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Boeing starts ecoDemonstrator 787 flight testing of new efficiency performance technologies | Boeing ecoDemonstrator,FAA CLEEN
Boeing starts ecoDemonstrator 787 flight testing of new efficiency performance technologies
Mon 24 Nov 2014 – Boeing's latest ecoDemonstrator programme has begun flight testing more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving the environmental performance of aircraft through every phase of flight. The new round of testing is using a 787 Dreamliner to evaluate software and connectivity technologies related to operational efficiency, remote sensors to reduce wiring and weight, aerodynamic and flight control improvements for greater fuel efficiency, and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation. In July, the ecoDemonstrator 787 completed flight tests of an acoustic ceramic matrix composite nozzle designed by Boeing to reduce weight and noise. Read more ...

Eurocontrol and ACI Europe publish factsheet to help air transport adapt to a changing climate | Eurocontrol,climate adaptation
Eurocontrol and ACI Europe publish factsheet to help air transport adapt to a changing climate
Fri 21 Nov 2014 - Although the air transport sector is used to dealing with adverse weather events, these disruptions are likely to become more extreme and more frequent as we experience the growing impact of climate change, warns Europe's air traffic organisation Eurocontrol. Following a report it published last year detailing the potential impacts of temperature increase, sea-level rise and other changes in climate on the European air transport network, Eurocontrol has joined with airport trade body ACI Europe and other organisations to produce a collaborative factsheet, 'Adapting Aviation to a Changing Climate'. Unveiled at the recent ACI Airport Exchange event in Paris, the factsheet outlines the potential risks and also provides a checklist of questions and case studies to help the sector initiate their climate risk assessments.  Read more ...

Virgin Atlantic fleet renewal programme leads to a three per cent fall in carbon emissions during 2013 | Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic fleet renewal programme leads to a three per cent fall in carbon emissions during 2013
Thu 20 Nov 2014 - An ongoing $7 billion fleet renewal programme has resulted in a much improved fuel efficiency and carbon reduction picture for Virgin Atlantic in 2013. In 2007, the airline set a target of achieving a 30 per cent saving by 2020 in CO2 per revenue tonne kilometre (RTK), and halfway through the period it has so far achieved an 8 per cent reduction. However, last year alone Virgin managed a 4 per cent reduction and is confident of reaching its 2020 target as a result of fleet upgrade, operational fuel efficiency improvements and the use of sustainable fuels. The airline's new 2014 Change is in the Air Sustainability Report covers the first full year of operations of its 10 new twin-engine A330-300s, which have been found to be around 30 per cent more efficient than the four-engined A340-600s they replaced. Read more ...

Unique partnership between airport, airlines and fuel suppliers sees Oslo become first hub for biofuel flights | Avinor,SkyNRG,Statoil
Unique partnership between airport, airlines and fuel suppliers sees Oslo become first hub for biofuel flights
Thu 20 Nov 2014 - Oslo is to become the first airport to supply regular commercial deliveries of blended sustainable aviation biofuel to airlines. From March 2015, the SkyNRG partnership with Statoil Aviation will provide 2.5 million litres of biofuel annually to the airport under a unique agreement with the airport's operator, Avinor. SAS, KLM and the Lufthansa Group of carriers serving Oslo are the first to participate in the initiative, which is open to all airlines. The amount of biofuel corresponds to using it in a 50 per cent blend with conventional fuel on around 3,000 flights between Oslo and Bergen, although Lufthansa and its subsidiary airlines plan to use their purchased allocation in a 5 per cent blend on over 5,000 flights from Oslo over the course of 12 months. In another industry first, the biofuel blend will be supplied directly to aircraft through the airport's fuel hydrant system. Read more ...

Overall fuel efficiency of US airlines fails to improve on domestic routes during 2013, finds ICCT study | ICCT
Overall fuel efficiency of US airlines fails to improve on domestic routes during 2013, finds ICCT study
Wed 19 Nov 2014 - An annual performance study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows the fuel efficiency of United States carriers on domestic routes failed to improve in 2013 despite the high cost of aviation fuel and industry targets. In a league table of performance rankings, Alaska, Spirit and Frontier tied as the most fuel-efficient domestic carriers in 2013, whereas American Airlines, whose fuel efficiency fell by 1.5 per cent, burned an estimated 27 per cent more fuel than the three most efficient airlines to provide an equivalent level of transport service. As in its previous study, ICCT found little correlation between airline efficiency and profitability, and is concerned that as fuel prices steady or even fall there will even less incentive to make fuel efficiency gains. Read more ...

Delaying a decision on a new London runway carries a high risk, Airports Commission chief warns politicians | Airport Operators Association,Airports Commission,Robert Goodwill,Gordon Marsden,Willie Walsh,Howard Davies,Darren Caplan
Delaying a decision on a new London runway carries a high risk, Airports Commission chief warns politicians
Mon 17 Nov 2014 - Environmental factors will be a major part of the decision on if and where a new London runway is to be built, Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate told the annual gathering of the UK Airport Operators Association last week. A recent YouGov poll, sponsored by Gatwick, shows Londoners themselves consider environmental impacts as important as the economic benefits in the decision. Unsurprisingly, the respondents came down in favour of Gatwick as the choice for a new runway, whereas a geographically wider YouGov poll sponsored by Heathrow showed a preference for expansion at its airport. At the AOA conference, the UK's aviation minister and his opposition party shadow both praised the work of the Airports Commission tasked with making a recommendation and promised a swift decision but fell short of saying whether that would lead to runway expansion. British Airways boss Willie Walsh reiterated his view that a new runway at Heathrow was politically undeliverable because of the noise issue. Read more ...

TaxiBot green taxiing vehicle receives European approval for Boeing 737 commercial operations | TaxiBot
TaxiBot green taxiing vehicle receives European approval for Boeing 737 commercial operations
Wed 12 Nov 2014 - Taxibot, one of the green aircraft taxiing solutions currently in development, has become the first to receive official certification that will allow the semi-robotic vehicle to be used in taking commercial flights involving Boeing 737 airplanes between terminal gates and runways without using the aircraft's engines. The Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) was issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), where the system originates. In-service evaluation is expected to start next month with regular Lufthansa flights departing out of Frankfurt. The TaxiBot developers estimate a typical fuel consumption for a 17-minute taxi before take-off is around one ton (1,250 litres) of fuel, emitting nearly 3.2 tons of CO2, and claim their pilot-controlled vehicle can reduce this by 85 per cent.  Read more ...

SAS and Norwegian flights mark ambitious plans for ramping up biofuel production in Nordic countries | SkyNRG,Statoil,SAS,Norwegian,Avinor
SAS and Norwegian flights mark ambitious plans for ramping up biofuel production in Nordic countries
Wed 12 Nov 2014 - In a further move to establish a market in the Nordic region for sustainable aviation biofuels, airlines SAS and Norwegian yesterday operated commercial flights using biojet fuel supplied by the partnership formed between SkyNRG and aviation fuel supplier Statoil. The internal flights from Trondheim to Oslo by SAS and from Bergen to Oslo by Norwegian were conducted in cooperation with Norway's airport operator Avinor to coincide with the Zero Emission Conference in Oslo. The biojet fuel, forming 48 per cent of the blended jet fuel, was sourced from used cooking oil but the aim is to develop sustainable fuels from local forestry residues and wastes. The ambition of the SkyNRG Nordic partnership is to make the region the first in the world in which all flights are powered by a biofuel component. Read more ...

COMMENTARY

The challenge of finding a legal vehicle to enforce compliance with a global aviation emissions scheme | Alejandro Piera
The challenge of finding a legal vehicle to enforce compliance with a global aviation emissions scheme
Wed 19 Nov 2014 - By agreeing to develop a global market-based mechanism (MBM) for international civil aviation, ICAO's 38th Assembly has set the expectation that such a scheme will be adopted in 2016 and that it will be operational by 2020. ICAO has already carried out a considerable amount of technical work, yet significantly less attention has been paid to the legal vehicle through which the scheme would be implemented. Although experts have identified standards, Assembly resolutions and international conventions as possible options, very little analysis has been undertaken. It is clear the final selection will depend on a number of technical and political considerations, writes Alejandro PieraRead more ...

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

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The future of UK airport capacity: regional development, connectivity, and the Airports Commission report
5 February 2015
London, UK

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RECENT NEWS

Study finds a carbon gap of 220 million tonnes in 2023 will require offsetting by the airline industry | ICF International,ICF,ICFI
Study finds a carbon gap of 220 million tonnes in 2023 will require offsetting by the airline industry
Fri 31 Oct 2014 - Even with improvements in aircraft technology, airline efficiencies and operational improvements, together with the introduction of biofuels, there will be a sizeable carbon gap between commercial aviation forecasts and industry targets by 2023, according to a study by consultancy ICF International. Without these improvements and biofuel take-up, ICF estimates commercial aviation will produce 53 per cent more carbon in 2023 than today, leading to a 33 per cent gap with the industry's goal of capping net emissions from 2020. The consultancy's own forecast is for global CO2 emissions from aviation to reach 942 million tonnes by 2020 and so form the baseline for the industry's carbon-neutral growth target. With efficiencies and biofuels, the annual carbon gap would be in the region of 220 million tonnes by 2023, which ICF says will have to be mitigated through carbon offsetting. Read more ...

Gatwick and Heathrow battle it out over future compliance with UK and EU air quality targets | air quality,Gatwick,Heathrow,Stansted,Lydd,Ecus
Gatwick and Heathrow battle it out over future compliance with UK and EU air quality targets
Fri 31 Oct 2014 - In the contest between London's two biggest airports as to which should be allowed to build a new runway, Gatwick is now taking the fight to Heathrow over the air quality records of the two airports. Gatwick claims that unlike its rival, it has never breached EU and UK annual air quality limits, and commits to maintaining this status if it succeeds with its extra runway. The airport says Heathrow could only meet air quality standards with a new runway if there was no more airport-related road traffic than there is today, which would require the introduction of a pollution-limiting congestion charge that could run as high as £40 ($64) per trip to the airport. Heathrow, on the other hand, says it has various strategies in place that will allow compliance with air quality limits in the event of a new third runway. Read more ...

Five airports from Indonesia and Thailand newly accredited into industry carbon programme | Airport Carbon Accreditation,ACI Asia-Pacific
Five airports from Indonesia and Thailand newly accredited into industry carbon programme
Wed 29 Oct 2014 - Five airports from the Asia-Pacific region have been newly accredited under the airport industry's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. Indonesia's Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International and four airports in Thailand - Chiang Mai, Don Mueang, Hat Yai and Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai - join 21 other airports that have been accredited so far in the region. The programme was first launched by ACI Europe in 2009 and extended to include ACI Asia-Pacific members in November 2011. The five new airports have been accredited at the first Mapping level, in which they are required to determine emissions within their operational boundary, calculate their annual carbon emissions, compile a carbon footprint report and have it independently verified. Last month, the programme received a further boost when it was extended to North America Read more ...

FAA awards $10 million in VALE grants to six US airports to help reduce emissions and improve air quality | FAA VALE,avgas,Ipanema
FAA awards $10 million in VALE grants to six US airports to help reduce emissions and improve air quality
Wed 29 Oct 2014 - The FAA has awarded grants totalling $10.2 million to six airports across the United States to enable reductions in emissions and air quality improvements. The grants are made under the FAA's Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) programme that aims to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions in areas of marginal air quality. Since 2005, the FAA has funded 69 VALE projects at 38 airports, representing a total investment of $184 million that includes $38 million in local airport matching funds. The airports receiving the latest grants are Albuquerque, Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Seattle-Tacoma and Yeager. The FAA also announced recently that in efforts to remove harmful lead from general aviation fuel it had selected four unleaded fuels for the first phase of a test programme. Read more ...

Air France launches one-year sustainable development showcase project involving weekly biofuel flight | Air France,Total,Amyris
Air France launches one-year sustainable development showcase project involving weekly biofuel flight
Tue 28 Oct 2014 - Air France has launched a one-year programme, called 'Lab'line for the Future', to showcase various sustainable development projects the airline is undertaking. Starting last week, and running until September 2015, it will operate a series of weekly flights on the Toulouse to Paris-Orly route that will be powered by a 10/90 blended Amyris/Total biofuel. The farnesane biofuel was approved in June for commercial aviation use by certifying body ASTM International in blends up to 10 per cent. It is derived from a yeast fermentation process fed by sugarcane and was first used in a GOL flight between Orlando, Florida and Sao Paulo, Brazil the following month. Last month, Lufthansa became the first European airline to use the biofuel on a flight from Frankfurt to Berlin. Read more ...

Finnair, TUI Travel and Munich Airport score highly in CDP international climate leadership index | CDP,Finnair,TUI Travel,Munich Airport
Finnair, TUI Travel and Munich Airport score highly in CDP international climate leadership index
Mon 27 Oct 2014 - Finnair, TUI Travel and Munich Airport are stand-out leaders in this year's Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) index of climate disclosure and performance by organisations around the world. CDP, an international NGO, provides a global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share environmental information with 767 institutional investors worldwide responsible for assets of $92 trillion. The aim is to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources, and take action to reduce them. Finnair and Munich Airport have been A-listed on the CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) 2014 for their actions to reduce carbon emissions and climate protection efforts. TUI Travel - which has six airlines - scored an A- on the CPLI and a 'perfect 100' on the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Read more ...

HSBC provides funding for LanzaTech and Virgin venture to produce jet biofuel for flight demonstration | LanzaTech,Virgin Atlantic
HSBC provides funding for LanzaTech and Virgin venture to produce jet biofuel for flight demonstration
Fri 24 Oct 2014 - LanzaTech and Virgin Atlantic have secured funding support from HSBC, the UK's largest bank, that will allow sufficient production of LanzaTech's new low carbon jet fuel for flight proving purposes. The LanzaTech process captures and ferments waste gases from industrial steel production and the resulting ethanol is chemically converted into jet fuel. It is one of a number of technology pathways currently undergoing scrutiny by fuel and aerospace experts before achieving the necessary ASTM certification that will allow use of the fuel in commercial flights. The two partners, which have been working on the fuel's development for three years, said HSBC's support, along with Boeing and other technical partners, would see a proving flight taking place within the next year. Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline to be awarded the Quiet Mark certification for its new fleet of Boeing 787-9s. Read more ...

ENGAGE and AMBER air navigation projects to save fuel and reduce emissions reach successful conclusions | NAV CANADA,Air France,SESAR,AIRE,airBaltic,Airbus ProSky,LGS
ENGAGE and AMBER air navigation projects to save fuel and reduce emissions reach successful conclusions
Thu 23 Oct 2014 - Canadian air navigation service provider (ANSP) NAV CANADA and its partners report they have successfully concluded the second phase of a fuel saving and emissions reduction project that trialled varying speed (Mach) and altitude flights transiting unsurveilled North Atlantic airspace. The ENGAGE II project was conducted in partnership with Air France and in conjunction with UK ANSP NATS, and four other airlines - KLM, British Airways, United and Delta - also took part in this phase. NAV CANADA estimates average fuel and emissions savings of between one and two per cent per flight, which translates to a reduction of 200-400 litres of fuel and 525-1,050 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions. The project was supported by the EU's SESAR Joint Undertaking (JU), which has been involved in a Latvian green flight project, AMBER, that has also just concluded. Read more ...

Boeing and COMAC open new demo facility to produce sustainable jet fuel from Chinese used cooking oil | COMAC
Boeing and COMAC open new demo facility to produce sustainable jet fuel from Chinese used cooking oil
Thu 23 Oct 2014 - Two years after announcing their collaboration to investigate the potential of converting used cooking oil (UCO) into aviation biofuel, Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) have opened a demonstration facility in Hangzhou. The facility, which is being sponsored by the two aircraft manufacturers and known as the China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project, is expected to produce up to 170 gallons (650 litres) of sustainable jet fuel per day. A technology developed by Hangzhou Energy Engineering Technology will be used to clean contaminants from waste oils before conversion into jet fuel that the partners say will meet international specifications.  Read more ...

Air France to evaluate operational and environmental benefits of semi-robotic TaxiBot system at Paris CDG | TaxiBot
Air France to evaluate operational and environmental benefits of semi-robotic TaxiBot system at Paris CDG
Fri 10 Oct 2014 - The developers of the TaxiBot system that allows aircraft to taxi to and from runways without using their main engines have signed a MoU agreement with Air France to evaluate its use at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Israel Aerospace Industries and TLD Group have formed a joint task force with Air France to study TaxiBot's operational, economic and environmental benefits in tests on the airline's wide-body fleet. The study will look at the system's impact on taxiing flow at the airport and calculate reductions of CO2 and NOx emissions, as well as noise. The MoU may be extended to include further feasibility testing with Aeroports de Paris in the second quarter of 2015. Read more ...

Large potential exists to reduce aviation's climate impact through minor changes in flight trajectories, finds study | DLR,University of Reading,REACT4C
Large potential exists to reduce aviation's climate impact through minor changes in flight trajectories, finds study
Wed 8 Oct 2014 - With only small changes to flight routings and altitudes on North Atlantic air traffic, climate impact reductions of up to 25 per cent can be achieved by only a small increase - less than 0.5 per cent - in economic costs, finds a study conducted by participants in a major European research project. Scientists from environmental, meteorological and aerospace research institutions investigated transatlantic air traffic for one specific winter day and using powerful modelling tools analysed routing changes required to achieve reductions in CO2 emissions and non-CO2 climate impacts from air traffic. The study was conducted as part of the REACT4C EU-funded project that concluded in April. The project's leader, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), was recently presented with the Aviation Award for environmentally friendly air travel by Stuttgart Airport Company. Read more ...

NATS looks for long-term solutions to deal with the problem of false radar returns from wind turbines | NATS,wind farms
NATS looks for long-term solutions to deal with the problem of false radar returns from wind turbines
Mon 6 Oct 2014 - The growth of wind energy has provided a challenge for air traffic control in the en-route and airport environments as wind turbines can interfere with operations - predominantly around surveillance. By creating what is called 'clutter', the turbines present a risk of false radar returns that appear to look like aircraft. In the UK, the national air navigation service provider NATS tries to work with wind farm developers to find a form of mitigation, usually based around the idea of 'blanking' the affected area and then, if required, infilling the area with coverage from another radar. NATS has been collaborating with developers and radar manufacturers on a more sustainable and scalable technology based solution and is now looking to share the latest developments and best practice. Read more ...

Hong Kong International's new runway plan gets green light from government's environmental advisors | Hong Kong International Airport,WWF-HK
Hong Kong International's new runway plan gets green light from government's environmental advisors
Thu 2 Oct 2014 - The Hong Kong government's advisors on environmental protection and conservation issues, the Advisory Council on the Environment (ACE), has endorsed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on expanding Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) into a three-runway system. The approval though comes with conditions and recommendations over concerns regarding marine and terrestrial ecology. According to the EIA, the existing two runways are forecast to reach capacity between 2019 and 2022, although IATA believes it may be much earlier, and adding a new runway would boost capacity by around 44 per cent by the time it is expected to be operational in 2023, if approved. However, WWF claims the proposal is biased towards the potential economic benefits, while the social and environmental impacts have been downplayed. Read more ...

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 ...

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 ...