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Refuelling the future: Sustainable, drop-in aviation biofuel is a reality but challenges remain, says Boeing
Refuelling the future: Sustainable, drop-in aviation biofuel is a reality but challenges remain, says Boeing
Tue 8 May 2012 - Back in 2005, the idea of using biofuels to power commercial and military jets seemed beyond the range of modern science. While suitable for cars and trucks, biofuels offered little hope they could meet the stringent requirements of commercial airplanes and high-performance jet engines. But in 2006, Boeing product development professionals became aware of research that challenged the notion that biofuels could not compete with traditional kerosene-based jet fuel in terms of energy content, technical performance, infrastructure requirements and cost. They reached out to others in the industry to determine whether biofuels could help meet the environmental challenges of commercial aviation. And their efforts paid off in a big way, reports Boeing's Bill SeilRead more ...

New draft EU ETS regulations could simplify the monitoring process for hundreds of operators
New draft EU ETS regulations could simplify the monitoring process for hundreds of operators
Wed 24 Aug 2011 - New draft regulations will be coming into force for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in 2013, replacing the existing Monitoring and Reporting Guidelines (MRGs). These regulations, which are fully enforceable pieces of legislation, will replace the two existing MRGs that operators are currently required to follow. This unification of two documents has resulted in a set of guidelines that are more coherent and easier to read than before, reports Neil Duffy. There are few major changes, but the most significant is the raising of the threshold for operators to use the Simplified Method, opening up the Small Emitters Tool and the ETS Support Facility to many smaller commercial operators. The new regulations are still in draft form and although there might be a few minor changes to the wording, no substantial changes are expected before the legislation is voted on in mid-September. Read more ...

Airlines struggle to get carbon offsetters onboard but one carrier may have the answer | Thomson Airways,carbon offsetting
Airlines struggle to get carbon offsetters onboard but one carrier may have the answer
Tue 12 July 2011 - A survey by the ENDS Report, the UK website and journal for environment business and policy, of leading UK and European airlines has revealed low numbers of commercial passengers offsetting their flights' carbon emissions. Most airlines achieve commercial passenger offsetting rates of below one per cent and others refuse to disclose take-up rates. Others, including BMI and Ryanair, still do not offer passengers the option. However, major holiday package company TUI Travel, which operates Thomson Airways, believes it has the answer by charging a small flat fee on booking that is matched by the firm and requires customers to opt out if they do not wish to contribute. Read more ...

Large and smaller airlines are choosing to manage their EU ETS carbon needs in a variety of ways
Large and smaller airlines are choosing to manage their EU ETS carbon needs in a variety of ways
Wed 8 June 2011 - Just as not all airlines actively trade jet fuel in the spot market, so a tier of airlines will likely seek external help to manage and hedge their carbon liability under the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), although some airlines have long since staffed up, as Tim Lloyd Wright reports. There is no single airline view or approach to managing compliance and purchasing. But airlines will have only two options when they join the scheme: either buy carbon allowances and credits to cover their emissions or try to reduce their emissions. In practice, they will try both. Fuel pricing agency OPIS (Oil Price Information Service) spoke with airline fuel managers and treasury staff about how they intend to handle the practical purchasing, trading and hedging of their exposure. Read more ...

Aviation carbon emissions and regulatory compliance proving a concern for aircraft financiers and insurers | Avocet
Aviation carbon emissions and regulatory compliance proving a concern for aircraft financiers and insurers
Wed 9 June 2010 - The inclusion of the aviation industry within the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) from 2012 could result in a number of adverse implications and potential liabilities for the global aircraft finance and aviation insurance markets, writes Barry Moss. These include credit risk, operational risk, political risk and asset (or aircraft value) risk. For example, there is uncertainty over the potential financial liability exposure aircraft financiers and lessors may face in the event of an aircraft operator defaulting under the EU ETS. They may have to assume a bigger risk and increase their balance sheet provisioning accordingly. Aviation insurers should be concerned that emissions trading schemes could seriously add to the decline of the aviation industry and therefore demand for insurance and future premium income. Read more ...
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A global scheme for aviation emissions provides a better deal than US and EU cap-and-trade systems | ICF, SH&E, Waxman-Markey
A global scheme for aviation emissions provides a better deal than US and EU cap-and-trade systems
Wed 19 Aug 2009 - Airlines around the globe are scrambling to put together monitoring plans in preparation for the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) starting in 2012. The good news is that under the US cap-and-trade Waxman-Markey bill, which would set up a national market for pollution permits in 2012, carriers flying to, from and within the United States will not need to bother with monitoring plans. In fact, under the draft American Clean Energy and Security Act, aviation is not directly included in the cap-and-trade scheme. The bad news, according to Etienne Gabel of ICF International/SH&E, is the cost of the scheme to the aviation industry is not likely to be any cheaper than the EU ETS. Read more ...

Targeting airspace efficiency: how air traffic management can play its part in reducing aviation emissions | CANSO
Targeting airspace efficiency: how air traffic management can play its part in reducing aviation emissions
Thu 9 Apr 2009 - Emissions reductions are firmly on the agenda for the UNFCCC Copenhagen talks at the end of this year and aviation is expected to be included. The Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) is playing its part by targeting airspace efficiency and, therefore, reducing airline fuel burn. On average, air traffic management (ATM) is currently 92-94 percent efficient overall and the goal is to reach 96 percent by 2050. Chris Goater explains why this seemingly modest target is highly challenging and both technically and politically difficult. Read more ...

Poor management and over optimistic yield forecasts are causing jatropha to become the biofuel blunder crop | biofuels, biofuels digest, jim lane, jatropha, camelina
Poor management and over optimistic yield forecasts are causing jatropha to become the biofuel blunder crop
Wed 8 Apr 2009 - Jatropha and camelina have become well-known sources of jet biofuel, featuring in the recent demonstration flights that have taken place around the world. Jim Lane, editor of the respected US online publication Biofuels Digest, takes a look at these crops and finds that jatropha, initially described as a 'wonder' crop, has become more of a 'blunder' crop as a result of poor management and over-inflated yield forecasts. Camelina, on the other hand, is showing itself to have a promising potential as a biofuel feedstock although the sector is still in its infancy. Read more ...

British Airways sets off towards its destination of becoming the world's most responsible airline | British Airways, One Destination
British Airways sets off towards its destination of becoming the world's most responsible airline
Mon 19 Jan 2009 - Once promoting itself as the world's favourite airline, British Airways has launched a new, no-less ambitious campaign that aims to position it as the world's most responsible airline. The One Destination programme is the outcome of a year-long strategic review by the corporate responsibility team set up by CEO Willie Walsh. British Airways' Head of Environment, Jonathon Counsell, outlines the airline's environmental objectives to GreenAir Online's editor Christopher SurgenorRead more ...

Two organizations and countless companies strive to bring the dream of algae biofuels to life | Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest, algae
Two organizations and countless companies strive to bring the dream of algae biofuels to life
Sun 28 Sept 2008 - A successful conversion of algae to an aviation jet biofuel on a commercially sizeable and economic scale is seen as having exciting potential in the efforts to replace traditional jet kerosene with an emissions-reducing alternative. Jim Lane, Editor of Biofuels Digest, provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the current algae market and the technological hurdles that must be overcome. Read more ...

Affected airlines must factor in many uncertain issues as they plan for inclusion into the EU ETS | Miles Austin, EcoSecurities
Affected airlines must factor in many uncertain issues as they plan for inclusion into the EU ETS
Thu 18 Sept 2008 - Although aviation's inclusion into the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme is now a formaility, there is uncertainty on the levels of capping and auctioning from 2013 as Europe may seek to tighten current proposals. There is also the possibility of legal action by non-EU countries with airlines that fly to Europe, angered by their unilateral inclusion into the scheme. However, Miles Austin warns the industry to avoid a wait-and-see attitude and start preparations now.  Read more ...