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In the absence of a zero-carbon plane, long-term growth in aviation demand cannot continue unchecked, says UK's climate adviser | Committee on Climate Change
In the absence of a zero-carbon plane, long-term growth in aviation demand cannot continue unchecked, says UK's climate adviser
Mon 18 Feb 2019 - The largest contribution to reducing long-term aviation emissions will come from new technologies and aircraft designs, but in the absence of a true zero-carbon plane, steps will be required to limit growth in demand, says the UK government's advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC). In a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, the Committee's Chairman, Lord Deben, said UK aviation emissions have more than doubled since 1990, while emissions for the economy as a whole have fallen by around 40 per cent. The government has agreed with the CCC's planning assumption that emissions should be around their 2005 level - 37.5 MtCO2e - by 2050, but the letter urges that this should be met on the basis of actual emissions and not by relying on international offset credits. Speaking at the RAeS Greener by Design conference in November, a CCC official said the target will have to be revisited in the light of the Paris Agreement. Read more ...

Commission prepares for no-deal Brexit with list of reassigned airlines administered by the UK under EU ETS | EU ETS,Brexit
Commission prepares for no-deal Brexit with list of reassigned airlines administered by the UK under EU ETS
Fri 15 Feb 2019 - In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the European Commission has issued a revised list of aircraft operators covered under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) that shows the new EU competent authority of those operators currently administered by the UK. The list is contained in a new regulation published in the Official Journal earlier this week but only enters into force if the UK leaves the European Union on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement. The UK administers the largest number of operators compared with other EU States. The UK has brought forward the deadlines for operators to report their 2018 emissions to March 11, who must also surrender allowances by March 15. Meanwhile, ICAO has released a preliminary incomplete list of operators and the State to which they are attributed under the global CORSIA carbon scheme. Read more ...

China Airlines and Virgin Atlantic top-scoring carriers in latest CDP corporate climate list | CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project,DJSI
China Airlines and Virgin Atlantic top-scoring carriers in latest CDP corporate climate list
Tue 12 Feb 2019 - Taiwan-based China Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways both scored a creditable A- score in CDP's Climate List for 2018, which rates the environmental performances of corporations worldwide. Tourism group TUI, which also includes five airlines, also scored A-. Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP analysed over 6,800 responses from the world's largest companies against a wide range of metrics that include transparency, target-setting and awareness of risks and opportunities. Other organisations scoring A- were Boeing and United Technologies, along with Munich Airport. Last year, International Airlines Group (IAG) became the first to achieve the coveted top climate leadership A ranking. Only 136 companies made the A List 2018, one of which was Finnish renewable jet fuel producer Neste. Read more ...

SAS, Finnair and China Airlines launch passenger carbon offsetting initiatives | SAS,Finnair,China Airlines,ClimateCare,Carbon Analytics,Preem,Natural Capital Partners
SAS, Finnair and China Airlines launch passenger carbon offsetting initiatives
Fri 8 Feb 2019 - Three airlines - SAS, Finnair and China Airlines - have each introduced carbon offsetting initiatives for their customers. Starting this month, SAS Group will offset the carbon emissions of all tickets booked through its EuroBonus loyalty programme, which has 5.6 million members. The airline estimates that around 40 per cent of passenger-related carbon emissions will be offset as a result and says it will be introducing this year the opportunity for customers to reduce their carbon footprint through choosing a biofuel upgrade option when purchasing tickets. Last month, Finnair introduced a service for customers to offset or reduce the CO2 of their flights by supporting an emissions reduction project or through buying biofuel. Taiwan-based China Airlines has partnered with ClimateCare to offer a carbon calculator on its booking website and enable customers to offset their carbon footprint. Read more ...

UK calls for long-term international aviation emissions goal as it unveils its draft 'Aviation 2050' strategy | Department for Transport,DfT,David Lee
UK calls for long-term international aviation emissions goal as it unveils its draft 'Aviation 2050' strategy
Thu 31 Jan 2019 - The UK government will press for a long-term goal on international aviation climate emissions to be negotiated and ideally agreed by ICAO's 41st Assembly in 2022 that is consistent with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. In line with the goal, the government says it will work to strengthen the ICAO CORSIA global carbon offsetting scheme through its review mechanism from 2022 and negotiate for the scheme to continue after its proposed end date in 2035. While CORSIA demonstrated international ambition for aviation to play its part in tackling climate change, there must be continued efforts to reduce the sector's share of global CO2 emissions, it says in its Aviation 2050 strategy green paper. In the wake of Brexit, the government says it is considering a range of options to manage flights currently covered by the EU ETS. Read more ...

The new generation of supersonic aircraft could have severe environmental impacts, warns ICCT study | ICCT,supersonic,Boom,SST
The new generation of supersonic aircraft could have severe environmental impacts, warns ICCT study
Wed 30 Jan 2019 - A planned 2,000-strong international supersonic commercial aircraft fleet in operation by 2035 could have severe environmental and health impacts around the world, finds a new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). An estimated 5,000 supersonic flights per day could expose large regions of the globe to sonic booms at a frequency of more than once per hour, with the most heavily impacted regions experiencing between 150 and 200 sonic booms per day. The fleet could also consume five to seven times as much fuel per passenger as subsonic aircraft on the same routes, leading to emissions of 96 million tonnes of CO2 per year, more than the combined 2017 emissions of US carriers American, Southwest and Delta. International regulators meet next week at ICAO to discuss whether to apply existing subsonic standards to the new generation of supersonic aircraft or develop new standards that ICCT fears will be more lenient. Read more ...

Neste rejects NGO claim that its renewable aviation fuel includes palm oil | Palm oil,Neste,Biofuel Watch
Neste rejects NGO claim that its renewable aviation fuel includes palm oil
Wed 30 Jan 2019 - Renewable fuel producer Neste has rejected a report by NGO Biofuel Watch that claims the Finnish company is using palm oil in its aviation product. Neste is the world's largest producer of renewable diesel and the world's largest company producing renewable fuel from waste and residue raw materials. It is also said to use between one and two per cent of the world's palm oil production, although since 2013, the company has only used crude palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). However, reacting to the report, Neste says it is not using palm oil as a raw material for its renewable aviation fuel. Meanwhile, it is reported elsewhere the Malaysian aviation industry is supporting government efforts to promote the country's palm oil industry. Read more ...

Continued growth of European aviation poses environmental challenges that must be addressed, warns EU regulator | Eurocontrol,EASA,EEA,EAER
Continued growth of European aviation poses environmental challenges that must be addressed, warns EU regulator
Mon 28 Jan 2019 - Europe's aviation regulator EASA has warned the continued growth of European aviation could undermine efforts to mitigate climate change and the Paris objectives if effective action is not taken to reduce the sector's emissions over the next 10 years. In its 2nd European Aviation Environmental Report, prepared in conjunction with Eurocontrol and the European Environment Agency, EASA says overall impacts from aviation have increased by 10 per cent for CO2, 12 per cent for NOx and 14 per cent for noise since 2014. In its most likely traffic forecast, aircraft CO2 emissions are predicted to increase by 21 per cent and NOx emissions by 16 per cent from 2017 to 2040 as the number of flights in Europe grow by 42 per cent. Existing mitigation measures are unlikely to counteract the increasing environmental impacts, says the report. As aircraft movements increase, aviation noise may also affect new populations in the future, it adds. Read more ...

ICAO launches two African airport solar-at-gate projects to reduce aircraft ground emissions | Kenya,Cameroon,solar-at-gate
ICAO launches two African airport solar-at-gate projects to reduce aircraft ground emissions
Fri 25 Jan 2019 - ICAO has launched airport solar-at-gate pilot projects in Cameroon and Kenya to help reduce carbon emissions produced by aircraft during ground operations. Last month, a ground-mounted 500 kW solar power generation facility and mobile airport gate electric equipment was opened at Mombasa's Moi International Airport. The solar facility is expected to generate 820,000 kWh per year and avoid at least 1,300 tonnes of CO2 annually, while the airport gate equipment will service more than 2,500 flights per year. A new ground-mounted 1.2 MW solar installation at Douala International Airport (right) has also just become operational and is expected to eliminate at least 2,575 tonnes of CO2 from over 5,100 flights annually. Funding support for the projects has come from the European Union. Read more ...

AeroMexico passengers sitting more comfortably on ELeather's sustainable lightweight seat covers | AeroMexico,ELeather
AeroMexico passengers sitting more comfortably on ELeather's sustainable lightweight seat covers
Wed 23 Jan 2019 – AeroMexico has become the latest airline to reupholster passenger seats on its aircraft with ELeather's recycled, environmentally-friendly material. ELeather takes unused traditional leather trimmings diverted from landfill and reconstitutes it with a high-performance textile core to create engineered leather. The company says passengers enjoy a more comfortable flying experience while the material is five times more durable and 50 per cent lighter than normal leather, so helping reduce the airline's fuel costs and carbon emissions. AeroMexico has so far reupholstered seating on 64 aircraft and has plans to roll this out across its entire fleet in the coming years. The UK-based company exports a range of products - from transport to apparel - to more than 40 countries, with more than 150 airline customers. Read more ...

Etihad operates first commercial flight to use sustainable aviation fuel produced from saltwater tolerant plants | Etihad,Masdar,Honeywell UOP
Etihad operates first commercial flight to use sustainable aviation fuel produced from saltwater tolerant plants
Tue 22 Jan 2019 - Etihad Airways has operated the world's first commercial flight to use jet fuel derived from plants grown in saltwater. The fuel was produced by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) established by Masdar Institute, which operates a pilot facility in Abu Dhabi cultivating salt-tolerant halophyte plants that thrive in desert conditions and do not need fresh water or arable land to grow. The initiative is also intended to address food security in the UAE through the farming of seafood as a core element in the process. Masdar Institute is part of Khalifa University, and other members of SBRC include Boeing, ADNOC, Safran, GE and Bauer Resources, as well as Etihad. The consortium expects to expand the facility to commercial-scale over the next few years. The flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam was operated by a Boeing 787 powered by GE's GEnx-1B engines. Read more ...

Fulcrum announces location of its next US waste-to-fuels plant, as bizav sector showcases sustainable jet fuels | Fulcrum,EBAA,NATA,NBAA
Fulcrum announces location of its next US waste-to-fuels plant, as bizav sector showcases sustainable jet fuels
Thu 10 Jan 2019 - Waste-to-fuel company Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Gary, Indiana, as the location for its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will have the capacity to produce three times the amount of renewable transportation fuels compared to its first Sierra plant in Nevada that is due to start operations in early 2020. Construction of Centerpoint is expected to begin in 2020 and take around 18-24 months to complete. Once operational, it will process in the region of 700,000 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) from the Greater Chicago area and converted offsite into a prepared feedstock to produce approximately 33 million gallons of renewable jet and diesel fuels. California-based Fulcrum has partnerships and offtake agreements with United Airlines and Cathay Pacific, and jet fuel suppliers Air BP and World Fuel Services. Meanwhile, the US National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is hosting an event at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles on January 17 to highlight plans by the business aviation sector to adopt sustainable jet fuels. Read more ...