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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 ...