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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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