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The Roadmap to True Zero: Targeting not only CO2 but aviation's total environmental impact | Roland Berger
The Roadmap to True Zero: Targeting not only CO2 but aviation's total environmental impact
Mon 28 Sept 2020 - While scientific uncertainty remains over the exact quantum of aviation's non-CO2 effects, the practical reality is quite clear: both CO2 and non-CO2 effects contribute to warming and are extremely important to mitigate. For aviation to remove its total environmental footprint, the industry must work to tackle both carbon and non-carbon effects with equal emphasis and aim for a 'True Zero'. So how can aviation remove its environmental impact by 2050? Nikhil Sachdeva outlines Roland Berger's proposed Roadmap to True Zero: a 5-step plan to deploy a mixture of conventional and revolutionary technologies for range-specific missions, including electric, hydrogen and SAFs, and 'low hanging fruit' improvements such as trajectory optimisation. Read more ...

Rebuilding air transport with a zero-carbon future in the post-Covid green recovery | Chris Lyle
Rebuilding air transport with a zero-carbon future in the post-Covid green recovery
Mon 29 June 2020 - Covid-19 has hit air transport particularly hard. As aviation focuses on rebuilding in a 'new normal' framework of health and safety, traveller apprehension and regulatory structure - at a time of severe economic constraints and volatility - the issue of the sector's contribution to climate change is at risk of being sidelined. But concerns regarding that contribution are growing in the light of the Paris Agreement targets and increasing recognition of the threat of climate change. At the same time, new fuel sources are evolving in the form of synthetics and electric powerplants that have the potential to reduce air transport's flight operational emissions close to zero by 2050. The key challenges are financing the high costs involved and setting appropriate policies to encourage investment and uptake. Chris Lyle suggests a refocus on the emissions mitigation framework to be built into the air transport recovery process. Read more ...

Going green and tackling the climate challenge remain top priorities for Europe's regional airlines  | ERA,ZeroAvia,Montserrat Barriga
Going green and tackling the climate challenge remain top priorities for Europe's regional airlines
Fri 18 June 2020 - Despite the challenges facing the industry today as a result of Covid-19, green issues remain at the top of the agenda for our members, writes Montserrat Barriga, Director General of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). Hence, ERA conducted and has now published its first sustainability report, outlining our sector's efforts in the fight against climate change, which represents one of the biggest threats to the existence of the air transport industry. With movements such as 'flygskam' (flight shame) having grown exponentially in 2019 and negatively impacting aviation demand, tackling the climate challenge has become a matter of survival for the aviation sector. The regional airline industry has been responding to this public and political pressure, and working to achieve efficiency improvements.  Read more ...

CORSIA: Five key takeaways on what eligibility decisions mean for carbon markets | Gold Standard,TAB
CORSIA: Five key takeaways on what eligibility decisions mean for carbon markets
Wed 20 May 2020 - On March 13, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced that credits from Gold Standard and five other standards will be eligible for CORSIA, the aviation sector's carbon market scheme, for the pilot phase 2021-2023. While Gold Standard believes the requirement for a carbon-intensive sector like aviation to take accountability only for emissions for growth compared to a baseline is insufficient, especially without more ambitious decarbonisation expectations, it is a testimony to the integrity of the voluntary carbon market that some of its standards are among those recognised for this new compliance mechanism. Drilling down deeper, the selection criteria yield five key takeaways that stand to set a new minimum bar in carbon markets, writes Gold Standard's Sarah LeugersRead more ...