Business Aviation sector launches ‘Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel’ initiative



Europe’s leading business aviation event EBACE was the launchpad of the sector’s new Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) initiative on Monday 28 May near Geneva airport, Switzerland.  At a media event sponsored by the France-based business jet and military aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation, SAJF was announced and then formalised by leading business aviation industry figures who physically signed their commitment to the SAJF initiative.

The SAJF coalition includes the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), US-based National Business Aviation Association (NBAA),  the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), and the US-based National Air Transportation Association (NATA), with technical assistance provided by the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative and the Air Transport Action Group.

The business aviation sector has already committed to addressing the challenges of climate change and joined the commercial aviation sector in implementing aviation’s “Four Pillar” strategy of improved technology, more efficient operations, infrastructure improvements and global market-based measures via CORSIA commencing 1 January 2019.
 
The Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel initiative goes further and provides sustainable fuel options and a roadmap for their development and adoption. SAFJ is a significant step forward by encouraging greater reductions in fossil CO2 emissions from business aircraft. According to Ed Bolen the President of the NBAA, in reply to a question from the audience, the SAJF might lead to a reduced duration within the CORSIA scheme for the business aviation sector. Bolen explained that CORSIA is intended to be a temporary stop-gap measure to mitigate CO2 growth, however, real CO2 reductions will be achieved through the Four Pillar strategy and now an intention of accelerated CO2 reductions through the SAJF initiative. Mr. Bolen emphasized that the business aviation sector has a track record of strong environmental innovation.
 
Claudia Fusco representing the European Commission highlighted that alternative fuels and other solutions need to be encouraged and believes that “citizens are ready to pay more”.
 
The SAJF commitment document was signed by Ed Bolen of the NBAA, Juergen Wiese of the EBAA, Pete Bunce of GAMA, Kurt Edwards of IBAC, Jeff Ross of NATA.

Following the announcement Bruce Parry, Senior Environment Manager of the EBAA, underlined the importance of the SAJF initiative in bringing together the key stakeholders and gaining their commitment to realise the expansion of biofuels. Parry also explained that the SAJF initiative is not only intended for international aviation within, and beyond, the context of CORSIA, but also hopes to encourage the adoption of sustainable fuels for domestic flights.

Further details concerning the initiative are available at www.futureofsustainablefuel.com


The future of flying, what’s the “Millennial” view?

Environmentally-friendly aircraft, ride-sharing and the ability to fly when and where you want: these are the expectations of Millennials when it comes to flying, according to a new survey published on May 29 by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). The survey, ‘Expanding Horizons: How Millennials see the Future of Business Aviation’, was published in cooperation with ThinkYoung and released at the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2018) in Geneva. The findings reveal that Millennials are hopeful that flying will become easier and cleaner in years to come. They also expect Business Aviation to become much more accessible for the Next Generation of users.
Key findings from the survey include:

- Millennial views on transport are closely linked to concerns about the environment: 40% said that climate change is the megatrend that will have the biggest impact on the development of sustainable personal air transport. Artificial intelligence and digitisation come next. They also expect most research on innovation in aviation to focus on making air transport more sustainable.

- Millennials say the best thing about Business Aviation is the freedom and flexibility that it offers: 62% believe that the main benefit of Business Aviation its ability to take people where they need, when they need.

The findings show that Millennials have an inherent commitment to our planet, technological advancement and equal opportunities. They see future mobility as an efficient, environmentally friendly whole. They recognise the potential for Business Aviation to drive technological change in the wider aviation sector. And they can see its increasing accessibility and democratisation.

The full report is available at Expanding Horizons


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The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)

The international community recently adopted ICAO’s transformational Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), a major plank in the UN agency’s environmental protection strategy. Take a look at the video below to understand how the scheme operates, then please let us know what you think about its effectiveness to reduce aviation emissions.

From our perspective, CORSIA’s environmental impact is very small. It only deals with emissions growth beyond a 2019-2020 baseline, therefore it ignores all current and historical emissions.

Secondly,only 65 out of 191 countries agreed at the outset to participate in CORSIA and the scheme only covers the emissions between those countries, but not the massive domestic emissions of countries such as the USA and China, let alone the rest of the world.

Thirdly, the title refers to “reductions”, however, there are no absolute reductions as a consequence of this scheme!

There are more issues with CORSIA, contact us if you would like to discuss further.


Environmental records shattered as climate change ‘plays out before us’

The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea levels reaching historic highs and carbon dioxide surpassing a key milestone, a major international report has found. The “state of the climate” report, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) with input from hundreds of scientists from 62 countries, confirmed there was a “toppling of several symbolic mileposts” in heat, sea level rise and extreme weather in 2015. Read the full article at the Guardian

Solar Impulse makes history!

This is a historical day for humanity and aviation, Solar Impulse has now completed its final leg. One day many of us will be telling our children, grand children, great grand children or other family members and friends about this incredible event for humanity. As aviation or environment professionals or students we should be really proud of this unique and inspiring voyage: Solar Impulse

Green Aviation attends IPCC seminar at United Nations

Green Aviation attended an invitation-only IPCC information session at the United Nations HQ in Geneva on 16 June 2016.
 
A question was put to the IPCC Chair Dr. Hoesung Lee by Andrew Pozniak, Director of Green Aviation International concerning the lack of effective progress by a large part of the aviation sector despite the scientific consensus requiring urgent action.

                       
                       
                       

The seminar was streamed live worldwide and also recorded on the IPCC’s Facebook page, but unfortunately the sound quality is not great. Green Aviation asked their question at 38m 50s into the stream, or if the video clip is showing time remaining then it’s at around the -29.00 minute mark:
IPCC Facebook Video
 
Photos of the session:
IPCC seminar photos

Scientists Discover Best CO2 Reduction “Technology” - Trees!

Scientists at the University of Oxford University have concluded research which found that trees are the best “technology” to sequester CO2 from the atmosphere and which could help to reduce the impact of global warming. The researchers looked at various methods of reducing CO2 including capturing CO2 directly from industrial sources such as power stations and factories, extracting CO2 directly from the atmosphere and even adding limestone to the oceans. Of all the methods looked at the most effective were planting trees, or converting wood waste into a material similar to charcoal which could then be incorporated into soil. The university found that utilising such solutions as afforestation were not only low-cost but could draw several years worth of CO2 from the atmosphere. Other solutions are high-cost, require large amounts of energy and face many challenges in their development.
Source: Bloomberg
Oxford University Report: Stranded Carbon Assets and Negative Emissions Technologies, published 3 Feb 2015, Authors: Ben Caldecott, Guy Lomax, Mark Workman

NASA reveals dramatic impact of forest clearance

Remarkable data has recently arrived from the first satellite dedicated to monitoring levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, with some very revealing results. NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-d), which was launched in July 2014, measures the concentrations of carbon dioxide around the globe


Source: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/12/19/nasa-co2-map-reveals-impact-of-forest-clearance/#sthash.i06tDfxe.dpuf
 
The patch of dense carbon dioxide above China was expected due to very high CO2 emissions from power stations and factories, however, many observers are surprised by the large areas of orange and red over the southern hemisphere’s extensive savannah and rainforest. Farmers in these areas are known to clear land at springtime but these images suggest a bigger impact on the atmosphere than previously thought.

This image helps to confirm our view at GAIA that whilst increased CO2 emissions are a key contributory factor to climate change, another vital component is often under-played or even ignored, which is the vast deforestation taking place in the tropical zones especially over Brazil and Indonesia. Such deforestation not only removes the natural process of carbon absorption by trees, but the loss of rainforest directly changes local climate and has a knock-on effect globally on weather patterns and longer term climate change. If you want to learn more about the issues of deforestation and how the problem is starting to being addressed, please visit our friends at the Global Canopy Programme.

 
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