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European airlines and NGOs reach consensus over sustainability and production of future aviation fuels | European Climate Foundation,ClimateWorks,RED
European airlines and NGOs reach consensus over sustainability and production of future aviation fuels
Thu 14 Jan 2021 - Representatives from the European aviation sector and environmental groups, together with a research organisation and a sustainable aviation fuel supplier, have come together to provide recommendations to EU policymakers on sustainability aspects and support for future aviation fuels. Convened by two climate-based philanthropic bodies, the guiding principles drawn up by the 12 participants in the Fuelling Flight Initiative are based on a shared vision that ramping up sustainable aviation fuels in Europe needs to be done in the right manner from the start. Endorsing the initiative include Air France, Deutsche Post DHL, easyJet, KLM, International Airlines Group, Schiphol Group, Transport & Environment, WWF and SkyNRG. The move comes as EU regulators consult on revisions to the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) to bring it in line with the ambitions of the European Green Deal and the net-zero by 2050 goal.  Read more ...

ZeroAvia to partner with British Airways on hydrogen power and secures UK funding towards HyFlyer project | ZeroAvia,Jet Zero Council,ATI,Hydrogen,IAG,British Airways
ZeroAvia to partner with British Airways on hydrogen power and secures UK funding towards HyFlyer project
Fri 18 Dec 2020 - British Airways (BA) is to partner with ZeroAvia on an initiative to explore how hydrogen-powered aircraft can play a role in the future of sustainable flight. Following its world-first hydrogen fuel cell powered flight of a commercial-size aircraft in September, ZeroAvia is planning the commercialisation of hydrogen-electric power for aircraft as early as 2023 with flights of up to 500 miles (800 km) in a 19-seater aircraft under its HyFlyer II project. Based in London and California, ZeroAvia has just secured a £12.3 million ($16.3m) grant towards the project from the UK government through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). The company has also raised a further £16 million ($21.4m) in Series A venture funding. The BA partnership will be part of parent company IAG’s Hangar 51 accelerator programme. Read more ...

Public contributions to Fly Green Fund allows delivery of sustainable aviation fuel to three Swedish airports | Fly Green Fund,Kalmar Airport
Public contributions to Fly Green Fund allows delivery of sustainable aviation fuel to three Swedish airports
Thu 17 Dec 2020 - The Fly Green Fund, a non-profit Swedish initiative offering businesses, public organisations and private travellers a means to reduce the climate impact of their flights through the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), has delivered nearly 46 tons of SAF to three airports in Sweden. The fuel was purchased from Air BP and produced from 100 per cent renewable waste and residue raw materials by Neste in Finland. With a lifecycle emissions reduction of 80 per cent compared with the conventional jet fuel it replaces, the fuel is certified by ISCC, which guarantees it meets the criteria of the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. The Fly Green Fund was founded in 2015 by Karlstad Airport, SkyNRG and NISA (Nordic Initiative for Sustainable Aviation), and with this year’s delivery it has so far imported over 1,400 tons of SAF to Sweden since 2016. Read more ...

Major European air cargo carriers launch SAF initiatives for shippers and forwarders to offset their emissions | Air France-KLM,Cargo,Lufthansa Cargo,Compensaid,myclimate,DB Schenker
Major European air cargo carriers launch SAF initiatives for shippers and forwarders to offset their emissions
Thu 17 Dec 2020 - Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has launched what it claims is the world's first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme for the airfreight industry that will enable freight forwarders and shippers to participate in reducing aviation CO2 emissions. Based on a 'book and claim' system, forwarders and shippers contribute to offsetting emissions from flights through the use of SAF. Customers determine their own level of engagement with the programme and their entire investment is used for sourcing SAF. Lufthansa Cargo has launched a similar initiative in which customers can have the CO2 emissions of their shipments calculated during the booking process, which they can then offset through Lufthansa Group's Compensaid platform and the funds used to purchase SAF. As a result of a collaboration with DB Schenker, the first flights to be covered by the use of SAF took place in late November on a return Lufthansa Cargo flight between Frankfurt and Shanghai. Read more ...

Etihad Airways first Gulf airline to commit to 2050 net zero target and launches carbon offset programme | Etihad,Respira,Khalifa University,SBRC,ESG,Emirates
Etihad Airways first Gulf airline to commit to 2050 net zero target and launches carbon offset programme
Tue 15 Dec 2020 - UAE national airline Etihad Airways has pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions to 50 per cent of 2019 levels by 2035 and achieve full net zero emissions by 2050, which it claims is a first for a Gulf airline and the first in the industry to set a mid-point target towards carbon neutrality. In initial steps towards the goal, Etihad has committed to neutralise the CO2 emissions of its flagship 'Greenliner' 787-10 aircraft for a full year of operations in 2021. Separately, the airline will implement an additional voluntary offset programme for passengers via its website booking platform in 2021. Etihad recently launched the first ever aviation 'transition sukuk', a form of Islamic sustainability-linked finance, raising $600 million that will support investment in next-generation aircraft and tied to performance in reaching the airline’s carbon reduction targets. In other Gulf news, Emirates has used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time to power an A380 delivery flight. Read more ...

ICAO completes final building blocks for implementing CORSIA carbon scheme ahead of pilot phase start | CORSIA,Winrock,ART,Verra,REDD+,RSB,ISCC
ICAO completes final building blocks for implementing CORSIA carbon scheme ahead of pilot phase start
Mon 14 Dec 2020 - ICAO's governing Council has adopted decisions on eligible carbon emissions units and sustainability certification schemes for eligible fuels that the UN agency says are the final building blocks for the CORSIA carbon offsetting mechanism for international aviation, which formally starts next month. At its 221st session, the Council accepted recommendations from its Technical Advisory Body (TAB) on a second set of eligible emissions units (EEUs) for use with offsetting requirements in the initial 2021-2023 pilot phase of CORSIA. This includes the approval of the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART) to supply airlines with national and subnational (jurisdictional) forestry protection carbon credits. ART was the only new second-round applicant to be recommended for immediate eligibility to supply CORSIA EEUs. RSB and ISCC have been approved as sustainability certification schemes for CORSIA eligible fuels. Read more ...

United Airlines commits to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 through carbon capture technology investment | United Airlines,1PointFive,Carbon Engineering
United Airlines commits to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 through carbon capture technology investment
Thu 10 Dec 2020 - United Airlines has ramped up its 2018 pledge to cut its net greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050 by announcing a new ambitious commitment to a 100 per cent reduction by the same year. In an industry first, the US airline says it will meet its carbon neutrality goal through a multimillion-dollar investment in Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology rather than purchasing carbon credits to offset residual emissions. The investment is being made in 1PointFive, a partnership between Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, a subsidiary of Occidental, and Rusheen Capital Management, which is using technology licensed from Carbon Engineering in the first industrial-sized DAC plant in the United States. United has already invested $30 million in sustainable aviation fuel producer Fulcrum BioEnergy, the single largest investment in SAF production by any airline globally. Read more ...

UK's climate advisers recommend no net airport expansion without aviation industry progress to net zero | Committee on Climate Change,
UK's climate advisers recommend no net airport expansion without aviation industry progress to net zero
Wed 9 Dec 2020 - There should be no net expansion of UK airport capacity unless the sector is on track to sufficiently outperform its net emissions trajectory and can accommodate the additional demand, says the UK's Climate Change Committee (CCC). In a major report on recommended policies to achieve the UK's overall net zero emissions by 2050 target, the CCC says demand management will be required to constrain UK aviation growth to 25 per cent growth by 2050 from 2018 levels unless efficiency and sustainable aviation fuel take-up can be developed quicker than expected. The Committee recommends emissions from international aviation be included in UK carbon budgets and the net zero target by next year. The UK should also work with ICAO to set a long-term emissions goal consistent with the Paris Agreement, strengthen CORSIA and align the scheme to this goal in 2023.  Read more ...

New Zealand's Christchurch Airport first to be certified at ACI's higher transformation carbon accreditation level | Christchurch Airport,Air New Zealand,Airport Carbon Accreditation
New Zealand's Christchurch Airport first to be certified at ACI's higher transformation carbon accreditation level
Thu 3 Dec 2020 - Christchurch Airport in New Zealand has become the third airport in the world to reach the new higher level 4 certification of airport industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation voluntary programme. Whereas Dallas Fort Worth and New Delhi Indira Gandhi airports have been recognised at Level 4+ Transition, Christchurch is the first airport to achieve Level 4 Transformation. The new levels have been brought in by airports body ACI to reflect airport carbon reduction targets that are aligned with the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. To attain this accreditation, Christchurch has been required to address broader emissions in its carbon footprint that include all the significant operational sources on and off site, as well as demonstrate evidence of actively engaging and leading its stakeholders towards delivering emissions reductions. Read more ...

EASA report on aviation's non-CO2 climate impacts highlights need for policy decisions and more research | Non-CO2,EASA,David Lee
EASA report on aviation's non-CO2 climate impacts highlights need for policy decisions and more research
Thu 3 Dec 2020 - Tasked by the European Commission to conduct an update on the non-CO2 effects of aviation on climate change, Europe's regulatory agency EASA has issued a report that highlights the latest understanding of the science and suggests technological, operational, policy and financial tools to address the issue. In addition to CO2, aircraft emit a wide variety of gases and aerosols at cruising altitude that influence climate directly and indirectly. The analysis confirms their significance is at least as important as those of CO2 alone, although the complexity of measuring non-CO2 climate impacts, together with the uncertainty regarding trade-offs between the various impacts, makes targeted policy development in this area challenging, say the authors. However, potential policies suggested include a levy on aircraft NOx emissions and/or the inclusion of such emissions under the EU ETS, and mandatory use of cleaner burning sustainable aviation fuels. Read more ...

IATA launches carbon exchange for airlines to access and trade offsets for CORSIA and voluntary requirements | CBL Markets,Xpansiv,Aviation Carbon Exchange,JetBlue
IATA launches carbon exchange for airlines to access and trade offsets for CORSIA and voluntary requirements
Fri 27 Nov 2020 - IATA has formally launched the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE), a platform for airlines and other aviation stakeholders to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing credits in certified projects. Carbon reduction programmes on ACE include forestry projects, clean wind energy operations, protection of eco-systems and remote community-based projects to cut emissions. The platform has been under development since the beginning of the year and is aimed at providing a tool for airlines in fulfilling their offsetting obligations starting in 2021 under the ICAO CORSIA scheme. The impact of Covid-19 on the airline industry and a change to the CORSIA baseline means offsetting under the scheme is now unlikely to be required for at least several years but ACE will still be open to airlines wanting to invest in voluntary offsets. ACE was developed in conjunction with commodities trader Xpansiv CBL Holding Group and US carrier JetBlue has completed the first trade. Read more ...