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US EPA proposes regulation of aircraft CO2 emissions to align with ICAO's international standard | EPA,ICAO aircraft CO2 standard
US EPA proposes regulation of aircraft CO2 emissions to align with ICAO's international standard
Fri 24 July 2020 - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a CO2 emissions standard for commercial airplanes and large business aircraft that aligns with the CO2 standard agreed by ICAO in 2017. The proposed standard would apply to new type design airplanes on or after 1 January 2020 and to in-production airplanes on or after 1 January 2028, but not to those already manufactured and currently in use. Typically, three out of four aircraft manufactured in the US are sold overseas but if EPA were to adopt no standard, or not as stringent as ICAO's, US aircraft manufacturers could be forced to seek CO2 emissions certification from another country's authority in order to market their airplanes for international operation. The proposal was welcomed by industry group Airlines for America (A4A), which said adopting the standard would help US airlines meet the sector's carbon goals but environmental groups said the standard was too weak to drive the fuel efficiency improvements required.  Read more ...

UK's Jet Zero Council gets underway to bring aviation emissions in line with 2050 net-zero target | Jet Zero Council,Sustainable Aviation,
UK's Jet Zero Council gets underway to bring aviation emissions in line with 2050 net-zero target
Thu 23 July 2020 - The first meeting of the UK's Jet Zero Council was launched yesterday by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and brought together aviation and aerospace leaders, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) companies, investors, academics and representatives from the environmental sector. The aim of the Council is to tackle aviation emissions in line with the government's 2050 net zero goal and an ambition to achieve the first ever zero emission long-haul passenger plane. Last week, a cross-party group of MPs called on the government to support investment in aviation decarbonisation and drive a green recovery, including industry-matched funding for early stage SAF facilities. Meanwhile, SAF businesses have been encouraged to take part in a Covid-19 green recovery competition led by government agency Innovate UK to receive financial support for research and development projects. Read more ...

Aerion teams with Carbon Engineering on DAC-sourced synthetic jet fuels for its supersonic business aircraft | Aerion,Carbon Engineering,PtL,DAC,synthetic jet fuels,Boom,Prometheus Fuels
Aerion teams with Carbon Engineering on DAC-sourced synthetic jet fuels for its supersonic business aircraft
Wed 22 July 2020 - Supersonic aircraft company Aerion is teaming with Canadian clean energy company Carbon Engineering (CE) to develop synthetic fuels towards ambitions of making Aerion's AS2 business jet the world's first carbon-neutral supersonic commercial aircraft. CE's direct air capture (DAC) technology captures CO2 directly from the atmosphere and can be converted into drop-in transportation fuels using water and clean electricity. The two partners will jointly assess requirements to power AS2's non-afterburning Affinity engine, which is being developed and built by GE, with 100 per cent synthetic fuels. They will also explore a potential collaborative project to build an air-to-fuels plant to produce synthetic fuel specifically for AS2 operators. Aerion says it is the first aircraft OEM to commit to carbon-neutral operations. Boom Supersonic last year teamed with Prometheus Fuels on a carbon-neutral synthetic fuel for its XB-1 demonstrator supersonic aircraft. Read more ...

Air Transat inks agreement to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from Canadian power-to-liquid start-up | SAF+ Consortium,Air Transat,PtL,electrofuels
Air Transat inks agreement to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from Canadian power-to-liquid start-up
Fri 17 July 2020 - Leisure carrier Air Transat has signed an offtake agreement, claimed to be the first in Canada, to purchase a significant portion of synthetic jet fuel from future production by the SAF+ Consortium. The power-to-liquid (PtL) fuel will be derived by capturing waste CO2 from a chemical plant located in Montreal East and use water and renewable electricity to produce drop-in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Construction of a pilot plant is due for completion in 2021, with plans by the Quebec company for a pre-commercial demonstration plant to follow around 2025. The demo plant is expected to capture 10,000 tonnes of CO2e per year, which should produce around 3 million litres annually, it said. Finance for the pilot plant is coming from a mix of public funding through Natural Resources Canada and equity investment from partners and private sources. Read more ...

Neste supplies San Francisco with first batch of sustainable aviation fuel through existing fuel pipeline | Neste,San Francisco
Neste supplies San Francisco with first batch of sustainable aviation fuel through existing fuel pipeline
Thu 16 July 2020 - Finland-based Neste has delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) following an agreement it signed in 2018 with a group of eight airlines and fuel producers to expand the use of SAF at the airport. The blended jet fuel, made up of 35 per cent SAF, is being supplied to aircraft at SFO through the existing pipeline infrastructure, another first. Neste's renewable jet fuel product is made from renewable waste and residue materials, such as used cooking oil or animal fats, and final processing and production activity for the SFO batch was completed in Houston, Texas, before being shipped to San Francisco. The company said the greenhouse gas reductions from the the volumes it is supplying to SFO would be the equivalent of taking 1,200 narrowbody flights between SFO and New York out of service. Read more ...

The EU kick-starts a hydrogen revolution with ambitions for hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft by 2035 | Hydrogen,synfuels
The EU kick-starts a hydrogen revolution with ambitions for hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft by 2035
Tue 14 July 2020 - A hydrogen-powered short-range commercial passenger aircraft could be flying within Europe by 2035, finds a major new study commissioned by the EU's public-private Clean Sky 2 and Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertakings. The published report concludes hydrogen propulsion has the potential to significantly reduce aviation's climate impact. However, it will require significant aircraft R&D, further development of fuel cell technology and liquid hydrogen tanks, and also investment in fleet and hydrogen infrastructure alongside accompanying regulations and certification standards. The report lays out a number of policy actions and the framework needed for the transition, including a guiding roadmap, plus a big increase in in long-term research and innovation activities and funding. The report coincides with the launch by the European Commission of an ambitious strategy to include hydrogen in the EU's overall energy mix as part of the bloc's 2050 carbon neutrality goal. Read more ...

European Commission invites feedback on revisions to the EU ETS ahead of a public consultation | EU ETS directive
European Commission invites feedback on revisions to the EU ETS ahead of a public consultation
Wed 8 July 2020 - The European Commission has opened an eight-week feedback period inviting comments on a revision of the Aviation EU ETS directive in order to implement the international CORSIA scheme consistent with the EU's 2030 climate objectives and European Green Deal. The Commission is also proposing to reduce the amount of free allowances allocated to aircraft operators and will assess the geographical scope of the EU ETS after 2023 when the existing directive provides for automatic reversion to coverage of all flights to and from Europe as well as within Europe. An inception impact assessment has been published and feedback is encouraged from stakeholders and citizens by 28 August 2020 to help inform a public consultation planned for the third quarter. A regulatory proposal from the Commission is expected during the second quarter of 2021. Read more ...

ICAO Council agrees CORSIA baseline change to protect Covid-stricken airline sector from higher carbon costs | Covid-19
ICAO Council agrees CORSIA baseline change to protect Covid-stricken airline sector from higher carbon costs
Wed 1 July 2020 - The ICAO Council has voted by a large majority to adopt an industry proposal to change the crucial emissions baseline rule for the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. The move is aimed at protecting airlines from what ICAO describes as the "inappropriate economic burden" airlines are likely to face from a lower baseline as a result of the collapse of international air traffic this year leading to increased offsetting costs in future years. Instead of the baseline being calculated on the 2019-2020 average CO2 emissions from international flights covered by CORSIA, it will now be based on 2019 emissions only. The Council also voted to remove 2020 emissions from two other design features of the scheme. It plans to consider the effect of the changes during the scheme's first review in 2022. The outcome has been welcomed by IATA although environmental NGOs are highly critical.  Read more ...

European aviation urges governments to support the sector's green recovery through public funding | Covid-19
European aviation urges governments to support the sector's green recovery through public funding
Tue 30 June 2020 - European air transport and aerospace trade associations have collectively called on EU governments to finance a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic through public funding for carbon reduction projects, research and replacement of older aircraft. They urge EU leaders to prioritise specific decarbonisation initiatives when allocating future recovery funding. These include direct capital investment or ownership in sustainable aviation fuel production facilities and implementing an incentive scheme for airlines and aircraft operators to replace older aircraft with more modern and environmentally-friendly models. The sector says it is committed to contributing to the economic recovery in line with the EU's Green Deal objectives. Meanwhile, NGOs have repeated calls for airlines to be taxed on their fuel, which could raise €3.7 billion ($4bn) a year and prevent a return to CO2 growth post-Covid. Read more ...