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APPOINTMENT

IAG's Carrie Harris appointed to newly-created Head of Sustainability role at British Airways | Carrie Harris
IAG's Carrie Harris appointed to newly-created Head of Sustainability role at British Airways
Fri 11 Dec 2020 - Carrie Harris has been appointed British Airways' Head of Sustainability, a new position reflecting the increasing importance of sustainability to the airline, it says. Reporting to the Director of External Communications & Sustainability, Louise Evans, Harris will be responsible for a team of eight who work on the airline's strategy for environment, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing, and community investment. She was formerly with parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) where she served as Group Sustainability Manager for the past five years, with previous experience in sustainability and environment roles at UK air navigation services provider NATS and London Heathrow Airport. Harris helped launch IAG's Flightpath Net Zero initiative that committed the Group to achieving net zero by 2050, a global first for an airline group. Read more ...

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RECENT NEWS

Sustainability to be at core of airport sector recovery plans as ACI adds levels to its CO2 programme | ACI Europe,ACI World
Sustainability to be at core of airport sector recovery plans as ACI adds levels to its CO2 programme
Fri 20 Nov 2020 - Representing nearly 2,000 airports worldwide, trade association ACI World has adopted a resolution at its annual assembly that recognises climate change requires global collaboration and action, and adaptation and resilience should be key issues included in airport recovery plans despite the Covid pandemic. Opportunities should be identified to 'build back better' by keeping sustainability and resilience at the core of recovery strategies, says the resolution. A survey conducted by ACI in 2019 found almost 70 per cent of airport operators who responded reported they had already been impacted by adverse weather patterns and conditions. Meanwhile, at ACI Europe's annual congress, two further levels were unveiled of the industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme that require airports to align their carbon management strategies and plans with the ambition of the Paris Agreement. Read more ...

EU aviation sector calls for policy support and investment to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
EU aviation sector calls for policy support and investment to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
Thu 19 Nov 2020 - Over 20 European aviation and travel associations have called for a joint commitment between industry and policymakers to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from all flights within and departing from the EU by 2050. As signatories to an 'Aviation Round Table Report', they have urged EU leaders to join and actively support an 'EU Pact for Sustainable Aviation' by the end of 2021 by contributing to a policy and financial framework they see as vital to enable the aviation sector to deliver on its sustainability commitments. The report details ways aviation can recover from the Covid-19 crisis whilst supporting the EU's Green Deal objectives and build a greener, socially and economically robust future. These include an EU legislative framework on sustainable aviation fuels, funding and investment for low-carbon aircraft innovations and an incentive scheme for fleet renewal. The sector is also looking for EU aid in recovering from the pandemic. Read more ...

Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG partner to reduce business flight emissions through SAF purchase | Microsoft,Alaska Airlines,SkyNRG
Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG partner to reduce business flight emissions through SAF purchase
Fri 13 Nov 2020 - Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG have entered into agreements whereby employees of the software giant will have the CO2 emissions from their air travel between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and three West Coast destinations reduced through sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) credits purchased from SkyNRG. The funds from the credits will be used by SkyNRG to supply SAF produced by World Energy in California and delivered to the airport fuelling system used by Alaska Airlines. The three companies hope the partnership, the first of its kind in the United States, will serve as a model for other companies and organisations that are committed to reducing the environmental impact of business air travel. They said they would explore expanding the programme in the future and are supporting the development of a global environmental accounting standard for voluntary corporate SAF purchases. Read more ...

Japan's ANA becomes Neste's first Asian airline customer and starts SAF-fuelled flights from Tokyo | All Nippon Airways,ANA,Neste,Milieudefensie
Japan's ANA becomes Neste's first Asian airline customer and starts SAF-fuelled flights from Tokyo
Wed 11 Nov 2020 - Finnish sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste, which has ambitions to becoming one of the world's biggest suppliers to the sector, has signed its first agreement with an Asian airline. The mid-to-long term collaboration with All Nippon Airways (ANA) started with SAF-fuelled commercial flights from Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports late last month. On November 6, an ANA flight from Haneda to Houston, Texas, was the first international commercial flight departing from Japan to use SAF. The delivery of SAF was made possible through a collaboration and logistics coordination between Neste and the Japanese trading house Itochu Corporation. The fuel from Neste is made from sustainably sourced renewable waste and residue raw materials.  Read more ...

Qatar Airways launches passenger carbon offset programme in partnership with IATA and ClimateCare | Qatar Airways,ClimateCare,QAS
Qatar Airways launches passenger carbon offset programme in partnership with IATA and ClimateCare
Tue 10 Nov 2020 - Qatar Airways has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme for passengers in partnership with IATA and ClimateCare. The programme has been developed through IATA's Carbon Offset Program, which aims to bring standardisation to airline passenger offset programmes and share best practice in the structure and implementation of carbon offsetting. The IATA programme has been independently audited and approved by the Quality Assurance Standard (QAS), which the airline body says is the world's highest standard for carbon offsetting, with IATA being one of only four organisations worldwide to meet this standard. Contributions from the Qatar Airways programme will be directed to the Fatanpur Wind Farm project in India, which generates and supplies clean energy with a combined output of 108 MW to the Indian National Grid, avoiding around 210,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Read more ...

US environmental groups say proposal by EPA to adopt rules equivalent to ICAO Aircraft CO2 standards is illegal | EPA,ICAO CO2 standard,Earthjustice
US environmental groups say proposal by EPA to adopt rules equivalent to ICAO Aircraft CO2 standards is illegal
Mon 9 Nov 2020 - US environmental groups say the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt the ICAO CO2 standards for aircraft into US regulations violates the nation's Clean Air Act because it fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite the EPA's findings that such emissions endanger public health and welfare. Moreover, they say, the proposal's failure to consider the statutory factors laid out in the Act or analyse the costs and benefits of a range of possible emission standards, and refusal to select an alternative based on the evidence before the agency was "arbitrary and capricious". The groups were responding to a public comment period just closed on the proposal, which has been largely supported by US aerospace and airline sectors. Although the majority of aircraft will not be subject to the standards until January 2028, the industry is calling for finalisation of its domestic adoption by the end of this year. Read more ...

Covid-19 underscores global need to combat global animal smuggling in aviation, says report | ROUTES,C4ADS,IEnvA,Air Canada
Covid-19 underscores global need to combat global animal smuggling in aviation, says report
Wed 28 Oct 2020 - While there is no evidence that a pandemic of zoonotic origin, such as Covid-19, has been linked to air transport, the aviation sector can play an important part in mitigating the risk of future disease events and pandemics by strengthening efforts to combat animal smuggling, says a report produced for ROUTES, an international group of agencies and transport industry representatives fighting wildlife trafficking. Based solely on public reporting, around 50 high zoonotic risk trafficking instances are identified every year across the world. The report details identification methods and other recommendations for the industry and government agencies to follow. Meanwhile, Air Canada has become the first North American airline to attain illegal wildlife trade certification by IATA. Read more ...

Middle East peace deal will help save 87,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions with direct routings over Israel | Etihad,Jordan,Israel
Middle East peace deal will help save 87,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions with direct routings over Israel
Tue 27 Oct 2020 - The recent overflight agreement between Jordan and Israel, which allows for flights to cross both countries' airspace, will result in shorter flight times, reduced fuel burn and an annual reduction of around 87,000 tonnes of CO2, based on the number of eligible departure airports, says IATA. Should the number of eligible airports increase and traffic returns to pre-Covid levels, the emissions reduction could more than double to 202,000 tonnes each year. In the past, airlines have flown around Israel when flying east/west operating over Middle East airspace but the new direct routing will on average cut 106 km eastbound and 118 km westbound on flights operating from the Gulf States and Asia to destinations in Europe and North America. The operational elements of the new agreement are being led by the civil aviation authorities of both Jordan and Israel, with support from IATA and air traffic management agency Eurocontrol. Read more ...

NATS' annual survey of public attitudes to aviation shows increasing demand for industry climate action | NATS
NATS' annual survey of public attitudes to aviation shows increasing demand for industry climate action
Fri 16 Oct 2020 - An annual independent survey carried out for UK air navigation services provider NATS has found a strengthening of public attitudes towards climate change action and a demand for the aviation industry to treat it as a top priority. The vast majority (70 per cent) of those interviewed across the UK - an 18-percentage point rise in just two years - agreed that emissions reduction was the highest priority for improvement by the industry, almost double the number who think it should prioritise noise (36 per cent). By a margin of 12:1, the public believe the industry should be prioritising investment in greener technology, such as fully-electric commercial aircraft. Just 39 per cent supported airport expansion, down from 57 per cent in 2019. The survey was carried out by Ipsos MORI in early March, just before Covid-19 brought air travel to a virtual halt. Read more ...

ZeroAvia and Protium sign agreement to develop green hydrogen infrastructure at UK airports | ZeroAvia,Protium,Cranfield,ATI,Velocys,Sustainable Aviation,E4Tech,Jet Zero Council,hydrogen
ZeroAvia and Protium sign agreement to develop green hydrogen infrastructure at UK airports
Wed 14 Oct 2020 - Zero emissions flight pioneer ZeroAvia has signed a Heads of Terms collaboration with Protium to develop and expand green hydrogen infrastructure for decarbonising aviation in the UK. Project developer Protium has long-term ambitions to eventually own and operate green hydrogen infrastructure across UK airports. The UK and US based ZeroAvia recently operated a first zero-emission flight from Cranfield, with a six-seater aircraft using hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen in a fuel cell system to create electricity and propel the aircraft whilst only emitting water vapour. It is initialling targeting commercial operations in 2023 with a 10-20 seat aircraft for passenger transport and package delivery. Meanwhile, research commissioned by cross-industry group Sustainable Aviation has identified seven industrial clusters in the UK that could be home to up to 14 sustainable aviation fuel facilities. (Updated Oct 15Read more ...

CAE becomes first Canadian aerospace company to commit to carbon neutrality | CAE
CAE becomes first Canadian aerospace company to commit to carbon neutrality
Mon 12 Oct 2020 - Aviation training and flight simulator giant CAE has announced it is the first Canadian aerospace company to become carbon neutral. CAE intends to offset live training fuel emissions, employee's business air travel and energy other than electricity by funding greenhouse gas reduction projects. Electricity consumption, which amounted to 190,000 MWh in fiscal 2019, will be compensated by buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) that support renewable electricity development. The company says carbon offsetting and RECs are interim measures while new technologies and solutions are being developed to reduce emissions, and will continue to invest in making its full-flight simulators more energy efficient, so allowing its customers worldwide to reduce their own footprint. Read more ...

A fifth of global aviation CO2 emissions can be attributed to premium passenger seating, finds ICCT study | ICCT
A fifth of global aviation CO2 emissions can be attributed to premium passenger seating, finds ICCT study
Fri 9 Oct 2020 - In its first analysis of the carbon impact of premium (first and business) class seating, the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates nearly 20 per cent of emissions from commercial aviation were attributable to premium passengers in 2019, higher than the 15 per cent coming from air freight transport. Premium seating was estimated to be up to 4.3 times more CO2 intensive than economy seating. The ICCT study for the years 2013, 2018 and 2019 also found global commercial air traffic increased nearly four times faster than fuel efficiency improvement between 2013 and 2019, with passenger aircraft CO2 emissions increasing by a third during the period. The three largest aviation markets - the United States, the European Union and China - were together responsible for 55 per cent of CO2 emissions in 2019.  Read more ...

Decarbonising global aviation is feasible but will be a significant challenge, finds major industry report | ATAG,Waypoint 2050
Decarbonising global aviation is feasible but will be a significant challenge, finds major industry report
Tue 6 Oct 2020 - The main focus of this year's Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, organised by the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), was the publication of Waypoint 2050, an analysis of pathways towards the sector's long-term climate goal. Set over a decade ago, the target calls for a 50 per cent net reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 from what they were in 2005. This would mean a reduction from around 914 million tonnes (Mt) in global commercial airline carbon emissions in 2019 to 325 Mt in 2050. At the global level, the industry does not foresee reaching net-zero emissions before 2060/2065 although recognises a number of airlines will reach this by 2050, in response to national or regional goals. Given current traffic forecasts, which have been downgraded due to Covid-19, emissions could rise to 1,800 Mt by 2050 on a business-as-usual trajectory and reaching the reduction target will be a significant challenge, says ATAG, with the next 10 years being a crucial period. Read more ...

Rolls-Royce on course for all-electric aircraft speed record and joins sustainability accelerator programme | Electric
Rolls-Royce on course for all-electric aircraft speed record and joins sustainability accelerator programme
Wed 30 Sept 2020 - Rolls-Royce has completed ground testing of an aircraft that will aim to break the world speed record for all-electric flight early next year. The technology has been tested on a full-scale replica of the plane's core, called an 'ionBird', that includes a 500hp electric powertrain and a battery with enough energy to supply 250 homes. The plane is part of an initiative called ACCEL - short for 'Accelerating the Electrification of Flight' - with half the funding for the project being provided by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), in partnership with the UK government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. Rolls-Royce has also agreed to partner with ATI and Boeing on a three-month accelerator programme to support and back start-ups creating sustainability-enabling technologies to help the UK aerospace industry innovate and recover from the Covid pandemic. Read more ...

Airlines unlikely to require significant amounts of CORSIA offsets for six years, finds Refinitiv analysis | Refinitiv,T&E
Airlines unlikely to require significant amounts of CORSIA offsets for six years, finds Refinitiv analysis
Mon 28 Sept 2020 - Only an unlikely very quick aviation sector recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in the next three years would create any demand for carbon offsets from airlines in the 2021-2023 pilot phase of ICAO's CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme, finds a report by market analysts Refinitiv. This follows the ICAO Council decision in late June to amend CORSIA's baseline to protect the sector from an "inappropriate" financial burden during the recovery. If the Council decides in 2022 to continue with the amended baseline through to the scheme's conclusion in 2035, offset demand will be close to the level it would have been without the pandemic but only in a very quick recovery scenario. Meanwhile, a study carried out for Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment concluded the demand for CORSIA offsets will likely be 50 per cent lower than originally expected for the period 2021-2030 as a result of the baseline change. Read more ...

Boeing's 2020 ecoDemonstrator test programme ends with transcontinental flight using 50% blended SAF | ecoDemonstrator,Etihad,SBRC,Khalifa University,
Boeing's 2020 ecoDemonstrator test programme ends with transcontinental flight using 50% blended SAF
Fri 25 Sept 2020 - As part of Boeing's 2020 ecoDemonstrator programme, a final test flight of an Etihad Airways 787-10 from Seattle to Boeing's manufacturing site in South Carolina used 50,000 gallons of a 50/50 blend - the maximum blend permitted for commercial aviation - of sustainable and traditional jet fuel. The sustainable fuel, which has been used in lower blends on other test flights conducted during the programme, was produced from inedible agricultural wastes by World Energy and supplied by EPIC Fuels. Boeing and Etihad have had a longstanding collaboration on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and were founding partners on a pilot project taking place at Khalifa University near Abu Dhabi to produce jet fuel from saltwater-tolerant plants. Khalifa University has recently hosted a series of webinars focusing on SAF in the UAE. Read more ...

Business aviation sector follows up sustainability commitment with SAF purchase agreements | BizAv,NBAA,EBAA,Gulfstream,Signature Flight Support,VistaJet,NetJets,Business Aviation
Business aviation sector follows up sustainability commitment with SAF purchase agreements
Thu 24 Sept 2020 - Coinciding with the Virtual 2020 Business Aviation Sustainability Summit, four organisations from the sector - Gulfstream Aerospace, NetJets, VistaJet and Signature Flight Support - have announced purchase agreements with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) suppliers. Opening the Summit, the first organised by a coalition of business aviation industry and fuel groups, NBAA President Ed Bolen said SAF represented an enormous breakthrough in tackling the sector's environmental impact. Gulfstream said it was extending a SAF supply contract with World Fuel Services while VistaJet will secure availability for its customers globally of SAF sourced and delivered by SkyNRG. The fuel for both Gulfstream and VistaJet will be produced by World Energy. Neste has agreed to supply Signature and NetJets with SAF at San Francisco and London Luton airports. The Finnish renewable fuel producer has also just signed a SAF supply agreement with Shell Aviation. Read more ...

Norwegian targets 45% improvement in carbon efficiency and to use 500 million litres of SAF by 2030 | Norwegian
Norwegian targets 45% improvement in carbon efficiency and to use 500 million litres of SAF by 2030
Wed 23 Sept 2020 – Low-cost carrier Norwegian has pledged to improve the carbon efficiency of its operations by reducing carbon emissions per passenger kilometre (pax/km) by 45 per cent by 2030, compared to 2010 levels. Carbon emissions per pax/km have fallen by 28 per cent from 2010 to 2019 and Norwegian will need a further reduction of 24 per cent by 2030. The airline is aiming to achieve the target through fleet renewal and the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Depending on the level of fleet renewal, the airline is committing to utilising between 16 and 28 per cent of SAF by the end of the decade, equivalent of up to 500 million litres. Norwegian is also planning a 100 per cent reduction of non-recyclable plastics and a 30 per cent reduction and 100 per cent recycling of single-use plastics by 2023. In efforts to improve accountability, the company will also integrate climate risk and environmental factors into corporate governance, risk management and annual reporting. Read more ...

Airbus plots course for zero-emission hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft to enter service in 2035 | Airbus,hydrogen,ZEROe
Airbus plots course for zero-emission hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft to enter service in 2035
Tue 22 Sept 2020 - Airbus has unveiled three zero-emission concept commercial aircraft that could enter service by 2035, each relying on hydrogen as a primary power source. The three hydrogen hybrid aircraft designs, all codenamed ZEROe, include a turbofan design aircraft powered by a modified gas-turbine engine running on hydrogen rather than jet kerosene, a similarly powered turboprop aircraft and a blended-wing body aircraft design. The turbofan and blended-wing body aircraft would have a range of around 2,000 nautical miles and carry up to 200 passengers, with the short-haul turboprop capable of carrying up to 100 passengers on flights of 1,000 nautical miles. Airbus expects to launch a hydrogen ground demonstrator aircraft next year and undertake a first flight of a demonstrator in 2025. CEO Guillaume Faury said the announcement of the programme was an historic moment for the commercial aviation sector and the most important transition the industry had yet seen. Read more ...

French proposal for higher eco taxes on flying and Greenpeace legal threat over KLM bailout angers industry | Air France,KLM,UK Climate Assembly
French proposal for higher eco taxes on flying and Greenpeace legal threat over KLM bailout angers industry
Mon 21 Sept 2020 - Proposals put forward by the French citizens climate assembly for higher passenger taxes and other measures to reduce aviation emissions have been heavily criticised by industry body IATA, which said such a move would lead to heavy losses in jobs and GDP. The eco-taxes suggested could range from €30 ($35) for an economy class flight of less than 2,000km up to €400 ($470) for a longer flight in business class. According to the French civil aviation authority (DGAC), annual tax revenue from air passengers could rise nearly ten-fold to reach over €4 billion euros in a business-as-usual scenario if implemented in 2021. The UK's citizens climate assembly has recommended that frequent fliers and those who fly further should pay more. Meanwhile, Greenpeace Netherlands has filed a lawsuit to force the Dutch government to discontinue its bailout of KLM on the grounds that the climate conditions attached to the agreement do not go far enough.  Read more ...

ICCT report on commercial aircraft fuel burn trends argues for a more stringent ICAO CO2 standard | ICCT
ICCT report on commercial aircraft fuel burn trends argues for a more stringent ICAO CO2 standard
Thu 17 Sept 2020 - After stagnating from around 1990 to 2005, the average fuel burn of new jet aircraft decreased at a faster pace from the late 2000s and continued during the last decade, finds a new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). This is attributed to the introduction of new, more fuel-efficient narrowbody and widebody aircraft such as Boeing's 787 and 737 MAX and Airbus’s A350 and A320neo. Depending on the metric used, the average fuel burn reduction was 1.0 to 1.5 per cent per year since 2010. As the only known new aircraft model on the horizon is Boeing's 777X, the reduction may slow down in the upcoming decade, forecasts the study, but if cost-effective technologies were adopted by the manufacturers, the improvement could be accelerated by up to 2.2 per cent annually through to 2034. ICCT recommends the current ICAO CO2 emissions standard be tightened in order to provide such incentives. Read more ...

Members of international airline alliance oneworld commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 | oneworld,British Airways,Qantas,net zero
Members of international airline alliance oneworld commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050
Tue 15 Sept 2020 - The 13 airline members of the oneworld global alliance have united behind a common aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Four members - IAG's British Airways and Iberia, plus Japan Airlines and Qantas - have already committed to the 2050 target, with a fifth, Finnair, aiming to reach it by 2045. The other major alliance members now joining the pledge include American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and member-elect Alaska Airlines. Also committing include Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines and Russia's S7 Airlines, whose governments have not yet volunteered to join the international carbon-neutral growth scheme CORSIA. The airlines will develop their own individual approaches to reach the target and collaborate on a number of environmental and sustainability initiatives. Read more ...

Major new study finds global aviation is responsible for 3.5 per cent of human-induced climate change | MMU,Non-CO2,David Lee
Major new study finds global aviation is responsible for 3.5 per cent of human-induced climate change
Mon 14 Sept 2020 – Although it is established that aviation’s contribution to climate change goes further than just emissions of carbon dioxide from jet engines, there have been considerable uncertainties over the impact of non-CO2 effects from, for example, contrails and contrail cirrus created by engines at high altitude. Attempts have been made to come up with multiplication factors to calculate aviation’s true climate impact but they have not been driven by the science. A major new international study, the first of its kind since 2009, has now calculated aviation is responsible for 3.5 per cent of all human activities that drive climate change. The study is unique in that for the first time the calculations have been made using a new metric - effective radiative forcing (ERF) - that was introduced in 2013 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Using the metric, the researchers found the impact from contrail cirrus is less than half previously estimated but is still the sector’s largest contributor to global warming. Read more ...

US EPA proposes regulation of aircraft CO2 emissions to align with ICAO's international standard | EPA,ICAO aircraft CO2 standard
US EPA proposes regulation of aircraft CO2 emissions to align with ICAO's international standard
Fri 24 July 2020 - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a CO2 emissions standard for commercial airplanes and large business aircraft that aligns with the CO2 standard agreed by ICAO in 2017. The proposed standard would apply to new type design airplanes on or after 1 January 2020 and to in-production airplanes on or after 1 January 2028, but not to those already manufactured and currently in use. Typically, three out of four aircraft manufactured in the US are sold overseas but if EPA were to adopt no standard, or not as stringent as ICAO's, US aircraft manufacturers could be forced to seek CO2 emissions certification from another country's authority in order to market their airplanes for international operation. The proposal was welcomed by industry group Airlines for America (A4A), which said adopting the standard would help US airlines meet the sector's carbon goals but environmental groups said the standard was too weak to drive the fuel efficiency improvements required.  Read more ...

UK's Jet Zero Council gets underway to bring aviation emissions in line with 2050 net-zero target | Jet Zero Council,Sustainable Aviation,
UK's Jet Zero Council gets underway to bring aviation emissions in line with 2050 net-zero target
Thu 23 July 2020 - The first meeting of the UK's Jet Zero Council was launched yesterday by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and brought together aviation and aerospace leaders, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) companies, investors, academics and representatives from the environmental sector. The aim of the Council is to tackle aviation emissions in line with the government's 2050 net zero goal and an ambition to achieve the first ever zero emission long-haul passenger plane. Last week, a cross-party group of MPs called on the government to support investment in aviation decarbonisation and drive a green recovery, including industry-matched funding for early stage SAF facilities. Meanwhile, SAF businesses have been encouraged to take part in a Covid-19 green recovery competition led by government agency Innovate UK to receive financial support for research and development projects. Read more ...

Aerion teams with Carbon Engineering on DAC-sourced synthetic jet fuels for its supersonic business aircraft | Aerion,Carbon Engineering,PtL,DAC,synthetic jet fuels,Boom,Prometheus Fuels
Aerion teams with Carbon Engineering on DAC-sourced synthetic jet fuels for its supersonic business aircraft
Wed 22 July 2020 - Supersonic aircraft company Aerion is teaming with Canadian clean energy company Carbon Engineering (CE) to develop synthetic fuels towards ambitions of making Aerion's AS2 business jet the world's first carbon-neutral supersonic commercial aircraft. CE's direct air capture (DAC) technology captures CO2 directly from the atmosphere and can be converted into drop-in transportation fuels using water and clean electricity. The two partners will jointly assess requirements to power AS2's non-afterburning Affinity engine, which is being developed and built by GE, with 100 per cent synthetic fuels. They will also explore a potential collaborative project to build an air-to-fuels plant to produce synthetic fuel specifically for AS2 operators. Aerion says it is the first aircraft OEM to commit to carbon-neutral operations. Boom Supersonic last year teamed with Prometheus Fuels on a carbon-neutral synthetic fuel for its XB-1 demonstrator supersonic aircraft. Read more ...

Air Transat inks agreement to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from Canadian power-to-liquid start-up | SAF+ Consortium,Air Transat,PtL,electrofuels
Air Transat inks agreement to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from Canadian power-to-liquid start-up
Fri 17 July 2020 - Leisure carrier Air Transat has signed an offtake agreement, claimed to be the first in Canada, to purchase a significant portion of synthetic jet fuel from future production by the SAF+ Consortium. The power-to-liquid (PtL) fuel will be derived by capturing waste CO2 from a chemical plant located in Montreal East and use water and renewable electricity to produce drop-in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Construction of a pilot plant is due for completion in 2021, with plans by the Quebec company for a pre-commercial demonstration plant to follow around 2025. The demo plant is expected to capture 10,000 tonnes of CO2e per year, which should produce around 3 million litres annually, it said. Finance for the pilot plant is coming from a mix of public funding through Natural Resources Canada and equity investment from partners and private sources. Read more ...

Neste supplies San Francisco with first batch of sustainable aviation fuel through existing fuel pipeline | Neste,San Francisco
Neste supplies San Francisco with first batch of sustainable aviation fuel through existing fuel pipeline
Thu 16 July 2020 - Finland-based Neste has delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) following an agreement it signed in 2018 with a group of eight airlines and fuel producers to expand the use of SAF at the airport. The blended jet fuel, made up of 35 per cent SAF, is being supplied to aircraft at SFO through the existing pipeline infrastructure, another first. Neste's renewable jet fuel product is made from renewable waste and residue materials, such as used cooking oil or animal fats, and final processing and production activity for the SFO batch was completed in Houston, Texas, before being shipped to San Francisco. The company said the greenhouse gas reductions from the the volumes it is supplying to SFO would be the equivalent of taking 1,200 narrowbody flights between SFO and New York out of service. Read more ...

The EU kick-starts a hydrogen revolution with ambitions for hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft by 2035 | Hydrogen,synfuels
The EU kick-starts a hydrogen revolution with ambitions for hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft by 2035
Tue 14 July 2020 - A hydrogen-powered short-range commercial passenger aircraft could be flying within Europe by 2035, finds a major new study commissioned by the EU's public-private Clean Sky 2 and Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertakings. The published report concludes hydrogen propulsion has the potential to significantly reduce aviation's climate impact. However, it will require significant aircraft R&D, further development of fuel cell technology and liquid hydrogen tanks, and also investment in fleet and hydrogen infrastructure alongside accompanying regulations and certification standards. The report lays out a number of policy actions and the framework needed for the transition, including a guiding roadmap, plus a big increase in in long-term research and innovation activities and funding. The report coincides with the launch by the European Commission of an ambitious strategy to include hydrogen in the EU's overall energy mix as part of the bloc's 2050 carbon neutrality goal. Read more ...

European Commission invites feedback on revisions to the EU ETS ahead of a public consultation | EU ETS directive
European Commission invites feedback on revisions to the EU ETS ahead of a public consultation
Wed 8 July 2020 - The European Commission has opened an eight-week feedback period inviting comments on a revision of the Aviation EU ETS directive in order to implement the international CORSIA scheme consistent with the EU's 2030 climate objectives and European Green Deal. The Commission is also proposing to reduce the amount of free allowances allocated to aircraft operators and will assess the geographical scope of the EU ETS after 2023 when the existing directive provides for automatic reversion to coverage of all flights to and from Europe as well as within Europe. An inception impact assessment has been published and feedback is encouraged from stakeholders and citizens by 28 August 2020 to help inform a public consultation planned for the third quarter. A regulatory proposal from the Commission is expected during the second quarter of 2021. Read more ...

ICAO Council agrees CORSIA baseline change to protect Covid-stricken airline sector from higher carbon costs | Covid-19
ICAO Council agrees CORSIA baseline change to protect Covid-stricken airline sector from higher carbon costs
Wed 1 July 2020 - The ICAO Council has voted by a large majority to adopt an industry proposal to change the crucial emissions baseline rule for the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. The move is aimed at protecting airlines from what ICAO describes as the "inappropriate economic burden" airlines are likely to face from a lower baseline as a result of the collapse of international air traffic this year leading to increased offsetting costs in future years. Instead of the baseline being calculated on the 2019-2020 average CO2 emissions from international flights covered by CORSIA, it will now be based on 2019 emissions only. The Council also voted to remove 2020 emissions from two other design features of the scheme. It plans to consider the effect of the changes during the scheme's first review in 2022. The outcome has been welcomed by IATA although environmental NGOs are highly critical.  Read more ...