Aviation Sustainability News

  • Thu 28 May 2020 – ICAO has received eight applications from emissions unit programmes in the second round of assessments by its Technical Advisory Body (TAB), along with material updates to two applications in the first round. The public is invited to comment by June 26 on the new applications and updates, in particular regarding their alignment with ICAO's emissions unit criteria (EUC). The programmes range from a project to […]
  • Wed 27 May 2020 – Lufthansa Group has signed a letter of intent with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and its two spin-offs Climeworks and Synhelion to develop renewable jet fuel from sunlight. The collaborative partnership, initiated by Lufthansa Group subsidiaries SWISS and Edelweiss, will include cooperation in technology and economic efficiency, with an intention to agree at a later date on quotas of the renewable […]
  • Tue 26 May 2020 – The European Commission has recommended EU states should support a proposal by the airline industry to change the CORSIA baseline to take account of the expected sharp decline in carbon emissions this year. Under the scheme, airlines must offset the carbon emissions above a 2019-2020 baseline, but a lower baseline would likely mean a higher than expected carbon offsetting obligation. IATA estimates the baseline would […]
  • Thu 21 May 2020 – Sustainable fuels technology company Velocys has received planning approval to build its proposed Altalto Immingham waste-to-jet fuel plant on a site in the north-east of England. Subject to completion of legal agreements with the local council and final funding, the company plans to begin construction in 2022 and to start producing commercial volumes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in 2025. The plant will convert "hundreds […]
  • Tue 19 May 2020 – In the first peer-reviewed study of the drop in global carbon emissions during the Covid-19 lockdown, an analysis of six economic sectors during the period January to April shows aviation was the most impacted by the confinement. While responsible for 3 per cent of global emissions, it accounted for a 10 per cent decrease in the global total during the first four months of the […]
  • Mon 18 May 2020 – Fuel standards organisation ASTM International has approved the seventh technology pathway for the production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Annex A7 to ASTM's SAF specification D7566 establishes approval for a type of synthesised paraffinic kerosene derived from hydroprocessed hydrocarbons, esters and fatty acids. The standard provides that HC-HEFA-SPK fuel, which has been developed by Japan's IHI Corporation, may be blended at up to […]
  • Fri 15 May 2020 – Under most post-Covid recovery scenarios for the airline industry, it is unlikely airlines will have any obligations to purchase and surrender emissions units for at least the duration of CORSIA's three-year pilot phase starting next January if a rule change to the scheme's baseline is made, finds an analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Aeroplane operators covered by CORSIA will be required to offset […]
  • Wed 13 May 2020 – With a deadline of the end of next month (June 30) for countries to voluntarily opt in or out of the CORSIA scheme from its start in January 2021, the EU's transport chief told sceptical members of the European Parliament this week that EU support was vital for the scheme's existence. Without it, there was a clear risk CORSIA "could fall to pieces", Commissioner Adina […]
  • Thu 7 May 2020 – Aviation emissions covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose by 1 per cent in 2019, as against an overall decrease of 9 per cent from stationary installations. However, the European Commission described the increase from 67.49 million tonnes of CO2 in 2018 to 68.14 Mt last year as significantly smaller than in previous years. Analysis by the Commission shows 46 per cent […]