European airports welcome ICAO’s long-term net zero goal

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Airports Council International (ACI) Europe has welcomed the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) Long Term Aspirational Goal for global aviation to reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. The announcement follows a two-week long political negotiations aligning international aviation’s climate objective with the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement – as well with the net zero pledge made by the aviation industry last year.

Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe Director General commented: “ICAO’s global commitment to aviation’s net zero future is a key milestone for the industry for the climate. The industry’s ambition is now finally being met at the political level globally. We now need ICAO to urgently work on concrete implementation  policies and actions – guiding States across the World towards delivery and supporting the industry in the transition.”

More than 270 airports in ACI Europe’s network have already individually committed to the net zero 2050 pledge, representing 75.5% of European air passenger traffic (as per 2019 traffic levels) with nearly 50% of airports who now have even more ambitious net zero targets in their sights.  In addition airports have been delivering tangible CO2 reductions for more than a decade through the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, which launched in 2009. While the initiative has expanded beyond Europe and is now adopted by airports around the world, it also demonstrates how decarbonisation happens at varying speeds across world regions. As such climate policy framework needs to take into account regional differences in progression.

At the Euorpe level, the EU institutions are working to accelerate the implementation of the European Green Deal, including proposals on how to reach -55% CO2 emissions by 2030 through the Fit for 55 regulatory package. The European aviation eco-system supports this ambition and is working with the institutions on necessary adjustments to the files.

 

First ever helicopter flight to reufel with SAF in Southeast Asia takes off from Seletar Airport

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Bell has marked a milestone with its next generation five seater helicopter, the Bell 505, the first ever helicopter fuelled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Southeast Asia. The fuel was supplied by Neste in close cooperataion with Jet Aviation, Shell Aviation and Safran Helicopter Engines at Seletar Airport in Singapore.

The demonstration flight underlines the commitment of the business aviation community, as an integral component of the aviation industry, to the industry’s ambitious emissions reduction goals and adopting SAF as a key element in helping achieve these goals.

“The ambitious emissions reduction goals of the aviation industry can only be achieved through wide-scale adoption and use of  SAF and cooperation across the stakeholders in the aviation ecosystem,” said Sami Juahiainen, VP APAC, Renewable Aviation at Neste speaking at the demo flight which took place on Monday 26 September. “With today’s demo flight we showcase that SAF can safely and easily be used also for helicopter operations. I am proud this milestone was achieved in Singapore. With the expansion of our Singapore refinery nearing completion, and the ongoing modification of our Rotterdam refinery, we will be able to produce up to 1.5 million tonnes of SAF by the end of 2023, ready to support aviation globally and in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Valerie Patuel, Managing Director of Safran Helicopter Engines Asia, COE & Country General Delegate of Safran Singapore, added: “We strongly believe in SAF, as it contributes to significantly reducing CO2 emissions. As all our helicopter engines, the Arrius 2R, is already certified to operate on up to 50% SAF, and we are fully ready to assist all Bell 505 operators worldwide in their transition from conventional fossil fuels to SAF. With our products, we are proud to play an active role in the development of decarbonisation initiatives in Asia Pacific.

Atlantic Aviation offers SAF to UN delegates meeting in Aspen

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United Nations (UN) delegates attending the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting in Aspen from 26 -29 September are being offered sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) when refuelling with Atlantic Aviation at Aspen-Pitken County Airport.

Atlantic Aviation has partnered with Avfuel to ensure a plentiful supply of Neste My SAF for air operations surrounding the event. Avfuel and Atlantic Aviation already offer an ongoing supply of SAF at the regional hub and will supplement their continuous supply with two renewable diesel-powered truckloads of the fuel.

“Atlantic Aviation is firmly committed to going higher when it comes to promoting sustainable aviation, especially in sensitive mountain environments for which air travel is critical infrastructure for people, goods and services,” said Brian Corbett, Chief Commercial and Sustainability Officer at Atlantic Aviation. “All of us at both Atlantic Aviation and Avfuel are pleased to increase our constant supply of SAF at Aspen-Pitken County Airport for this landmark event.”

As a leader in environmentally friendly and sustainable operations at the airport, Atlantic Aviation not only provides Neste’s MY SAF via Avfuel on an ongoing basis, it also offsets all aircraft  carbon emissions at the field through the purchase of carbon offsets from Carbonfund.org. It is also a primary donor to the methane gas mitigation project led by Aspen CORE – a major collaborative initiative to curb emissions from abandoned mine shafts in the region.

Ryanair inks SAF deal with Austrian oil and gas company

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Ryanair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OMV – an integration oil, gas and chemicals company headquartered in Vienna – to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the low-fare carrier’s hubs across Austria, Germany and Romania.

The MoU will give Ryanair unique access to purchase up to 53 gallons of SAF from OMV over the next eight years, saving more than 400,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions.

Ryanair’s Director of Sustainability, Thomas Fowler said: “SAF plays a key role in our Pathway to Net Zero decarbonisation strategy in which we have committed to increasing our use of SAF over the coming years – a commitment that this deal with OMV will help move further forward. OMV is a key partner for Ryanair in Austria, Germany and Romania and we look forward to growing this partnership as Europe’s largest airline group.”

Nina Marczell, OMV VP Aviation, Fuels Distributors & Public Sector added: “This MoU is a great opportunity to accelerate both companies’ sustainability efforts. SAF significantly reduces CO2 emissions and we are delighted to collaborate with a strong partner like Ryanair and to provide solutions for the sustainable development of the aviation industry.”

Air New Zealand welcomes Neste SAF supply at Auckland Airport

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Underlining its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, Air New Zealand has welcomed the first shipment of Neste My Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The fuel has been imported into the country in partnership with Z Energy with the first shipment put into the fuel system at New Zealand’s Marsden Point harbour, where it will make its way down to Auckland Airport to be delivered to the airline through the regular jet fuel supply chain.

The 1.2 million litre (937 tonnes) import of neat SAF is equivalent to fuelling around 400 return flights between Auckland and Wellington.

Highlighting that this is a “major milestone” for the airline, Greg Foran, Air New Zealand CEO said: “While we are starting out small, it will help us to understand how we can ensure the supply chain is robust enough to keep up with demand. Currently, SAF only makes up less than 1% of the global fuel supply and is around three to five times the cost of fossil jet fuel, while sourcing it is a challenge, it’s one we are tackling head on. By 2030, we expect our fleet to be fuelled by 10% SAF.”

Import partner Z Energy’s CEO, Mike Bennetts, added that Z is already investing in low-carbon revenue streams that are better for both their customers and the planet. “We support and recognise the need for SAF to become the norm in Aotearoa and it is a key part of Z’s roadmap to support our customers on their journey to a low-carbon future. We are pleased to work alongside Air NZ and Neste to bring this shipment of SAF into the country and recognise collaboration with others will be essential to help us decarbonise at the scale and pace needed to address climate change.”

Heart Aerospace partners with two New Zealand hubs to advance electric airplane plans

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Heart Aerospace the Swedish electric aircraft manufacturer has named four companies in New Zealand to join its Industry Advisory Board to help fast-track the release of its electric airplane, the ES-30. The four companies are: Christchurch Airport, Air New Zealand, Sounds Air and Wellington Airport.

“Decarbonising air travel requires a collective effort,” said Heart Aerospace Founder and CEO, Anders Forslund. “Our partnership with Christchurch Airport means we can impact the entire aviation ecosystem from creating more efficient airplanes to enabling more accessible airports. All of which bring convenience, affordability and responsibility to the flying public.”

Heart Aerospace’s ES-30 seats 30 passengers and can fly up to 400km in fully electric mode with zero operational emissions and low noise. It is on track to be available for service by 2026.

Members of the Industry Advisory Board will assist in defining the requirements and developing the ES-30.

Commenting on Christchurch joining the Advisory Board, Airport General Manager – Sustainability and Planning, Nick Flack said: “No-one is in denial – aviation needs to decarbonise and globally there is an enormous effort to do so. Heart Aerospace’s ES-30 is a good example of the new generation of low and no carbon aircraft that are in development. We are 100% committed to doing all we can to get these to market.”

He added that the strong contingent of New Zealand businesses on the board highlights “that Kiwi ingenuity is sought after and respected globally.

“By working together, we can help Heart Aerospace make the ES-30 even more efficient and ensure we see it in Aotearoa’s skies soon.”

Neste, Hillsboro Aviation and Avfuel collaborate to introduce SAF at Portland-Hillsboro Airport

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Avfuel has teamed up with Neste and Hillsboro Aviation  (FBO) in Oregon to introduce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Portland-Hillsboro Airport. In doing so the FBO has secured the first business aviation foothold for SAF in the state of Oregon.

“The Pacific Northwest is more than just where we work,” said Ryan McCartney, Vice President and CEO of Hillsboro Aviation. “It’s where we choose to raise our families. Our Oregon roots – as a company and as a team – mean we’re passionate about doing what’s right for the environment, and, in turn, what’s right for our team, our customers and our community. It’s a point of real pride for our team to be the first FBO to welcome SAF supply in Oregon.”

The first 8,000 gallon truckload delivery of SAF to the FBO is just the start of the location’s SAF journey, with Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels saying: “Oregon has been a trailblazing state for clean air  legislative initiatives.”

He added that “The team at Portland’s Hillsboro Aviation is passionate about environmental conservation, which made it the perfect first FBO partner to establish SAF supply in the state. We are thankful for its team for leading the SAF initiative in the Pacific Northwest as we work tirelessly with Neste to make SAF an available alternative throughout business aviation.”

Made from 100% sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials – such as used cooking oil, Neste MY SAF can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel if used in its neat, concentrated form. What’s more, with one of the highest average blend ratios available in business aviation to date (30/70 to petroleum-based jet fuel), each truckload of Neste MY SAF reduces carbon emissions by 19 metric tonnes across its lifecycle.

 

 

Airbus invests in world’s largest clean hydrogen infrastructure fund

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The world’s largest clean hydrogen infrastructure fund has welcomed its latest partner, Airbus. Managed by Hy24, the investment fund is a joint venture between Aridan, a world-leading private investment house and FiveTHHydrogen, an investment manager specialising in clean hydrogen investments. Airbus’s involvment was announced during Farnborough Airshow on 21 July.

“Joining a fund of this magnitude demonstrates Airbus’ continuously active role in infrastructure investments for the production, storage and distribution of clean hydrogen worldwide,” said Karine Guenan, VP ZEROe Ecosystem Airbus. She also noted that since 2020 the aircraft manufacturing giant has partnered with numerous airlines, airports, energy providers and industry partners to develop a stepped approach to global hydrogen availability.

The Hy24 investment fund will provide financial capital to back credible, large-scale green hydrogen infrastructure projects around the globe. Airbus’ involvement demonstrates the company’s commitment to scaling up a global hydrogen economy – a must for the entry-into-service of its zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035.

“We are delighted that Airbus has joined the fund along with other key industrial and financial investors,” said Pierre-Etienne Franc, CEO 0f Hy24. “Hy24 is well-positioned to identify and accelerate the development of clean-hydrogen infrastructure companies to meet today’s needs and ensure tomorrow’s transportation and logistics.”

 

FIA2022: Airport operations targeted in UK’s Jet Zero strategy

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With Tuesday 19 July marking the hottest day in British history, the UK Government chose Farnborough Airshow to launch its “Jet Zero” strategy. The irony of temperatures climbing to a high of 40.2 degrees while the UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps attended this year’s airshow to outline how the country plans to decarbonise aviation didn’t go unnoticed.

The UK’s Met Office has revealed that extreme temperatures in the UK have been made 10 times more likely by climate change, while Shapps underlined in the strategy that at current rates, aviation is expected to become one of the largest emitting sectors by 2050. “We have to break the link between air travel and rising global temperatures,” said Shapps, alongside Robert Courts, Minister for Aviation and Trudy Harrison, Minister for Transport Decarbonisation in the strategy’s foreword.

“Aviation’s success must no longer damage the plant. That is why we have developed the Jet Zero Strategy – not only securing a more sustainable future for our climate, but also for our aviation industry, and the critical role it plays in boosting trade, tourism and travel.”

The strategy is underpinned by an overarching approach and three principles with measures to achieve jet zero that include making domestic flights net-zero by 2040 and all airport operations in England zero emissions by the same year. In addition and having committed £180 million of funding to support the development of a UK sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry the government’s aim is to unlock further private financing to develop the UK’s own SAF plants with a commitment to have at least five plants under construction by 2025 and a SAF mandate in place with a target of at least 10% SAF by 2030. There has already been real progress in the UK on this front with Phillips 66 producing and providing the first commercially produced SAF in the UK at its Humber refinery.

“Innovation has long been clear and often evidenced right her at Farnborough,” said Shapps speaking at the airshow. “Now the industry must embrace that change once again, tackling the defining issue of our time, climate change – which is so vividly experienced in the heat here today.”

 

CANSO’s Environmental Accreditation Programme to help ANSPs decarbonise aviation

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Following in the footsteps of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) has launched GreenATM – an independent, industry-endorsed, environmental accreditation programme.

CANSO’s accreditation programme will assess and benchmark on a common framework the measures Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are taking to reduce aviation’s emissions and their own environmental footprint.

With climate change being a critical issue for all stakeholders across the aviation industry, CANSO is committed to support civil aviation in the achievement of the industry’s joint goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Meeting aviation’s climate goals will require collaborative action by all parties,” said Michelle Bishop, CANSO’s Director Programmes. “While the ATM industry alone cannot get aviation to net zero, we can take responsibility for ensuring that it plays its part and provide strong and clear leadership for early action.”

She added: “There are a variety of programmes which offer companies frameworks or standards to align their environmental activities; however none of them fit the unique nature of an ANSP. And so CANSO is proud to launch its Environmental Accredditation Programme, GreenATM.”

participating ANSPs will be assessed on how they facilitate minimising excess emissions in their airspace, as well as efforts to reduce their own direct environmental footprint. GreenATM covers a range of topics related to governance and policy, ground, terminal and enroute operations, infrastructure and sustainable procurement practices. ANSPs will be assessed against five defined levels for each topic.

“By highlighting the areas an ANSP can positively influence its own environmental footprint and that of its customers, the GreenATM programme reveals a path to higher ambition and provides a framework for engagement with stakeholders and employees alike on climate action,” Bishop concluded.