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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 ...