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Boost for British Airways and Solena waste-to-jet fuel GreenSky project as location of facility is confirmed | Solena,GreenSky
Boost for British Airways and Solena waste-to-jet fuel GreenSky project as location of facility is confirmed
Wed 16 Apr 2014 - The British Airways and Solena project to convert landfill waste into jet fuel has received a major boost with the announcement of the location chosen for the facility. The site will be in the Thames Enterprise Park, a regeneration project just east of London on the estuary of the River Thames that includes a former oil refinery. Work on building the GreenSky facility is expected to start in 2015 and employ around 1,000 workers in the construction, which is due to be completed in 2017, and create up to 150 permanent jobs when operational. British Airways is providing construction capital and becoming a minority shareholder in the $500 million GreenSky project. The airline has committed to purchasing all the jet fuel produced by the plant, around 16 million gallons a year, for the next 11 years at market competitive prices, currently worth around $550 million. Read more ...

NASA signs agreements with German and Canadian partners to test impact of alternative fuels at altitude | NASA,DLR,German Aerospace Center,NRC,IFAR
NASA signs agreements with German and Canadian partners to test impact of alternative fuels at altitude
Mon 14 Apr 2014 - NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are due to begin on May 7 from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The programme will be the latest in a series of NASA ground and flight tests that began in 2009 to study emissions and contrails formation from new blends of renewable aviation fuels. ACCESS I tests showed that such blends may substantially reduce emissions of black carbon, sulphates and organics, says NASA. ACCESS II will gather additional data, with an emphasis on studying contrail formation. Read more ...

First round-the-world solar powered flight to take place in 2015 as Solar Impulse 2 is unveiled | Solar Impulse
First round-the-world solar powered flight to take place in 2015 as Solar Impulse 2 is unveiled
Mon 14 Apr 2014 - The Solar Impulse team have unveiled the second version of their aircraft that has been designed to complete the world's first round-the-world solar-powered flight. The two co-founders - explorer Bertrand Piccard and engineer Andre Borschberg - will take turns to fly Solar Impulse 2 eastwards from continent to continent starting in March 2015 from the Gulf area. As well as a feat of aviation innovation, the aim of the project is to promote clean technology around the world. With a technical team of 80 specialists, it has so far taken 12 years of calculations, simulations, construction and testing. With a weight of just 2,300kg, the single-seater aircraft has a huge wingspan of 72 metres – longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and only 8 metres shorter than the Airbus A380. The wings, fuselage and horizontal tailplane contain 17,248 highly-efficient solar cells, each only 135 microns thick, the same as a human hair. Read more ...

ACI’s airport carbon programme extends its reach as Incheon becomes South Korea's first accredited airport | Airport Carbon Accreditation,Incheon
ACI’s airport carbon programme extends its reach as Incheon becomes South Korea's first accredited airport
Thu 10 Apr 2014 - Seoul's Incheon International Airport has become the first South Korean airport to achieve certification in ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. There are four levels of certification and the airport reached the third 'Optimisation' level. Under the programme, an airport must first measure its carbon footprint (Level 1) and put in place carbon management procedures to show emissions reductions (Level 2). To achieve Level 3, it must then engage with third party service providers at the airport, such as ground handlers and catering companies, to further reduce emissions. It also involves engagement with authorities and users on surface access to and from the airport. Launched by ACI Europe in June 2009, the voluntary programme now has around 80 airports participating on three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia. Read more ...

British Airways opts for credit360’s sustainability software to monitor its carbon reduction performance | British Airways,credit360
British Airways opts for credit360’s sustainability software to monitor its carbon reduction performance
Thu 10 Apr 2014 - British Airways has selected sustainability software company credit360 to monitor and help reduce the airline's carbon footprint. The software will be used to track the fuel burn and carbon emissions per passenger kilometre for every aircraft in the fleet and will allow BA to compare and contrast the sustainability performance of different aircraft and identify areas for improvement. The system will also be deployed to help collect and manage a wide range of social and environmental indicators across more than 200 sites. In line with its One Destination sustainability plan, the airline has a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 from a 2005 baseline. British Airways is the first airline customer for credit360, which has signed up 30 other organisations over the past year for its sustainability software and now has more than 175 clients worldwide. Read more ...

Boeing receives EPA's highest energy efficiency award for its operations as it strives for zero emissions growth | Energy Star,EPA
Boeing receives EPA's highest energy efficiency award for its operations as it strives for zero emissions growth
Wed 9 Apr 2014 - For the second year in succession, Boeing has been awarded 'Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence' recognition by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its leadership in energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from around 16,000 organisations participating in the Energy Star voluntary programme and Boeing is among 16 other 'Partners of the Year' recognised by an award in the industrial category. Boeing has received the Energy Star award each year since 2011 and reached the Sustained Excellence level in 2013. From 2007 to 2012, Boeing reduced its energy consumption by 3 per cent on an absolute basis, the equivalent of energy to power 44,000 US homes for a year. Last year, it set new targets of zero growth for greenhouse gas emissions by 2017. Read more ...

Feisty exchanges over Aviation EU ETS as European Parliament votes to continue with ‘Stop the Clock’  | Peter Liese
Feisty exchanges over Aviation EU ETS as European Parliament votes to continue with ‘Stop the Clock’
Thu 3 Apr 2014 - The European Parliament today voted in favour of a compromise agreement brokered between Parliament rapporteurs and EU member states, represented by the European Council. The vote will see a resumption of the 'Stop the Clock' (STC) scope in which only intra-European Economic Area (EEA) flights will be covered by the Aviation EU ETS, rather than the proposal by the European Commission to also include emissions from international flights within EEA airspace. Despite the large majority in favour of the compromise - 458 for, 120 against and 24 abstentions - the vote was preceded by feisty exchanges between MEPs in a debate on the issue. STC will now run from 2013 until the end of 2016 and the agreement allows for a return to the original full scope of the scheme from 2017 should an agreement at ICAO to implement a global market-based mechanism from 2020 not be reached at its Assembly in 2016. (Updated April 4, 7 & 14Read more ...