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ICAO invites applications from emissions unit programmes for CORSIA eligibility assessment | CORSIA SARPS
ICAO invites applications from emissions unit programmes for CORSIA eligibility assessment
Fri 14 June 2019 - ICAO has opened applications from emissions unit programmes for assessment by its Technical Advisory Body (TAB) under the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. Applications have to be completed and submitted to the ICAO Secretariat by 12 July 2019 after when the TAB will conduct an initial screening of programme applications. ICAO intends publishing applications on its website during August or September and then commence a 30-day public comment period. In August, the TAB is due to start its assessment of applied-for programmes against the adopted emissions unit criteria, with the aim of making recommendations to the ICAO Council for decision-making on eligible units by February 2020. A second application period is foreseen to begin in 2020. Read more ...

United Airlines lays claim to having flown the industry's most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind | United Airlines,Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
United Airlines lays claim to having flown the industry's most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind
Thu 13 June 2019 - United Airlines has undertaken what it claims to be the industry's most eco-friendly commercial flight to date. Dubbed the 'Flight for the Planet', it involved a number of environmental actions that included the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), zero cabin waste efforts, operational efficiencies and carbon offsetting. The flight on World Environment Day from United's Chicago O'Hare hub to its 'eco-hub' in Los Angeles used a 30/70 blend of SAF provided by World Energy and traditional jet fuel. United remains the only US airline to use SAF on a continuous basis and recently renewed its contract with World Energy, agreeing to purchase up to 10 million gallons of "cost-competitive" fuel over the next two years. Meanwhile, Neste and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates five airports, have signed a MoU to facilitate the use of sustainable transportation fuels at Port Authority facilities and in its fleet vehicles and equipment. Read more ...

European research project claims breakthrough in production of renewable jet fuels from sunlight | Solar,Bauhaus Luftfahrt
European research project claims breakthrough in production of renewable jet fuels from sunlight
Thu 13 June 2019 – A project funded by the EU and Switzerland claims to have made a breakthrough in producing renewable jet kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2. The Sun-to-Liquid project follows on from an earlier project, SOLAR-JET, that developed the technology to achieve the first-ever production of solar jet fuel in a laboratory environment. Researchers have scaled up the technology for testing in the field and a unique solar concentrating plant has been built at the IMDEA Energy Institute in Spain, resulting in the first synthesis of solar kerosene. A solar reactor, developed by project partner ETH Zurich, produces synthesis gas that is processed through an on-site gas-to-liquid plant, developed by HyGear, into kerosene. The partners claim a 90 per cent reduction in net CO2 emissions compared to conventional fossil-derived jet fuel and given the abundant feedstock that does not compete with food production, they say it can meet future fuel demand at a global scale. Read more ...

KLM to support research by TU Delft on the Flying-V future long-distance aircraft concept | TU Delft,KLM,KLM Equipment Services
KLM to support research by TU Delft on the Flying-V future long-distance aircraft concept
Tue 11 June 2019 - KLM and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) have signed a cooperative agreement under which the airline will contribute towards TU Delft's research into a future new aircraft concept called the Flying-V. The v-shaped design integrates the passenger cabin, cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings and the researchers believe the improved aerodynamics and reduced weight will enable the aircraft to use 20 per cent less fuel than the Airbus A350 while carrying the same number of passengers and volume of cargo. The aircraft would have the same wingspan as an A350 and be shorter in length so it would be able to use existing airport infrastructure. Meanwhile, KLM's ground support subsidiary at Amsterdam Schiphol, KLM Equipment Services, is to switch its vehicles to using gas-to-liquid (GTL) fuel supplied by Shell this month to help improve air quality at the airport. Read more ...

Aviation emissions in Europe continue to rise rapidly, says Commission, as Ryanair pledges monthly CO2 statistics | Ryanair
Aviation emissions in Europe continue to rise rapidly, says Commission, as Ryanair pledges monthly CO2 statistics
Mon 10 June 2019 – While emissions from stationary installations, such as power and manufacturing plants, covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) fell by 4.1 per cent overall in 2018, emissions from the aviation sector rose by 3.9 per cent, according to confirmed figures released by the European Commission. The scheme covers over 11,000 stationary installations and 500 aircraft operators flying between European airports. The biggest reduction was achieved in the power sector where coal and gas-fired production is being replaced by electricity from renewables. In contrast, says the Commission, aviation emissions continue to increase rapidly and verified emissions from operators amounted to 66.9 million tonnes of CO2e in 2018. Meanwhile, Ryanair, which entered the top 10 of Europe's biggest emitters for the first time last year, has become the first airline in the EU to release monthly statistics relating to its CO2 emissions. Read more ...

EU study arguing additional aviation taxes can cut emissions is dismissed by European airlines as flawed | A4E,CE Delft
EU study arguing additional aviation taxes can cut emissions is dismissed by European airlines as flawed
Fri 7 June 2019 - A report published by the European Commission finds that imposing value added tax (VAT) on airline passenger tickets and/or applying a kerosene tax to flights would reduce aviation carbon emissions and noise from in line with a reduced demand for flying in Europe. The study modelled impacts on EU States and looked at aviation taxation in other major countries. In most EU countries, a 10 per cent increase in ticket prices would result in a 9 to 11 per cent lower demand and the resulting reduction in the number of flights would produce similar levels of reductions in emissions and noise. However, trade association Airlines for Europe (A4E) has dismissed the report as flawed and simplistic. Meanwhile, the Dutch government has released details of a conference to be hosted by the finance ministry on June 20/21 that is aiming to bring EU States together to discuss unified aviation carbon pricing and taxes. Read more ...

Airline emissions climb 5.2 per cent to reach 905 million tonnes in 2018 but growth expected to slow this year | IATA AGM
Airline emissions climb 5.2 per cent to reach 905 million tonnes in 2018 but growth expected to slow this year
Wed 5 June 2019 - IATA's half-year economic performance report issued during its AGM in Seoul this week shows carbon emissions from the industry worldwide rose by 5.2 per cent in 2018 compared to the previous year to reach 905 million tonnes. This compares to an annual increase of 5.9 per cent recorded in 2017. According to IATA's forecast for this year, the downward trend will continue with a rise of 2.5 per cent in 2019 as a result of growing deliveries of new aircraft and a sharp rise in fuel prices. During the AGM, IATA airlines unanimously adopted a resolution reconfirming their support for the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme and committing to fully complying with its MRV and offsetting requirements. It also urged ICAO States to reiterate their support for CORSIA at its upcoming Assembly, encouraged all States to volunteer for its initial voluntary phases and that they confirm the scheme was to be the only market-based measure applicable to international flights. Read more ...

Fulfilling climate obligations will be hard but we’re up to the challenge, promises aviation industry | ATAG,GSAF,GSAS,ICAO Environmental Symposium
Fulfilling climate obligations will be hard but we’re up to the challenge, promises aviation industry
Wed 29 May 2019 - Addressing aviation's impact on climate change and meeting the challenge was a key theme at the recent Global Sustainable Aviation Forum in Montreal organised by the industry’s Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). While attention remains focused on ICAO's CORSIA offsetting scheme delivering carbon neutral growth from 2020, the industry’s long-term goal of halving net CO2 emissions by 2050 is coming under greater scrutiny since the UN IPCC's recent report calling for greater action if the worst effects of climate change are to be avoided. While the industry set its long-term target a decade ago, governments at ICAO have yet to follow suit and some aviation representatives have urged the UN agency to take steps at its forthcoming Assembly in late September to move on the issue, although this is unlikely. ICAO's own Environmental Symposium that took place the same week had a broad content, covering noise, air quality, climate adaptation, sustainable fuels, capacity building and operational issues. Read more ...

Heathrow to address air quality concerns with ultra low emissions zone and charges for vehicles using the airport | Heathrow
Heathrow to address air quality concerns with ultra low emissions zone and charges for vehicles using the airport
Wed 29 May 2019 - As part of efforts to reduce the number of vehicles coming to the airport and protect local air quality, Heathrow is introducing the world's first airport Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2022 for passenger cars and private hire vehicles entering car parks or drop-off zones. The Heathrow ULEZ will introduce minimum vehicle emissions standards identical to those shortly applying in central London. Following the opening of the new proposed third runway and improvements to public transport access to the airport, Heathrow then plans to transition the ULEZ into a vehicle access charge (VAC) on all passenger cars, taxis and private hire vehicles coming to car parks or drop-off areas. Heathrow will consult on the proposals in a statutory consultation on its expansion plans to be launched on June 18.  Read more ...

SkyNRG and KLM announce project to build Dutch 35 million gallon sustainable aviation fuel facility | SkyNRG,KLM
SkyNRG and KLM announce project to build Dutch 35 million gallon sustainable aviation fuel facility
Tue 28 May 2019 - SkyNRG is to lead a project to build a commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility in the Netherlands, that it says will be the first of its kind in the world. Scheduled to open in 2022, the plant will specialise in producing SAF, bioLPG and naphtha, primarily using waste and residue streams, such as used cooking oil, that will come from regional industries. The facility will run on sustainable hydrogen produced using water and wind energy, says the company. The SAF to be produced at the facility, named DSL-01, claims a CO2 emissions reduction of around 85 per cent compared to its fossil equivalent and has been assessed by the RSB in its planning phase to ensure it complies with RSB’s best-in-class sustainability standard. The plant is expected to produce 100,000 tonnes of SAF annually and KLM has committed to taking 75,000 tonnes a year for a 10-year period. Read more ...

Business aviation showcases commitment to sustainable fuels with multiple SAJF flights to industry show | EBACE,EBAA,Bizav
Business aviation showcases commitment to sustainable fuels with multiple SAJF flights to industry show
Mon 27 May 2019 - Following the launch by the business aviation sector a year ago of a commitment towards the adoption of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF), 23 aircraft arriving at the EBACE industry event in Geneva last week were fuelled from sustainable sources. Many of those aircraft arrived from London's TAG Farnborough Airport, where industry leaders had hosted a demonstration day, called 'Fuelling the Future', which was officially designated a part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. This followed another demonstration day held in January at Van Nuys Airport, California. Other flights arriving in Geneva were similarly fuelled with SAJF at airports in France, Sweden and the United States. The coalition of industry organisations behind the initiative have published a guide to using SAJF for business aircraft operators, who have needed assurance that SAJF is safe and does not impact aircraft performance. Read more ...

SAS and Airbus agree collaboration on 18-month hybrid and electric aircraft research project | SAS,Electric,Hybrid
SAS and Airbus agree collaboration on 18-month hybrid and electric aircraft research project
Thu 23 May 2019 - Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a hybrid and electric aircraft research project. The initiative aims to build knowledge of the opportunities and challenges regarding the operational and infrastructure requirements involved with a large-scale introduction of hybrid and full electric aircraft in commercial traffic. The scope of the project, which starts next month and will run until the end of 2020, includes five work packages that focus on analysing the impact of ground infrastructure and charging on range, resources, time and availability at airports. Airbus is currently working with Rolls-Royce and Siemens on the E-Fan X hybrid-electric flight demonstrator project that is seen as an important step towards electric flight for commercial aircraft. Read more ...

Air BP and Neste supply SAF for Swedish regional aviation 'perfect flight' and business aviation initiative | Air BP,Neste,ATR,BRA,Braathens,SAJF
Air BP and Neste supply SAF for Swedish regional aviation 'perfect flight' and business aviation initiative
Tue 21 May 2019 - Following their agreement last month to deliver sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to airline and airport customers in Sweden, Air BP and Neste have taken part in a 'perfect flight' initiative with Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) and regional aircraft manufacturer ATR. Produced by Neste and supplied by Air BP, SAF was used to power an ATR 72-600 aircraft on a commercial one-hour flight between Halmstad City and Stockholm Bromma. The two fuel companies have also announced they are to offer SAF to general and business aviation customers, as well as aircraft manufacturers, at Stockholm Arlanda and Caen Carpiquet airport in France. Sweden has ambitions for all air travel to be fossil-free by 2045 and a recent report recommended the government impose a 1 per cent SAF blending mandate from 2021, rising to 5 per cent in 2025 and 30 per cent in 2030. Read more ...

Qantas operates first-ever zero waste flight as it plans to slash single-plastics and waste | Qantas
Qantas operates first-ever zero waste flight as it plans to slash single-plastics and waste
Mon 20 May 2019 - Qantas has carried out what it claims to be the first-ever commercial flight to produce no landfill waste. It marks the start of plans by the Australian carrier to cut 100 million single-use plastics by the end of 2020 and eliminate three-quarters of waste by the end of the following year. All inflight products on the domestic flight from Sydney to Adelaide, which was staffed by cabin crew from the Qantas 'Green Team', will be disposed through composting, reuse or recycling. About 1,000 single-use plastic items were substituted with sustainable alternatives or removed altogether from the flight, including individually packaged servings of milk. Customers were encouraged to use digital boarding passes and electronic bag tags where possible, with staff on hand to ensure paper passes and tags were disposed of sustainably. Read more ...

Air New Zealand purchases credits worth over $600,000 on behalf of its voluntary carbon offsetting programme | Air New Zealand,ClimateCare
Air New Zealand purchases credits worth over $600,000 on behalf of its voluntary carbon offsetting programme
Wed 8 May 2019 - Air New Zealand has purchased NZD$1 million (S660,000) worth of carbon offsets from native forestry projects on behalf of the airline's FlyNeutral voluntary carbon offsetting programme. The credits support a range of forestry projects located across the country registered with the New Zealand government's Permanent Forest Sink Initiative, as well as some international sustainable energy projects. Air New Zealand re-launched its FlyNeutral programme in late 2016 so that offsetting was prioritised in the online customer booking system. According to the airline’s latest sustainability report, customers offset over 130,000 journeys in 2018, up from nearly 40,000 the previous year. Since 2018, corporate and government customers have also been able to offset their emissions under the programme and the airline also offsets emissions on behalf of its employees travelling for work. Read more ...

British Airways and Velocys anticipate starting UK sustainable jet fuel production in 2024 | British Airways,Velocys
British Airways and Velocys anticipate starting UK sustainable jet fuel production in 2024
Wed 8 May 2019 - The British Airways project with renewable fuels company Velocys is "well advanced", say the two partners, and production of waste-to-jet fuel is slated to start in 2024 from a new facility in north-east England. An 80-acre (32ha) brownfield site near Immingham on the Humber estuary, with a direct fuel pipeline to Heathrow, has been secured on a three-year option arrangement pending the final go-ahead for the project. Speaking at a British Airways 'Future of Aviation Fuels' event in London, Velocys CEO Henrik Wareborn said he expected a financial close on the project by the end of 2020. The event saw presentations from the three short-listed academic finalists in a competition organised by British Airways as part of its centenary celebrations to stimulate UK research into potential sustainable aviation fuels of the future. Read more ...

Emissions from international aviation must be included in a UK net-zero by 2050 target, says government advisors | CCC,Committee on Climate Change
Emissions from international aviation must be included in a UK net-zero by 2050 target, says government advisors
Thu 2 May 2019 - The UK's Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which advises the government on climate policy and action, has recommended that to be line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, the UK should set a 2050 net-zero target to cover all greenhouse gases and all sectors, including international aviation and shipping. The body says the target must be met without recourse to carbon offsetting. In a major report, it says increased ambition and stronger levers over and above present ICAO targets will be required in the long run and it will advise the government later in the year on its approach to aviation. The CCC says ICAO's CORSIA scheme is not compatible with achieving net-zero globally and the UN agency should set a long-term objective consistent with Paris. The report comes a day after a High Court ruling against legal action brought by groups opposed to Heathrow expansion. Read more ...

Delta offsets the carbon emissions of 300,000 passengers in celebration of Earth Day | Delta Air Lines,ecosphere+,The Nature Conservancy
Delta offsets the carbon emissions of 300,000 passengers in celebration of Earth Day
Tue 30 Apr 2019 - To coincide with Earth Day last week, Delta Air Lines offset the emissions of over 300,000 passengers on domestic flights into and out of New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and Atlanta. As a result, the carrier said it will buy around 50,000 carbon offsets that will benefit the Conservation Coast project, which provides environmental protection from deforestation and sustainable economic opportunities for communities in Guatemala. In 2013, Delta purchased over 500,000 UN CDM credits that were intended for compliance with the EU Emissions Trading System but were not subsequently required as the scope of the scheme changed. Instead, the credits were retired against the airline’s 2013 emission levels and Delta has since voluntarily capped carbon emissions at 2012 levels by purchasing offsets. Read more ...

Weather data service from Avtech helps Norwegian save fuel and emissions as well as providing added safety | Avtech,Norwegian,Met Office
Weather data service from Avtech helps Norwegian save fuel and emissions as well as providing added safety
Mon 29 Apr 2019 - A weather forecasting service developed by Swedish IT company Avtech has enabled Norwegian Air Shuttle to reduce CO2 emissions by 2,000 tonnes from its Boeing 737-800 fleet over a three-month test period. Avtech's 10K resolution weather service allows pilots to avoid unfavourable winds at given altitudes during the flight and to start the descent phase at the right moment. No new equipment needs to be installed on the aircraft as all real-time calculations are made on the ground by Avtech. The 10K weather grid is based on the UK Met Office's high-definition weather modelling system and calculations on a per-flight basis use Avtech's patented algorithms. The company claims that as well as saving fuel and emissions, the system can provide added safety and help avoid cabin incidents caused by clear air turbulence. Read more ...

ACI's global carbon management programme for airports completes its first decade | ACA,Airport Carbon Accreditation,ACI World,ACI Asia-Pacific
ACI's global carbon management programme for airports completes its first decade
Fri 26 Apr 2019 - As it completes its tenth year since launch, the industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme now has 264 airports in over 70 countries certified at one of its four levels, reports trade body Airports Council International (ACI). Initially launched in Europe in 2009, the programme has expanded to become the global standard for airports worldwide to address their carbon footprint. It has been live in Asia-Pacific since late 2010 and 18 of the 54 airports accredited in the region were presented with their annual certificates during the recent ACI Asia-Pacific & World Annual General Assembly held in Hong Kong. The highest level of the programme aims to ensure the carbon neutrality of airport operations and ACI has released a guidance document on carbon offsetting. During the Assembly, Green Airports Recognition 2019 awards were presented to nine Asia-Pacific airports for outstanding environmental achievement. Read more ...

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 who will recommend eligible offsets for CORSIA | TAB,EUC
ICAO releases list of Technical Advisory Board members who 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 ...