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Airlines need to implement a wide range of initiatives to compensate for high growth in carbon emissions, recommends report | Susanne Becken
Airlines need to implement a wide range of initiatives to compensate for high growth in carbon emissions, recommends report
Thu 23 Jan 2020 - An analysis of leading international airlines has found initiatives to save emissions fall into 22 different categories of action, ranging from aircraft efficiency measures to improving flight operations, with the most notable being fleet renewal, retrofits and weight reductions. However, to compensate for the high growth in emissions, an airline would have to implement a large number of these measures year on year. Professor Susanne Becken of Griffith University, in collaboration with Amadeus, assessed the largest 58 airlines that make up 70 per cent of the industry's total available seat kilometres (ASKs). She found only 35 of them provided information on their emissions, which collectively showed an efficiency improvement of around 1 per cent in in 2018 compared to 2017. Her report highlights the need for improved public disclosure and reporting by the industry and calls for an acceleration of efforts to decarbonise the sector. Read more ...

JetBlue follows European lead and becomes first US airline to offset CO2 emissions from its domestic flights | JetBlue,Air France, British Airways,Lufthansa,carbon offsetting
JetBlue follows European lead and becomes first US airline to offset CO2 emissions from its domestic flights
Fri 10 Jan 2020 - Low-cost airline JetBlue is to offset the CO2 emissions from all its domestic flights beginning in July, becoming the first major US airline to make the move. JetBlue said it expects to offset between 7 and 8 million tonnes of emissions annually through projects focused on but not limited to forestry, landfill gas capture and solar/wind projects. In Europe, Air France, British Airways and easyJet have begun offsetting their domestic emissions from January 1. With French partner EcoAct, Air France will offset the emissions of 450 flights per day, which carry around 57,000 passengers, through projects in South America, Africa and Asia, and will develop two projects in France. British Airways is undertaking a tender process to select offsetting partners and specific projects for its carbon neutral UK domestic flights initiative. Read more ...

Technology improvements unlikely to compensate for emissions from growth in European flights, says Eurocontrol | Eurocontrol
Technology improvements unlikely to compensate for emissions from growth in European flights, says Eurocontrol
Thu 19 Dec 2019 - The European aviation industry has made big strides in improving its fuel efficiency, says Eurocontrol. However, it believes decarbonising aviation is arguably the greatest challenge facing the sector, at a time of increasing scrutiny from European governments and climate action groups, with countries like Germany and the United Kingdom legislating for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Eurocontrol estimates fuel efficiency on departure flights from within the 44-State ECAC area was 4.49 litres litres per 100 passenger kms in 2005 and had improved to around 3.40 in 2017. However, it is unlikely that future improvements in technology will compensate for the emissions from a forecast 53 per cent growth in flights within Europe by 2040, it adds. Eurocontrol's Head of Environment, Andrew Watt (right), says the industry needs to deliver a completely new aviation system if it is to meet 2050 decarbonisation targets. Read more ...

Rate of growth in airline carbon emissions has slowed this year but will pick up in 2020, forecasts IATA | IATA,CBL Markets
Rate of growth in airline carbon emissions has slowed this year but will pick up in 2020, forecasts IATA
Tue 17 Dec 2019 - According to IATA's latest half-yearly industry outlook, the rate of growth in carbon emissions will have slowed in 2019 as a result of lower growth in capacity and improvements in fuel efficiency. Fuel consumption and carbon emissions from the global fleet have in recent years risen at rates above 5% per year but carbon emissions in 2019 are estimated by IATA at 915 million tonnes (Mt) compared with 905 Mt in 2018, a rise of 1.1 percent. Fuel use in 2019 is expected to top 363 billion litres. Addressing journalists at the annual Global Media Days in Geneva last week, IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said the industry could be proud of its record on climate action but that there was more work to be done by industry and governments. IATA also announced a partnership with CBL Markets to establish a CORSIA carbon exchange for airlines. Read more ...

Air France agrees SAF initiative on flights from San Francisco while KLM buys renewable fuel from Neste | Air France,KLM,Solar Impulse,Neste,World Energy,Shell Aviation
Air France agrees SAF initiative on flights from San Francisco while KLM buys renewable fuel from Neste
Tue 10 Dec 2019 - Airline group partners Air France and KLM have each entered into new commitments to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Air France and Shell have signed a memorandum of undertaking with World Energy through which the airline plans to use SAF made from inedible waste fats and oils on flights from San Francisco with effect from 1 June 2020. No details have been released of how much fuel Air France intends to purchase but the initiative is expected to help save around 6,000 tons of CO2 over a period of 16 months. Meanwhile, KLM has purchased an undisclosed amount of SAF from Neste, which will be produced from used cooking oil and used on flights out of Amsterdam. For the first time, the fuel will be supplied through the existing infrastructure at Schiphol. KLM said the purchase had been made possible as a result of contributions to its Corporate BioFuel Programme, which Neste has announced it will join. Read more ...

Carbon offsetting programme applicants fall short of meeting criteria for CORSIA scheme, finds study | Oeko-Institut,Oeko,TAB
Carbon offsetting programme applicants fall short of meeting criteria for CORSIA scheme, finds study
Mon 9 Dec 2019 - None of the 14 carbon offsetting programmes that have applied for eligibility under ICAO's CORSIA currently perform well against the most important criteria stipulated by the scheme, according to a paper prepared for the German environment ministry by Oeko-Institut and others. Some applicants hardly meet any of the emissions unit criteria (EUC) and are unlikely to be even considered carbon offsetting programmes. The report recommends that programmes should only be approved by ICAO once they have adopted the necessary standards and procedures to satisfy all EUCs. The approval process and the environmental integrity of CORSIA would be greatly facilitated if the current UN climate conference in Madrid adopted rules that explicitly addressed offset credits under the scheme. ICAO's Technical Advisory Body (TAB) is due to submit recommendations on eligible programmes to the ICAO Council's next Session in March. Read more ...

Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco plant to be used in new project to supply biodiesel at Johannesburg OR Tambo | Sunchem,South African Airways
Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco plant to be used in new project to supply biodiesel at Johannesburg OR Tambo
Tue 3 Dec 2019 - A new South African project has been launched that will use a locally produced feedstock to manufacture biodiesel for ground handling operations at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport. If the project is successful, it will be scaled up in the coming years to produce biojet fuel as well as green diesel. The move follows an earlier pilot project to produce sustainable aviation fuel that was derived from Sunchem's nicotine-free tobacco plant called Solaris that has a high yield of oil and biomass compared to conventional crops. The fuel was used to power a South African Airways flight in 2016 that had been refined by World Energy Fuels in the US, supplied by SkyNRG and supported by Boeing. In addition to Sunchem, partners in the new Project Reya Fofa - Setswana for 'We are flying' - include Swissport, the Royal Bafokeng Nation and iLive, and is endorsed by South African Airways. Read more ...

Airport carbon programme continues to grow as industry sees climate as an increasing concern | ACI Europe,Birmingham Airport,Manchester Airport,Willis Towers Watson,AGS Airports,Airport Operators Association
Airport carbon programme continues to grow as industry sees climate as an increasing concern
Tue 3 Dec 2019 - Following its tenth year since launch, the airport industry's four-level carbon accreditation programme now has participation by 288 airports worldwide, with 61 airports at the highest carbon neutral level. The reporting year to May 2019 ended with 274 airports accredited, an increase of 16 per cent over the previous year, which collectively reduced carbon emissions by 322,297 tonnes or 4.9 per cent on the previous year. The 50 carbon neutral airports in the reporting year offset over 700,000 tonnes of CO2 to balance out their residual emissions. Following ACI Europe's commitment earlier this year for all European airports to reach net-zero emission operations by 2050, the UK's Birmingham Airport has revealed its goal of reaching the target by 2033. Meanwhile, climate change and its impacts has been identified by the industry as a foremost and increasing concern. Read more ...