Showing posts with label Green Aviation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Green Aviation. Show all posts

Thursday, 26 May 2022

VoltAero brings its Cassio electric-parallel hybrid aircraft to the Netherlands.......

Photo VoltAero / Jean-Marie Urlacher

VoltAero’s Cassio electric-hybrid aircraft is to perform demonstration flights across selected routes in the Netherlands beginning June 13 to promote highly sustainable regional aviation throughout the Dutch regions. Utilizing VoltAero’s Cassio 1 testbed – the world’s first parallel hybrid aircraft – this week-long deployment will be part of the Netherlands’ Power Up initiative, which is a collaboration aimed at positioning the country for the introduction of electric-powered commercial passenger flights within five years.

The flights are to include analyses of operational costs, noise performance, ground infrastructure requirements and technical support for the future use of Cassio family aircraft by commercial aviation operators. VoltAero’s proven electric aircraft expertise led to its selection for these demonstration flights, becoming the first company to do so within the Power Up initiative’s framework.

Power Up is an initiative of the four main regional airports in the Netherlands (Eindhoven Airport, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde and Maastricht Aachen Airport) with the support of Schiphol Group and other partners aimed at facilitating and stimulating the introduction of electric Regional Air Mobility (eRAM) in the Netherlands. The initiative is an open-source accelerator in which aircraft manufacturers (OEMs), airlines and airports work together to develop a new, sustainable and efficient mobility product improving the connectivity of regions.

“Our cooperation is an excellent opportunity to show how Cassio can significantly lower carbon emissions and reduce noise by using VoltAero’s proven electric-hybrid propulsion system,” said Jean Botti, VoltAero’s CEO & Chief Technology Officer. “With the service entry of Cassio production aircraft to begin in 2024, our timing is perfectly matched to the Netherlands’ goal of being a pioneer in sustainable aviation.”

 VoltAero is taking electric aircraft to an entirely new level. Benefitting from 80-plus years of combined pioneering expertise, VoltAero is developing a truly unique general aviation aircraft family, Cassio, for safe, quiet, efficient and eco-friendly flight in electric and electric-hybrid modes. 

The Cassio 1 testbed aircraft is validating the Cassio hybrid-electric powertrain, de-risking it for airworthiness certification and the subsequent application on VoltAero’s new-production aeroplanes. Cassio aircraft will be assembled in a purpose-built facility at Rochefort Airport in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France.

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Airbus increases its UK innovation footprint to develop new hydrogen technologies

Airbus is strengthening its presence in the UK with the launch of a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies.

A priority for the UK ZEDC will be the development of a cost-competitive cryogenic fuel system required for the successful entry-into-service of Airbus’ ZEROe passenger aircraft by 2035 and to accelerate UK skills and know-how on hydrogen-propulsion technologies.

The UK ZEDC will benefit from the recent commitment by the UK Government to guarantee £685 million of funding to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) over the next three years to support the development of zero-carbon and ultra-low-emission aircraft technologies.

“Establishing the ZEDC in the UK expands Airbus’ in-house industrial capabilities to design, develop, test and manufacture cryogenic hydrogen storage tanks and related systems for the ZEROe project across Airbus’ four home countries. This, coupled with our partnership with ATI, will allow us to leverage our respective expertise to realise the potential of hydrogen technology to support the decarbonisation of the aviation industry,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus Chief Technical Officer.

Technology development at the new UK ZEDC, to be based in Filton, Bristol, has already started and will cover the full product and industrial capabilities from components up to whole system and cryogenic testing. End-to-end fuel systems development, a speciality of Airbus in the UK, is one of the most complex technologies crucial to the performance of a future hydrogen aircraft.

The ZEDC complements Airbus’ existing Research and Technology footprint in the UK, as well as the work on cryogenic liquid hydrogen tanks being done at Airbus’ existing ZEDCs in Madrid, Spain and Stade, Germany (composite structure technologies) and in Nantes, France and Bremen, Germany (metallic structural technologies). All Airbus ZEDCs are expected to be fully operational and ready for ground testing with the first fully functional cryogenic hydrogen tank during 2023, and with flight testing starting in 2026.

With this new facility, Airbus reaffirms its long-term commitment to remain a major player in Britain’s world-leading aerospace ecosystem, working with the Jet Zero Council to driveforward research in the sector, supporting green jobs and helping the UK meet its ambitious net zero targets.

The launch of the UK ZEDC follows the opening of the £40 million AIRTeC research and testing facility in Filton in June 2021, jointly funded by the ATI and Airbus, to deliver the next generation of aircraft wing, landing-gear systems and fuel system designs.


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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Cathay Pacific launches Asia’s first major Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Programme

Cathay Pacific is launching its pilot Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Programme, the first major programme of its kind in Asia. The programme provides corporate customers with the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint from business travel or airfreight by contributing to the use of SAF uplifted for the first time from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) on Cathay Pacific flights.

Cathay Pacific is kick-starting the programme with eight corporates as launch customers, including AIA, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), DHL Global Forwarding, HSBC, Kintetsu World Express (KWE), PwC China, Standard Chartered, and Swire Pacific. As leaders in corporate climate action, the launch customers are committed to reducing the climate impact from their business travel and/or airfreight activities by helping to facilitate the wider adoption of renewable energy by the air transport industry through the use of SAF.

Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang said: “We continue to pioneer our industry’s move towards more substantial use of SAF, especially in Asia. Last year, we were among the first carriers in the world to announce a target of 10% SAF for our total fuel use by 2030. We have made significant progress since then and are pleased that uplifting SAF from HKIA is now a reality with the strong support of the local authorities and fuel suppliers.  

“In addition to our launch corporate customers, we have received a very enthusiastic response from other corporates and we welcome other interested companies to sign-up to reduce their indirect emissions from flight-related activities. Climate change is a global challenge and we need to work together to tackle it.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

How Luxury Travel is Becoming More Sustainable

How Luxury Travel is Becoming More Sustainable
If you love to watch streaming travel shows like Down to Earth With Zac Efron (it’s free on Amazon Prime) to get ideas for travel destinations, you’ve probably noticed how more and more locales are focusing on sustainability - and luxury travel is no different.

The new trend is more about having an exclusive experience, including the local cuisine, community, culture and customization of a travel location. 

Taking part in this type of luxury travel itinerary can help reduce their carbon footprint and offer a unique experience they'll remember for a lifetime. 

What Does Sustainable Luxury Travel Look Like?


Shifting from a copious luxury travel style where "luxury" is more about paying for expensive items is timely, considering the adverse effects the climate crisis is having on the planet. 

Flying different types of foods or other luxury items to a resort contributes to polluting the environment and breaking down the precious ozone layer. One of the most significant sources of carbon emissions related to the luxury travel industry is the transportation of food, furnishings and other extravagant items from one destination to another.


Staying in a luxury hotel where toiletries and bottled water are dispensed via plastic containers doesn't help the environment either if they end up in the ocean or are sent to a landfill. Replacing these single-use containers with handmade soaps or reusable ceramic jars has become a reality in some destinations. 

Going on a dream vacation where money is no object has been reframed by many wealthy travellers. Adding sustainability into the mix is all about exclusivity and obtaining a high-end experience incorporated with protection for the environment.

Regenerative Luxury Travel Becomes a Priority


It is time to travel with care....

It’s been 25 years since the Kyoto Protocol was signed. Since that historic event, awareness of and scientific data on climate change have increased significantly. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has a heightened focus on environmental damage. Many travellers have started to make plans that incorporate sustainability along with enriching adventures and experiences. 

This shift towards taking longer trips where they can enjoy the local culture, community and geography is a win-win situation for the environment and these travellers.


Reconnecting with nature and the earth can be done by taking part in a secluded getaway to an isolated location where hotels have prioritized a solid commitment to social and environmental sustainability. These types of accommodations not only offer appealing surroundings and exclusivity but are making a commitment to sustainability. 

Examples of Green Energy and Sustainable Design


Several examples show how travel providers are combining both luxury and sustainability. Doing so can also help their bottom line when making a significant financial investment, which is another benefit of shifting towards greener operations. 

The Caribbean: Bucuti & Tara

The Caribbean island of Aruba is an excellent example -- beautiful white-sand beaches and all-inclusive resorts offer a fantastic way to spend time relaxing. 

Fitted with over 600 energy-saving solar panels, the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort has achieved carbon neutrality due to its specialized laundry system and the measures taken to provide green energy to each room.

New York: 1 Brooklyn Bridge

The 1 Hotels brand in New York City is another example of a high-end luxury destination incorporating sustainability into the process of providing accommodations, which can be seen at their flagship property, 1 Brooklyn Bridge. 

This project was developed with the mindset that many affluent travellers care about the world and sustainability factors. While some of the property's highlights include a rooftop pool and a spectacular view of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge from guest rooms in the facility, elements of sustainability are seen throughout the hotel. 

Most of the interior and furniture has been designed and created using reclaimed and local materials from the area, such as the Brooklyn Botanica Gardens. Outdoor spaces at the hotel are also supplied using local plants native to the location.

India: Spice Village

Sustainable luxury travel and high-end comfort is also available in India. Staying at the Spice Village in Thekkady offers naturally cooled huts utilizing dried elephant grass. This setup eliminates the need for an air conditioner and helps maintain a fire line, inhibiting forest fires. 

Solar panels generate electricity for Spice Village. Rural entrepreneurs produce reusable cloth bags and dustbin liners for the resort and several pieces of furniture are handcrafted from locally sourced pine wood that's been recycled. 

An in-house organic farm is also utilized as a food source for the resort's two restaurants and old magazines and newspapers are recycled at the location. The handmade paper produced from this process is used for registering guests. 

Even the food waste is turned into compost and used to fertilize the organic garden.

French Polynesia: The Brando

Another excellent example of a sustainable design offering a top-notch experience for travellers who don't mind splurging for accommodations is The Brando. Travelling to French Polynesia and the island of Tetiaroa and booking reservations at this resort offers some of the highest standards combined with sustainability. 

It's not surprising this property received a platinum certification from LEED, which is its highest level. Examining the design of the resort indicates how appropriate and well deserved the certification is. All of the resort energy is renewable, provided by a coconut oil-fueled power station and the sunshine of the South Pacific. 

The property produces incredible results regarding sustainability by utilizing a seawater air-conditioning system and rainwater for the laundry service and toilets.

Vietnam: The Six Senses

The Six Senses is devoted to sustainability at its resorts, hotels and spas. It helps support community projects and local charities with a portion of its revenues by including a Sustainability Fund at each of its resorts. 

Water is bottled on-site and zero plastic bottles are used. At its Vietnam locations, Six Senses Ninh Van Gabbay and Six Senses Con Dao, the company has teamed up with the national park to help rejuvenate and protect the coral reef system. 

Doing so is an excellent move for both guests and the environment. Travellers can experience a fantastic setting for snorkelling and swimming while the wildlife thrives alongside these adventures.

How to Make a Sustainable Choice


Travellers searching for luxury travel and sustainability can start by browsing through the website of a resort or hotel where they're thinking about visiting to see the company's involvement in sourcing local employees, energy reduction or using sustainable food sources. 

Looking for certification from LEED or the developer's participation in helping the local wildlife, environment and residents can tell a great deal about the position being taken for sustainability in its location. Choosing to stay at one of these locations can be both relaxing and positive for the environment.


If the negative effects of climate change are going to be thwarted, more luxury hotels and resorts will need to follow the practices and processes required to help maintain an eco-friendly balance. Doing so offers several benefits for travellers in the environment.


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Saturday, 14 May 2022

SWISS and business travel provider Finass team up to further promote sustainable air travel

Swiss International Air Lines SWISS
and business travel provider Finass have concluded a new partnership. Under the collaboration, which is the first of its kind in Switzerland, Finass’s corporate customers can opt to purchase sustainable aviation fuel or SAF for their air travel activities from 1 June onwards. By supporting such use of SAF, Finass’s customers will reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by their air travel activities, and thereby make a tangible contribution to promoting sustainable aviation.

“We are delighted to be further intensifying our long-standing Finass collaboration,” says Marco Willa, SWISS’s Head of Regional Sales Switzerland. “In committing to offering its customers the sustainable fuel option, Finass is taking on a pioneering role within the air transport sector. Commitments of this kind help tangibly promote the development of such sustainable fuels; and this in turn enables our entire industry to move closer to its goal of carbon-neutral flying.”

Finass Reisen AG CEO Claudine Furrer is equally enthusiastic. “We are very pleased to be the first business travel provider in Switzerland to offer their customers carbon-neutral air travel through SAF, in collaboration with SWISS and the Lufthansa Group,” she says. “Finass has set itself some ambitious climate objectives. And we’re proud that, with this new customer option, we can make a substantial contribution to promoting sustainable air travel.”

Carbon-neutral flying through the use of SAF

Sustainable fuels are non-fossil fuels that close the carbon cycle. Switching from fossil fuels to SAF should make the air travel of tomorrow virtually carbon-neutral. The sustainable fuels available at present are largely manufactured from biogenic waste such as used cooking oils.

Sustainable aviation fuels are not yet available in sufficient quantities, however, and are also significantly more expensive than conventional jet fuel. SWISS is therefore taking specific actions and engaging in targeted collaborations to support both the development and the increased production of SAF. Developing new sustainable fuel products is a key element in these endeavours.


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Thursday, 12 May 2022

UK green aerospace company SATAVIA provides contrail prevention capability for KLM's Sustainable Flight Challenge

On Saturday 7th May, two special flights took off from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport: KLM flight KL0675 to Edmonton, Canada, and KLM Cityhopper flight KL1713 to Porto, Portugal. Taking place within SkyTeam's Sustainable Flight Challenge, the KLM flights incorporated a wide array of innovative sustainability measures. As part of this ground-breaking initiative, Cambridge-based green aerospace company SATAVIA provided contrail prevention capability to minimise aviation's non-CO2 climate impact.

Aircraft-generated condensation trails, or contrails, cause surface warming amounting to two-thirds of aviation's climate impact, almost double that of direct CO2 emissions from aircraft engines. Until recently, technical challenges made contrail prevention difficult or impossible, but SATAVIA's best-in-class atmospheric modelling now enables flight plan optimisation for contrail prevention.

"Our contrail platform DECISIONX:NETZERO supports smarter, greener aviation," said SATAVIA CEO, Dr Adam Durant. "By implementing small changes to a minority of flights, eco-conscious operators can eliminate the majority of their non-CO2 climate footprint with minimal impact on day-to-day operations."

Monday, 9 May 2022

KLM participating in the Sustainable Flight Challenge

Two very special KLM flights will take off from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol today, Saturday, 7 May. Flight KL0675 to Edmonton, Canada, and flight KL1713 to Porto, Portugal, have undergone the widest possible array of sustainability measures. Initiated by KLM employees, the Sustainable Flight Challenge will see sixteen SkyTeam Airline Alliance members competing with a view to sharing insight and experience on sustainability, thereby accelerating the drive towards greater sustainability throughout our industry.

The two most effective ways of reducing CO2 emissions are fleet renewal and the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). That is why the KLM flight to Edmonton and the KLM Cityhopper flight to Porto will be operated by the two most economical aircraft in their respective fleets, the Boeing 787-10 and Embraer 190, both of which will be powered by a fuel blend consisting of 39% SAF. In addition, a wide array of new weight-reduction measures were taken on board. World Business Class passengers were asked to choose their preferred meal in advance, for example, and AI modelling was used to predict inflight water requirements, ensuring that the precise volume was catered. Naturally, KLM has informed passengers that their flight has a special purpose, providing them with information on how they can travel more sustainable, for example by supporting the CO2ZERO compensation programme or by contributing to SAF.

Pilots worked with air traffic controllers to fly the most efficient route, avoiding the detours that flights often face. Loading was fully optimised to ensure the best centre of gravity, improving aerodynamics and generating fuel savings ranging from 1.5 to 2%. Cargo in the belly was stacked on lighter pallets and secured with lighter nets, and transport companies delivering cargo were asked to use vehicles powered by electricity or biodiesel. A total of more than 50 existing and new measures were taken aboard both flights, involving all KLM divisions as well as partners such as Edmonton Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) and General Electric. The impact of the latest measures will be evaluated to see whether they are worth implementing in the short term.

The Sustainable Flight Challenge was initiated by a group of enthusiastic KLM employees, who were inspired by the famous London-Melbourne Air Race of 1934, which aimed to expand global access to the world and connect people with one another. Long-distance flights are no longer a challenge to the air transport industry, but sustainability presents a new frontier. That is why the Sustainable Flight Challenge will focus on an everyday, commercial scheduled service.

René de Groot, Chief Operating Officer KLM:  "In 2019, KLM extended the hand of cooperation to the sector with its “Fly Responsibly” campaign, calling on fellow airlines to cooperate and share best practices to make flying more sustainable. Now the time has come for the next step and a more concrete challenge: Which airline can operate a longer and a shorter flight as sustainably as possible? The great thing about the Sustainable Flight Challenge is first and foremost the enthusiasm among staff throughout KLM in putting forward their ideas on how this can be achieved. Another positive aspect is that the participating airlines have agreed to share the lessons they have learned, and that our customers, as well as engine manufacturers, SAF producers and other partners, have been involved. This spirit of cooperation makes greater sustainability possible and feasible."

The performance of the participating airlines will be externally evaluated by a panel of six judges, headed by former Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende. They will decide which airline has performed best in four categories: impact, innovation, scalability and cooperation. The results will be released at the end of June. The knowledge generated during the Sustainable Flight Challenge will be shared among the participating SkyTeam partners.

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Thursday, 28 April 2022

easyJet and GKN Aerospace join forces to accelerate ydrogen in aviation

One of the biggest European airlines, easyJet has joined forces with GKN Aerospace, a leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier, in working toward reducing carbon emissions in aviation through the adoption of zero carbon emission technologies.

easyJet will support the development of GKN Aerospace’s Hydrogen Combustion (H2JET) and Hydrogen Fuel Cell (H2GEAR) technology, including exploring the options for flight demonstration, as part of the airline’s ambition to de-carbonise aviation. Among others, easyJet will provide insights into operational requirements and economics.

H2GEAR is a GKN Aerospace led ground-breaking UK collaboration programme aiming to develop a liquid hydrogen propulsion system for sub-regional aircraft that could be scaled up to larger aircraft. Liquid hydrogen is being converted to electricity within a fuel cell system. This electricity efficiently powers the aircraft, eliminating carbon emissions and creating a new generation of clean air travel.

The H2GEAR programme is supported by £27M of ATI funding, matched by GKN Aerospace and its industrial partners.

H2JET is a Swedish collaborative two-year programme led by GKN Aerospace to push the development of key subsystems for gas turbine-based hydrogen propulsion of medium-range civil aircraft. 

Sustainability themed Turkish Airlines aircraft is in the skies

Turkish Airlines has introduced a special design element adorned with leaves on its Airbus 321 type TC-JSU tail numbered aircraft, which was used for its environmentalist fuel operation. 

The global carrier operated its first flight with the new themed aircraft, flight TK1795, to Stockholm. In line with efforts to lead towards widespread use of environmentally friendly fuel, the flight used biofuel during its operation and was also undertaken with the zero-waste principle.

In addition to providing information on the sustainability actions with the Green Class concept of this first flight, the flag carrier also took new environmentally conscious actions. While kraft tissues, paper cups and wooden salt and pepper shakers were used on the flight, all passengers were served complimentary, healthy green tea. Other special measures included environmentally-friendly pillow covers and blankets, which were produced with 100 percent recycled certificated threads in order to save on water and FSC certified wooden toys gifted to child passengers.

On the environmentally friendly aircraft, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr Ahmet Bolat stated: "As the national flag carrier of Turkiye, our newly designed aircraft is now in the skies to underline the importance of sustainability for us. With the biofuel expression on our aircraft, we wish to emphasize the significance of using sustainable aviation fuel as it is one of the biggest hurdles in the aviation industry's struggle against carbon emissions. Thus, we are supporting the biofuel manufacturing efforts and aim to increase our flights which use biofuel during their operations."

The global carrier will continue its efforts to lower its carbon emissions with new generation aircraft added to its already young fleet of 8.5 average age, while planning to add new cities that are served with operations using biofuel including Stockholm, Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Paris and London.

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Sunday, 24 April 2022

Planes running on batteries and hydrogen to become a reality under new group of aviation experts

A new group of aviation experts across industry and government will work together to make zero-emission flight a reality.

On Wednesday 20th April the UK's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng set out a new group of aviation experts across industry and government who will work together to make zero-emission flight a reality.

As world leaders in aviation decarbonisation, the new Zero Emission Flight (ZEF) Delivery Group, will further Britain’s role in the global effort to end flight emissions.

Launched at the fifth meeting of the Jet Zero Council, the new steering group will help position the UK at the forefront of the global shift to green aviation by supporting the development of zero-emission aircraft and airport infrastructure. It will also look at how the law needs to adapt so that sustainable flying can truly become a reality.

The new group will sit under the Jet Zero Council – an advisory forum with experts from across the industry – and will focus specifically on the technology, infrastructure and regulation needed to make zero-emission flight a reality.

Speaking at the fifth Jet Zero Council meeting today, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said: "From the first jet engine created here in the UK, Britain is truly a world-leader in flying. Now we are determined to revolutionise flying and we want to see everyone have the opportunity to travel guilt-free.

We are determined to bring forward the flight technology of the future, and through our new Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group, we will help create thousands of jobs around the country and take another step toward zero-emission flights."
The new group will be led by aviation expert Rachel Gardner-Poole, who joins with over 20 years of experience in military and commercial aviation, both in the public and private sector. Currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Connected Places Catapult, Rachel has previously worked at the Civil Aviation Authority, the UK Space Agency and IBM.

Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group Chair, Rachel Gardner-Poole: "It is a great privilege to be asked to be the Chair of the ZEF Delivery Group and I am committed to the critical work ahead to make zero emission aviation a reality.

I am passionate about using innovation and technology to create a positive impact on our planet and look forward to collectively addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us."

The government is investing in aerospace R&D through the ATI Programme and £685 million will be provided over the next 3 years, which was announced in March by the Business Secretary.

In addition, the government is providing £125 million (matched by £175 million from industry) of support for Innovate UK’s Future Flight Challenge. The challenge will shortly announce projects successful in its third funding competition including those advancing electric flight technologies that will support the operation of sub-regional aircraft and the UK in reaching its net-zero target.

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Friday, 1 April 2022

Finnair to follow Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to bring CO2 emissions down

The Helsinki based airline, Finnair intends to cooperate with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to bring CO2 emissions reduction targets in line with the UN Paris Climate Agreement, the carrier announced today.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a global body enabling businesses to set ambitious emissions reductions targets in line with the latest climate science. It is focused on accelerating companies and financial institutions across the world to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050. The initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. 

“The climate challenges of flying need to be solved, so that the social and economic benefits of aviation can continue. Finnair has ambitious emissions reduction targets: by the end of 2025, we intend to halve the level of net emissions from 2019 and achieve carbon neutrality latest by the end of 2045. Commitment to the CO2 reduction path SBTi has developed for aviation aligns our targets with the Paris Climate Agreement,” says Eveliina Huurre, SVP Sustainability at Finnair. 

Finnair uses an extensive toolkit to achieve emission reductions. The key tools reducing emissions include reducing the weight of aircraft, developing fuel-efficient flight methods, using sustainable fuels (SAF) and offsets, and engaging customers in reducing aviation emissions. Finnair is also actively exploring the possibilities of introducing new technologies into its operations. 

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Wednesday, 30 March 2022

United and Oxy Low Carbon Ventures Announce Collaboration with Biotech Firm to Create New Fuel Sources

United Airlines Ventures (UAV) and Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV) today announced a collaboration with Houston-based biotech firm Cemvita Factory to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) intended to be developed through a revolutionary new process using carbon dioxide (CO2) and synthetic microbes. UAV also announced an equity investment in Cemvita Factory. OLCV, a subsidiary of Occidental (Oxy), is a founding investor in Cemvita Factory.

SAF is an alternative to jet fuel that uses non-petroleum feedstock and offers lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions. United has invested in more SAF production than any other airline.

"At United, we have been consistent in leading the airline industry with bold action when it comes to fighting climate change – that starts with building an ecosystem around companies like Cemvita Factory to create and commercialize new SAF technologies," said Michael Leskinen, President of United Airlines Ventures. "This is truly a global imperative, and this cooperation with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures reflects our dedication to building relationships across sectors and working with companies aligned with our sustainability goals."

United and OLCV have previously worked together on new approaches to combat climate change. Together, UAV and OLCV will fund development work at Cemvita to convert carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons for SAF. If performance targets are achieved, UAV and OLCV plan to form a joint venture to commercialize the technology. This includes funding projects such as pilot and demo plants, engineering studies, financing construction and operating SAF plants.    

"The use of SAF is a promising approach that we believe can significantly reduce global emissions from aviation and further decarbonization initiatives to combat climate change," said Richard Jackson, President, Operations, U.S. Onshore Resources and Carbon Management, Oxy. "We are eager to collaborate with United and Cemvita to accelerate SAF innovation to reach commercial scale."

Today's announcement makes Cemvita the third SAF-related technology to receive an investment from UAV. Launched in 2021, UAV targets startups, upcoming technologies, and sustainability concepts that will complement United's goal of net zero emissions by 2050 – without relying on traditional carbon offsets. United has aggressively pursued strategic investments in SAF producers and revolutionary technologies including carbon capture, hydrogen-electric engines, electric regional aircraft, and urban air mobility. SAF has the potential to deliver the performance of petroleum-based jet fuel but with a fraction of its carbon footprint on a lifecycle basis.

Cemvita Factory uses synthetic biology to turn carbon dioxide into chemicals and alternative fuels, including sustainable aviation fuel. Cemvita is among the first to employ this technology to support heavy industry decarbonization and, find ways to use microbiology to turn carbon dioxide into fuel.

"Cemvita Factory is delighted to team up with United and Oxy for this exciting development," says Moji Karimi, co-founder and CEO of Cemvita. "We commend United Airlines for being a leader in the airline industry's decarbonization efforts and are proud to work once again with OLCV to provide these solutions on a broader scale."

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Tuesday, 29 March 2022

British Airways becomes the first airline in the world to use sustainable aviation fuel (“SAF”) produced on a commercial scale in the UK after signing a multi-year agreement with Phillips 66 Limited

British Airways has taken delivery of the first batch of sustainable aviation fuel produced by Phillips 66 Limited, making it the first airline in the world to start using SAF produced on a commercial scale in the UK.

The Phillips 66 Humber Refinery near Immingham is producing thousands of tonnes of SAF that will now help power a number of British Airways flights. The SAF is produced from sustainable waste feedstock at the refinery and British Airways will add it into the existing pipeline infrastructure that directly feeds several UK airports including London Heathrow.

British Airways and Phillips 66 are both committed to a lower-carbon future. The sustainable aviation fuel bought by the airline will be enough to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by almost 100,000 tonnes, enough to power 700 net-zero CO2 emissions flights between London and New York on its fuel-efficient Boeing 787 aircraft.  

Both companies support Government plans for a future SAF mandate and a business model for investing in advanced waste to jet fuel projects through participation in the Department for Transport’s Jet Zero Council Delivery Group. British Airways also continues to work with Government on ways to provide certainty for investors to help the UK be a leader in SAF production.

International Airlines Group (IAG), the airline’s parent company, is investing $400 million over the next 20 years into the development of SAF and British Airways has existing partnerships with several companies to develop plants and purchase the sustainable fuel.

Sean Doyle, British Airways Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “Being the first airline to source sustainable aviation fuel produced at commercial scale in the UK is another breakthrough moment for us and the airline industry.

“Our supplies of SAF from Phillips 66 Limited will allow us to progress with our ambitious roadmap to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner and will play a role in our commitment, as part of International Airlines Group (IAG), to power 10% of flights with SAF by 2030.

“Progressing the development and commercial scale-up of sustainable aviation fuel will be a game-changer and crucial to reducing the aviation sector’s reliance on fossil fuels and improving the UK’s energy supply resilience. I’m confident that Britain can take a leading role on the global stage in this space, creating green jobs and export opportunities, if industry, developers and Government continue to collaborate and make it a key focus area.”

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Monday, 28 March 2022

First A380 powered by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel takes to the skies

Airbus has performed the first A380 flight powered by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Airbus’ A380 test aircraft MSN 1 took off from Blagnac Airport, Toulouse, France at 08h43 on Friday 25 March. The flight lasted about three hours, operating one Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on 100% SAF.

27 tonnes of unblended SAF were provided by Total Energies for this flight. The SAF produced in Normandy, close to Le Havre, France, was made from Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA), free of aromatics and sulphur, and primarily consisting of used cooking oil, as well as other waste fats. A second flight, with the same aircraft, is scheduled to take place from Toulouse to Nice Airport, on the 29 March to test the use of SAF during take-off and landing.

This is the third Airbus aircraft type to fly on 100% SAF over the course of 12 months; the first was an Airbus A350 in March 2021 followed by an A319neo single-aisle aircraft in October 2021. 

Increasing the use of SAF remains a key pathway to achieving the industry’s ambition of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Key statistics outlined in the Waypoint 2050 report indicate that SAF could contribute between 53% and 71% of required carbon reductions.

All Airbus aircraft are currently certified to fly with up to a 50% blend of SAF mixed with kerosene. The aim is to achieve certification of 100% SAF by the end of this decade.

The A380 aircraft used during the test is the same aircraft recently revealed as Airbus’ ZEROe Demonstrator - a flying testbed for future technologies instrumental to bringing the world’s first zero-emission aircraft to market by 2035.

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