Aviation Sustainability News

  • Wed 8 July 2020 – The European Commission has opened an eight-week feedback period inviting comments on a revision of the Aviation EU ETS directive in order to implement the international CORSIA scheme consistent with the EU's 2030 climate objectives and European Green Deal. The Commission is also proposing to reduce the amount of free allowances allocated to aircraft operators and will assess the geographical scope of the EU ETS […]
  • Wed 1 July 2020 – The ICAO Council has voted by a large majority to adopt an industry proposal to change the crucial emissions baseline rule for the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. The move is aimed at protecting airlines from what ICAO describes as the "inappropriate economic burden" airlines are likely to face from a lower baseline as a result of the collapse of international air traffic […]
  • Tue 30 June 2020 – European air transport and aerospace trade associations have collectively called on EU governments to finance a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic through public funding for carbon reduction projects, research and replacement of older aircraft. They urge EU leaders to prioritise specific decarbonisation initiatives when allocating future recovery funding. These include direct capital investment or ownership in sustainable aviation fuel production facilities and implementing an […]
  • Tue 23 June 2020 – An industrial consortium is planning Europe's first power-to-liquid (PtL) plant that will produce hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel in Norway. The Norsk e-Fuel consortium is initially looking to build a demonstration plant at the Herøya Industry Park in Porsgrunn, near Oslo, capable of producing 10 million litres of fuel a year before scaling up the facility to commercially produce 100 million litres by 2026. The output […]
  • Wed 17 June 2020 – Airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East have been recognised for their innovative approaches to water management in the annual Green Airports Recognition (GAR) programme run by airport industry body ACI Asia-Pacific. The objective of GAR is to promote best practices to minimise aviation’s impact on the environment and this year's theme showcases projects fostering water conservation and prevention of water pollution. A survey by […]
  • Mon 15 June 2020 – Following calls from the aviation industry, the UK government has created a Jet Zero Council to help develop greener air travel towards a net-zero target by 2050. The new body will be made up of representatives from the aviation sector, environmental groups and government officials. The industry's coalition group Sustainable Aviation recently called for UK aviation "to be at the heart" of the government's economic […]
  • Thu 11 June 2020 – The UK government has released details on how it intends to incorporate aviation into a UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS) and link with those of the EU and Switzerland, as well as the global CORSIA offsetting scheme. Following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and the transition period due to finish by the end of this year, the first 10-year phase of […]
  • Wed 10 June 2020 – EU Member States have adopted a proposal from the European Commission to back a fundamental change to CORSIA that would remove international aviation CO2 emissions in 2020 from the global aviation carbon offsetting scheme's baseline. The dramatic fall in air traffic due to the Covid-19 pandemic could otherwise significantly increase the airline sector's future offsetting costs. A 2019-only baseline would likely lead to no offsetting […]
  • Fri 5 June 2020 – A partnership of Danish green energy and transport organisations, including Copenhagen Airports and SAS, has been formed to explore the potential for a ground-breaking hydrogen and e-fuel production facility as soon as 2023. When fully scaled by 2030, using renewable electricity, the Power-to-X project could deliver more than 250,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel for buses, trucks, maritime vessels and airplanes. Production would potentially be based […]
  • Fri 5 June 2020 – Alcohol-to-jet specialist LanzaTech has launched a new company, LanzaJet, to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel from sustainable ethanol sources. Investment in the venture totalling $25 million has been secured from Canadian integrated energy company Suncor Energy ($15m) and Mitsui ($10m). The funding will be used to build a demonstration plant expected to produce 10 million gallons per year starting in 2022. This […]