Shell and Lufthansa agree on SAF collaboration

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Lufthansa Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shell to explore a supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at airports around the world. The agreement could see the SAF supply reach up to 594 million gallons in total from 2024 until 2030. The agreement could mark one of the most significant collaborations for SAF in the aviation sector and Shell’s largest SAF commitment to date.

The potential SAF to be supplied by Shell will be produced by up to four different approved technology pathways and a broad range of sustainable feedstocks.

Jan Toschka, President Shell Aviation, commented: “It is encouraging to see large flagship carriers coming to us to discuss SAF supply deals, knowing there will be a lot of things to be defined and determined at a later stage, including established price markers. SAF is the most significant way to decarbonise aviation over the decades to come. Our relationship goes beyond commercial arrangements – it is strategic and aligned regarding the view that SAF holds the key to achieving a sustainable aviation future. The potential SAF purchase agreement contemplated under the MoU, by its anticipated volume size, term period and geographic scope, is expected to be a milestone if concluded and shows the way forward for decarbonisation in the aviation industry.”

Katja Kleffman, Head of Fuel Management Supply Lufthansa Group added: “As an industry we have to work jointly towards making flying more sustainable and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Shell is very experienced with the global handling of Jet fuel and that is one key element for our trust for smooth operations of SAF, too.”

The agreement is part of Shell’s ambition to have at least 10% of its global aviation fuel sales as SAF by 2030 and on the Lufthansa Group’s ambition to drive the availability, the market ramp-up and the use of SAF as a core element of its sustainability strategy.


Hy2gen and SAF+ consortium agree to collaborate on development of Quebec hydrogen sector

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Hy2gen Canada and SAF+ Consortium have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of Quebec’s hydrogen sector. The agreement will see the two companies work together towards the development of structuring projects in the hydrogen industry sector, specifically green aviation fuels, starting with a Quebec-based project.

Having raised €200m earlier this year, Hy2gen will use this capital for the construction of installations in a number of geographic areas, including Europe, that will be producing synthetic green hydrogen-based fuels, or ‘e-fuels’, for aviation, as well as land and sea transportation.

Meanwhile, the SAF+ Consortium can also rely on a number of well-known partners in the aeronautical sector’s value chain, including Airbus, Air Transat, ADM Montreal Airport.

According to Hy2gen CEO and Hy2gen Canada President Cyril Dufau-Sansot: “Hy2gen is convinced that hydrogen-based renewable fuels are a perfect short-term solution to the decarbonisation of the main producers of the greenhouse gasses such as the air sector and welcomes this partnership agreement with the SAF+ Consortium as part of our efforts and our expertise to help Quebec not only meet its greenhouse goals for 2030, but also to lead the way.”

London City Airport aiming to be first net-zero airport in the UK capital

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London City Airport has published a new sustainability roadmap underlining its plans to become the first net-zero airport in London by the end of the decade.

The steps outlined in the roadmap include phasing out gas for heating its buildings, ensuring all airport vehicles become electric and plans to become a zero waste and zero single use plastic business. In addition, on scope 3 emissions – indirect emissions that occur in the company’s value chain – the air transport hub aspires to be the most sustainably connected airport in the UK, with 80% of all journeys to and from the airport to be made by sustainable transport modes by 2030. The airport is also working closely with industry partners, and UK Government, to understand how the airport can facilitate low to zero emissions flight as technology comes on stream.

Robert Sinclair, London City Airport’s CEO, commented: “As we continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic, it is imperative that we rebuild in the right way.

Given our size, location and the nature of our route network and operation, we are ideally placed to help shape the next phase of aviation innovation in London, establishing it as a global leader of the net-zero economy, supporting innovation, research and development and creating jobs for the amazing young people of this city.”

According to recent YouGov poll of more than 400 people  commissioned by London City Airport, passengers consider sustainability to be one of the top issues in aviation. Data also shows that most respondents expect the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to become available in the UK within the next 10 years.

In addition, most respondents also anticipate that zero emission flights would be rolled out within the next 20 years. This comes ahead of an upcoming industry report, which London City is part of, that outlines how zero emission flights can be introduced across the UK’s domestic aviation market.

The roadmap also explains how the airport will continue to work with and invest in its local communities and help young people achieve their potential. Plans are underway to build an onsite skills and training centre and an ambition for all on-site partners to pay the London Living Wage by 2026.

Cotswold Airport welcomes ZeroAvia’s hydrogen pipeline project

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A leader in zero-emission aviation, ZeroAvia has collaborated with aviation fuel giant Shell, to unveil Europe’s first landside-to-airside hydrogen airport pipeline.

Running alongside ZeroAvia’s hangar at Cotswold Airport in the UK, the 100-m long hydrogen pipeline signals a huge step for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure at airports and for the aviation industry. ZeroAvia will use it alongside an electrolyser  and mobile refueller to develop hydrogen-electric fuel cells . The pipeline will help ZeroAvia demonstrate and explore the operational safety case for hydrogen pipelines and refuelling infrastructure at airports.

ZeroAvia’s zero-emission powertrains use hydrogen fuel in a fuel cell to create a chemical reaction which produces electricity. That electricity then powers electric motors that spin the propellers, while producing no emissions other than water.

The UK Government’s Department for Transport and the Connected Places Catapult as part of the Zero Emissions Flight Infrastructure (ZEFI) programme provided support for the pipeline, as part of their mission to enable airports and airfields to prepare for the future of zero-emission flight operations.

Shell and ZeroAvia have also agreed to develop a compressed, low-carbon hydrogen supply for ZeroAvia’s California facilities and power flight testing. As part of the agreement, Shell will design and build two commercial-scale mobile refuellers for use at ZeroAvia’s research and development site in Hollister, California. The fuel supplier will also provide a compressed low-carbon hydrogen supply to ZeroAvia’s facility and other locations in the Western US.  As well as supporting the development of ZeroAvia’s testing programme in the US, the strategic collaboration will also advance the company’s Hydrogen Airport Refuelling Ecosystem (HARE) on a larger scale.

“Shell recognises the aviation sector has unique challenges in decarbonisation and needs practical and scalable net-zero solutions,” commented Oliver Bishop, General Manager, Hydrogen at Shell. “We believe ZeroAvia’s technology is a viable option, and this agreement will allow us to demonstrate successful provision of low-carbon hydrogen supply while supporting development of codes, standards, and refuelling protocols for hydrogen-powered aviation.”

ZeroAvia will begin flight-testing its ZA600 hydrogen-electric powertrain this summer using its two Dornier-228 testbed aircraft, initially in the UK before replicating the work on the US-based demonstrator at a later date. And earlier this year ZeroAvia announced its partnership with ZEV Station to develop hydrogen hubs at airports throughout California.

“These milestone announcements represent significant hydrogen infrastructure advancement for ZeroAvia and the industry,” said Arnab Chatterjee, VP Infrastructure, ZeroAvia. “Hydrogen-electric aviation is the only practical, holistic and economically attractive solution to aviation’s growing climate change impact. Fuel provision needs to be economical and convenient for airlines to achieve operational cost benefits and ZeroAvia is leading these pioneering infrastructure developments together with leading partners like Shell.”

Norwegian partners with Neste for SAF supply

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Norwegian is collaborating with Neste, a producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to enable the airline’s corporate customers to reduce their carbon footprint by purchasing SAF.

Norwegian’s modern and fuel-efficient aircraft can tank up to 50% SAF. Key to decarbonising aviation in the short-term, SAF is a drop-in fuel, which is able to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80%.

Anders Fagernaes, Vice President Sustainability in Norwegian, commented: “With Neste’s SAF we enable corporate customers to reduce CO2 emissions from business travel. Accelerating the voluntary market for SAF sends a signal to scale production and improve economies of scale, which is much needed to reduce costs.”

In line with government blending mandates, in 2022 Norwegian will blend in 0.5% SAF on all fuel consumption in Norway and 1% in Sweden and France. All voluntary purchases from corporate customers are in addition to these government mandates.

Scan Global Logististics (SGL) is one of the airline’s corporate customers that has partnered with Norwegian and Neste to make significant steps in reducing its business travel impact on the environment. It has set an ambitious target of reducing its emissions by 50% every 10 years. Under its with Neste and Norwegian, SGL covered the additional cost for 7 tonnes of Neste MY SAF, which was used on Norwegian flights in 2021. This reduced SGL’s CO2 emissions from business ravel by 21 tonnes.

“We want to be at the forefront of the transition,” said Allan Melgaard, Global CEO in SGL. “To do so we must adopt smart technologies when they become available. With this initial pilot we reduced our CO2 emissions from business travel in 2021 by 10%, which is the reduction we need for all emissions areas every year.”

In addition, Norwegian has decided to purchase SAF for all its administration related business travel in 2022, replacing the fossil jet fuel consumption.

Volotea becomes first airline to join VINCI Airports’ carbon sink programme

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Spanish low cost airline, Volotea, has partnered with VINCI Airports to join its forest carbon sink programme. The initiative was launched earlier in the year at Lyon Saint Exupery Airport in France to offset residual carbon emissions from VINCI Airports as well as its customers and partners. Volotea opened a new base at the Lyon hub in June 2021.

Commenting on the partnership Carlos Munoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea noted that, “this project reflects Volotea’s desire to offset its carbon emissions and to develop a cleaner and more environmentally friendly aviation sector.” He added that the collaboration also demonstrates how the two companies “share the same vision for the airline sector and are convinced that the future will be sustainable.”

In joining VINCI’s programme, Volotea is investing in projects that allow it to offset its carbon emissions and is in line with the LCC’s plans to transition to a less polluting sector. The airline’s efforts have been concentrated on the network’s value and eco-efficiency, the development and implementation of initiatives to reduce the emissions from its operations and support for new technologies and strategies to accelerate progress towards a more sustainable aviation sector. Volotea is also developing a 100% electric aircraft.

“Along with sustainable biofuels and hydrogen, forest carbon sequestration is an integral part of our comprehensive strategy to decarbonise air travel,” said Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports. “This partnership demonstrates our ability to offer relevant solutions to our customers, partners and all users of our transport network.”

UK airports halve emissions in line with commitment to sustainable growth

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To coincide with its annual conference held on Tuesday 19 October, the Airport Operators Association (AOA) has launched its Decarbonisation Report, which reveals that greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by up to 50.6% since 2010, while passenger numbers increased 41.7% over the same period (2010-2019).

The 18 airports that represented more than 95% of passengers emitted 514,331 tonnes of CO2e in 2010 from sources they controlled (known as scope 1 & 2 emissions), while welcoming 201.7m passengers through their doors.

In 2019, those same airports accounted for 249,824 tonnes of CO2e, 50.6% less than in 2010, while seeing 285.8m passengers travelling, an increase of 41.7%. This is based on the energy used at those airports (known as location-based emissions). If the renewable energy purchased by those airports i included (known as market-based emissions), then overall emissions fell by around 80%.

“Thanks to significant efforts, airports have achieved a major reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions they control since 2010 and this is testament to their commitment to sustainable aviation growth,” said Karen Dee, AOA’s Chief Executive.

She added: “Despite this record achievement, more needs to be done to reach net zero. Our Decarbonisation Report shows that airports that take responsibility seriously and are setting out pathways to further emission reductions.

“Emissions from airports is, of course, not the whole picture. Aircraft emissions account for the majority of the aviation sector’s greenhouse gases. here, too, airports are stepping up the plate.”

AOA’s Decarbonisation Roadmap outlines the measures airports are taking to work with airlines and other stakeholders including ground handlers to reduce emissions as well as to reduce their own energy use and invest in sustainable energy and heat generation, including solar farms on airport land.

Other actions airports are taking include: investing in zero-emission vehicles; improving the energy efficiency of equipment and buildings; scoping options to invest in using or generating renewable heat at airports; upgrading airspace to make the most of the capabilities of modern aircraft and reduce noise impacts and emissions; encouraging staff and passengers to use sustainable transport to the airport, including working with local, devolved and UK governments to invest in sustainable surface access; and working with airlines, universities and aerospace manufacturers to develop zero-emission aircraft and the necessary infrastructure for electric or hydrogen aircraft propulsion.

“As we come out of the pandemic, now is the time to consider how we build back better to achieve that net-zero future. At the AOA Annual Conference today, airport CEOs, Chairman of the Commitee on Climate Change Lord Deben, Ministers, Parliamentarians and investors will discuss what we need to do individually and together on this vital journey to a sustainable future,” concluded Dee.

Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport to be trialled as a ‘hydrogen hub’

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VINCI Airports has joined forces with Airbus and Air Liquide to promote the use of hydrogen at airports and build the European airport network to accommodate future hydrogen aircrafts. The partnership demonstrates all three companies shared ambition to combine their respective expertise to support the decarbonisation of air travel.

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport in France has been chosen as the pilot airport and will host the first installations as early as 2023. The first phase will test the airport’s facilities and dynamics as a ‘hydrogen hub, in its area of reach. It will include the deployment of a hydrogen gas distribution station at Lyon-Saint Exupéry, which will supply both the airport’s ground vehicles and those of its partners. It will also supply the heavy goods vehicles that drive around the airport.

In the second phase, between 2023 and 2030, the deployment of liquid hydrogen infrastructures will allow hydrogen to be provisioned into the tanks of future aircraft. The final phase beyond 2030 will see the deployment of the hydrogen infrastructure from production to mass distribution of liquid hydrogen at the airport.

By 2030, the three partners will study the possibility of equipping VINCI Airport’s European aiprot network with the hydrogen production, storage and supply facilities needed for use on the ground and on-board aircraft.

Europe’s aviation sector puts forward pact for decarbonisation targets

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The European Commission has outlined proposals aimed at reducing net EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2030 in its ‘Fit for 55’ legislative package published on Wednesday 14 July.

The proposals represent a major stepping stone to reach the EU’s climate goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 and is in line with the aviation sector’s objectives of achieving net-zero CO2 emissions from all flights within and departing Europe by 2050.

In support of the ‘Fit for 55’ initiative, Europe’s airports, airlines, air navigation service providers and manufacturers have put forward the development of an EU Pact for Sustainable Aviation – a joint roadmap for industry and policymakers to align their actions towards realising the 2030 and 2050 climate goals. Led by the European Commission, the pact would set out a shared vision, common aspirational targets and high-level principles for joint aviation and policymaker action.

Earlier this year Europe’s aviation stakeholders launched the Destination 2050 initiative – a combination of measures across four pillars that can be used to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 205o. These include: improvements in aircraft and engine technologies; ramping up production and uptake of sustainable aviation fuels; implementation of smart economic measures; and improvements in air traffic management (ATM) and aircraft operations.

In a statement, the five associations (ACI Europe, ASD Europe, Airlines for Europe, ERA and CANSO) behind Destination 2050 said: “European aviation supports the Commission’s climate ambitions and Destination 2050 is our sector’s contribution to their implementation – but the roadmap clearly shows that we cannot do this alone. Realising our ambition and achieving a net-zero European aviation requires fully aligned and enabling policy, regulatory and financial frameworks – both at EU and national level. For this reason, we call on the European commission to support and take the lead in the development of an EU Pact for Sustainable Aviation to drive these proposals forward. We stand ready to engage with the European Commission to define such a Pact and hold regular exchanges to ensure its implementation.”

Farnborough offers ongoing supply of SAF for all aircraft

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Farnborough Airport in the UK has partnered with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel and World Fuel Services to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to all aircraft using the airport.

Having been named the world’s first carbon neutral business aviation airport in 2018, the ongoing availability of SAF at the airport allows the reduction of flying emissions by up to 80% and marks a significant next step in the airport’s work to support the decarbonisation of the wider aviation industry.

“The introduction of SAF at Farnborough Airport is a major milestone in our sustainability programme and we are pleased to be able to offer Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel by working with our fuel provider World Fuel Services,” said Simon Geere, CEO, Farnborough Airport. “We are fully committed to a sustainable future and are delighted to offer our customers the opportunity to make a greener choice and work with us to play an integral part in delivering against the UK Government’s targets for net-zero carbon emissions.”

In line with its status as a carbon neutral airport, Farnborough has reduced its controllable emissions by over 70% over the last 10 years and is committed to minimising its environmental impact and improving environmental performance throughout its operations.

Produced from 100% renewable and sustainable feedstock and residual raw materials such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste, the Neste MY SAF avaialable at Farnborough Airport reduces up to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel over its lifecycle.

Commenting on the partnership with Farnborough and Neste, Duncan Storey, Vice President Supply Europe, World Fuel Services said: “World Fuel Services was the first company to have blended SAF in the UK and worked with Farnborough Airport to make SAF available during Europe’s inaugural SAF demonstration at EBACE 2019.”

He added, “we applaud Farnborough’s leadership in sustainability and look forward to continuing our relationship by delivering a regular SAF supply to the airport. World Fuel services remains committed to supporting Farnborough’s sustainability initiatives by providing carbon-reducing options for business aircraft and continuing to aid in the procurement of sustainable fuels.”