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Sustainability to be at core of airport sector recovery plans as ACI adds levels to its CO2 programme | ACI Europe,ACI World
Sustainability to be at core of airport sector recovery plans as ACI adds levels to its CO2 programme
Fri 20 Nov 2020 - Representing nearly 2,000 airports worldwide, trade association ACI World has adopted a resolution at its annual assembly that recognises climate change requires global collaboration and action, and adaptation and resilience should be key issues included in airport recovery plans despite the Covid pandemic. Opportunities should be identified to 'build back better' by keeping sustainability and resilience at the core of recovery strategies, says the resolution. A survey conducted by ACI in 2019 found almost 70 per cent of airport operators who responded reported they had already been impacted by adverse weather patterns and conditions. Meanwhile, at ACI Europe's annual congress, two further levels were unveiled of the industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme that require airports to align their carbon management strategies and plans with the ambition of the Paris Agreement. Read more ...

EU aviation sector calls for policy support and investment to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
EU aviation sector calls for policy support and investment to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
Thu 19 Nov 2020 - Over 20 European aviation and travel associations have called for a joint commitment between industry and policymakers to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from all flights within and departing from the EU by 2050. As signatories to an 'Aviation Round Table Report', they have urged EU leaders to join and actively support an 'EU Pact for Sustainable Aviation' by the end of 2021 by contributing to a policy and financial framework they see as vital to enable the aviation sector to deliver on its sustainability commitments. The report details ways aviation can recover from the Covid-19 crisis whilst supporting the EU's Green Deal objectives and build a greener, socially and economically robust future. These include an EU legislative framework on sustainable aviation fuels, funding and investment for low-carbon aircraft innovations and an incentive scheme for fleet renewal. The sector is also looking for EU aid in recovering from the pandemic. Read more ...

Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG partner to reduce business flight emissions through SAF purchase | Microsoft,Alaska Airlines,SkyNRG
Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG partner to reduce business flight emissions through SAF purchase
Fri 13 Nov 2020 - Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and SkyNRG have entered into agreements whereby employees of the software giant will have the CO2 emissions from their air travel between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and three West Coast destinations reduced through sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) credits purchased from SkyNRG. The funds from the credits will be used by SkyNRG to supply SAF produced by World Energy in California and delivered to the airport fuelling system used by Alaska Airlines. The three companies hope the partnership, the first of its kind in the United States, will serve as a model for other companies and organisations that are committed to reducing the environmental impact of business air travel. They said they would explore expanding the programme in the future and are supporting the development of a global environmental accounting standard for voluntary corporate SAF purchases. Read more ...

Japan's ANA becomes Neste's first Asian airline customer and starts SAF-fuelled flights from Tokyo | All Nippon Airways,ANA,Neste,Milieudefensie
Japan's ANA becomes Neste's first Asian airline customer and starts SAF-fuelled flights from Tokyo
Wed 11 Nov 2020 - Finnish sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste, which has ambitions to becoming one of the world's biggest suppliers to the sector, has signed its first agreement with an Asian airline. The mid-to-long term collaboration with All Nippon Airways (ANA) started with SAF-fuelled commercial flights from Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports late last month. On November 6, an ANA flight from Haneda to Houston, Texas, was the first international commercial flight departing from Japan to use SAF. The delivery of SAF was made possible through a collaboration and logistics coordination between Neste and the Japanese trading house Itochu Corporation. The fuel from Neste is made from sustainably sourced renewable waste and residue raw materials.  Read more ...

Qatar Airways launches passenger carbon offset programme in partnership with IATA and ClimateCare | Qatar Airways,ClimateCare,QAS
Qatar Airways launches passenger carbon offset programme in partnership with IATA and ClimateCare
Tue 10 Nov 2020 - Qatar Airways has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme for passengers in partnership with IATA and ClimateCare. The programme has been developed through IATA's Carbon Offset Program, which aims to bring standardisation to airline passenger offset programmes and share best practice in the structure and implementation of carbon offsetting. The IATA programme has been independently audited and approved by the Quality Assurance Standard (QAS), which the airline body says is the world's highest standard for carbon offsetting, with IATA being one of only four organisations worldwide to meet this standard. Contributions from the Qatar Airways programme will be directed to the Fatanpur Wind Farm project in India, which generates and supplies clean energy with a combined output of 108 MW to the Indian National Grid, avoiding around 210,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Read more ...

US environmental groups say proposal by EPA to adopt rules equivalent to ICAO Aircraft CO2 standards is illegal | EPA,ICAO CO2 standard,Earthjustice
US environmental groups say proposal by EPA to adopt rules equivalent to ICAO Aircraft CO2 standards is illegal
Mon 9 Nov 2020 - US environmental groups say the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt the ICAO CO2 standards for aircraft into US regulations violates the nation's Clean Air Act because it fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite the EPA's findings that such emissions endanger public health and welfare. Moreover, they say, the proposal's failure to consider the statutory factors laid out in the Act or analyse the costs and benefits of a range of possible emission standards, and refusal to select an alternative based on the evidence before the agency was "arbitrary and capricious". The groups were responding to a public comment period just closed on the proposal, which has been largely supported by US aerospace and airline sectors. Although the majority of aircraft will not be subject to the standards until January 2028, the industry is calling for finalisation of its domestic adoption by the end of this year. Read more ...

Covid-19 underscores global need to combat global animal smuggling in aviation, says report | ROUTES,C4ADS,IEnvA,Air Canada
Covid-19 underscores global need to combat global animal smuggling in aviation, says report
Wed 28 Oct 2020 - While there is no evidence that a pandemic of zoonotic origin, such as Covid-19, has been linked to air transport, the aviation sector can play an important part in mitigating the risk of future disease events and pandemics by strengthening efforts to combat animal smuggling, says a report produced for ROUTES, an international group of agencies and transport industry representatives fighting wildlife trafficking. Based solely on public reporting, around 50 high zoonotic risk trafficking instances are identified every year across the world. The report details identification methods and other recommendations for the industry and government agencies to follow. Meanwhile, Air Canada has become the first North American airline to attain illegal wildlife trade certification by IATA. Read more ...

Middle East peace deal will help save 87,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions with direct routings over Israel | Etihad,Jordan,Israel
Middle East peace deal will help save 87,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions with direct routings over Israel
Tue 27 Oct 2020 - The recent overflight agreement between Jordan and Israel, which allows for flights to cross both countries' airspace, will result in shorter flight times, reduced fuel burn and an annual reduction of around 87,000 tonnes of CO2, based on the number of eligible departure airports, says IATA. Should the number of eligible airports increase and traffic returns to pre-Covid levels, the emissions reduction could more than double to 202,000 tonnes each year. In the past, airlines have flown around Israel when flying east/west operating over Middle East airspace but the new direct routing will on average cut 106 km eastbound and 118 km westbound on flights operating from the Gulf States and Asia to destinations in Europe and North America. The operational elements of the new agreement are being led by the civil aviation authorities of both Jordan and Israel, with support from IATA and air traffic management agency Eurocontrol. Read more ...

NATS' annual survey of public attitudes to aviation shows increasing demand for industry climate action | NATS
NATS' annual survey of public attitudes to aviation shows increasing demand for industry climate action
Fri 16 Oct 2020 - An annual independent survey carried out for UK air navigation services provider NATS has found a strengthening of public attitudes towards climate change action and a demand for the aviation industry to treat it as a top priority. The vast majority (70 per cent) of those interviewed across the UK - an 18-percentage point rise in just two years - agreed that emissions reduction was the highest priority for improvement by the industry, almost double the number who think it should prioritise noise (36 per cent). By a margin of 12:1, the public believe the industry should be prioritising investment in greener technology, such as fully-electric commercial aircraft. Just 39 per cent supported airport expansion, down from 57 per cent in 2019. The survey was carried out by Ipsos MORI in early March, just before Covid-19 brought air travel to a virtual halt. Read more ...

ZeroAvia and Protium sign agreement to develop green hydrogen infrastructure at UK airports | ZeroAvia,Protium,Cranfield,ATI,Velocys,Sustainable Aviation,E4Tech,Jet Zero Council,hydrogen
ZeroAvia and Protium sign agreement to develop green hydrogen infrastructure at UK airports
Wed 14 Oct 2020 - Zero emissions flight pioneer ZeroAvia has signed a Heads of Terms collaboration with Protium to develop and expand green hydrogen infrastructure for decarbonising aviation in the UK. Project developer Protium has long-term ambitions to eventually own and operate green hydrogen infrastructure across UK airports. The UK and US based ZeroAvia recently operated a first zero-emission flight from Cranfield, with a six-seater aircraft using hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen in a fuel cell system to create electricity and propel the aircraft whilst only emitting water vapour. It is initialling targeting commercial operations in 2023 with a 10-20 seat aircraft for passenger transport and package delivery. Meanwhile, research commissioned by cross-industry group Sustainable Aviation has identified seven industrial clusters in the UK that could be home to up to 14 sustainable aviation fuel facilities. (Updated Oct 15Read more ...

CAE becomes first Canadian aerospace company to commit to carbon neutrality | CAE
CAE becomes first Canadian aerospace company to commit to carbon neutrality
Mon 12 Oct 2020 - Aviation training and flight simulator giant CAE has announced it is the first Canadian aerospace company to become carbon neutral. CAE intends to offset live training fuel emissions, employee's business air travel and energy other than electricity by funding greenhouse gas reduction projects. Electricity consumption, which amounted to 190,000 MWh in fiscal 2019, will be compensated by buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) that support renewable electricity development. The company says carbon offsetting and RECs are interim measures while new technologies and solutions are being developed to reduce emissions, and will continue to invest in making its full-flight simulators more energy efficient, so allowing its customers worldwide to reduce their own footprint. Read more ...

A fifth of global aviation CO2 emissions can be attributed to premium passenger seating, finds ICCT study | ICCT
A fifth of global aviation CO2 emissions can be attributed to premium passenger seating, finds ICCT study
Fri 9 Oct 2020 - In its first analysis of the carbon impact of premium (first and business) class seating, the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) estimates nearly 20 per cent of emissions from commercial aviation were attributable to premium passengers in 2019, higher than the 15 per cent coming from air freight transport. Premium seating was estimated to be up to 4.3 times more CO2 intensive than economy seating. The ICCT study for the years 2013, 2018 and 2019 also found global commercial air traffic increased nearly four times faster than fuel efficiency improvement between 2013 and 2019, with passenger aircraft CO2 emissions increasing by a third during the period. The three largest aviation markets - the United States, the European Union and China - were together responsible for 55 per cent of CO2 emissions in 2019.  Read more ...

Decarbonising global aviation is feasible but will be a significant challenge, finds major industry report | ATAG,Waypoint 2050
Decarbonising global aviation is feasible but will be a significant challenge, finds major industry report
Tue 6 Oct 2020 - The main focus of this year's Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, organised by the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), was the publication of Waypoint 2050, an analysis of pathways towards the sector's long-term climate goal. Set over a decade ago, the target calls for a 50 per cent net reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 from what they were in 2005. This would mean a reduction from around 914 million tonnes (Mt) in global commercial airline carbon emissions in 2019 to 325 Mt in 2050. At the global level, the industry does not foresee reaching net-zero emissions before 2060/2065 although recognises a number of airlines will reach this by 2050, in response to national or regional goals. Given current traffic forecasts, which have been downgraded due to Covid-19, emissions could rise to 1,800 Mt by 2050 on a business-as-usual trajectory and reaching the reduction target will be a significant challenge, says ATAG, with the next 10 years being a crucial period. Read more ...

Rolls-Royce on course for all-electric aircraft speed record and joins sustainability accelerator programme | Electric
Rolls-Royce on course for all-electric aircraft speed record and joins sustainability accelerator programme
Wed 30 Sept 2020 - Rolls-Royce has completed ground testing of an aircraft that will aim to break the world speed record for all-electric flight early next year. The technology has been tested on a full-scale replica of the plane's core, called an 'ionBird', that includes a 500hp electric powertrain and a battery with enough energy to supply 250 homes. The plane is part of an initiative called ACCEL - short for 'Accelerating the Electrification of Flight' - with half the funding for the project being provided by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), in partnership with the UK government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK. Rolls-Royce has also agreed to partner with ATI and Boeing on a three-month accelerator programme to support and back start-ups creating sustainability-enabling technologies to help the UK aerospace industry innovate and recover from the Covid pandemic. Read more ...

Airlines unlikely to require significant amounts of CORSIA offsets for six years, finds Refinitiv analysis | Refinitiv,T&E
Airlines unlikely to require significant amounts of CORSIA offsets for six years, finds Refinitiv analysis
Mon 28 Sept 2020 - Only an unlikely very quick aviation sector recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in the next three years would create any demand for carbon offsets from airlines in the 2021-2023 pilot phase of ICAO's CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme, finds a report by market analysts Refinitiv. This follows the ICAO Council decision in late June to amend CORSIA's baseline to protect the sector from an "inappropriate" financial burden during the recovery. If the Council decides in 2022 to continue with the amended baseline through to the scheme's conclusion in 2035, offset demand will be close to the level it would have been without the pandemic but only in a very quick recovery scenario. Meanwhile, a study carried out for Brussels-based NGO Transport & Environment concluded the demand for CORSIA offsets will likely be 50 per cent lower than originally expected for the period 2021-2030 as a result of the baseline change. Read more ...

Boeing's 2020 ecoDemonstrator test programme ends with transcontinental flight using 50% blended SAF | ecoDemonstrator,Etihad,SBRC,Khalifa University,
Boeing's 2020 ecoDemonstrator test programme ends with transcontinental flight using 50% blended SAF
Fri 25 Sept 2020 - As part of Boeing's 2020 ecoDemonstrator programme, a final test flight of an Etihad Airways 787-10 from Seattle to Boeing's manufacturing site in South Carolina used 50,000 gallons of a 50/50 blend - the maximum blend permitted for commercial aviation - of sustainable and traditional jet fuel. The sustainable fuel, which has been used in lower blends on other test flights conducted during the programme, was produced from inedible agricultural wastes by World Energy and supplied by EPIC Fuels. Boeing and Etihad have had a longstanding collaboration on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and were founding partners on a pilot project taking place at Khalifa University near Abu Dhabi to produce jet fuel from saltwater-tolerant plants. Khalifa University has recently hosted a series of webinars focusing on SAF in the UAE. Read more ...

Business aviation sector follows up sustainability commitment with SAF purchase agreements | BizAv,NBAA,EBAA,Gulfstream,Signature Flight Support,VistaJet,NetJets,Business Aviation
Business aviation sector follows up sustainability commitment with SAF purchase agreements
Thu 24 Sept 2020 - Coinciding with the Virtual 2020 Business Aviation Sustainability Summit, four organisations from the sector - Gulfstream Aerospace, NetJets, VistaJet and Signature Flight Support - have announced purchase agreements with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) suppliers. Opening the Summit, the first organised by a coalition of business aviation industry and fuel groups, NBAA President Ed Bolen said SAF represented an enormous breakthrough in tackling the sector's environmental impact. Gulfstream said it was extending a SAF supply contract with World Fuel Services while VistaJet will secure availability for its customers globally of SAF sourced and delivered by SkyNRG. The fuel for both Gulfstream and VistaJet will be produced by World Energy. Neste has agreed to supply Signature and NetJets with SAF at San Francisco and London Luton airports. The Finnish renewable fuel producer has also just signed a SAF supply agreement with Shell Aviation. Read more ...

Norwegian targets 45% improvement in carbon efficiency and to use 500 million litres of SAF by 2030 | Norwegian
Norwegian targets 45% improvement in carbon efficiency and to use 500 million litres of SAF by 2030
Wed 23 Sept 2020 – Low-cost carrier Norwegian has pledged to improve the carbon efficiency of its operations by reducing carbon emissions per passenger kilometre (pax/km) by 45 per cent by 2030, compared to 2010 levels. Carbon emissions per pax/km have fallen by 28 per cent from 2010 to 2019 and Norwegian will need a further reduction of 24 per cent by 2030. The airline is aiming to achieve the target through fleet renewal and the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Depending on the level of fleet renewal, the airline is committing to utilising between 16 and 28 per cent of SAF by the end of the decade, equivalent of up to 500 million litres. Norwegian is also planning a 100 per cent reduction of non-recyclable plastics and a 30 per cent reduction and 100 per cent recycling of single-use plastics by 2023. In efforts to improve accountability, the company will also integrate climate risk and environmental factors into corporate governance, risk management and annual reporting. Read more ...

Airbus plots course for zero-emission hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft to enter service in 2035 | Airbus,hydrogen,ZEROe
Airbus plots course for zero-emission hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft to enter service in 2035
Tue 22 Sept 2020 - Airbus has unveiled three zero-emission concept commercial aircraft that could enter service by 2035, each relying on hydrogen as a primary power source. The three hydrogen hybrid aircraft designs, all codenamed ZEROe, include a turbofan design aircraft powered by a modified gas-turbine engine running on hydrogen rather than jet kerosene, a similarly powered turboprop aircraft and a blended-wing body aircraft design. The turbofan and blended-wing body aircraft would have a range of around 2,000 nautical miles and carry up to 200 passengers, with the short-haul turboprop capable of carrying up to 100 passengers on flights of 1,000 nautical miles. Airbus expects to launch a hydrogen ground demonstrator aircraft next year and undertake a first flight of a demonstrator in 2025. CEO Guillaume Faury said the announcement of the programme was an historic moment for the commercial aviation sector and the most important transition the industry had yet seen. Read more ...

French proposal for higher eco taxes on flying and Greenpeace legal threat over KLM bailout angers industry | Air France,KLM,UK Climate Assembly
French proposal for higher eco taxes on flying and Greenpeace legal threat over KLM bailout angers industry
Mon 21 Sept 2020 - Proposals put forward by the French citizens climate assembly for higher passenger taxes and other measures to reduce aviation emissions have been heavily criticised by industry body IATA, which said such a move would lead to heavy losses in jobs and GDP. The eco-taxes suggested could range from €30 ($35) for an economy class flight of less than 2,000km up to €400 ($470) for a longer flight in business class. According to the French civil aviation authority (DGAC), annual tax revenue from air passengers could rise nearly ten-fold to reach over €4 billion euros in a business-as-usual scenario if implemented in 2021. The UK's citizens climate assembly has recommended that frequent fliers and those who fly further should pay more. Meanwhile, Greenpeace Netherlands has filed a lawsuit to force the Dutch government to discontinue its bailout of KLM on the grounds that the climate conditions attached to the agreement do not go far enough.  Read more ...

ICCT report on commercial aircraft fuel burn trends argues for a more stringent ICAO CO2 standard | ICCT
ICCT report on commercial aircraft fuel burn trends argues for a more stringent ICAO CO2 standard
Thu 17 Sept 2020 - After stagnating from around 1990 to 2005, the average fuel burn of new jet aircraft decreased at a faster pace from the late 2000s and continued during the last decade, finds a new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). This is attributed to the introduction of new, more fuel-efficient narrowbody and widebody aircraft such as Boeing's 787 and 737 MAX and Airbus’s A350 and A320neo. Depending on the metric used, the average fuel burn reduction was 1.0 to 1.5 per cent per year since 2010. As the only known new aircraft model on the horizon is Boeing's 777X, the reduction may slow down in the upcoming decade, forecasts the study, but if cost-effective technologies were adopted by the manufacturers, the improvement could be accelerated by up to 2.2 per cent annually through to 2034. ICCT recommends the current ICAO CO2 emissions standard be tightened in order to provide such incentives. Read more ...

Members of international airline alliance oneworld commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 | oneworld,British Airways,Qantas,net zero
Members of international airline alliance oneworld commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050
Tue 15 Sept 2020 - The 13 airline members of the oneworld global alliance have united behind a common aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Four members - IAG's British Airways and Iberia, plus Japan Airlines and Qantas - have already committed to the 2050 target, with a fifth, Finnair, aiming to reach it by 2045. The other major alliance members now joining the pledge include American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and member-elect Alaska Airlines. Also committing include Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines and Russia's S7 Airlines, whose governments have not yet volunteered to join the international carbon-neutral growth scheme CORSIA. The airlines will develop their own individual approaches to reach the target and collaborate on a number of environmental and sustainability initiatives. Read more ...

Major new study finds global aviation is responsible for 3.5 per cent of human-induced climate change | MMU,Non-CO2,David Lee
Major new study finds global aviation is responsible for 3.5 per cent of human-induced climate change
Mon 14 Sept 2020 – Although it is established that aviation’s contribution to climate change goes further than just emissions of carbon dioxide from jet engines, there have been considerable uncertainties over the impact of non-CO2 effects from, for example, contrails and contrail cirrus created by engines at high altitude. Attempts have been made to come up with multiplication factors to calculate aviation’s true climate impact but they have not been driven by the science. A major new international study, the first of its kind since 2009, has now calculated aviation is responsible for 3.5 per cent of all human activities that drive climate change. The study is unique in that for the first time the calculations have been made using a new metric - effective radiative forcing (ERF) - that was introduced in 2013 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Using the metric, the researchers found the impact from contrail cirrus is less than half previously estimated but is still the sector’s largest contributor to global warming. Read more ...

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 ...