GreenAir News

  • British Airways could be using sustainable aviation fuel produced in the UK within the next few months following an agreement with one of world’s biggest oil refiners, Phillips 66. It will be produced and blended at Phillips 66’s Humber Refinery in north-east England from waste cooking oils, and supplied to London airports via the existing pipeline infrastructure. The SAF is expected to reduce lifecycle emissions by over 80% compared to […]
  • United Airlines has operated the first-ever passenger flight with an engine using 100% sustainable aviation fuel. In a partnership with Boeing, CFM International, Virent and World Energy, yesterday’s flight of a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Chicago O’Hare to Washington DC’s Reagan National Airport carried 100 passengers. Commercial passenger flights are currently permitted to fly with a maximum of only 50% SAF in their engines but United and their […]
  • Qantas, Australia’s largest airline, has announced a broad suite of initiatives to help reduce its environmental impact and that of its customers, including a new ‘Green tier’ in its loyalty programme to reward members for sustainable purchases and behaviours, and plans for its first major purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help reduce directly the emissions of its aircraft, reports Tony Harrington. The airline has also foreshadowed a “significant […]
  • A major partnership has been formed by SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Swedish energy company Vattenfall, Shell Aviation and LanzaTech to explore the large-scale production in Sweden of synthetic sustainable aviation fuel, using carbon dioxide recycled from district heating, reports Tony Harrington. By 2026-27, the consortium plans to commission a new SAF facility near Forsmark, on Sweden’s east coast, with capacity to produce up to 50,000 tonnes of synthetic SAF, or electrofuel, […]
  • US startup Wright Electric has announced the launch of the Wright Spirit, a 100-passenger, all-electric, zero-emissions retrofit of a BAe 146 aircraft that the company is targeting for an entry into service in 2026. While other new propulsion startups are working on programmes to bring smaller-sized commercial aircraft – up to 19-seats – to market initially, Wright believes focusing on the 100-passenger segment is where airline demand lies, with one-hour […]
  • RSB and Air bp announced their partnership in a sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) book and claim pilot earlier this year and, as part of the pilot, were joined by Microsoft, United Airlines and the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) to record the first transaction in the RSB book and claim register. With an approximate 80% reduction in lifecycle emissions in comparison with fossil jet fuel, 7,000 gallons (21 tonnes) of […]
  • A new report has explored the likely impacts on the airline industry of the increasing costs of sustainability, including pressure from corporate customers and investors for more transparent climate policies, and evidence of meaningful results. The Airline Sustainability Benchmarking Report, jointly produced by aviation data group CAPA and the carbon reduction consultancy Envest Global, assessed 52 airlines and more than 100 corporations with large air travel requirements to identify trends […]
  • Regional and business aircraft maker Embraer has released details and images of four concept aircraft as starting points for all-new sustainably-powered passenger planes. Simultaneously, a new partnership has been formed in the UK to progress the conversion of existing Britten-Norman commuter planes from fossil fuels to zero-emission hydrogen propulsion. Embraer said its new Energia aircraft family would range from nine to 50 seats, fly between 200 and 500 nautical miles, […]
  • The Asia-Pacific region, the world’s largest combined air transport market, has edged closer to lower carbon air services with significant initiatives announced in two countries, Singapore and New Zealand, reports Tony Harrington. Commencing in 2022, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will conduct a 12-month trial of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at Changi International Airport with Singapore Airlines and state-owned investment company Temasek. It will also partner with Airbus […]
  • Two prominent themes emerged at the 2021 Dubai Airshow: recalibration and decarbonisation. With recovery now underway in the air transport industry, confidence was in abundance, with major orders for passenger and freighter aircraft accompanied by the ubiquitous deployment of the word ‘sustainable’, as the air transport industry zeroed in on net zero, while simultaneously increasing operations post-pandemic, reports Tony Harrington. For the first time outside the United States, Boeing displayed […]
  • Whether COP26 is ultimately judged a success or failure, a number of notable outcomes for the aviation sector emerged that could accelerate momentum and encourage progress towards its net zero emissions by mid-century ambition. One important achievement was resolving differences and uncertainties over Article 6 of the Paris Agreement that provides for market and non-market mechanisms for countries and non-state participants to meet emission reduction targets. According to carbon markets […]
  • British Airways’ first flight to the United States since the lifting today of Covid-19 restrictions for most British travellers to the country has been powered by blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In a synchronised take-off with Virgin Atlantic to New York JFK, BA001, a flight number previously reserved for Concorde, was powered by 35% SAF made from used cooking oil supplied by bp. Although not the first transatlantic flight to […]
  • The UK is to unveil the International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition during COP26, which will call on ICAO member states to adopt a long-term goal at next year’s ICAO Assembly. Around 15 countries are believed to have already agreed to join, including the United States. “Aviation emissions are an inherently global issue in need of coordinated global action and that’s never been more urgent than it is now as we […]
  • The events below are subject to change. The list will be updated during the course of COP26. If you are an organiser of an event that is not listed or need to update the information provided below, please contact GreenAir’s Editor, Christopher Surgenor, by email (christopher@greenaironline.com) or by phone (+44 7770 881066). He will be attending COP26 during the two weeks. Public webcast will be available during the conference for […]
  • Bio-based feedstock availability for SAF will likely only be sufficient to supply 50% of the SAF required to meet IATA’s net zero carbon by 2050 target, concludes an ICF report prepared for the second edition of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group’s Waypoint 2050 report. The other 50% of projected fuel demand by 2050 will have to come from Power-to-Liquid (PtL) technology, finds ICF. Although HEFA SAF is fully commercial […]
  • In April this year, as part of climate measures to reduce carbon emissions, French MPs voted to ban flights on domestic routes that can be travelled by direct train in less than two-and-a-half hours. This had been reduced from a previous recommendation that proposed the limit at four hours, following a French government bailout to Covid-hit Air France. In the UK, and picked up by the national press, environmental pressure […]
  • In the lead up to COP26, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Shell are calling for further ambition and collaboration across the aviation sector, and together with governments, to enable the transition of long-haul aviation towards net zero ahead of aviation goals set by the UN’s Race to Zero campaign. Under the goals, the current breakthrough required for aviation decarbonisation is to achieve a minimum of 10% use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) […]
  • Etihad Airways has secured $1.2 billion through its first sustainability-linked loan (SLL) tied to environmental, social and governance targets (ESG), its third sustainable financing deal. The airline reported the transaction as the largest of its kind so far, taking to over $1.9 billion the total funds it has raised through ‘green’ instruments since 2019, and claims it is the first-ever SLL tied to ESG targets in the aviation sector, writes […]
  • Aeroflot and energy company Gazprom Neft have signed an agreement to jointly develop the production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a first for the Russian aviation market. Aeroflot, Russia’s flagship carrier and ranked among the world’s 20 largest airlines, plans to use SAF on both domestic and international routes and said it was the next important step in improving the airline’s environmental efficiency. Gazprom Neft said the development […]
  • American Airlines has become an anchor partner in Bill Gates’ new Breakthrough Energy Catalyst and committed an investment of $100 million in the programme to support the advancement and funding of sustainable aviation fuels and other emissions reduction technologies such as green hydrogen, direct air capture and long-duration energy storage. According to Gates, Catalyst will focus on supporting technologies that are vital to reaching global net zero emissions but are […]