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NATS research shows growing majority of UK public concerned over environmental impact of aviation but curbs on flying resisted | NATS
NATS research shows growing majority of UK public concerned over environmental impact of aviation but curbs on flying resisted
Fri 23 Aug 2019 - Research carried out on behalf of the UK's air traffic service provider NATS shows growing concern by the flying public over aviation's impact on the environment. Its annual study of attitudes to flying, carried out by IPSOS MORI, showed 60 per cent of those interviewed wanted to see reducing emissions made the top priority for the aviation industry, a rise of eight percentage points on the previous year. Although still a minority, 38 per cent - a rise from 30 per cent in 2018 - were willing to pay some form of a climate change levy on the price of a plane ticket. Meanwhile, NATS has revealed it saved airlines 113,500 tonnes of aircraft CO2 emissions last year, equating to £18.4 million ($22.4m) in fuel costs, and bringing total emissions reductions achieved since 2006 to 8.4 million tonnes. Its latest annual report, however, NATS admits it will fall short of a 2008 commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by an average of 10 per cent per flight by 2020. Read more ...

Finnair's passenger biofuel purchase initiative takes off with first SAF flights from San Francisco | Finnair
Finnair's passenger biofuel purchase initiative takes off with first SAF flights from San Francisco
Mon 19 Aug 2019 - Following its 'Push for change' initiative launched earlier this year, Finnair has used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on two flights from San Francisco to Helsinki. The initiative encourages passengers to either offset the carbon emissions from their flights or mitigate their carbon footprint through paying to contribute towards the cost of Finnair buying more expensive biofuel. The airline carried out a consumer survey a year ago that found travellers were prepared to pay more to lower the environmental impact from their flights as long as the proceeds went directly towards mitigation projects. Finnair, along with SAS and KLM, subsequently signed an agreement with Shell, World Energy and SkyNRG to use SAF produced from Californian-sourced used cooking oil at World Energy's Paramount refinery in Los Angeles. Read more ...

Global response of aviation industry to climate challenge far too timid and complacent, says EU transport chief | Taxes,Henrik Holohei
Global response of aviation industry to climate challenge far too timid and complacent, says EU transport chief
Tue 30 July 2019 - Arguing the ICAO CORSIA global carbon offsetting scheme is a sufficient tool in meeting the industry's contribution to the climate challenge is not enough anymore, the European Commission's Director-General for Mobility and Transport, Henrik Holohei, said in a keynote speech at last week's meeting of the International Aviation Club in Washington DC. In a hard-hitting message, he said societal and political priorities in Europe had evolved and sustainability had become the new number one challenge for aviation, requiring the airline industry to "step up". Proposals on the taxation of kerosene and passengers were being discussed at the European level, he told the US audience. His comments follow a move by France to impose an 'eco-tax' on tickets for all outgoing flights and consideration by Germany on raising its aviation tax to make flying more expensive in order to cut emissions. Read more ...

Carbon emissions from international aviation could treble by 2045 and fuel efficiency goal missed, says ICAO | ICAO A40
Carbon emissions from international aviation could treble by 2045 and fuel efficiency goal missed, says ICAO
Thu 25 July 2019 - With an anticipated increase of 3.3 times growth in international air traffic during the period 2015-2045, ICAO projects fuel consumption and carbon emissions will increase by 2.2 to 3.1 times, depending on advances in technology and air traffic management (ATM). International aviation consumed approximately 160 million tonnes (Mt) of fuel in 2015, resulting in CO2 emissions of around 505 Mt. By 2045, if the scenarios were followed, carbon emissions from international flights could rise to between 1,110 Mt and 1,570 Mt. Even under the most optimistic scenario, the ICAO's projected long-term average fuel efficiency improvement of 1.37 per cent per annum falls short of its aspirational goal of 2 per cent. On aircraft noise, the area around airports exposed to yearly average day-night noise levels above 55 dB is likely to remain the same or grow up to 2.2 times during the 2015-2045 period. These global trends, which also include aircraft NOx emission projections, are to help inform environmental discussions at the ICAO 40th Assembly starting in September. Read more ...

EgyptAir delivery flight of a 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing sets new sustainable aviation fuel records | EgyptAir,EPIC Fuels,World Energy
EgyptAir delivery flight of a 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing sets new sustainable aviation fuel records
Thu 25 July 2019 - The delivery of a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to customer EgyptAir yesterday was powered by a 30/70 blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and conventional kerosene. The 13-hour, 11,000km delivery flight from Boeing's facility in Everett, Washington, marks the longest flight to date using a SAF blend this high and the longest of any SAF-powered transatlantic commercial aircraft flight, claims the airline. EgyptAir also becomes the first North African airline to use SAF. The SAF was produced from used cooking oil by World Energy at its California biorefinery and supplied by EPIC Fuels. The airline said the Boeing 787-9 is expected to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 20 per cent over the aircraft it is replacing. Boeing estimates the Dreamliner family has saved 37 billion pounds (16.8 million tonnes) of fuel since entering service in 2011, the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for a year. Read more ...

Air New Zealand commits to doubling the number of in-flight single-use plastics it will remove this year | Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand commits to doubling the number of in-flight single-use plastics it will remove this year
Tue 23 July 2019 - Air New Zealand has committed to increase the number of single-use plastic items it will remove this year from 24 million to nearly 55 million items. To mark its 'Plastic Free July' campaign, the airline has removed individual plastic water bottles from its Business Premier and Premium Economy cabins on Tasman and Pacific Island services under five hours in duration, as well as from its Works Deluxe offering on these flights. The initiative is expected to divert more than 460,000 bottles that have to be sent annually to landfill and save over 300 tonnes of carbon emissions by reducing weight on the aircraft. The airline also plans to roll out coffee cups made from plants rather than plastic across its domestic and international networks from October, while plastic water cups will be transitioned to recyclable alternatives from September. Read more ...

Fast-growing, carbon-neutral Dallas Fort Worth reaches emissions reduction goal two years early | Dallas Fort Worth,DFW
Fast-growing, carbon-neutral Dallas Fort Worth reaches emissions reduction goal two years early
Tue 23 July 2019 - The world's largest carbon-neutral airport, Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW), says its goal to reduce carbon emissions per passenger by 15 per cent by 2020 compared with 2015, equivalent to a 3 per cent annual reduction, has been achieved two years early. Since 2010, it has reduced emissions per passenger by 83 per cent and overall electricity costs by 27 per cent, while passenger numbers increased 22 per cent over the same period, according to DFW's latest annual Environmental Social Governance Report. The airport purchases all its electricity from Texas wind farms. To further diversify energy sources, the airport has installed and now operates on-site solar and geothermal renewable technologies. With North Texas being among the country's fastest growing regions and passenger numbers expected to continue rising, DFW says it is continually seeking new ways to decrease its impact on the environment. Read more ...

Qatar Airways first to achieve IATA wildlife trafficking standard as new ROUTES mapping tool released | ROUTES,C4ADS,Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways first to achieve IATA wildlife trafficking standard as new ROUTES mapping tool released
Mon 22 July 2019 - The USAID ROUTES Partnership and C4ADS have launched a publicly available mapping tool on wildlife trafficking in the air transport sector. The ROUTES Dashboard provides in-depth and customisable analysis of the trafficking trends, routes and methods associated with wildlife trafficking seizures at airports worldwide. The tool can be used by airlines and airports, enforcement personnel, government agencies and other stakeholders to help strengthen counter-wildlife trafficking policies in the sector. Meanwhile, ROUTES partner Qatar Airways has become the first airline to achieve a new industry standard for the prevention of illegal wildlife trafficking in aviation. The IATA certification confirms an airline has procedures, staff training and reporting protocols in place that make the smuggling of illegal wildlife products more challenging. Read more ...

Airbus starts carbon-neutral delivery flights of new aircraft to Delta from its US assembly line | Air BP,Delta Air Lines
Airbus starts carbon-neutral delivery flights of new aircraft to Delta from its US assembly line
Thu 18 July 2019 - The delivery flight of a new Airbus 321 aircraft from the aircraft manufacturer's final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama to a Delta Air Lines' facility in Kansas City last week was powered by a biofuel blend. The residual CO2 emissions from the flight are being offset to ensure the flight was carbon-neutral. Delta is partnering with Air BP to supply the biofuel, which is being produced by Neste in Sweden, for an initial 20 carbon-neutral delivery flights from Mobile, with the offsets purchased through the BP Target Neutral programme. Last September, JetBlue became the first Airbus customer to have a delivery flight powered by renewable jet fuel supplied and certified by Air BP. Locally-produced sustainable aviation fuel is not yet available in the southeast of the United States to supply delivery flights, a situation Airbus is looking to help change. Read more ...

Avinor to support new Norwegian sustainable aviation fuel pilot plant while Japan's ANA signs with LanzaTech | Avinor,Qantafuel,ANA,LanzaTech
Avinor to support new Norwegian sustainable aviation fuel pilot plant while Japan's ANA signs with LanzaTech
Wed 17 July 2019 - Norwegian airport operator Avinor has entered into an agreement with technology company Qantafuel to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from forestry residues to be produced in a new pilot plant that will be partly funded by state enterprise Enova. Avinor has committed NOK 8 million ($930,000) towards the project's development. Meanwhile, Japan's largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has signed an offtake contract with LanzaTech to purchase its sustainable aviation fuel. Full details of the agreement have not been released but ANA said it is targeting 2021 for first delivery. This follows a partnership the airline agreed last year with Mitsui, which had itself invested $20 million in 2014 towards development of LanzaTech's advanced micro-organism gas fermentation technology.  Read more ...

KLM calls on airlines to work closer together for a more sustainable future for aviation | KLM
KLM calls on airlines to work closer together for a more sustainable future for aviation
Fri 12 July 2019 - KLM has invited aviation industry stakeholders to join it in working together to pursue a more sustainable future for aviation and launched a campaign called 'Fly Responsibly' aimed at customers, employees, corporates and other airlines. The initiative was launched at an event held at Amsterdam Schiphol to mark 100 days before the airline's 100th anniversary. The airline is offering other airlines without a carbon offsetting programme free incorporation of its CO2ZERO service into their own booking system without KLM branding. KLM is also encouraging its own passengers to compensate for their flight emissions through the service and suggests they use more sustainable modes of transportation, such as the railway, on short destinations. In the recently published Air France-KLM sustainability report, the airline says in 2018, CO2 emissions per passenger were reduced by 17.3 per cent compared to 2011. Read more ...