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Aviation industry says it's on track and committed to start reporting carbon emissions from January | CORSIA,AC18
Aviation industry says it's on track and committed to start reporting carbon emissions from January
Fri 30 Nov 2018 - With just a month to go before airlines and business aircraft operators with international flights must start monitoring and reporting their CO2 emissions under the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme, the sector says it is firmly on track to meet its commitments. "We're really encouraged by the readiness of the operators and there has been an outstanding response to the capacity-building efforts the industry has put in place, with positive engagement from both airlines and governments," Michael Gill, Executive Director of the industry coalition Air Transport Action Group, told the recent Aviation Carbon 2018 conference. He and other industry leaders called for early resolution of outstanding issues at ICAO on criteria around emissions units and alternative fuels. They also expressed concerns over a potential global patchwork of overlapping or contradictory measures and regimes. Read more ...

As ICAO deadline approaches, Europe wrestles with differences over CORSIA | CORSIA SARPs
As ICAO deadline approaches, Europe wrestles with differences over CORSIA
Wed 28 Nov 2018 - The EU Council has agreed a common position on a response to ICAO over the "filing of differences" by EU States with CORSIA regulations adopted by the ICAO governing Council in June. ICAO Member States are required before the end of this week (Dec 1) to notify the UN body if their national regulations or practices do not conform with the CORSIA Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). Although the filing is essentially a legal process concerning MRV regulations, influential members of the European Parliament and environmental groups are pressing EU States to protect the future of the Aviation EU ETS in their filings. The airline industry and third countries such as the United States, on the other hand, are calling for the full replacement of the EU ETS with the ICAO global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. Read more ...

SAS and Norwegian join initiatives to reduce emissions and drive sustainability | SAS,Norwegian,Avtech
SAS and Norwegian join initiatives to reduce emissions and drive sustainability
Fri 16 Nov 2018 - Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) CEO Rickard Gustafson has joined other Nordic-based company leaders in announcing an initiative to align their business strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explore opportunities for collaboration. They say there is a need for new business models to drive the transition to a modern economy aligned with ethical, social and environmental priorities. Referencing SDGs 9, 12 and 13, Gustafson said SAS will reduce its emissions by 25 per cent by 2030 and use advanced biofuels equivalent to all SAS domestic air traffic. Meanwhile, low-cost carrier Norwegian has said it will expand an initiative undertaken with Sweden's Avtech on new weather technology that can help optimise flight paths for improving fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. Read more ...

Dutch aviation sector presents government with action plan to reduce gross emissions by 35 per cent by 2030 | KLM,Schiphol
Dutch aviation sector presents government with action plan to reduce gross emissions by 35 per cent by 2030
Thu 15 Nov 2018 - The Dutch civil aviation sector has pledged to reduce its gross carbon emissions originating in the Netherlands by 35 per cent by 2030. This is in addition to airline commitments required under the EU Emissions Trading System and the global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme. To achieve the target, the industry has presented the Dutch government with its 'Smart and Sustainable' action plan covering seven areas, including ground operations, where it believes emission reductions can be made. It adds the plan aims to make the Dutch airline industry "the smartest and most sustainable sector in the world," with research consultancy CE Delft assessing its objectives as ambitious yet achievable. Read more ...

International network of activists mount campaign to halt growth of the aviation sector | Stay Grounded
International network of activists mount campaign to halt growth of the aviation sector
Wed 17 Oct 2018 - A two-week campaign has ended by an international network of around 130 civil society organisations and activist groups to protest against unrestrained expansion of the aviation sector and its impact on the climate and local residents. The Stay Grounded network, which includes Friends of the Earth International, reports it carried out 27 "actions" in 11 countries to raise awareness of what it describes as "the ongoing massive wave of airport infrastructure expansion and the need for alternatives". The countries included Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and the UK. The network says its campaign is also directed against the ICAO CORSIA scheme and the use of carbon offsetting. It has published a position paper outlining 13 steps for transitioning towards a transport system "that is more socially just and ecologically sustainable". Read more ...

Heathrow offers landing charge incentive to first electric-powered commercial flight | Heathrow,E-FanX,Siemens,Zunum,Wright Electric,hybrid-electric
Heathrow offers landing charge incentive to first electric-powered commercial flight
Wed 17 Oct 2018 - As part of efforts to encourage airlines to invest in electric technology and speed up the arrival of zero-emissions flights, Heathrow Airport has announced it will offer free landing charges for a year to the first electric or electric-hybrid commercial flight into the airport and then entering regular service. Heathrow estimates at current price levels, the prize would be worth nearly £1 million ($1.3m) to the operator. As the likelihood of a passenger electric-hybrid aircraft entering service is over a decade away, the incentive is largely symbolic for now but the airport hopes the gesture will encourage innovators. It estimates more than 100 electric aircraft projects are underway across the world. With global air passenger traffic expected to double by 2035, the prospect of much quieter, cleaner and more efficient electric aircraft can play a critical role in driving a sustainable future for the aviation sector, it adds. Read more ...

Norway's government introduces 0.5 per cent blending mandate for advanced aviation biofuels from 2020 | Norway,Ramboll,Avinor
Norway's government introduces 0.5 per cent blending mandate for advanced aviation biofuels from 2020
Thu 11 Oct 2018 - The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment has announced a requirement for a minimum requirement of 0.5 per cent content of advanced biofuel be mixed with jet fuel sold from 2020. This follows a consultation that had proposed a 1 per cent requirement by 2019. The ministry has stipulated that no biofuel should be used from "problematic" raw materials such as palm oil and should come instead from advanced fuels produced from wastes and residues. It has used calculations from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency to estimate that the mandate will result in a reduction of 14,000 tonnes of CO2e in the first year. Meanwhile, as part of its 2019 national budget, the government has said it intends increasing the air passenger tax on long-haul flights and reducing it on regional flights in order to give the tax an "environmental profile". Read more ...

Climate action and climate resilience are two sides of the same challenge for airports around the world, says ACI | ACI Europe,ACI World,Airport carbon accreditation
Climate action and climate resilience are two sides of the same challenge for airports around the world, says ACI
Wed 10 Oct 2018 - The number of airports worldwide engaged in the sector's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme has risen to 246 over the past year, representing a 25 per cent increase over the previous year. Collectively, those airports managed to reduce their CO2 emissions by 347,000 tonnes. The programme has four levels of accreditation and 48 have now achieved the highest carbon neutral status. Of those, 44 airports have reported offsetting 672,000 tonnes of CO2 during the latest year of the programme, which was originally launched by trade body ACI Europe in June 2009. Meanwhile, ACI World has published a policy brief to encourage airports to conduct risk assessments, consider various adaptation measures and develop mitigation strategies for the potential impact of climate change on their infrastructure and operations.  Read more ...

Government support for LanzaTech's low-carbon jet fuel could enable three UK plants by 2025, says Virgin Atlantic | Virgin Atlantic,LanzaTech
Government support for LanzaTech's low-carbon jet fuel could enable three UK plants by 2025, says Virgin Atlantic
Tue 9 Oct 2018 – Virgin Atlantic has urged the UK government to offer LanzaTech access to the same incentives given to earlier generations of biofuels that would provide critical investor support to enable the building of three commercial low-carbon jet fuel production plants in the UK. With the incentives, LanzaTech says the three plants could be producing up to 125 million gallons of sustainable fuel per year by 2025 – enough to fly all Virgin Atlantic's UK outbound flights as a 50/50 mix with conventional jet fuel - and other important benefits to the UK. Without support, "the opportunity will no doubt be picked up elsewhere," said the airline. Government ministers were on hand at London Gatwick Airport to welcome the first commercial flight to use the LanzaTech alcohol-to-jet fuel. Read more ...

Industry and countries prepare for introduction of CORSIA but "much work to be done" | GSAS
Industry and countries prepare for introduction of CORSIA but "much work to be done"
Tue 9 Oct 2018 - With just three months to go before all airlines with international flights must start monitoring their carbon emissions, ICAO's CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme was centre stage at this year's Global Sustainable Aviation Summit (GSAS) in Geneva organised by the industry's Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). Marking 10 years since the industry announced its emissions reduction goals through to 2050, IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac said flying was now 20 per cent more efficient than a decade ago. He called on more governments to volunteer to join CORSIA and reaffirm it as the single global market-based measure for aviation emissions. This was backed by a senior FAA official who said continued US support for CORSIA was driven by a need to avoid a patchwork of national and regional measures, adding it was essential China took part in CORSIA. Read more ...

Majority of public believe cutting emissions is main priority for changes to UK airspace, finds poll conducted for NATS | NATS
Majority of public believe cutting emissions is main priority for changes to UK airspace, finds poll conducted for NATS
Thu 27 Sept 2018 - Research commissioned by UK air traffic service provider NATS shows just over half (52 per cent) of 1,000 people polled by Ipsos MORI agreed that reducing aircraft carbon emissions should be the top priority from any reworking of the UK's airspace. Improving flight paths (36 per cent) and reducing aircraft noise (32 per cent) were next in line of importance. Less than a quarter (24 per cent) of those polled cited increasing airport capacity as a priority, although almost half - a figure that rises to 64 per cent in London - agreed that airport expansion was "the right thing to do", with 15 per cent disagreeing. NATS says much of the UK's network of air routes and flight paths, originally designed in the 1960s, are in urgent need of modernisation. Read more ...

Heathrow announces investment in its first peatland restoration project as part of carbon neutrality target | Heathrow Airport
Heathrow announces investment in its first peatland restoration project as part of carbon neutrality target
Mon 24 Sept 2018 – As part of plans to be carbon neutral by 2020, Heathrow Airport is to invest £94,000 ($124,000) in a peatland restoration pilot project in the north-west of England. Peatlands represent the UK's biggest store of carbon despite 94 per cent of natural peatland having been either destroyed or damaged. The airport believes that by supporting research into the climate benefits of peatland restoration, the pilot project will help explore opportunities for peatland to deliver cost effective carbon offsetting alongside a range of other benefits such as biodiversity, water quality and flood protection. It also hopes similar projects would make a good option for airlines as part of their CORSIA carbon offsetting commitments. Heathrow says it aims to operate zero carbon airport infrastructure by 2050 and has announced Terminal 2 is now powered entirely by renewable means. Read more ...

Japan Airlines invests $8 million in venture with US waste-to-jet fuel company Fulcrum | Fulcrum BioEnergy,Fulcrum,Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines invests $8 million in venture with US waste-to-jet fuel company Fulcrum
Fri 21 Sept 2018 - Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced a strategic partnership to develop sustainable aviation fuels that will include a 900 million yen ($8 million) investment by the airline in waste-to-jet fuel US company Fulcrum BioEnergy. The other partners include the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) and Marubeni Corporation, which will lead the partnership. In early 2009, JAL became the first Asian airline to fly an aircraft powered by sustainable aviation fuel when it undertook a test flight of a Boeing 747 using fuel produced from camelina oil. Fulcrum has already secured investment and jet fuel offtake agreements from Cathay Pacific and United Airlines. In May, it broke ground on its Sierra BioFuels production facility in Nevada, which is expected to start operations in early 2020. Read more ...

Delivery flight of new Airbus A321 marks first-ever use by JetBlue of renewable jet fuel | JetBlue
Delivery flight of new Airbus A321 marks first-ever use by JetBlue of renewable jet fuel
Fri 21 Sept 2018 - A delivery flight yesterday of an Airbus A321 from the Airbus A320 Family production facility in Mobile, Alabama, to customer JetBlue marked the first-ever use of renewable jet fuel by the New York-based carrier. Both the pre-delivery acceptance test flight and the JetBlue scheduled ferry flight were powered by a blend of fuel consisting of 15.5 per cent renewable jet fuel provided by Airbus and supplied and certified by Air BP. An additional four new Airbus A321 aircraft that are due to be delivered to JetBlue by the end of 2018 will also use the fuel. Since 2016, Airbus has offered customers the option of biofuel-powered delivery flights from its main base in Toulouse through a partnership with Total, with Cathay Pacific taking up the option for new Airbus A350 deliveries to Hong Kong. Airbus says it intends offering the option to other airlines taking deliveries from its Mobile facility. Read more ...

Airlines and NGOs spell out differing positions over CORSIA implementation and the future of the Aviation EU ETS | CORSIA SARPs
Airlines and NGOs spell out differing positions over CORSIA implementation and the future of the Aviation EU ETS
Tue 18 Sept 2018 - International airline associations have written a joint open letter to the European Commission urging it to ensure the ICAO proposed rules governing the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme are adopted uniformly and in their entirety throughout Europe. They also call for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements of the EU ETS to be aligned with those of CORSIA in order to avoid an added administrative burden, and for all international intra-EEA flights to be removed from the scope of the EU ETS from January 2021 when the first voluntary phase of CORSIA starts. In response, a group of Europe-based NGOs has called on the Commission to resist any moves to amend, barring certain non-essential MRV provisions, the EU ETS directive and for the EU to reserve its position on CORSIA until a review of the ICAO scheme has taken place. Read more ...

United operates longest-ever transatlantic biofuel flight and pledges to halve GHG emissions by 2050 | United Airlines,Agrisoma,Carinata,Alt Air
United operates longest-ever transatlantic biofuel flight and pledges to halve GHG emissions by 2050
Mon 17 Sept 2018 - United Airlines has operated the longest non-stop transatlantic biofuel journey to date when a 30/70 blend of biojet produced from Carinata oilseed and conventional jet fuel powered a Boeing 787 flight from San Francisco to Zurich. The biofuel content of 16,000 gallons was refined and supplied by World Energy's AltAir Fuels plant in Paramount, California. United says it is the first airline globally to use sustainable aviation biofuel on an ongoing daily basis and has sourced more than 2 million gallons since 2016. It claims responsibility for over half of the industry's current commitments to biofuel usage. To mark the flight, the airline said it was becoming the first US carrier to publicly pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 from a 2005 level. United CEO Oscar Munoz said with rising fuel prices, the financial case for sustainability was clear. Read more ...

Gap between the most and least fuel efficient transatlantic airlines has increased over past three years, finds ICCT study | ICCT
Gap between the most and least fuel efficient transatlantic airlines has increased over past three years, finds ICCT study
Mon 17 Sept 2018 - Transatlantic airline fuel efficiency between 2014 and 2017 improved by an average 1 per cent per year as a result of the use of new aircraft with lower fuel burn but is less than the industry goal, finds a new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The study analysed 20 airlines operating non-stop flights between the United States and Europe and found the carbon intensity gap between the most and least efficient carriers increased from 51 per cent in 2014, when ICCT published its first study, to 63 per cent in 2017. Unsurprisingly, the new low-cost entrants into the transatlantic market, Norwegian Air and WOW performed better than the bigger mainline carriers with their business models of lower seating densities and higher percentage of premium seats. However, the underlying fuel burn of an airline's fleet was found to be the most important driver overall, accounting for around 40 per cent of the variation in fuel efficiency across carriers. Read more ...

LanzaTech's low-carbon jet fuel ready for take-off as Virgin Atlantic plans for first commercial flight in October | Virgin Atlantic,LanzaTech
LanzaTech's low-carbon jet fuel ready for take-off as Virgin Atlantic plans for first commercial flight in October
Fri 14 Sept 2018 - Virgin Atlantic will undertake a passenger flight in October using for the first time low-carbon fuel produced through its partnership with LanzaTech. This follows a decision by members of the fuel standards body ASTM in April to include alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) produced from ethanol as an approved blending component of conventional jet fuel for commercial flights. The flight is a major step for both LanzaTech and the airline, which first committed seven years ago to developing and commercialising the low-carbon fuel from pioneering technology that captures and recycles carbon-rich industrial waste gases from steel mills into ethanol. The Chicago-based company is now looking to build a first commercial-scale ATJ plant in the UK. Read more ...

Neste signs biojet agreement with Alaska Airlines as plans are dropped for Geneva Airport project | Neste
Neste signs biojet agreement with Alaska Airlines as plans are dropped for Geneva Airport project
Fri 14 Sept 2018 - Finnish renewable jet fuel producer Neste has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alaska Airlines to expand the use of sustainable aviation fuels by the carrier. The two partners say they will work closely together to design, create and implement solutions to lay the groundwork for a wider adoption of renewable fuels within the airline industry. Announcing the MoU, Alaska Airlines and Neste said they shared the view that closer collaboration within the industry and key partners would "help create the 'lift' necessary to help move aviation in the right direction." This follows news that a pilot project to replace 1 per cent of the conventional fuel used at Geneva Airport by Neste's fuel has been cancelled. Read more ...

Virgin Australia and Brisbane Airport complete biojet trial using general fuel supply system | Virgin Australia,Brisbane Airport,Gevo
Virgin Australia and Brisbane Airport complete biojet trial using general fuel supply system
Wed 12 Sept 2018 - A trial has ended at Brisbane Airport to supply aircraft with blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through the airport's general fuel supply system. Partners in the initiative included US-based renewable jet fuel producer Gevo and the Queensland government, with Virgin Australia leading the procurement and blending of the fuel. The biojet was used to fuel 195 domestic and international flights departing Brisbane that travelled more than 430,000 kilometres between them. The airline said it hoped to fuel more flights from Brisbane with biojet over the next 12-18 months. Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel was shipped from its plant in Texas, having been derived from isobutanol produced in Minnesota. However, the Queensland government is supporting moves to commercialise local production of SAF in the state. Read more ...

Heathrow says airlines continue switch to cleaner aircraft and announces winners of first sustainability prizes | Heathrow Airport
Heathrow says airlines continue switch to cleaner aircraft and announces winners of first sustainability prizes
Mon 10 Sept 2018 - London's Heathrow Airport says the trend by airlines to switch to newer, quieter aircraft is continuing, with more than one in five aircraft landing at the airport this year expected to be Chapter 14 Low compliant, the quietest aircraft available, an increase from the 16 per cent in 2017. The airport has published its latest Fly Quiet and Green quarterly league table for the period April to June, which shows Aer Lingus taking over top spot from Scandinavian Airlines, followed closely by British Airways' short-haul fleet. Heathrow has also announced the winner of its first Centre of Excellence Sustainable Innovation Prize. Start-up Energy Crop Solutions will receive £20,000 ($26,000) in funding and the opportunity to use the airport as a test bed to explore the applicability and benefits of the latest willow cultivars for local communities and Heathrow's biomass boiler. Read more ...

SpiceJet operates India's first biofuel-powered flight as Indonesia seeks US and European help on palm oil biojet | India,SpiceJet,CSIR-IIP,Indonesia
SpiceJet operates India's first biofuel-powered flight as Indonesia seeks US and European help on palm oil biojet
Mon 3 Sept 2018 - Low-cost carrier SpiceJet last week operated India's first test flight powered by biojet fuel. A Bombardier Q400 aircraft flew the 236-kilometre route from Dehradun in the norther part of India to the capital New Delhi using a 75/25 blend of conventional jet kerosene and a biofuel sourced from the jatropha crop. The biofuel was developed by the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP), one of the constituent laboratories of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research based in Dehradun. The airline says the fuel meets the ASTM specification and the Pratt & Whitney and Bombardier standards for commercial aircraft application. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Indonesia has asked for its companies be allowed to build palm oil-based jet biofuel plants in the US and France as a condition for its airlines to buy Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Read more ...