Thursday, July 08, 2010
The eighth of July 2010 has entered the history books as being an incredible achievement in the advancement of human flight. This morning at a small military airbase in Switzerland an experimental solar-powered aircraft launched on the previous day landed safely after successfully flying through the night. The incredible feat is a step toward the even more incredible aim of circling the globe using only the power of the Sun to fuel the plane.
The aircraft used super-efficient solar cells and batteries to stay in the air after the Sun’s rays had faded. The plane touched down at Payerne airfield at 0900 (0700 GMT) after a total flight time of 26 hours. During the flight it reached a unbelievable height of 8,700 m (28,543 ft). It is the longest and highest flight recorded by a solar-powered plane. The aircraft was steered by Andre Borschberg, a former fighter jet pilot from Switzerland. The plane has 12,000 solar cells arranged on top of its wing which stored enough energy to power the plane for the flight through four engines.
The designers, the Solar Impulse team led by Mr Borschberg and fellow aviator Bertrand Piccard, say that this proves that a plane can be kept in the air around the clock. “Nothing can prevent us from another day and night, and the myth of perpetual flight.” The team will now build a new, more advanced, model of the plane and they plan to aim to circumnavigate the globe by 2013.
Read more about this amazing project at Solar Impulse
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Fri 21 May 2010 – Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has presented Japan Airlines Group (JAL) with its Eco-First award in recognition of the airline’s various environmental conservation initiatives. The Eco-First programme was established in 2008 to encourage environmental preservation activities by companies in compliance with the Kyoto Protocol. During the past year, JAL has been involved with trialling new advanced flight operational measures and earlier last year conducted Asia’s first sustainable jet biofuel flight. JAL has also made an Eco-First Pledge in which it resolves to achieve a 23 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per revenue-tonne-kilometre (RTK) in 2020 compared with levels in 2005. The Eco-First award commended JAL for its diligence in advocating environmental awareness and for conducting various recycling measures to minimize its environmental burden. Full story at our friends at Greenaironline
Thu 20 May 2010 – Following a recent meeting in Sao Paulo, ten organizations have agreed to form the Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels (Aliança Brasileira para Biocombustíveis de Aviação – ABRABA). They include four airlines – Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL, TAM and TRIP – as well as aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the Brazilian Aerospace Industry Association (AIAB). Representing the biofuels industry are producers and developers of biomass sources such as jatropha, sugarcane and algae. The alliance follows an announcement by TAM that the airline will carry out Latin America’s first commercial aircraft biofuel flight during the second half of 2010 using a 50/50 blend of jatropha and conventional jet fuel (full story).
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Governments around the world have reaffirmed their plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in support of last month’s Copenhagen climate summit. Nations signing up to the summit accord were urged to outline pledges by Sunday. States producing at least two-thirds of emissions have done so. Correspondents say the accord is widely seen as a disappointment. However, the level of support for it is seen as an indicator of prospects for a legally binding deal later in the year. Read the full article at the BBC
The government has this week referred a legal challenge from a group of US airlines against their planned inclusion in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to the European Court of Justice, vowing to vigorously contest the case and expressing confidence that it had a robust defence. Last month, American Airlines, Continental Airlines and United Airlines – backed by the US Air Transport Association (ATA) – formally filed for a judicial review of their inclusion in the ETS in the British courts, arguing that it is outside the EU’s jurisdiction to include flights to and from the US in the bloc’s cap-and-trade scheme. Read the article at Business Green
The quickest way to cut emissions from aircraft could be better flight management rather than new technology, an Oxford University study has found. Better air traffic control determining how, when and where planes fly could help quickly achieve significant emission cuts. These include more direct flight paths to airports and less waiting to land. Full article at the BBC
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
IATA DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani does not expect the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to start in 2012 as scheduled owing to legal challenges concerning its unilateral implementation. “I am convinced it will not happen,” he told ATWOnline at the industry body’s Global Press Day in Geneva. “You will see that many governments will legally challenge the unilateral approach of EU ETS in the coming years,” he said, adding that he anticipates filings from the US, Japan, China and others. Read the full article at ATW here
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The International Energy Agency has warned that the price of carbon credits will need to reach $50 per tonne of CO2 by 2020 and $110 by 2030 to make high-tech solutions to climate change economically attractive. Carbon permits now trade at $21 a tonne in the European Union.
In the US a trading scheme is being negotiated. The Senate is not likely to pass a bill before 2010, has already set $48 as the ceiling carbon price by 2020. By 2030 that ceiling increases to about $90.
So what does that mean for airlines now entering the EU ETS? We believe that the legislators, with pressure from the financial community and environmental lobbyists, will take steps to tighten the carbon market and get the price lifting to those levels well before the IAE target dates.
We have already shared with you various price forecasts that expect EUAs in the EU ETS to be back at their “natural” level of EUR 30+ by 2012/13. Of course all these forecast could be wrong, but all airline CFO / COOs really need to do their homework and consider taking specialist investment advice and decide if, and how much, carbon they should be purchasing now and in 2010 in order to build up their financial account for CO2 compliance in 2013. Or should they wait until 2013 and buy at auction or on the open market? What other options do aircraft operators have for minimising their ETS costs and risks?
To get the report and related information go to the IAE site here
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has just completed a month-long series of 42 domestic and international ‘e-flights’ to promote ecological travel on the ground and in the sky as part of a range of environmental initiatives. The eco-trial flights, which first started in 2006, provide in-flight amenities that are more environmentally friendly, as well as informing passengers on how to reduce the impact of carbon emissions on their journeys. A short video on ANA’s various environmental preservation activities is shown both onboard and on the ground. Read the full article at Greenaironline
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Europe attempted to reassert its international leadership in the fight against global warming today, offering to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95% by 2050 and by 30% by 2020 if a climate change pact is sealed in Copenhagen in six weeks’ time. “This should be seen as a clear message to the world,” said Andreas Carlgren, the Swedish environment minister who chaired the Luxembourg meeting. “We expect to reach an agreement in Copenhagen,” he added, after environment ministers from 27 countries finalised a common EU negotiating position. Full story here
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tue 13 Oct 2009 – A Rolls-Royce-powered Airbus A340-600 operated by Qatar Airways yesterday undertook a six-hour flight between London Gatwick and Doha using a jet fuel made from natural gas blended 50-50 with conventional petroleum-based kerosene. The synthetic Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) blended fuel, developed by Shell, is expected to be produced in commercial quantities of around one million tonnes per annum from 2012. The synthetic blended fuel was recently approved for safe commercial aviation use by ASTM International. Although there are no reductions in carbon emissions, the cleaner burning fuel emits lower sulphur dioxide and particulates, providing improved local air quality at airports. Read the full article at Greenair Online
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The UK government has to defend a cap on aviation emissions at “no higher, and possibly lower, than 2005 levels in the period to 2050” as part of a wider global agreement to tackle climate change at December’s UN summit in Copenhagen, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change argued in a letter to Secretary of State for Transport Andrew Adonis and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband. Full story at ATW online
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Adapting to the damage caused by climate change will cost hundreds of billions of dollars a year, a group of scientists said on Thursday – putting the price tag far higher than previously estimated. The worldwide cost of adaptation – including better flood defences, improving transport infrastructure and better resilience to drought – would probably reach sums in the region of $140bn to $210bn a year by 2030, said the group of climate experts brought together by Imperial College London and the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development. Full article
Friday, August 28, 2009
Greenair Online Fri 28 Aug 2009 – Despite considerable advances in understanding the impact of aviation on climate change, significant uncertainties remain in determining the full non-CO2 effects of aircraft emissions. This is the main conclusion of a major scientific assessment report ‘Transport impacts on atmosphere and climate: Aviation’ just published in the journal Atmospheric Environment. This is the first comprehensive international assessment update on the subject since the groundbreaking Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in 1999. The new report rejects the use of an emissions ‘multiplier’, or index, first introduced in the IPCC report, as a suitable metric for measuring the total impact of aviation emissions on climate. The climate impact of aviation is driven by long-term impacts from CO2 emissions and shorter-term impacts from non-CO2 emissions and effects, which include the emissions of water vapour, particles and nitrogen oxides (NOx) Full article
Friday, August 07, 2009
The UK announced on 3 August 2009 an extension of the TK Monitoring Plan deadline to 31 August 2009 and the Emission Monitoring Plan to approximately 11 weeks from the date the European Commission publishes the list of UK Aircraft Operators in OJEU…so not until end October and counting…!
However, given the EU’s recent comments that there is no justification for the extension of the UK deadline, we advise that if you are an aircraft operator reporting to the UK that you take expert legal advice before making any decision to submit after 31 August 2009.
Here is the UK letter to the Aircraft Operators:
Here is the update on UK regulatory situation:
Production of alternative fuels for commercial airline use has passed another milestone as a key committee of certifying body ASTM International has passed a specification for non-petroleum-based fuels, which now has been assigned the working number D7566. The petroleum products and lubricants committee at ASTM, a voluntary international standards development organisation, voted in favour of a specification that will enable commercial production of blends of generic synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK) derived from the Fischer-Tropsch process after its aviation fuels subcommittee took the same action in June. Read the full article at Flightglobal
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
A new report, entitled ‘Greener skies thinking’, by the centre-right think tank Policy Exchange recommends that in order to meet 2050 emissions targets there must be a wide-scale deployment of sustainable bio-jet fuels. It calls for the setting of achievable and enforceable targets for replacing standard kerosene jet fuel with bio-jet fuel from 2020 through the implementation of an EU-wide Sustainable Bio-jet Fuel Blending Mandate. The mandate would see the proportion of bio-derived blended jet fuel rise from 20% in 2020 to 80% in 2050. Aviation is currently excluded from the EU Renewable Energy Directive on biofuels. The result of the mandate would be reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from the UK and EU aviation sectors of 15% in 2020 and 60% in 2050 relative to current predictions, calculates Policy Exchange. Read the full article at Greenaironline
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The UK has blamed Brussels for its failure transpose the EU directive on the aviation ETS into national legislation in time to comply with the August 31 deadline by which operators were required to submit emissions monitoring and benchmarking plans. A government statement said there first needed to be a “firm and agreed” list of operators to be regulated by each EU member state. As this list was not now expected to be published by the Commission until later this month, the UK government says it is legally unable to lay the first stage of regulations transposing the directive. Operators will now be required to submit their plans within 11 weeks after the regulations are laid before Parliament, which could move the deadline to late October. Other EU States have no plans, so far, to follow the UK’s decision but few appear able to transpose the directive before the end of August. Read the full article at Greenair Online
Monday, June 22, 2009
A voluntary programme to assess and recognize efforts by airports to reduce CO2 emissions within their direct control was launched yesterday at the ACI EUROPE Annual Congress in Manchester. Accounting for 26% of the passenger traffic handled in Europe, a total of 31 airports have applied to join Airport Carbon Accreditation. The programme, which has been devised by international consultancy WSP Environmental, comprises four rising levels of accreditation: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality. It is hoped the step-by-step process will encourage airports to reduce their carbon emissions with the ultimate goal of carbon neutral operations. Full article at Greenair Online
Boeing and its industry partners involved in the three recent biofuel demonstration flights have released the high-level elements of a study, ‘Evaluation of Bio-Derived Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (Bio-SPK)’, in which analysis shows that the sustainable biofuels used in the flights performed favourably in comparison to petroleum-based fuels. The Bio-SPK – the industry’s new terminology – fuel blends demonstrated higher energy density per unit mass than typical jet fuel, potentially enabling airplanes to travel further using less fuel. The blended fuel on the Air New Zealand, Continental Airlines and Japan Airlines flights displayed no adverse effects on any of the aircraft systems. Full article at our friends Greenair Online
Continental Airlines has announced the results of its Jan. 7, 2009, biofuel demonstration flight, which was conducted in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and Honeywell’s UOP. The biofuel blend performed as well as or better than traditional jet fuel, displaying an approximately 1.1 percent increase in fuel efficiency over traditional jet fuel in different stages of the demonstration flight. Overall life cycle greenhouse gas emissions related to using a biofuel of the nature used on the Continental demonstration flight are estimated to be reduced by 60 percent to 80 percent as compared to traditional jet fuel. Full article
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The new Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors, Cathay Pacific CEO Tony Tyler, said at the association’s Annual General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur that the most important task facing the IATA management over the next 12 months was to deliver “a workable and sensible” approach to aircraft emissions. IATA’s Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani, told journalists that the cost to the industry of complying with the carbon-neutral target announced during the AGM would run into billions of dollars. During the AGM, British Airways Chief Executive Willie Walsh said IATA must take the initiative over climate change negotiations as ICAO had not done enough. Speaking to the media after the AGM, Cathay’s Tony Tyler said: “The most important thing we [the IATA management team] can deliver for the industry over the next 12 months is a workable and sensible approach to emissions so that the airline industry can continue to develop and continue to play a vital role in connecting people around the world and facilitating trade and global development. Read the full article at GreenAir Online
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Redirecting air flow sideways across an aircraft’s wings causing them to oscillate could dramatically cut airline fuel costs and CO2 emissions by 20%, according to research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Airbus in the UK. The approach uses many thousands of tiny air powered jets which redirect the air, making it flow sideways back and forth over the wing, severely reducing mid-flight drag. The research is still at concept stage but it is hoped to trial the wing technology as early as 2012. Read the full article at GreenAir Online
If Airbus and Boeing decide to delay the successor A320/737 aircraft to the mid-2020s, an open rotor could power the new-generation planes. At least that is the thinking driving engine manufacturers to continue examining the concept despite considerable challenges to making it viable. Read the full article at ATWOnline
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The fourth and final meeting of ICAO’s 15-member Group on International Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC) starts in Montreal on Monday (May 25) with expectations for a unanimous agreement on a global action plan to curb international aviation emissions looking increasingly uncertain. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is to deliver a paper to the group which outlines how a global sectoral approach on economic measures to address aviation CO2 emissions could be developed and sets out fuel efficiency goals up to 2020 and net CO2 reduction targets by 2050. In a paper prepared for GIACC by the ICAO Secretariat, however, aviation CO2 emissions could grow from 632 Mt CO2 in 2006 to between 890 and 2,500 Mt CO2 by 2050, excluding a contribution from alternative fuels. Read the full story at Greenaironline
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Fri 24 Apr 2009 – Virgin America has become the first airline to join The Climate Registry, the non-profit collaboration of US, Canadian and Mexican states and provinces that sets standards to calculate, verify and report greenhouse gas emissions. The airline will report accurate and recognized emissions data as a Member on an annual basis as it measures and manages its emissions and CO2 reduction goals. Although the move is voluntary, it comes as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers how to design a mandatory GHG emissions reporting system in which The Climate Registry could play a future role. “As the only California-based airline, it is in our DNA to make environmentally sustainable practices a core priority in our business model,” said Dave Pflieger, Senior Vice President of Legal, Government Affairs and Sustainability at Virgin America. “We’re proud to join visionary California leaders like Senator Boxer and Rep. Waxman in calling for transparency in reporting and controlling CO2 and other greenhouse gases. We hope to do our part to promote awareness and transparency about the impact our industry has on the environment.
Read the full article at our friends greenaironline
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The total influence of aviation on climate is considerably greater than has been suggested solely on the basis of its current 2.8% share of current anthropogenic fossil CO2 emissions, says two leading European climate researchers. Their analysis shows that from its beginnings in 1940 through to 2005, civil aviation has been responsible for a rise in global mean temperatures of around 0.028 degrees C, representing approximately 4.7% of the total anthropogenic change. These are the main conclusions of an Omega-funded study to assess the potential impact of aviation growth on global temperature changes carried out by Dr Sarah Raper, Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for Air Transport and the Environment (CATE), and Dr Malte Meinshausen of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. They say a fundamental change in long-range transportation behaviour and technology is a necessity if climate protection scenarios, such as halving global emissions by 2050, are to be realised. Read the full article at greenaironline
Monday, April 06, 2009
European MEPs voted last week in favour of the Single European Sky II (SES II) legislative package that will bring about shorter flight times, reduced aircraft fuel consumption and therefore lower CO2 emissions. An agreement with transport ministers had been reached the previous week. EU airspace is currently broadly divided into 27 different systems under the control of national governments, each with different rules and ATC operations, leading aircraft to fly circuitous routes. The package will speed up the unification process with the creation of Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) before June 2012.
Despite a series of regulations adopted in 2004, the first SES package made little progress because of a failure to overcome numerous hurdles encountered when trying to integrate European airspace as States looked to protect their sovereignty. The new regulations provide for a whole series of improvements that should benefit the aviation industry by an estimated two to three billion euros ($2.6-4bn) over the next 10 years, with 16 million tonnes of CO2 emissions being cut as a result of reduced flight times. Full story at greenaironline
Monday, March 16, 2009
As he clinched the Democratic nomination for president last year, Barack Obama declared: “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Not yet two months into his term, despite lots of other pressing concerns, Mr Obama has taken on the task of tackling global warming with zeal. He has increased government spending on environmental causes, instructed civil servants to increase the fuel-efficiency of America’s cars, promised to double America’s output of renewable energy and urged Congress to pass the greenest measure of them all: a cap on the country’s emissions of greenhouse gases. Could Mr Obama live up to his grand green rhetoric? Read the full article at The Economist
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Lord Stern, the economist who produced the single most influential political document on climate change, says he underestimated the risks of global warming and the damage that could result from it. The situation was worse than he had thought when he completed his review two-and-a-half years ago, he told a conference yesterday, but politicians do not yet grasp the scale of the dangers now becoming apparent. “Do politicians understand just how difficult it could be, just how devastating rises of 4C, 5C or 6C could be? I think, not yet,” Lord Stern posed to the meeting of scientists in Copenhagen. Read the full article.
Friday, March 06, 2009
That jet engines have evolved over the past few decades will be apparent to any seasoned air traveller. Early jet engines had narrow inlets and were very noisy, but as the diameter of the fans at the front increased, the engines became quieter. Compared with a rowdy 1960s jet, a modern turbofan is some 80% quieter and burns as little as half as much fuel—thus producing fewer greenhouse gases. But with regulation of aviation emissions likely in the coming years in order to combat climate change, jet engines must become cleaner and more frugal still. Read the full article here
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
An illuminating 5 minute video report from the London School of Economics and The Independent on the role of economics in helping solve climate change.
Already trapped in a tailspin as earnings plunge and a global recession curtails passenger and freight traffic, Asian airlines face yet another challenge—figuring out how to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions. Green groups, governments and passenger bodies are piling on the pressure for airlines to rein in carbon pollution, and to have their emissions included in a broader U.N. climate pact. Carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas, which fly some of the world’s longest routes, already plan to curb or offset pollution through emissions trading, more efficient planes and other measures.
But they worry that numerous domestic and regional emissions schemes now emerging could prove costly and unfair because not all airlines will be treated equally, crippling their competitiveness and their already shrinking earnings. Read the full article at Reuters
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The European Commission has published a list of over 2,700 aircraft global operators who must sign up to and comply with the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012. All airlines affected, particularly non-EU operators, will have learned for the first time of their obligation and mandatory requirement to comply with the ETS. IATA member airlines believed that the official political line taken by their association with regard to the unilateral EU action was illegal and would have been challenged by the US and other States. As a consequence and to date, many IATA member airlines have taken no active preparation for implementing the ETS.
It appears that IATA and even ICAO may have mis-calculated the EU’s intentions with regard to clamping down on the rapidly rising aviation emissions, which were forecast to offset emission improvements made by other polluting industries, despite the current economic crisis. The EU Parliament passed the necessary legislation by a massive majority last October, which has since been ratified by the EU Member States. Unfortunate for the airlines they have been embroiled in the politics and apparent denial of the real issues by IATA and ICAO. To date, the airlines have received minimal assistance from these agencies, and they are now left largely to their own devices to prepare for implementation of the ETS, especially at a time when they can least afford as they considerably downsize their organisations to cope with the current economic crisis.
Although the airlines are not expected to join the scheme until 1 January 2012 the “double-hit” for the airlines will be if they fail to submit necessary documentation to the EU by the official deadline, which is expected to be before July 2009. Failure to submit the required documentation will result in airlines losing their entitlement to the 85% of carbon allowances offered by the EU, which could result in the average carrier incurring significant losses in revenue. The team of aviation experts and professionals at “Green Aviation” an environmentally concerned non profit organisation is extremely disappointed that the airlines should have been exposed in such a way. Fortunately, Green Aviation we will be able to assist some airlines in their plight to adhere to the ETS deadline, but many more may not be able to enlist the support they may need. Given the current economic climate, it is believed this issue could have been avoided and managed more appropriately with robust consultation, planning and stakeholder engagement.
To read more about the list of operators visit greenaironline.com
Friday, February 13, 2009
Four leading international airlines – Air France/KLM, British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic – plus UK airport operator BAA, have called for CO2 emissions from international aviation to be included in a new global climate deal to be negotiated at the UNFCCC summit in Copenhagen in December. They have formed an industry coalition called the Aviation Global Deal (AGD) Group that aims to work alongside the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as well as industry stakeholders, governments and NGOs, to develop an appropriate policy solution at a sectoral level. Full article
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tue 10 Feb 2009 – The directive incorporating aviation into the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) entered into force last week, obliging EU Member States to pass appropriate legislation and make administrative provisions before 2 February 2010. Aircraft operators flying within or to and from Europe are required to enter into the first phase of the European Commission’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) process. During 2009, operators who fall within the scope of the ETS will have to submit monitoring plans to their relevant ‘competent authority’ or Member State. Meanwhile, Europe’s statistical agency reports that air passenger transport in the EU27 states rose 7.3% in 2007. Read the full article
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
At four sites across Abu Dhabi, the Government has come up with a simple solution to global warming: continue to burn fossil fuels and bury the emissions underground.
The scheme, unprecedented in its size and ambition, would capture 6.5 millions tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from three power stations and a steel plant and pipe them across the desert for injection into ageing oil wells. But environmentalists and some energy experts have raised serious questions about this strategy, called carbon capture and storage (CCS), not least because it is expensive, would perpetuate the fossil-fuel economy and remains unproven at the scale needed to address global climate change. Read the full story here
Saturday, February 07, 2009
The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has invited carbon offset providers to apply to join its Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting, an initiative aimed at increasing consumers’ understanding of carbon offset schemes such as those offered by airlines and helping them to make informed purchases of good-quality offsets. Those providers who have been approved can then use a quality mark to demonstrate to the public and businesses that their offset schemes and the projects supported comply with the quality criteria set out by the Government. Read more at our friends greenaironline.com
Friday, February 06, 2009
Researchers in the US have developed a traffic optimization procedure that could potentially reduce national commercial aviation fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 6 percent, based on a saving of more than one billion gallons a year. Known as En Route Traffic Optimization, the procedure involves new algorithms that allow air traffic controllers to determine how to assign aircraft to the most direct and efficient routes possible while maintaining comfortable safety margins between aircraft. Full article here
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The European Commission has called for a global carbon trading market as part of a plan to tackle climate change. The EU is already committed to expanding its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), but now it is urging other industrialised countries to join in. The commission says that by 2015 it wants to link the ETS to other carbon trading systems. The goal is to include emerging economies by 2020.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Once promoting itself as the world’s favourite airline, British Airways has launched a new, no-less ambitious campaign that aims to position it as the world’s most responsible airline. The One Destination programme is the outcome of a year-long strategic review by the corporate responsibility team set up by CEO Willie Walsh. British Airways’ Head of Environment, Jonathon Counsell, outlines the airline’s environmental objectives to Christopher Surgenor of http://www.greenaironline.com. As far back as 1978, British Airways (BA) has had an environmental department but it took a decision by Chief Executive Willie Walsh and the BA board in November 2007 to create a Corporate Responsibility department and its own board chaired by Walsh. BA also added a fifth goal to its list of overall corporate objectives, focusing on delivering lower carbon emissions throughout its operations. Despite a considerable shedding of jobs elsewhere in BA over the past year, the new 30-strong department is one of the few to have grown. A myriad of carbon efficiency and community relations initiatives undertaken throughout the organization have now been brought together under one umbrella.
Read the full article at Greenaironline
Friday, January 09, 2009
Continental airlines completed the worl’d first test flight of an aeroplane powered by biofuel derived from algae, a non-food biofuel. The flight which lasted 90 minutes was reported as “There were no problems. It was texbook!” Specifically one of the engines was powered by a 50-50 blend of the algae biofuel and kerosene. The flight was on 7 January 2009 and is the latest in a series of test flights by the aviation industry, which hopes to be using biofuels within five years. The pilots carried out a series of tests at 38,000ft (11,600m), including an engine shutdown in mid-flight. “The airplane performed perfectly,” reported test pilot Rich Jankowski.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
The search for an environmentally friendly fuel for airplanes took a leap forward earlier this week with the world’s first flight powered by a second-generation biofuel, derived from plants that do not compete with food crops. An Air New Zealand jumbo jet left Auckland just before midnight GMT with a 50-50 mix of jet fuel and oil from jatropha trees in one of its four engines. The two-hour test flight, which took the Boeing 747 over the Hauraki Gulf, showed that the jatropha biofuel was suitable for use in airplanes without the need for any modifications of the engines. It forms part of the airline’s plan to source 10% of its fuel from sustainable sources by 2013. Read the full story here
Friday, December 26, 2008
Barack Obama yesterday promised to end George Bush’s “twisting” of science to suit “politics or ideology” in an extraordinarily outspoken address to the nation, and announced that he was putting top climate scientists in key positions in his administration. The move, which signals perhaps his sharpest break with the outgoing administration, makes it clear that he was going to put climate change and the environment among the most urgent priorities of his presidency. And as if to emphasise the difference, President Bush is using his last weeks of power to push through a record number of last-minute rule changes to increase mining and oil drilling on public lands, and even to allow people to carry concealed, loaded guns into national parks. Read the full story in the Independent
OVER to you, President Obama. That was the message from European Union leaders at a summit on Friday December 12th, as they agreed that Europe would take a global lead in fighting climate change. But they also agreed to protect local heavy industry if the world’s biggest polluters did not follow suit, starting with America. In theory, the Brussels summit for government chiefs from the 27 EU states was merely a tidying-up exercise. It was intended to spell out how Europe will fulfil promises already made back in March 2007 to make deep cuts in EU carbon emissions, to use energy more efficiently, and increase the use of energy from renewable sources, like wind, wave power and the burning of plant waste. Those promises—inelegantly dubbed the 20-20-20 plan—would involve cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 20% over 1990 levels, obtaining 20% of energy from renewables and making 20% savings in energy use over forecast levels, all by the year 2020. Full story in The Economist
Friday, December 19, 2008
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil supplier, will on Friday voice its support for the development of alternative energy to complement fossil fuels. Ali Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, is expected to tell a meeting of energy ministers hosted by Gordon Brown, UK prime minister, that an oil price of $75 a barrel is fair and would stimulate the investment in oil and alternatives necessary to meet the world’s future energy needs.It will be the first time that Saudi Arabia has voiced such unequivocal support for alternative energy in such a high-level forum. Read the full article at FT.com
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Japan Airlines (JAL) has become the latest carrier to commit to carrying out a demonstration flight with an aircraft powered in part by biofuel. The Oneworld alliance carrier says in a statement that it will carry out the demonstration flight on 30 January using one of its Pratt & Whitney JT9D-powered Boeing 747-300s. It says it will be the first Asian carrier to operate such a flight, the first using Pratt & Whitney engines and the first with a biofuel refined in part from the energy crop camelina. JAL says a blend of 50% biofuel and 50% traditional Jet-A jet fuel will be tested in one of the four engines of the aircraft. The flight will depart from Tokyo Haneda airport and it will last around 1hr. Read the full article.
Monday, December 15, 2008
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EU transport ministers reached agreement on Tuesday (December 9) on the technical details of Europe’s next-generation air traffic management system, paving the way for shorter flights and reduced CO2 emissions from air traffic. The day before, the European Parliament’s Transport Committee accepted a recommendation on the Single European Sky II proposals, which are now likely to be adopted at a plenary first reading in January. “This is an historical moment, where we take a very important step into achieving a truly functional single European sky,” commented EU Transport Commissioner Antonio Tajani. “It represents a very strong signal from Europe to its citizens, since this means shorter distances to travel, less CO2 emissions, less expensive tickets and safer journeys. The European Commission, now with Council’s support, believes that tackling this approach from a European perspective in its entirety leads to a system that propels Europe’s air traffic management into the future.”
Read the full story at Greenair Online
Friday, December 12, 2008
(Reuters) - Europe secured the world’s widest agreement to battle climate change on Friday after paying east European states to accept changes that will punish their heavily polluting power sectors and ramp up electricity prices. The historic deal to cut carbon dioxide by a fifth by 2020 was secured despite an economic crisis by allowing a myriad of exemptions for industry, sparking criticism from environmental groups. Full story at Reuters
Continental Airlines will conduct a biofuel-powered demonstration flight on January 7 from Houston, Texas. Not only will it be the first US flight to use a biofuel blend, it will be the first using a narrowbody twin-engined aircraft, a CFM56-7B-powered Boeing 737-800, and the first use of algae as a biojet fuel. The fuel to be used in one of the two engines will be a blend of 50 percent traditional jet fuel and 50 percent biofuel sourced from algae and jatropha. Meanwhile, Air New Zealand has rescheduled its jatropha-based biofuel flight to December 30.
Read the full story at Greenair Online
Thursday, December 11, 2008
As ministers begin two days of talks on climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the world’s financial woes must not block climate progress.
Fully story at the BBC
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Continental Airlines is to use an algae and jatropha biofuel blend on a Boeing 737-800 demonstration flight on 7 January in Houston. During Continental’s trial - the first by a US carrier - the right-hand CFM International CFM56-7B engine will be powered by a blend of 50% jet fuel and 50% biofuel from algae and jatropha. Read the full story at FlightGlobal
Monday, December 08, 2008
A new report from campaign and research group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) describes how, in its view, the aviation industry undermined the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). It details how it saw the International Air Transport Association (IATA), national airlines and key member states effectively working together to weaken original proposals to tackle emissions from aviation with the result, it claims, that the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe will continue to grow rapidly. Read the full article at GreenAir Online
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Barack Obama and congressional leaders are preparing rapid legislation to cut US emissions that cause global warming and to kick-start a clean energy revolution. Two bills are to be introduced as soon as the President-elect takes office in January. One will provide $15bn a year to encourage innovation in renewable energies as part of a thorough overhaul of the highly polluting US energy system. The other will pave the way to setting up a system of tradable emissions permits to combat global warming. The moves will greatly boost attempts to bring in a “green new deal” as the best way out of the financial crisis.
Mr Obama wants to return US emissions of carbon dioxide to 1990 levels by 2020, and cut them by a further 80 per cent by 2050.
Read the story in The Independent
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
FedEx has pledged to cut the carbon dioxide emissions of its aircraft fleet by 20% by 2020, mainly to be achieved through investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft as well as 30 other initiatives, with matching reductions in its vehicle fleet. Since 2005, the corporation says it has reduced aircraft emissions by 3.7% per available ton mile. FedEx Express and FedEx Freight operate three solar-powered facilities in California and recently broke ground for its largest solar-powered hub to date in Cologne, Germany. Read the full story at our friends at GreenAir Online
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Restricting the rise in global temperatures to just 2°C will require the use of new technologies that are not yet widely available, and a price for carbon dioxide emissions well above today’s levels, the International Energy Agency warned on Wednesday. Read the full story in the Financial Times.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Imposing overly stringent climate legislation in Europe will simply drive away business, jobs and emissions to other countries, according to the findings of a new air transport industry-sponsored report.
Inclusion of Aviation in the EU ETS: Cases for Carbon Leakage, by consultancy Ernst & Young, argues that aviation’s inclusion within the European Union’s emissions trading scheme will have a significant financial and economic impact on airlines, especially EU-based carriers - and carry the risk of international carriers completely bypassing the EU.
Read the story here
A team of Swiss and British scientists have compared major research carried out on climate change, showing where consensus on the issue ends and disagreements begin. Almost all scientists agreed that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by humans were mainly responsible for global warming, but opinions differed on the magnitude of future warming levels.
Read the full story here
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Two pressing problems face the world: economic meltdown and global warming. Conveniently, a solution presents itself that apparently solves both: governments should invest heavily in green technology, thus boosting demand while transforming the energy business. This notion is gaining credence around the world. Last month the United Nations called for a “Global Green New Deal”. But it is in America that the idea is really taking off. The United States Conference of Mayors reckons that green investment should provide 2.5m jobs. The Centre for American Progress thinks $100 billion worth of spending in the area would spawn 2m jobs. The new president tops both. Barack Obama proposes spending $150 billion over ten years, thus helping, he says, to create 5m jobs.
Read the article in the Economist
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Dr Peter Liese Member of the European Parliament and Environmental “Rapporteur” yesterday (29 Oct 08) spoke with great passion about the importance of needing to take urgent on climate change including the necessity to include aviation in the Emissions Trading Scheme from 2012. He was special guest at the EU/ECAC conference in Geneva where delegates from the EU and other nations met to discuss the decision by the European Parliament to include aviation into the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from 2012.
Full speech below, reproduced with the kind permission of Dr Liese.
thank you very much for the invitation to this very important meeting. I am happy to give you an overview about the discussions in the European Institutions and in the European Public Opinion. And even though the decision on the inclusion of Aviation in the EU ETS has been made, I would also like to discuss with you the details of the proposal and possible compromises at international level. Maybe this is surprising for some of you but I will come back to this point later on.
As I said, the decision has been made. The EU Institutions agreed on the details of a compromise at the end of June this year. The European Parliament has agreed to the compromise in July with a huge majority (the Parliament voted 640 to 30 in favour of the proposal with 20 abstentions). The European Council of Ministers has formally agreed on the text after translating it into the 21 official languages of the European Union on Friday last week. The decision of the European Institutions and especially some aspects of the decision have been heavily criticized mainly by stakeholders from outside the European Union but even though I think it is absolutely necessary and it was without alternative. Greenhouse gas emissions from aviation have dramatically increased since 1990.
Scientists are telling us that we have to stop the increase of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, by 2020 at the latest. This target has been agreed on by the international community at the UNFCCC Conference in Bali, December last year. In the long-run, greenhouse gas emission has to be reduced by 50% till 2050. If we don’t succeed in first limiting and then reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the world and especially our children will suffer severely. The former chief economist of the World Bank, Sir Nicholas Stern, has calculated that the effect of an unlimited increase of greenhouse gas emissions will cost 5-20% of the gross domestic product of the world, which means that the effect of the uncontrolled climate change can economically only be compared with the two world wars. That’s why we have to act.
The French President Nicolas Sarkozy, at present President of the European Council of the Heads of States and Heads of Governments, gave a speech last week in the European Parliament and pointed out that our generation is the last generation that is able to stop an uncontrolled climate change. If we don’t do what scientist aske us to do now, future generations will no longer be able to control the issue. And it is unjustifiable to just accept that one important part of the economy like aviation is growing as fast as it has been doing since 1990. The ETS is in principle a very good instrument to achieve cost-efficient greenhouse gas reductions. This is not only accepted by policy makers in the European Union. It is also the position of the two candidates for the US presidential elections. Both, Obama and McCain supported the Lieberman-Warner Act in the Senate which seeks to introduce ETS System which also includes aviation in the US. McCain explicitly referred to the EU-ETS.
ETS is not a tax and it has a lot of advantages compared to a tax. While a tax is not guaranteeing greenhouse gas reduction, the ETS does. We have a cap and either the airlines can achieve the cap on their own or they buy certificates so that somebody else who could do this maybe more cost-efficiently invests in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As a Member of Parliament I am directly elected and so are my 784 colleagues. That’s why the expectation of our voters are undisputedly of major importance for us. From the outside of the European Union, it looks for some people as if the EU exaggerates with the policy for mitigating climate change. The public in Europe, and that’s our voters, think the opposite. It has been a very intensive survey about the expectation of European citizens concerning climate change and the outcome is that even after the decision of including aviation in the ETS and after the presentation of the very ambitious European Climate and Energy Package, the majority of the citizens think the EU does not enough to mitigate climate change. According to a survey revealed in September this year, approximately 76% of the interviewees are of the opinion that the industry and companies are not doing enough in the fight against the climate change. Two thirds (67%) of the interviewees believe that the citizens themselves don’t do enough. Only a smaller part (64%) of the interviewees reckon that the national government does not enough against the fight and 58% state that the EU is not doing enough in this issue.
The second survey, also revealed by the Eurobarometer 300 in September this year, shows the answers to the question: Which of the following do you consider to be the most serious problem currently facing the world as a whole? The most serious problem for the interviewees with 68% is poverty, lack of food and drinking water. 62% state that they fear global warming / the climate change. 53% see the international blank as a serious problem. 38% find armed conflicts to be a fear factor in their daily lives. 24% are afraid of a major global economic downturn. 23% hold the spread of an infectious disease as well as the proliferation of nuclear weapons to be the most serious problem whereas 19% find the increasing world population as frightening.
Of course we would prefer to achieve our target together with all other relevant states and groups of states but we had to learn that this is almost hopeless. I have been present at the COP-1, the first conference of the parties from Rio convention 1995 in Berlin. At this meeting it has in principle been agreed that greenhouse gas emissions by aviation should not be addressed under UNFCCC but under the ICAO. This has been fixed in the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. Since that date, that means 11 years later, ICAO has completely failed. We haven’t seen any concrete outcome for more than 10 years of work. In the view of our voters as well as in the view of the European Parliament this is a shame and it is even more a shame that some members of ICAO try to block any kind of activity for states or groups of states to mitigate climate change. This is at least how we in the European Parliament perceive the attempts to adopt a resolution that would impose the necessity of consent from third states before introducing emission trading, for example in the European Union. We didn’t include intercontinental flights that start and land in Europe to tease industries from third countries. We included them because two third of the emissions from flights that start and land in Europe come from intercontinental flights. That’s why ETS only for internal European flights would be not effective. Our decision is based on a very careful legal assessment. Independent lawyers as well as the European Commission’s legal service came to the conclusion that we are allowed to do so under ICAO rules and therefore we would be optimistic even in case a third state or group of third states would challenge our decision.
On the other hand, of course, I would be much happier if we could avoid legal conflicts at ICAO or any other level. However, I have to say that I am very disappointed that all the representatives from third countries that can came to see me before we adopted the final text were very superficial and didn’t address the details of our proposal. If a major player from outside the European Union would have told that they could accept our proposal under certain conditions which would not have undermined the environmental integrity of the proposal, I would have been more than ready to accept these proposals. However, all the representatives from third countries said: “You shouldn’t do this at all.” This is not an answer which we could sell our voters. Until now I have the feeling that third countries and especially the representatives of third countries in ICAO are in principle not constructive but want to oppose and delay any kind of action to mitigate climate change. I would be more than happy if you could convince me today, in the coming weeks or months or even later from the opposite.
You may have heard that the final compromise which we have agreed and which was now formally adopted by the Council of Ministers is much less ambitious than the original position of the European Parliament. We have not included a multiplier. In the scheme, so it is a CO2-only-scheme. It is an open scheme. Any kind of restriction that has been proposed by colleagues in the European Parliament are not adopted in the final deal. Moreover, concerning the cap in the level of auctioning, the compromise is less ambitious than the original position of the European Parliament. In this issue, cap and the level of auctioning we have to discuss a compromise for the second period which begins in 2013 during the general review of the ETS. The cap for the aviation sector foresees only 5% reduction compared to the base period 2004 to 2006. This is not a lot if you compared it with targets for the other ETS sectors which is according to the commission proposal minus 21% until 2020. The same applies to auctioning. Auctioning was fixed until 2020. The level of auctioning has been restricted to 15% until 2020. Almost all over industries will be covered by 100% in 2020. Some already from 2013 on. That’s why the European Parliament and especially the Committee for Environment has decided to reopen this discussion as I said for the second period. Some colleagues argue that third countries will be very challenged by this discussion. That’s why I would like to hear from you: Is there a representative of a third country here at the conference that excepts the European Union ETS for aviation as it stands now and would not accept it when we increase the level of auctioning and adopt a more stringent cap. If this is the case, we definitely have to take it into account but as long as representatives from third countries are against the ETS in principle, why should we be less ambitious and why should we treat aviation more generously than all the other industries.
I think we all share the conviction that the best option would be a global solution and for the European Parliament this option is still on the table. I personally as the rapporteur insisted that we keep the door open for an agreement with third countries and of course preferably an agreement with all third countries based on an international agreement. Furthermore, I managed my colleagues and the Council to accept the clear message in the final agreement. In recital 17 we agreed: “The Community and its Member States should continue to seek an agreement on global measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation…
The Community and its Member States should continue to be in contact with third parties during the implementation of this Directive and to encourage third countries to take equivalent measures. If a third country adopts measures, which have at least the equivalent environmental effect as this Directive, for reducing the climate impact of flights to the Community, the Commission should consider the options available in order to provide for optimal interaction between the Community scheme and that country’s measures, after consulting that country…
Bilateral agreements on linking the Community scheme with other trading schemes to form a common scheme or taking account of equivalent measures to avoid double regulation could constitute a step towards a global agreement. Where such bilateral arrangements are made, the Commission may amend the types of aviation activities included in the Community scheme.”
That means for us, the decision under the EU ETS is not the end of the debate with other states. We are in favour of bilateral agreements and of course in favour of a global agreement and we are ready to amend our legislation if it is necessary to come to an agreement with third countries. But please don’t ask us to do nothing. Our voters would not accept this and what is more important, future generations would blame us for having uncontrolled effects of climate change. It is high time to come from talks to action. If ICAO is ready for this, ICAO is a very welcomed partner for the European Parliament.
Thank you for your attention.”
© Peter Liese MEP. Reproduced with permission by Green Aviation International http://www.greenaviation.org
Speech available in pdf format at this location - Contribution_from_Peter_Liese.pdf
Speech delivered 29 October 2008 at this conference
Following last Friday’s decision of the European Council of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to rubber stamp the decision to bring air transport into the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012, Director of Green Aviation International, Andrew F Pozniak, today welcomed the decision as “finally bringing much-needed clarity to allow the airlines to start to plan and prepare for the ETS”
Pozniak added “whilst there are still some key issues to be resolved such as the level of auctioning from 2013, this is another step in the right direction of airlines, and ultimately all transport, being required to reduce their pollution and help in the urgent fight against climate change.”
He responded to the negative reaction by some parts of the aviation industry by highlighting that their leaders had failed to lead for more than 10 years since being required to plan for cuts in emissions. “They almost ignored it until a year ago when they finally woke up to the fact that the EU was demonstrating global leadership in this vital issues for humanity. Now they complain that only a global deal is possible – but where have they been for the past decade? How many additional tonnes of CO2 and other pollutants have been added to the atmosphere due to their complacency? Those leaders have lost credibility, and rightly the EU has lost patience.”
“And those same voices complain that the time is not right because of the credit-crunch. Well I have been in the aviation industry for over 20 years and some of our ‘leaders’ have always cried “we are in crisis, leave us alone, treat us as a special case once more!” Yes the current crisis is bad, very bad, but it will not last forever and most airlines will survive and expand again. Some parts of aviation are only in ‘constant crisis’ because of very poor management and lack of foresight, whereas other well-managed airlines thrive and adjust to economic circumstances. ETS is just another economic circumstance. It’s time for poor management to stop their poor excuses and wake up to reality of the climate-crunch”.
“Those airlines with strong management teams now have the extra clarity to plan for ETS implementation. Many will need help for sure, but at least they know where they are heading now, at least for 2012. The airlines that we work with comprehend that these issues are far better addressed sooner rather than later – from both an environmental AND financial perspective. Airlines can eventually become both “green and lean and contrary to the popular propaganda the current financial crisis is all the more reason to accelerate their green programs to help them save money. We help them get there.”
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Ed Miliband, the UK’s climate change secretary, is close to reaching an agreement on toughening his legally binding climate change targets by promising to take into account emissions from shipping and aviation. He is also expected to include a commitment that by 2012 UK businesses will be required to report annually on their carbon emissions. Business is responsible for 30% of total emissions.
Miliband was praised by environmentalists last week when he increased the UK legal target to cut the greenhouse gas emissions target from 60% to 80% by 2050. Miliband said he was responding to evidence that the science showed the risk of climate change was growing, and said Britain would make an 80% cut to the headline target in its climate change legislation.
Full story at the Guardian
Saturday, October 25, 2008
By Michael Crichton
National Press Club
January 25, 2005
Michael’s detailed explanation of why he criticizes global warming scenarios. Using published UN data, he reviews why claims for catastrophic warming arouse doubt; why reducing CO2 is vastly more difficult than we are being told; and why we are morally unjustified to spend vast sums on this speculative issue when around the world people are dying of starvation and disease.
We at GAIA are extremely open-minded about climate change, and fully open that the science of climate change is not yet settled, there is much more research to do in this fascinating field. The scientists at Omega are doing some great things as well.
Whilst some scientists doubt the link between CO2 and global warming the majority are convinced it is fact. Similarly, even if it ever turned out that there was no relationship between CO2 and warming, we already know as facts the harmful effects of Ozone depletion letting in higher levels of cosmic radiation. There are various non-CO2 impacts of aviation pollution on the environment and they all need to be addressed so that aviation can continue to be a successful and ultimately expanding industry that is sustainable and any harmful impacts are fully mitigated. We love aviation, we want to see it succeed.
Now over to Michael’s full perspective at his site at this link.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Carbon Sciences is developing a breakthrough technology to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the basic fuel building blocks required to produce gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other fuels! Learn more at Greenaironline
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a surprise appearance at the solar industry’s annual confab Monday night, warning not to use the financial crisis as an excuse to abandon the fight against global warming. Full story at CNN
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Following last week’s decision by The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) to approve a package of measures to stiffen the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from 2013 as part of a general review of climate policy by the European Commission, the Managing Director of Green Aviation International commented today “this is exactly the kind of punitive action that I have been warning the airlines about, should they continue to stick their heads in the sand and take far too little voluntary action”.
Andrew Pozniak added “And undoubtedly we will also see further raising of so-called green taxes by governments desperate to cover the massive costs of their recent interventions to save the banks and stock markets from the credit crunch; this will further hurt the aviation industry and they will rightly feel that they have been mugged and their wallets stolen by the tax people. If only the airlines had taken climate more seriously!”
He also criticised the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) measures, “Airlines and other business must pay the price of pollution for sure, and the ENVI decision is ultimately a step in the right direction, but the timing is wrong, and the engagement with business and the scientific community is lacking.” “Leading scientists are currently writing up the results of interesting new research for submission to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) early next year and ENVI should have at least waited until after chewing on the outputs of the IPCC before making arbitrary decisions.”
“However, their actions are hardly surprising given that apart from a very few exceptions, the great majority of the airline industry has failed to take the issues of climate change really seriously, and they have failed to take sufficient action, despite the fact that many simple low cost steps can already be taken.”
“The airlines that we collaborate with understand that these issues are easier resolved sooner rather than later – from both an environmental AND economic perspective. Airlines can become both “green and lean and contrary to the popular propaganda the current financial crisis is all the more reason to accelerate their green programs to help save money. We teach them how.”
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Mon 6 Oct 2008 - Scientists studying the effects of aircraft contrails and non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), report that whilst the science is improving they are still unsure of the magnitude of aviation’s impact on global warming. There are still major uncertainties that require further research and they advise policy makers to steer clear of basing decisions on so-called ‘multipliers’. For the full story click on the greenair logo below.
Fri 10 Oct 2008 – At a European Union Council meeting in Luxembourg yesterday, transport ministers called for the European Commission to engage with third countries on international aviation emissions. The Commission was urged to persuade them to adopt equivalent measures to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, which should be included in the framework of aviation bilateral agreements. The Council appears to have backtracked on an agreement with the European Parliament that ETS auction revenues must be ring-fenced for environmental measures. Click on the greenaironline.com logo below to get the full story.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Yesterday at the “World Low Cost Airlines Congress” in London the founder of Green Aviation International presented his vision and urged the low cost airlines to wake up and see the reality of Climate Change happening around them. The session included a discussion panel comprising Ryanair, SAS, and the European Commission and Green Aviation International.
Andrew F Pozniak reminded the audience that despite the current economic problems “aviation emissions have doubled since 1990, and are forecast to double again by 2025.” “That is seen by the public as being a bad neighbour, and worse.” He added that as a consequence “Some people choose not to fly with certain airlines, or not to fly at all” which impacts upon their revenues as well attracting the attention of legislators who impose swingeing punitive taxes that increases the cost of flying, and undermining the low-cost business model.”
He urged that carriers have to start now to plan for the inevitable EUs Emissions Trading Scheme and to help make it a success. Reacting to comments that ETS is just another tax he highlighted that it is not a tax but a well designed financial process that ensures polluters pay, but rewards those that clean up.
“Already it succeeds for 40% of Europe’s dirty polluters, and now it is time for aviation to join. Australia is going to do the same, you must be ready”, he recommended “But as it stands now, the industry has no real plans, no real deliverables, no real milestones, no real schedule, therefore no real project to do anything. Just talk. No wonder no one is listening to aviation any more! We need to change that, we need to move forwards and get serious about fixing the environment”
He highlighted several practical, low-cost, steps that airlines can embark upon already to improve their environmental image and also get ready for ETS, offering his long practical experience of the airline industry.
He concluded by urging the industry to work together with a greater sense of purpose to a common set of effective goals which are currently lacking.
The full text is available at http://www.greenaviation.org/
Note to editors below:
Planning is underway to include these important green subjects and much more at the upcoming Green Aviation Inaugural AGM and Green Aviation World Summit, more details revealed in due course at http://www.greenaviation.org/
“Green Aviation International Association” was incorporated as a non-profit in April by a team of experienced aviation business professionals who are concerned at the lack of truly effective progress in resolving the green problems in aviation’s own backyard. It believes that effective professional cooperation, not politics, will ultimately make the difference. It is not political beyond its environmental goals and maintaining a successful aviation industry for humanity. It’s funding does not come from any special interest groups but from voluntary donations, consulting engagements, project direction and management, and other upcoming products and services that will be rolled out. Surplus funds will be reinvested into green aviation and related projects.
Andrew Francis Pozniak is the Managing Director of Green Aviation International Association. He brings to the environmental arena much passion and business skills gained through 20 years as an aviation professional. He believes that a positive engagement, multi-partner, business-professional approach is the only way to successfully resolve aviation’s green issues and the other business problems. He will be presenting the GreenAviation™ and “Turning Aviation Green™ ” visions and solutions at upcoming conferences as well as in a new forum on the company’s web site next month.
Green Aviation International Association. Cherry Izakovic. 24th Sep 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Planning is now underway for our inaugural Annual General Meeting and World Congress in early 2009! Members and non-members from aviation, environment, academia, supporting businesses, governments, NGOs and the press will be invited to participate and help change the face of aviation! We can “turn aviation green” together! If you want further information or want to let us know of your interest in participating in this unique event, please complete our contact form on this site so that we can be in touch with you.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Humanity must urgently embark on a massive programme to power civilisation from wood to stave off catastrophic climate change, one of the world’s top scientists has told The Independent on Sunday.
Twenty years ago, Professor James Hansen was the first leading scientist to announce that global warming was taking place. His views will command respect because, as director of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for the past 27 years, he has been one of the few climate scientists ready to risk his reputation by openly stating what many suspect to be true.
Read the full article in the Independent
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
We are very pleased to announce our support for the Aviation Emissions Trading Summit, organised by London Business Conferences, and being hosted 24-25 November at the New Connaught Rooms, in London.
This event follows their successful 2007 Summit which attracted numerous delegates from the aviation sector and analysed the practical and operational processes behind the scheme. In light of the recent announcements by the European Parliament in July that all aviation will be included in the ETS, it is extremely timely to be announcing this year’s Summit!
We are certain it will be of interest and great value to you. With escalating fuel prices and increasing economic uncertainty, airlines need clarity now on how the current design scheme is going to work, and understand what might happen in the future. This event is also unique because it will explore how airlines are beginning to implement practical strategies that comply with the current design process, and facilitate their sustainable development. It will also include advise on monitoring, reporting and verification.
Learn more and book your place by visiting this link!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The UK’s Independent Newspaper reports that an authoritative study by Omega, a coalition of experts on aviation and the environment based at leading British universities made some conclusions that carbon off-setting should be considered a reliable response to dealing with challenges of climate change. They say that “Offsetting schemes are conceptually problematic: they have arisen not from attempts by environmentalists and climate scientists to design an appropriate response [to climate change], but from politicians and business executives trying to meet the demands for action while preserving the commercial status quo.” (The Independent article can be found here)
Well, our view is that they are correct!
However, we certainly do not live in an ideal world. We simply are not going to stop people flying, or driving their cars, or using electricity in their homes, etc. It is also a fact that airlines are commercial organisations so they need to preserve at least their “commercial stats quo” or they go out of business, and many jobs go with them. Some green lobbyists would like this to happen, but how many people, green or otherwise, would be prepared to not only lose flying but lose those things that pollute even more?! Stop using your car? Stop watching TV or using your computer at work or home? Heating your home? No! So, what to do?
1. Appropriate designs by scientists are essential. However, pending such design do we sit and wait? No, because overall it is beneficial to have people voluntarily offset their journey, even their whole lifestyles, if they wish to.
2. There are good offset schemes, and there are poor schemes. Do your research and ensure that the scheme is fully audited before you make an offset, ideally through the UN’s Carbon Development Mechanism umbrella and / or “Gold Standard” offered through some organisations.
3. Ultimately this should not really be a matter of relying on voluntary donations at all! The climate crisis needs far more impact than just having 1% of passengers in a typical scheme offered by greener airlines to decide to offset their journeys! It needs intelligent governmental policy making and appropriate supporting legislation to comply polluters to pay for their pollution, help them change their behaviours and seek out greener alternatives. If the price of carbon is not in the economic equation or balance sheet of an airlines’ CFO then he is not going to worry so much about it.
4. The European Community’s decision to include aviation in their successful Emissions Trading Scheme from 2012 is definitely a step in the right direction! It is open, transparent, controlled through regulated exchanges, audited, etc. Passengers will have no need to so much worry about where their money is going, neither will the airlines.
5. Offsets and ETS are not ideal nor a replacement for positive pollution reductions, however they do make an important difference. That’s fact not fiction.
6. We are working on launching an appropriate response to this current predicament to be able to have a great solution in place before 2012. If you are an airline or a conscientious flyer, contact us for more information via our contact page.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Green Aviation International Association (GAIA) needs your help!
GAIA started recently but is already rapidly expanding! We are being noticed around the world and getting great feedback, encouragement and numerous enquiries about what we do. We urgently need pro-active and knowledgeable volunteers to help answer the queries and help with our rapidly increasing workload, also help with fundraising and environmental projects!
If you can spare us a little of your time, or you know someone who can, contact us now! The best thing about helping GAIA is that because we are truly global you can potentially help us wherever you are in the world and fit it around your existing work or study life whilst helping to save the Environment! Even if you do not have the time to help us directly, then just by mentioning our site “www.greenaviation.org” to your family, friends and colleagues will make a difference! Every little bit helps in saving the Environment!
But this is just the beginning, the launch phase, and we are going to do MUCH more to spread the message and promote what we do to anyone who flies or works in aviation, to be able to “turn aviation green”! So we need volunteers to help! We are also considering taking on Interns and staff to help progress specific projects.
We are especially keen to hear from you if you have a successful experience in non-profit fund-raising, in the “real” world and “virtual IM” world, regardless of sector, then contact us now!
We also need assistance to get the new Forums up and running next month, so if you are an aviation or environmental subject-matter expert and want to promote GAIA as well as give yourself a “world stage” let us know!
We also envisage advertising specific roles in our organisation for full and part time positions and we will be certainly considering our team of volunteers for sure, as these opportunities arise.
Contact us now via the “contact” tab on this site and let us know your area of expertise and attach a resume if possible. Please be assured that we are covered under the stringent UK Data Protection Act, so we will not divulge your personal details to anyone outside the organisation.
GAIA will “turn aviation green”!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Aviation, the Environment & Emissions Trading, Renaissance Hotel Brussels, 19-20 November 2008
Aviation, the Environment & Emissions Trading will address the pressing environmental issues facing aviation today. What environmental regulations are coming into force in the next five years? How will the Emissions Trading Scheme affect your business? What can you do to comply with regulations whilst ensuring your company’s financial survival? What are other areas of the industry doing to help you achieve this? Experts from all sectors of the industry, including airlines, financiers, consultants, legal firms, OEMs, MROs and airports will provide practical advice to help you develop your environmental strategy. For more information, a full agenda and online booking, visit the conference website
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Flying lessons, July 19th 2008
SIR - Charlemagne is right to point out the wonderful benefits of aviation, indeed it is essential to global economic success. However the green issues caused by this incredible invention are very evident and the European Union is right to include airlines as major polluters in their Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012.
We hear cries of “foul” echoing around the emptying terminals, hangars and airline offices as the industry contracts under the unprecedented weight of the price of fuel and the credit crunch. And those voices are also right; not only do airlines get hit with the costs of paying for their own infrastructure unlike other transport, but also pick up the bill for securing the system against blank.
So it’s hardly surprising the airlines feel they’ve once again been mugged, wallets stolen and kicked where it hurts. They need far more understanding, intelligent policies and more relevant cost allocation. But I see the ETS as different; the EU commits to ring fencing the money raised from CO2 permit auctions into green schemes.
Also ETS is already an effective financial instrument used in other polluting industries. Aviation is surely not as bad as other transport, but sooner or later aviation must clean up its own back yard. In fact the Australians are mulling the introduction of an ETS for all transport in 2010; the EU should also have included all transport.
ETS is no magic solution, but it will reduce carbon and other pollutants and combined with other sensible green initiatives is an important investment in our future. Together they are the ultimate in risk management schemes that one day can save the planet.
Green Aviation International
Friday, July 11, 2008
“Green Aviation” welcomes European ETS proposal !
The recently established Green Aviation International Association has gone against the grain of general negative sentiment in the aviation industry by cautiously welcoming the EU’s confirmation to include aviation into the Emissions Trading Scheme from 2012. Managing Director, Andrew F Pozniak, said “Whilst not an ideal proposal, and unfortunate timing as unprecedented fuel prices hurt the airlines, the EU is at least demonstrating leadership to tackle these vital green issues, unlike most other States around the world. The Governments (via ICAO) could have made an agreement for a Global ETS already, yet most of them continue to drag their heels. The EU plan is a solid step in the right direction. Emissions trading is already an effective financial instrument used in other polluting industries. It’s time for everyone to see what is really going on with Climate Change, join ‘Green Aviation International’ and make ETS a success.
Pozniak warns “If it wants to become zero-carbon by 2050, the aviation business must more seriously confront the issues of Climate Change and plan more effectively, not be at risk of wandering for the next 42 years. It also can’t allow its opponents an opportunity to compare them to King Canute’s fruitless attempt in commanding the incoming tide to reverse. The tide of Climate Change is already upon us, our feet are already getting wet, and by 2050 we’ll be submerged if we don’t work together on effective measures now! It’s also no real sense in pointing at dirtier industries and crying “foul”; aviation must clean up its own backyard now, otherwise it will lead itself down a dark and blind alleyway where it will be mugged by those who see it as fair game!” He adds, “42 years is far too long, we owe it to future generations to do far more and achieve far earlier. Where there’s a will, green money, there’s a way. ”
Commenting upon the cost impacts of ETS he replied, “Unfortunately there is a price to pay if we are serious about fixing last century’s environmental irresponsibility and ignorance. That’s a tough message when oil prices are crippling many airlines, but ETS will happen, and these issues will simply not disappear. Any reduction in emissions due to the oil price and the credit crunch will only be temporary. As Guardians of the planet we must reduce all forms of pollution permanently. Fortunately emissions trading and green money are great mechanisms in helping to do that, together with other green initiatives. By quickly accepting that ETS is going to happen, aviation might even be able to reduce those cost impacts and certainly plan for them. Also let’s get a better perspective and see them in a more positive light – an investment in our future. For instance the EU proposal commits to ring-fence all revenues generated from auctioning of carbon allowances, to be used to fund research on cleaner aircraft and related initiatives. This is a whole lot better than being on the receiving end of a so-called green tax where the money goes into a bottomless pit, not into green schemes. The EU is going in the right direction, I welcome that.”
He further elaborated upon his views of the EU. “Despite some good intentions and work, the EU risks being perceived as making arbitrary decisions at the expense of airlines, especially at this critical time of unprecedented oil prices and pain for the airlines. To help remedy this it must far better explain its rationale for how the numbers and policies were arrived at and communicate them widely. We also need to consider additional mechanisms to ease the transition of the airlines into the ETS and we are developing some great ideas on that front to share with them.” He added “However it is also very unfortunate that we do not already today receive the massive fuel, cost and CO2 benefits of a European single-sky for Air Traffic Control. This was a great win-win to achieve. Is there even a robust plan with milestones to really achieve it? It is also hugely disappointing that other forms of transportation which are massively more polluting than aeroplanes are not required to be in the ETS, unlike Australia which recently announced plans for a Transport ETS from 2010 ! I hope the EU responds quickly to that”.
Pozniak then concludes “Aviation is a huge success story and is immensely important for humanity. It can remain both successful AND environmentally responsible through better leadership, better teamwork, better stakeholder management, more efficient operations, new technologies and fuels, leveraging financial instruments and the money markets with the massive potential power of green money. Aviation can become both lean and green. I urge everyone to accept the reality of Climate Change and join GreenAviation as willing partners in delivering effective green aviation solutions. There is a great pool of talented people and organisations out there and together we can definitely crack these problems and make a huge green difference. We can ensure the success of EU ETS and all the other regional schemes. Over the coming weeks and months we will be delivering our innovative Green Aviation Action Plan that will be shared on our new web site at http://www.greenaviation.org next month”. END
Note to editors below:
“Green Aviation International Association” was incorporated as a non-profit in April. It was established by a small team of experienced aviation business professionals who are concerned at the lack of truly effective progress in resolving the green problems in aviation’s own backyard. It believes that cooperation through the Green Aviation International Association will ultimately make the difference and because many other avenues are slipping or stalling. It is not political beyond its environmental goals and maintaining a successful aviation industry for humanity. It’s funding does not come from any special interest groups but from voluntary donations, consulting engagements, project direction and management, and other upcoming products and services that will be rolled out. Surplus funds will be reinvested into green aviation and related projects.
Andrew Francis Pozniak is the Managing Director of Green Aviation International Association. He is not an environmental academic expert but he brings to the environmental arena much passion and business skills gained through 20 years as an aviation professional. He believes that a positive engagement, multi-partner, business-professional approach is the only way to successfully resolve aviation’s green issues and the other business problems. He will be presenting the GreenAviation™ and “Turning Aviation Green™ ” visions and solutions at upcoming conferences as well as in a new forum on the company’s web site next month.
Green Aviation International Association
10th July 2008