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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England, which expressed concern over the plant's location near an estuary site rich in wildlife but the objection was withdrawn and the council unanimously approved the application.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 ...