/ 2020 news

  L  Destination: green airline bailouts 
May 7, 2020. Environment Journal.

Aviation has been one of the sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus lockdowns. Brian O’Callaghan and Cameron Hepburn from the University of Oxford discuss why any government bailout must be conditional on meeting climate targets.

For airlines, the reckoning is no longer far away on the horizon. It’s now a jumbo jet meters from the runway, landing gear down. Without a sizeable external cash injection, many international airlines will follow Virgin Australia into insolvency within months, if not weeks. Should governments bail airlines out? And if so, should any conditions be imposed, particularly in a world that requires rapid progress to net-zero emissions? Read the original article...

  L  SAA pledges to fight illegal wildlife trafficking 
March 4, 2020. DefenceWeb

As the world commemorated World Wildlife Day on Tuesday, South African Airways (SAA) said it would help intensify the fight against the global illegal wildlife trafficking.  
    As a new member of the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES), the national carrier said it would work hard to reduce the trafficking seizure of 42% of wildlife animals checked in luggage, 4% hidden in passenger clothing, 23% in air flight, 4% in mail and 27% recorded as unknown. Read the original article...

/ 2020 news

  L  IATA is teaming up with XCHG to launch a carbon exchange platform 
January 31, 2020. Tracy Rucinski, The European.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is teaming up with a company to develop a carbon exchange platform where airlines, and passengers, can purchase offsets aimed at reducing the impact of air travel on the environment.
    The deal with Xpansiv CBL Holding Group (XCHG), a commodity exchange company, will provide a common marketplace called Aviation Carbon Exchange for eligible emission units, the two organisations said in a joint statement on Thursday. Read the original article...

  L  Rolls-Royce gears up to power African aviation’s emissions reduction target 
January 9, 2020. Michael Wakabi interviews Paul Stein for Business Daily.

Airlines are acquiring new aircraft with the latest technology to operate more efficiently and economically as well as more environmentally. The majority of players in Africa’s growing aviation industry have signed agreements to prioritise the protection of the environment. 
    Rolls-Royce, which powers all Airbus A350s and A330neos aircraft, and whose customers in Africa include Ethiopian Airlines, SAA, Air Mauritius, EgyptAir, Air Senegal, Uganda, Rwandair, and Air Tanzania, will be a key partner on this journey. Read the original article...

/ 2019 news

  L  Aviation: Carbon emissions per passenger down 50% - IATA 
December 28, 2019. Carin Smith, Fin24.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently published information confirming that carbon emissions per passenger have declined by more than 50% since 1990.  
    Much of the improvement has occurred because the industry has achieved an annual fuel efficiency improvement of 2.3% over the period since 2009, some 0.8 percentage points ahead of target. This progress is a combination of investments in more efficient aircraft and operational efficiencies. Read the original article...

  L  I want to offset the carbon from my long-haul flight. What are my options?
November 17, 2019. Elizabeth Sleith for Sunday Times Travel news. 

Q. My daughter and I are going to London in January, and she would like to offset the carbon emissions from our flight in some way. Could you point us towards some organisation that can help us do this? 
A. Offsetting means calculating the amount of greenhouse gases that will be generated by your flight and then putting money into projects that will prevent or remove the same amount from the atmosphere elsewhere...Read the original article here...

  L  Richard Branson: ‘Aviation can be carbon neutral sooner than we realise’
October 26, 2019. Gwyn Topham, The Observer. 

The relentlessly upbeat entrepreneur believes efficiency and electricity could stop airlines worsening the climate crisis. The climate emergency has enveloped aviation. British Airways recently pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and Branson says Virgin will do the same.
    In Branson’s view, “realistically, people are not going to stop flying – the most avid of marchers are going to fly. What’s critical is that we enable them to fly as environmentally friendly as possible.” 
    He remains resolutely positive: “Some people think that every other problem apart from aviation in the world will be ticked, and aviation will never be ticked. I disagree: I think aviation can also be carbon neutral, and sooner than people realise.” Read the original article... 

  L  Aviation industry applauds another CORSIA milestone
March 8, 2019. Tatiana Rokou, Travel Daily News.  

Geneva – The aviation industry welcomed another significant milestone in the development of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has established a technical advisory body to help determine which emissions offset units can be used for CORSIA compliance.
    The proposal adopted by the ICAO Council includes a set of criteria which are to govern the types of offsets that can be used for CORSIA compliance (known as the emissions unit criteria – EUC) to ensure that those offsets truly bring environmental benefits, as well as rules to ensure the review process is open and transparent. Read the original article here...

  L  Airbus launches electric airplane race
February 8, 2019. www.bizcommunity.com   

Airbus has announced a global partnership with Air Race E, the world's first electric airplane race set to launch its inaugural series in 2020. 
    Airbus is the official founding Partner of Air Race E. The competition aims to drive the development and adoption of cleaner, faster, and more technologically advanced electric engines that can be applied to urban air mobility vehicles and, eventually, commercial aircraft. Read the original article here...

  L  Setting realistic targets for biofuel production in sub-Saharan Africa  
January 25, 2019. www.bizcommunity.com   

According to a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Understanding the sustainable aviation biofuel potential in sub-Saharan Africa, while there is a small but not insignificant potential for the production of sustainable biofuels in sub-Saharan Africa, this should be prioritised for the aviation industry. Read the original article here...

  L  Global climate action effort now counts over 250 airports
January 22, 2019. International Airport Review.  

259 airports are now actively engaged in addressing their impact on climate change, and 49 airport operators worldwide are carbon neutral, according to the Airports Council International. 
    Following last month’s COP24 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, Airports Council International has provided an update on the latest developments among the community of 259 airports currently in the global carbon management standard, Airport Carbon AccreditationRead the original article here...

  L  The green aviation debate 

AASA addresses the green aviation debate and presents a variety of views and articles, to encourage debate and action, including IATA's analysis on the cost of going green; the Booz & Company (now PWC's Strategy&)'s assertion that airlines have no choice but to reduce their consumption of jet fuel in their analysis of the future of green aviation; an article by National Geographic about advances that will change air travel such as new commercial plane designs, alternative fuels, flight patterns, and airport architecture; and a thought-provoking article by Green Futures, part of the Guardian Environment Network, that questions whether the aviation industry, in need of radical innovation to address its high carbon footprint, could ever really be green. Read more... 

  L  IATA Environmental Policy: Combating the illegal trade of wildlife 

Transnational criminal gangs are exploiting the increasingly interconnected air transport system to traffic illegal flora and fauna. Aviation is committed to playing its part in stopping this illegal trade in wildlife, worth at least $19 billion annually.
    Although the duty for capturing and prosecuting these criminals rests with national enforcement authorities, airline staff can provide an important source of additional intelligence. International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working with the aviation industry to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife.​​​​ Read more...