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Southwest Airlines agrees to purchase three million gallons per year of renewable jet fuel sourced from forest residues | Southwest Airlines,Red Rock Biofuels,Velocys,Fulcrum BioEnergy,Emerald Biofuels
Southwest Airlines agrees to purchase three million gallons per year of renewable jet fuel sourced from forest residues
Tue 30 Sept 2014 - Southwest Airlines has entered into an agreement with Colorado-based Red Rock Biofuels (RRB) to purchase around three million gallons per year of renewable jet biofuel that will be blended and used at the low-cost carrier's San Francisco Bay Area operations. First deliveries are due to start in 2016 and RRB says it will be able to provide its product at cost parity with conventional jet fuel. RRB has just secured a $70 million federal grant to help fund the building of a $200 million refinery in Oregon that will produce jet fuel, diesel and naphtha from forestry residues sourced from timber operations. Around 140,000 dry tons of woody biomass feedstock will be converted into at least 12 million gallons annually of the three products. Another recipient of a $70 million federal grant is Fulcrum BioEnergy, which recently signed a biofuel agreement with Cathay Pacific Airways. Read more ...

Air France-KLM again leads DJ Sustainability Index as LATAM becomes first airline group in the Americas to join | Dow Jones,DJSI,Air France-KLM,LATAM,Embraer
Air France-KLM again leads DJ Sustainability Index as LATAM becomes first airline group in the Americas to join
Mon 29 Sept 2014 - For the tenth consecutive year, Air France-KLM has been ranked a sector leader in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which analyses the economic, environmental and social performance of major companies worldwide. The airline group was listed as a leader in the Airlines category and was also industry group leader in the broader Transport category, which covers all modes of transportation. LATAM Airlines Group, which comprises LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, becomes the first in the Airline category from the Americas to join the index. In the Aerospace and Defence sector, aircraft manufacturer Embraer has been listed for the fifth year in a row. Over 2,500 leading companies around the world are invited to join the index and this year 319 companies were selected. Read more ...

Aviation sector taking action to improve fuel efficiency and stabilise carbon emissions, ICAO chief tells UN Climate Summit | UN Climate Summit
Aviation sector taking action to improve fuel efficiency and stabilise carbon emissions, ICAO chief tells UN Climate Summit
Wed 24 Sept 2014 – As world leaders met in New York for the UN Climate Summit yesterday, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, Council President of ICAO, told the gathering the aviation sector was taking steps to continue improving air transport fuel efficiency and stabilise net CO2 emissions from 2020. He announced a commitment on climate action between ICAO and the aviation industry to expand on work already being undertaken to reduce emissions across the sector. A joint Action Statement and Action Plan were unveiled at the event by ICAO and the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). Meanwhile, to mark the Summit, Finnair operated an Airbus A330 on a commercial flight from Helsinki to New York using sustainable biofuel made from recycled cooking oil supplied by SkyNRG Nordic. Read more ...

Government must restrict the building of new homes within airport noise contours, say UK airport operators | AOA,Darren Caplan,noise
Government must restrict the building of new homes within airport noise contours, say UK airport operators
Wed 24 Sept 2014 - A lack of consistency between national aviation policy and planning policy has led to 5,700 new homes being built or given planning permission within the noise contours of the UK's 18 biggest airports during the past three years, finds a new report from the UK Airport Operators Association (AOA). A well-intentioned policy to streamline the planning process on building much-needed new homes has allowed property developers to encroach into areas where aircraft noise can be of annoyance to residents, says the AOA. It calls on government to reintroduce national planning guidance about how local authorities should interpret noise contours and align airports with local development needs. The AOA report, 'Sustainable Airports', demonstrates how UK airports are reducing their carbon emissions and managing noise, and the trade body urges the government to provide more support in both areas.  Read more ...

Rarotonga Airport's solar farm nears completion as island nation balances tourism and climate change challenges | Rarotonga,solar
Rarotonga Airport's solar farm nears completion as island nation balances tourism and climate change challenges
Wed 24 Sept 2014 - Construction of a large solar energy system at Rarotonga International Airport in the Cook Islands is due to be completed next month. The 'Te Mana O Te Ra' - meaning the power of the sun - solar project involves the installation of 3,051 photovoltaic panels capable of producing up to 960 kilowatts, or about five per cent of Rarotonga's energy needs. Costing in the region of NZ$3.3 million (US$2.7m) and supported with funding from the New Zealand government, the project's main contractor is Auckland-based Infratec Renewables. The modules have been supplied by Chinese solar power manufacturer JA Solar. The solar farm will be connected to the local electricity grid and the Cook Islands government estimates this will lead to a reduction of around 400,000 litres of diesel fuel imports per year. Read more ...

Lufthansa operates commercial flight using new sugar-based biofuel and signs jatropha agreement | Lufthansa,Amyris,Total,JatroSolutions
Lufthansa operates commercial flight using new sugar-based biofuel and signs jatropha agreement
Fri 19 Sept 2014 - Following its recent approval by international fuel standards body ASTM, the sugar-based biofuel developed by the Total oil group and US-based biotech company Amyris was used by Lufthansa on a commercial flight from Frankfurt to Berlin on Monday (Sept 15). The synthetic biology fuel, called farnesane, was blended to its maximum permitted 10 per cent with conventional jet kerosene and marks the first commercial use of the product in Europe. The biofuel, produced from Brazilian sugarcane, was first used on a GOL commercial flight between Orlando, Florida, and Sao Paulo in late July. The producers claim an up to 80 per cent reduction in GHG emissions compared to petroleum products as well reduced emissions of particulate matter. Lufthansa has also signed an MoU agreement with German company JatroSolutions to help make jet biofuel derived from the jatropha plant commercially viable. Read more ...

European travellers and 'experience seekers' more likely to offset their carbon emissions, finds Australian study | Carbon offsetting
European travellers and 'experience seekers' more likely to offset their carbon emissions, finds Australian study
Wed 17 Sept 2014 - Travellers from the UK and Europe are far more likely to support voluntary carbon offsetting measures than their Asian counterparts, reveals an extensive study of international visitors to Australia. Using data from the government's Tourism Research Australia, researchers from the Griffith Institute for Tourism in Queensland analysed uptake over a three-year period and found younger travellers were more likely to offset their emissions than older visitors. 'Experience seekers' - those international travellers who value authenticity, adventure, learning and immersion in the local culture and who form an 'ideal' visitor segment for the Australian tourism authorities - and nature-based visitors were found to be significantly more likely to offset. The research confirms other studies that have shown a low but steady take-up of carbon offsetting schemes. Read more ...

ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation gets major boost as North American region joins the carbon programme | ACI,Airport Carbon Accreditation
ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation gets major boost as North American region joins the carbon programme
Tue 16 Sept 2014 - The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme launched by European airport representative body ACI Europe five years ago has received a major boost following its adoption by ACI counterparts in North America. With ACI's Asia-Pacific and Africa regions already participating and its Latin America and Caribbean region expected to join in the near future, the carbon management standard for airports has achieved a near global coverage. During the recent ACI-North America (ACI-NA) annual conference, Seattle-Tacoma was announced the first airport in the region to achieve certification within the programme. Montreal, Denver, San Francisco and Portland have also committed to joining by early next year. With the addition of Sea-Tac, 108 airports worldwide, which between them handle nearly a quarter of global passenger traffic, have been accredited at one of the four levels of the programme. Read more ...

Faced with legal and NGO pressure, US EPA starts domestic regulatory process to address aircraft emissions | EPA,FOE,Center for Biological Diversity,ICAO CAEP,CO2 standard
Faced with legal and NGO pressure, US EPA starts domestic regulatory process to address aircraft emissions
Mon 15 Sept 2014 - After years of pressure from environmental organisations, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun a domestic regulatory process to address greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from aircraft. Under the process, the agency will determine whether aircraft GHGs cause or contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare and intends to release its findings by late April 2015. In a paper to ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), the EPA says under its current schedule it will issue a final determination in spring 2016. The EPA and FAA are currently working within CAEP to establish an international CO2 emissions standard for aircraft that they expect to be agreed in February 2016. The EPA move was welcomed by US NGOs, which had threatened to sue the agency over a perceived failure to act on tackling GHG emissions. Read more ...

COMMENTARY

Reconciling CBDR with non-discrimination: A fundamental requirement for ICAO's global MBM success | Alejandro Piera
Reconciling CBDR with non-discrimination: A fundamental requirement for ICAO's global MBM success
Tue 23 Sept 2014 - Greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation will continue to remain one of the sector's biggest and most complex challenges. ICAO Member States decided in 2013 to develop a global market-based measure (MBM) to address this growing concern. Although the organisation has identified potential options for this scheme, and in fact has established a road map to achieve the objective, a number of issues remain unresolved. Perhaps one of the most complex remains the articulation of the UNFCCC's Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) principle with ICAO's non-discrimination. Given the highly political nature of the issue, industry has left it for States to decide. Similarly, ICAO has hitherto only scratched the surface of the matter. By mapping out an incremental, route-based global MBM, Alejandro Piera suggests certain criteria to select routes to be covered under the scheme and at what stage. Read more ...

To restore relevancy and credibility, ICAO must show leadership and direction on a global aviation emissions scheme | Ruwantissa Abeyratne
To restore relevancy and credibility, ICAO must show leadership and direction on a global aviation emissions scheme
Mon 1 Sept 2014 - The task facing ICAO States in coming up with a workable global market-based measure (MBM) by 2016 to limit the growth of international aviation emissions is daunting. The Organization has to balance the interests of both developed and developing States in shaping the proposal. The technical requirements aside, which the key players would be amply capable of handling, ICAO will have to move with a strong sense of purpose, direction and conviction, and dispel accusations regarding its own ineptitude in handling the subject, writes aviation legal expert Ruwantissa Abeyratne. The leadership of ICAO should restore the relevancy and credibility of the Organization by establishing time lines and a work programme for the next three years that would ensure delivery to the 39th Assembly of an MBM scheme applicable from 2020. Any scheme will have to promote compliance through clear and precise measures and introduce legalisation that offers a fair deal to every State concerned. Read more ...

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

For more details on the following events, click here


Aviation Jet Fuel Guidance for your supply chain
30 September 2014
Online Webinar



Getting dAIR – Clean Airports. Decarbonised Regions
13 October 2014
Brussels, Belgium

Alternative Fuels and Propulsion Systems – Reducing Aviation’s Impact on the Environment
21 October 2014
London, UK

Airports Going Green Conference
3-5 November 2014
Chicago, USA

6R Green Aviation Conference
6-7 November 2014
Paris, France




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RECENT NEWS

Airbus joins South African project to research the potential for replacing APUs with fuel cell technology | Fuel cells,HySA
Airbus joins South African project to research the potential for replacing APUs with fuel cell technology
Wed 3 Sept 2014 - A three-year South African project is underway to research the use of fuel cell technology in commercial airliners in the search for alternative solutions to fossil fuel based propulsion and energy sources. Jointly funded by Airbus and South Africa's National Aerospace Centre, the project will be undertaken by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems Competence Centre at its University of the Western Cape research facility. Airbus says it has identified hydrogen fuel cells as a future, emissions-free substitute for an aircraft's Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), a small gas turbine engine that generates on-board electrical power and heat while the aircraft is on the ground. The aircraft manufacturer has already performed test flights involving fuel cells to power individual emergency power systems and is working on the technology that could permit the complete replacement of the electrical power systems with a multi-functional fuel cell. Read more ...

US Farm to Fly initiative to develop national aviation biofuel industry receives boost from Energy Department | CAAFI,USDA,Farm to Fly,DOE
US Farm to Fly initiative to develop national aviation biofuel industry receives boost from Energy Department
Tue 2 Sept 2014 - Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson has announced the US Department of Energy is joining the Farm to Fly 2.0 initiative to support the development of a commercially viable aviation biofuel industry in the United States. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Boeing and airline trade body Airlines for America launched Farm to Fly in 2010 and the programme was extended for a further five years in April 2013 with additional partners including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and other aviation industry representative groups. The aim of Farm to Fly 2.0 is to set up supply chains in the US that are able to support a goal of producing one billion gallons of sustainable jet biofuel for use by airlines by 2018. Read more ...

Garuda Indonesia plans to start using locally-sourced aviation biofuel from 2016 as part of government target | Garuda,Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia plans to start using locally-sourced aviation biofuel from 2016 as part of government target
Mon 1 Sept 2014 - As part of a national plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from air transport, state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia has confirmed it is targeting a two per cent use of biofuels in its jet fuel consumption from 2016 and three per cent from 2020. The airline burns around 1.8 billion litres of jet fuel annually, which is expected to rise to 2 billion in 2016 as a result of an increase in passenger traffic and additions to its aircraft fleet. However, Garuda's Director of Operations Capt Novianto Herupratomo said last week the commitment was heavily dependent on the availability of locally-sourced palm oil that is currently being laboratory tested. The Indonesian government unveiled its Green Aviation Initiatives for Sustainable Development last year, which includes targets for reducing emissions through a combination of fleet renewal, airport initiatives, air navigation improvements and the use of alternative fuels. Read more ...

Auckland Airport partners with tenants to launch ambitious three-year, $2.5m energy savings programme | Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport partners with tenants to launch ambitious three-year, $2.5m energy savings programme
Thu 28 Aug 2014 - Auckland Airport is to invest more than NZ$3 million (US$2.5m) over three year in projects to measure and manage energy in partnership with its tenants, which number more than 100 throughout its terminals and wider business district. The programme will aim to save six gigawatt hours of energy - enough to power 750 homes each year and worth over NZ$2 million - and reduce carbon emissions by around 1,000 tonnes per year. The first stage will see the installation of an energy monitoring system to help identify energy use and potential savings across the business district. The programme is the first collaboration of its type in the country between a large-scale commercial landlord and its tenants, and is supported by New Zealand's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Read more ...

San Diego wins ACI North America's environmental management award for its Green Build expansion project | ACI-NA
San Diego wins ACI North America's environmental management award for its Green Build expansion project
Wed 27 Aug 2014 - San Diego International Airport has won this year's major Environmental Achievement Award from Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the trade association for commercial airports in the United States and Canada. The Environmental Management award recognises the airport's 'The Green Build' project, a 460,000 square-foot expansion that recently became the world's first commercial airport terminal to achieve the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification. Other awards have been won by Grand Rapids' Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Port Columbus International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. The awards will be presented at ACI-NA’s annual conference in Atlanta on September 10. Read more ...

As air traffic growth outpaces carbon reduction efforts, a global regulator with teeth is required, says new study | Southampton University
As air traffic growth outpaces carbon reduction efforts, a global regulator with teeth is required, says new study
Tue 26 Aug 2014 - Even if proposed mitigation measures are agreed upon and put in place, the growth in air traffic is likely to outpace emission reductions unless demand is substantially reduced, finds new research by the UK's University of Southampton. Implementation of market-based measures and a global CO2 standard for aircraft will provide additional incentives for greater reduction rates in the future in combination with progress in aircraft technology, efficient operational procedures and alternative fuels, say the researchers, but are unlikely to be sufficient to close the emissions gap. In which case, behaviour change to reduce air travel demand will become necessary through higher ticket prices, they propose, and call for the setting up of a global regulator "with teeth" to enforce CO2 emission reduction measures. Read more ...

Europe Airpost signs with fuel efficiency software specialist Aviaso as French aerospace giant Safran enters market | Aviaso,Sagem,Safran,Europe Airpost
Europe Airpost signs with fuel efficiency software specialist Aviaso as French aerospace giant Safran enters market
Tue 26 Aug 2014 - French aerospace company Sagem has launched a new service, SFCO2, to help airlines reduce their fuel consumption and costs as well as carbon emissions. Following a three-fold increase in the price of jet fuel over the past 10 years, Sagem says fuel is now the largest expenditure for airlines, accounting for 30 to 40 per cent of operating costs. Part of the giant Safran group, Sagem has developed SFCO2 jointly with sister aircraft engine company Snecma and will be provided by its services subsidiary Cassiopée. Meanwhile, Swiss-based Aviaso has won a tender from Europe Airpost to provide the French airline with its fuel conservation and efficiency software. The airline is currently implementing a sustainable development strategy that includes fleet modernisation, optimisation of take-off and landing performance and the introduction of non-polluting electrical ground power units. Read more ...

US conservation groups to sue EPA over delays in finding aviation emissions an endangerment to health | Friends of the Earth,Center for Biological Diversity,Earthjustice,Environmental Protection Agency,EPA,Transport & Environment,ICCT
US conservation groups to sue EPA over delays in finding aviation emissions an endangerment to health
Thu 21 Aug 2014 - Conservation groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a perceived failure and unreasonable delay by the government agency in addressing aviation's growing aviation emissions. The dispute goes back over six years to when the groups first petitioned EPA to carry out a mandatory duty under the Clean Air Act to determine whether greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft engines cause or contribute to air pollution "that may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare". The mandate was upheld in a court ruling in July 2011, and in 2012 EPA acknowledged its obligation to conduct an endangerment finding and indicated it would begin work, but has yet to take any steps in the rulemaking process. EPA said it would "review and respond accordingly" to the notice but that it was currently working through ICAO on an international CO2 efficiency standard for new type aircraft. Read more ...

EU-funded software project looks to reduce HVAC energy consumption at airports by up to 20 per cent | Fraunhofer
EU-funded software project looks to reduce HVAC energy consumption at airports by up to 20 per cent
Mon 18 Aug 2014 - An EU-funded project is underway to help cut carbon emissions caused by faulty high-consuming heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) plants at European airports. The daily electricity and thermal energy used by a large airport compares to that of a city of 100,000 people. The three-year 'CASCADE - ICT for Energy Efficient Airports' project, with a contribution of EUR 2.6 million from the 7th Framework Programme, is looking to reduce energy use and emissions by up to 20 per cent. Nine CASCADE partners from Germany, Ireland, Italy and Serbia have developed new software and an energy action plan based on the ISO 50001 international management standard and algorithms for fault detection and diagnostics. Italy's two largest airports, Rome's Fiumicino and Milan's Malpensa, are piloting the project. Read more ...

UK airspace environmental and operational efficiency continues to improve but NATS faces challenge | NATS
UK airspace environmental and operational efficiency continues to improve but NATS faces challenge
Fri 15 Aug 2014 - According to UK air traffic services provider NATS, the environmental and operational efficiency of UK airspace improved during the first half of this year. However, it faces a challenge to meet a new tighter year-end target set by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). In 2012, NATS became the first ANSP to be set an incentivised efficiency performance target by its regulatory authority. NATS measures the route and trajectory of every aircraft flight within UK airspace using its three-dimensional inefficiency (3Di) metric, with each flight compared to a scale where zero represents total environmental efficiency. Most flights typically score between 15 and 35. During the January to June 2014 period, NATS achieved a rolling average score of 23.3, lower than the score of 23.7 for 2013 but higher than the 2014 target of 23 set by the CAA. Read more ...

Cathay Pacific enters equity deal and 10-year offtake agreement with MSW-to-biojet developer Fulcrum | Cathay Pacific,Fulcrum
Cathay Pacific enters equity deal and 10-year offtake agreement with MSW-to-biojet developer Fulcrum
Tue 12 Aug 2014 - Cathay Pacific Airways has made a strategic equity investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy, a California-based developer of a municipal solid waste (MSW) to sustainable jet fuel process. The Hong Kong airline has also negotiated a long-term supply agreement with Fulcrum for an initial 375 million US gallons of biojet fuel over 10 years, representing around 2 per cent of the airline's current annual fuel consumption. Fulcrum says it plans to commence construction of its first commercial plant later this year and to build large-scale jet fuel plants at multiple locations, including sites strategic to the Cathay Pacific network, primarily in North America. British Airways has already entered the MSW-to-biojet market in a similar partnership with Fulcrum rival Solena that aims to produce sustainable jet fuel from 2017 at a new plant east of London. Read more ...
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Portland International receives FAA VALE environmental grant towards purchase of clean technology buses | Portland International Airport,FAA VALE
Portland International receives FAA VALE environmental grant towards purchase of clean technology buses
Mon 11 Aug 2014 - Portland International Airport has received a $331,653 environmental grant from the FAA towards the purchase of six compressed natural gas buses that transport airport passengers and employees from the terminal to parking and car rental facilities. The award comes through the FAA's Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) programme, which is designed to reduce sources of airport ground emissions in areas of marginal air quality. The programme was implemented in 2005 to help airports meet their air quality responsibilities under the US Clean Air Act and the FAA has so far funded 67 VALE clean technology projects at 34 airports, with a total investment of $167 million made up of $133 million in federal grants and $34 million in local matching funds. Read more ...

Boeing, SAA and SkyNRG to collaborate on project to convert new tobacco hybrid crop to sustainable jet fuel | SkyNRG,SAA,Sunchem
Boeing, SAA and SkyNRG to collaborate on project to convert new tobacco hybrid crop to sustainable jet fuel
Fri 8 Aug 2014 - An initiative by Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) to develop a renewable jet fuel sector in South Africa has announced it is to collaborate with SkyNRG on a project to produce jet biofuel from a new hybrid type of energy-rich, nicotine-free tobacco crop. The crop, known as Solaris, has been developed by Italian company Sunchem and test farming is already underway. SkyNRG has teamed with Sunchem to scale up production and both Boeing and SAA will provide active support in securing further project financing and offtake agreements. The partners believe biofuel production from large and small farms can be expected within the next few years, with oil from the plant's seeds being converted initially into jet fuel and then emerging technologies enabling future production from the rest of the plant. Boeing and SAA are working with the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to help farmers with small plots of land to grow biofuel feedstocks that provide socio-economic value without harming food supplies, fresh water or land use. Read more ...

Work on an ICAO global market-based measure begins to narrow down finer details of the Strawman | ICAO MBM,EAG,GMTF
Work on an ICAO global market-based measure begins to narrow down finer details of the Strawman
Tue 22 July 2014 - The design elements of a global market-based measure (GMBM) scheme to limit the growth of international emissions are slowly being pulled together by ICAO's Environmental Advisory Group (EAG). Set up in March, the EAG comprises 17 representatives from the governing ICAO Council, with participation from an industry representative, and works in parallel with a Global MBM Technical Task Force (GMTF), an ICAO CAEP sub-group. The EAG is now developing the principles and details of a carbon offset global scheme based on a Strawman approach drawn up by the ICAO Secretariat. Strawman Version 1.0 was presented to the EAG in March and after five meetings it has now progressed to Version 1.1. Its contents up till now have been restricted to EAG members, although a recent Council meeting has agreed to enhance the transparency of EAG activities and the Strawman to CAEP members, observers and experts. Read more ...

Honeywell UOP renewable jet fuel technology selected by Petrixo for large new Gulf biorefinery | Honeywell UOP,Petrixo,UOP
Honeywell UOP renewable jet fuel technology selected by Petrixo for large new Gulf biorefinery
Tue 22 July 2014 - Dubai-based Petrixo Oil & Gas has selected Honeywell UOP's renewable jet fuel process technology to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel at a new refinery to be built in the nearby UAE emirate of Fujairah. The technology is expected to be capable of processing around 500,000 tonnes of renewable feedstocks, although the source or type of feedstock to be used has not been revealed. Petrixo announced earlier this year that it will invest $800 million to build the new refinery, which will have a design capacity of one million tonnes, and claims it will be the first commercial-scale renewable jet production facility outside of North America. The biorefinery is to be built on a 460,000 square metre area of land within the Fujairah Free Zone and the Port of Fujairah and is expected to produce a variety of biofuel products for the Gulf and international markets. Read more ...

British Airways A380 to feature in cross-industry initiative to study noise reduction procedures at Heathrow | British Airways,London Heathrow,NATS,Airbus ProSky
British Airways A380 to feature in cross-industry initiative to study noise reduction procedures at Heathrow
Mon 21 July 2014 - Airbus, British Airways, Heathrow Airport and UK air navigation service provider NATS are to collaborate on an initiative to study and develop new operational procedures to reduce the number of people affected by aircraft noise around Heathrow. Using a British Airways Airbus A380, Airbus ProSky - the air traffic management subsidiary of Airbus - will design departure and arrival procedures based on recommendations from BA, NATS and the airport. Airbus EVP Customer Affairs Christopher Buckley said the A380 was the ideal aircraft to conduct the 'Quieter Flights' study as it had the latest state-of-the-art technologies that allowed optimised paths to be flown very precisely. Results of the project will be shared with the rest of the industry, including other airlines and airports, and Airbus engineers will later work on adapting the same changes to the rest of the Airbus fleet. Read more ...

Industry and green groups clash on the economic and climate impacts of UK runway expansion | CBI,AEF,WWF-UK,RSPB,CCC,Airports Commission
Industry and green groups clash on the economic and climate impacts of UK runway expansion
Mon 21 July 2014 - A new report from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says action is needed to boost the UK's air links with emerging markets but this need not have to come at the expense of environmental commitments. It warns that without urgent and decisive action from politicians on the future of the UK’s airport infrastructure, businesses would miss out on the new connections they need, hampering efforts on trade and investment. However, another report from three UK green groups - RSPB, WWF and Aviation Environment Federation (AEF) - concludes plans to expand airport capacity are based on a "wing and a prayer" and the UK's climate targets cannot be met unless industry as a whole takes on the added costs that would result from having to make additional carbon savings if aviation emissions were allowed to soar. A further report on the UK's first four-year carbon budget period shows aviation emissions fell between 2008 and 2012. Read more ...

UK aviation group calls for government backing to kick-start production of sustainable aviation fuels | Sustainable Aviation,E4Tech
UK aviation group calls for government backing to kick-start production of sustainable aviation fuels
Fri 18 July 2014 - The potential to reduce UK aviation's annual carbon emissions by up to 1.7 million tonnes by 2030 through the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels can only be realised with government support, says UK industry environmental strategy group Sustainable Aviation (SA). It calls for a clear policy framework to stimulate investment and production of new generation alternative aviation fuels, which could provide up to £480 million ($820m) per year to the UK economy by 2030 and create 4,400 jobs if 12 new plants were to be built. Backed up by a parallel report from sustainable energy consultancy E4tech, SA has published a discussion paper, Fuelling the Future, outlining the potential market penetration both in the UK and globally for sustainable alternative fuels up to 2050. It is seeking views from policymakers and stakeholders ahead of a roadmap it intends publishing later in the year. Read more ...

Japanese initiative launched to develop next-generation sustainable aviation biofuel sector by 2020 | INAF,Japan Airlines,All Nippon Airways
Japanese initiative launched to develop next-generation sustainable aviation biofuel sector by 2020
Tue 15 July 2014 - Japan has become the latest country to launch a government-backed initiative to investigate the potential of developing a domestic sustainable aviation biofuel industry. Over 30 companies and organisations from the aerospace, fuel, engineering, finance and research sectors have formed a group called Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) to plan a roadmap towards using nationally sourced aviation biofuels by 2020, when the Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be held in Tokyo. Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Boeing are among the INAF members. Japan Airlines and Boeing partnered in one of the first demonstration biofuel flights back in January 2009, which was made up of camelina, jatropha and algae blended by Honeywell UOP and supplied by Nikki-Universal, a Japanese joint venture of UOP and JGC Corporation, both members of INAF. Read more ...

As Australia repeals carbon tax, Qantas removes its domestic flight surcharge but says fares won't drop | Qantas,Virgin Australia
As Australia repeals carbon tax, Qantas removes its domestic flight surcharge but says fares won't drop
Mon 14 July 2014 - Ahead of a move that would make Australia the first country in the world to remove a legislated price on carbon, Qantas said it has officially dropped the carbon surcharge it introduced on domestic fares in 2012. The repeal of the carbon tax by the incoming Australian coalition government was expected to have been voted through by now but ran into problems when one minority party removed its support, insisting that industries paying the tax had to pass on the saving to consumers, a stipulation that now appears to have been accepted and the legislation is expected to be approved within days. However, the airline, which had a carbon liability in its 2012-13 financial year of A$106 million ($100m), says its attempts to pass on the tax to customers failed due to strong competition in the domestic market and so fares will not be reduced. Rival Virgin Australia says it too had been unable to recover the costs of the carbon tax for similar reasons and would also not be lowering fares as a result.  Read more ...

Brazil's GOL to start international flights using newly-certified Amyris/Total renewable jet fuel | Amyris,Total,GOL,SIP
Brazil's GOL to start international flights using newly-certified Amyris/Total renewable jet fuel
Fri 11 July 2014 - Less than a month after approval for commercial use by fuel certification body ASTM International, Brazilian carrier GOL has announced it is to begin flying with blended farnesane renewable jet fuel developed by the Amyris/Total partnership. The sugarcane-derived Synthetic Iso-Paraffin (SIP) fuel will be produced in Brazil and used in blends of up to 10 per cent on flights between Florida and Sao Paulo starting later this month. As the Brazilian fuel regulator has yet to transcribe the revised ASTM standard on SIP fuels, which may take a further three months, the Amyris/Total fuel blend can only be used on inbound GOL flights until passed. When produced on a fully sustainable basis, the two companies claim farnesane can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 per cent on a lifecycle basis compared to traditional petroleum fuels. Read more ...

Cambridge reports highlight the dangers to tourism and air transport sectors through climate change impacts | University of Cambridge,Annela Anger,Lynette Dray
Cambridge reports highlight the dangers to tourism and air transport sectors through climate change impacts
Fri 11 July 2014 - The tourism industry is likely to be severely impacted by climate change, which will also have important consequences for the air transport sector, and both will come under growing pressure to reduce their significant carbon footprint. The warning is highlighted in a new report from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which summarises the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The tourism industry accounts for between 3.9 and 6 per cent of human contributions to GHG emissions but on current trends this will rise to 10 per cent by 2025. Air transport accounted for 43 per cent of the total emissions from tourism in 2005 but just 17 per cent of number of trips taken. Another recent Cambridge study found global aviation emissions could be cut by a third by 2050 through using a carbon tax to replace older aircraft with new models. Read more ...

Virgin Australia extends its passenger carbon offset scheme to include Tasmanian nature conservation project | Virgin Australia,Tasmanian Land Conservancy
Virgin Australia extends its passenger carbon offset scheme to include Tasmanian nature conservation project
Fri 4 July 2014 - Virgin Australia has extended its 'Fly Carbon Neutral' voluntary carbon offset programme through a new partnership with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC). Passengers can now choose to neutralise the emissions on their domestic and international flights through a nature conservation reserve in Tasmania or existing renewable energy projects in Thailand and Cambodia. TLC is a science-based environmental NGO that actively manages over 30,000 hectares of land for nature conservation, providing a safe haven for rare and threatened species of Tasmania's unique plants and animals. The credits purchased from TLC are Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) produced and verified through the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The VCUs are generated from 12,000 hectares of native Tasmanian forest that was previously logged by a timber company. Read more ...

SkyWall concept wins competition to find a solution to reducing ground noise impacts at Bromma Stockholm | Bromma Stockholm Airport,Red-architectes,Swedavia
SkyWall concept wins competition to find a solution to reducing ground noise impacts at Bromma Stockholm
Fri 4 July 2014 - A competition to find a solution to reduce the impact of ground noise on residents close to Sweden's Bromma Stockholm Airport has been won by Paris-based Red-architectes. The SkyWall concept was chosen by a jury made up of representatives from the airport's owner and operator Swedavia and local residents, together with experts in the fields of acoustics, architecture and construction. The International Swedavia Airport Innovation Challenge 2014, with a prize of 100,000 Swedish krona ($14,500), attracted nearly 1,000 participants from 87 different countries and almost 100 original solutions were submitted. Swedavia says SkyWall is based on a proven noise screening and refraction technique and believes the claimed reduction levels are realistic. It adds the transparent material of the wall will integrate easily into the landscape and still allow residents a view of the airport's activities. Read more ...

UK industry group Sustainable Aviation and NATS launch initiative to improve continuous descent performance | Sustainable Aviation,NATS,CDOs,CDAs
UK industry group Sustainable Aviation and NATS launch initiative to improve continuous descent performance
Thu 3 July 2014 - Industry group Sustainable Aviation (SA) has launched a campaign to increase the number of Continuous Descent Operations (CDOs) at airports across the United Kingdom. The UK's air navigation services provider NATS is leading the project that aims to increase CDOs by an overall 5 per cent at the 15 airports under its control. The additional 30,000 flights implementing the procedure could save an estimated annual 10,000 tonnes of CO2 and around £2 million ($3.4m) in fuel costs, as well as result in quieter aircraft arrivals. Up until recently much of the focus has been on implementing Continuous Descent Approaches (CDAs) once aircraft descend below 6,000 feet and the emphasis is on achieving quieter arrivals, whereas CDOs typically commence from the top of an aircraft's descent, at around 20,000 feet, and can lead to significant fuel and emissions savings. Read more ...