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Airport and air navigation sectors provide best-practice PBN guidance for aircraft noise management | PBN,Performance-based Navigation,Eurocontrol,CANSO,ACI World
Airport and air navigation sectors provide best-practice PBN guidance for aircraft noise management
Fri 28 Feb 2020 - Airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) have partnered to launch new guidance material on Performance Based Navigation (PBN), an advanced, satellite-enabled form of air navigation that enables aircraft to fly a precise vertical and lateral flight path. PBN offers enhanced safety, increased operational efficiency, reduced cost and a reduction in carbon emissions. However, because of the precise flight paths, PBN concentrates aircraft noise, which can bring benefits to some local communities around airports and adverse impacts to others. The new guidance addresses these benefits and challenges, as well as noise management options, stakeholder responsibilities, public engagement and PBN implementation case studies. Meanwhile, Europe's air navigation and safety organisation Eurocontrol has joined with airports to launch a new initiative for more sustainable airport operations. Read more ...

Appeal court’s climate ruling delivers blow to Heathrow's expansion plans and third runway | AEF,Airlines UK,Stay Grounded,Extinction Rebellion,Plan B
Appeal court’s climate ruling delivers blow to Heathrow's expansion plans and third runway
Thu 27 Feb 2020 - The Court of Appeal in London has ruled the UK government acted unlawfully in failing to take into account the Paris climate change agreement when supporting the expansion of Heathrow Airport. In its judgement, the court said it was not making a decision that expansion was incompatible with the UK's commitment to reducing emissions under Paris but the ruling raises doubts about whether a third runway will now be built. The government is now considering its next steps but the Transport Secretary has indicated it will not appeal the decision. Heathrow noted other challenges on noise and air pollution had been rejected by the court and said it would appeal to the Supreme Court as the issue was "eminently fixable". Campaign groups fighting the expansion said the ruling had implications for other signatories to the Paris Agreement. Read more ...

ICAO Council gathers to consider important decisions on carbon offset eligibility under CORSIA | CORSIA,TAB,EDF,Carbon Market Watch
ICAO Council gathers to consider important decisions on carbon offset eligibility under CORSIA
Thu 27 Feb 2020 - During its 219th Session starting next week (March 2), ICAO's governing Council is expected to make important decisions on the global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation, CORSIA, which starts in 10 months' time. Most notable is consideration by Council members of recommendations of the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) on emissions units, or carbon credits, to be eligible under CORSIA. The TAB has evaluated applications from 14 carbon programmes from the compliance and voluntary carbon market sector against a set of sustainability criteria adopted by ICAO and last month informally presented its findings to the Council. The decision on eligibility will provide the first test of the environmental integrity of the scheme, which is a cause for concern by some States, in particular Europe, and environmental groups. Read more ...

JetBlue closes airline industry’s first sustainability-linked loan with BNP Paribas as it aligns financial strategy with ESG goals | JetBlue,BNP Paribas
JetBlue closes airline industry’s first sustainability-linked loan with BNP Paribas as it aligns financial strategy with ESG goals
Wed 26 Feb 2020 - JetBlue has closed a sustainability-linked loan (SLL) with global bank BNP Paribas by amending an existing $550 million senior secured revolving credit facility. Included under the terms of the SLL is a provision that aligns JetBlue's strategic initiatives with its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and objectives. The SLL provides a pricing mechanism related to the applicable margin and commitment fee, which is then linked to the airline's ESG score provided by Vigeo Eiris, an international provider of ESG research and services for investors and organisations. The market in green or sustainability-linked loans has grown rapidly in recent years as companies seek to improve their environmental and social performance, and with investors becoming increasingly concerned over exposure to climate risks. By 2018, the global market for these loans had reached over $99 billion and JetBlue says its SLL is an airline industry first.  Read more ...

Heathrow goes carbon neutral and aims for zero carbon infrastructure by mid-2030s | Heathrow Airport
Heathrow goes carbon neutral and aims for zero carbon infrastructure by mid-2030s
Tue 25 Feb 2020 - London's Heathrow Airport has targeted being a zero carbon airport by the middle of the next decade, having become one of the world's first major aviation hubs to attain carbon neutral status for its infrastructure. The airport has invested £100 million ($128m) in improving energy efficiency and generating and buying renewable energy, which has resulted in a 93 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from its buildings since 1990. To reach carbon neutrality, remaining emissions will be offset through VCS-certified tree planting projects in Indonesia and Mexico, and Heathrow is to invest a further £1.8 million to support UK nature-based projects. Heathrow's plan is to achieve net zero carbon across its airport infrastructure "as soon as possible" and work towards zero carbon by the mid-2030s. Meanwhile, SAS has taken the top ranking for the third consecutive quarter in Heathrow's 'Fly Quiet and Green' league table. Read more ...

Delta to spend $1 billion over next 10 years towards goal of becoming first major carbon neutral airline | Delta,Delta Air Lines,Gevo,Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels
Delta to spend $1 billion over next 10 years towards goal of becoming first major carbon neutral airline
Mon 24 Feb 2020 – Starting March 1, Delta Air Lines is committing $1 billion over the next 10 years towards mitigating all flight and ground emissions from its global operations. The airline said it will invest in driving innovation, advancing clean air travel technologies, accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions and waste, and new offsetting and carbon removal projects. Between 2005 and 2018, Delta reduced its absolute GHG emissions by 11 per cent, although emissions have increased marginally year on year since 2012. In 2013, the airline became the first to cap its annual emissions at the 2012 level through the purchase of carbon offsets. In December, Delta entered into a long-term offtake agreement to purchase 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel annually from Gevo and is promising further announcements this coming year. Read more ...

KLM and SKyNRG announce new industry partners for their corporate biofuel programmes | KLM,SkyNRG,Board Now
KLM and SKyNRG announce new industry partners for their corporate biofuel programmes
Wed 12 Feb 2020 - KLM and SkyNRG have each announced new members of their respective corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programmes. Lavazza becomes KLM's first Italian partner to the airline's programme as part of implementing the coffee company's sustainability objectives across its entire value chain. Partners in the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme pay a surcharge on their business travel that covers the difference in cost between biofuel and traditional jet kerosene to help stimulate the production of SAF. The programme was launched in 2012 together with Dutch SAF supplier SkyNRG, which itself was formed by KLM in 2009. Last year, SkyNRG started its own corporate SAF programme, Board Now, which extends the reach to non-KLM corporate customers. Its latest member is online air travel platform Etraveli Group, which operates over 20 brands globally. Read more ...

UK aviation industry commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 despite a 70% growth in passengers | Sustainable Aviation,
UK aviation industry commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 despite a 70% growth in passengers
Wed 5 Feb 2020 - The UK industry coalition Sustainable Aviation (SA), which represents airlines, airports and manufacturers, has pledged to collectively achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The group believes the goal can be met while still enabling a 70 per cent growth in passenger numbers by mid-century. It forecasts that under a 'do nothing' scenario, UK aviation activity emissions could rise from 37 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) in 2016 to 71 MtCO2 in 2050. SA has released a roadmap to show that 41 Mt could be reduced annually through in-sector gains from new and future aircraft technology, improvements in operational and air traffic procedures, and the use of sustainable fuels. To reach net zero would require an escalating price on carbon and market-based measures developed internationally that obligate airlines to mitigate the remaining emissions by investing in carbon reductions from outside of the sector.  Read more ...

ASTM approves ARA's synthetic kerosene process for the production of sustainable aviation fuel | ASTM International,CAAFI,ARA
ASTM approves ARA's synthetic kerosene process for the production of sustainable aviation fuel
Fri 31 Jan 2020 - A new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) specification has been approved for commercial airline use by standards development organisation ASTM International, with support from the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). The new annex to the SAF specification D7566 establishes criteria for the production and use of catalytic hydrothermolysis jet fuel (CHJ), a type of synthetic kerosene developed by Applied Research Associates (ARA) in the United States. Developed with Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), ARA's Biofuels ISOCONVERSION (BIC) process uses catalytic hydrothermolysis to convert any renewable fat, oil and grease feedstock into high yields of drop-in hydrocarbon fuels. The ASTM standard provides that CHJ fuel may be blended at up to 50 per cent by volume with conventional jet fuel. The fuel process represents the sixth approved pathway for the production of SAF. Read more ...

The European aviation sector must come together to work on a net zero goal, says airport industry leader | ACI Europe,Olivier Jankovec,Ovais Sarmad
The European aviation sector must come together to work on a net zero goal, says airport industry leader
Fri 31 Jan 2020 - The aviation sector in Europe is facing a daunting challenge over climate change and there is a need to go beyond the industry's current emissions goals with an ambition to collectively achieve net zero over the long term, said Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI Europe, at last week's Aviation Sustainability Summit in Brussels organised by the airport trade body. The climate emergency was not only driving EU policy but also financial investors were starting to limit their exposure to the most carbon intensive industries and it was clear aviation was under the spotlight for its contribution to global warming, he said. Policies and regulations should be focused on decarbonising the sector but not reducing demand for the sake of it, he argued. Despite the sector's significant economic and social benefits, its fast-growing emissions meant aviation has no choice but to transform, Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, said in a keynote address. Read more ...

IATA and XCHG confirm partnership to develop an airline carbon exchange for CORSIA emission units | XCHG,CBL Markets,TAB
IATA and XCHG confirm partnership to develop an airline carbon exchange for CORSIA emission units
Thu 30 Jan 2020 - A partnership has been announced between IATA and Xpansiv CBL Holding Group (XCHG) to develop the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE) that will serve as a centralised marketplace for emission units eligible under ICAO's global carbon offsetting scheme CORSIA. Powered by CBL Markets, an XCHG company, the exchange will provide airlines with CORSIA offsetting obligations secure access to real-time data with full price transparency. CBL and IATA plan to trial the exchange during this first quarter of 2020 with airlines that want to start offsetting voluntary credits as a pilot phase. ACE trading will be supported by the IATA Settlement System and Clearing House and offer seamless and risk-free settlement to airlines, including non-IATA members. The partners say CORSIA eligible units will be listed on ACE once ICAO has published those accepted under the scheme. Read more ...

UK public wrestles with environmental impact of aviation in face of mid-century net zero emissions target | NATS,Climate Assembly UK,Committee on Climate Change,Sustainable Aviation
UK public wrestles with environmental impact of aviation in face of mid-century net zero emissions target
Thu 30 Jan 2020 - A survey conducted by UK air navigation service provider NATS in conjunction with research consultancy ComRes shows that a large majority of the British public - 81 per cent - have a positive view of aviation to them personally and to the UK economy as a whole. However, the annual tracking survey also showed a growing public consciousness over aviation's environmental impact. Six select committees of the House of Commons have commissioned a citizens' assembly, called Climate Assembly UK, to give the public an informed say on how the UK should meet its net zero GHG emissions target by 2050, which will include deliberations on travel and aviation. To help achieve net zero through changes to land use, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change has suggested a levy on the aviation sector to help fund a substantial increase in tree planting. Read more ...

Major European hybrid electric propulsion research project launches as Nordic electric aviation initiative gets Finavia boost | ONERA,NEA,Nordic,Finavia,IMOTHEP,Bauhaus Luftfahrt,hybrid electric aircraft
Major European hybrid electric propulsion research project launches as Nordic electric aviation initiative gets Finavia boost
Wed 29 Jan 2020 - French aerospace research lab ONERA is to lead a consortium of 33 aviation industry and research stakeholders on a new European research project called IMOTHEP into hybrid electric propulsion for commercial aviation. The four-year initiative has received a €10.4 million ($11.5m) grant from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework programme. Meanwhile, Finnish airport operator Finavia is the latest to join the Nordic Network for Electric Aviation (NEA), an initiative to develop electric aviation in the region that is funded by Nordic Innovation, an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers. Finavia itself has been funding a fully electric aircraft since 2018, which had a successful test flight at Malmi Airport in Helsinki in the summer of that year. Following a first meeting held in Ostersund, Sweden, in December, NEA network members are meeting in Helsinki this week for a series of workshops. Read more ...

French government announces launch of roadmap and deployment targets for a national sustainable aviation fuel industry | Air France,TOTAL,Elisabeth Borne
French government announces launch of roadmap and deployment targets for a national sustainable aviation fuel industry
Mon 27 Jan 2020 - The French government has launched a roadmap to develop a national sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry with the aim of replacing fossil kerosene with 2 per cent of SAF from 2025, 5 per cent in 2030 and 50 per cent in 2050. This, says the government, is consistent with the country’s long-term low-carbon strategy. In December 2017, it signed a 'Commitment for Green Growth' with five industrial groups - Air France, Airbus, Safran, Total and Suez Environment - to define and collaborate on the roadmap. Alongside the roadmap, a Call for Expressions of Interest (CEI) has been opened by the Ministries of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Economy and Agriculture. It will determine the best tools to encourage the development of the new sector and identify and support innovative investment opportunities for advanced aviation fuels. Read more ...

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. Becken 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 ...