Aviation Sustainability News

  • Etihad Airways has secured $1.2 billion through its first sustainability-linked loan (SLL) tied to environmental, social and governance targets (ESG), its third sustainable financing deal. The airline reported the transaction as the largest of its kind so far, taking to over $1.9 billion the total funds it has raised through ‘green’ instruments since 2019, and claims it is the first-ever SLL tied to ESG targets in the aviation sector, writes […]
  • Aeroflot and energy company Gazprom Neft have signed an agreement to jointly develop the production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), a first for the Russian aviation market. Aeroflot, Russia’s flagship carrier and ranked among the world’s 20 largest airlines, plans to use SAF on both domestic and international routes and said it was the next important step in improving the airline’s environmental efficiency. Gazprom Neft said the development […]
  • American Airlines has become an anchor partner in Bill Gates’ new Breakthrough Energy Catalyst and committed an investment of $100 million in the programme to support the advancement and funding of sustainable aviation fuels and other emissions reduction technologies such as green hydrogen, direct air capture and long-duration energy storage. According to Gates, Catalyst will focus on supporting technologies that are vital to reaching global net zero emissions but are […]
  • As the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting obligations for aviation industry players relating to carbon emissions become more stringent and onerous, a variety of providers are stepping forward with software solutions that they say will independently and accurately help, discovers Mark Pilling. Suppliers such as Fexco/Avocet, IBA and the Aviation Working Group are all fielding products they claim can address this requirement. According to Robert Neale, Chief Product Officer […]
  • Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will mark the second anniversary of its Greenliner programme with a dedicated sustainable flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi on October 23, showcasing a range of initiatives in the air and on the ground that reduce environmental impact, reports Tony Harrington. Using its signature ‘Etihad Greenliner’ aircraft, a themed Boeing 787-10, the airline expects to reduce total emissions of […]
  • The world’s first power-to-liquid plant producing carbon neutral renewable electricity-based synthetic aviation fuel, or e-kerosene, has opened in Emsland in northern Germany and is operated by climate protection organisation atmosfair. Lufthansa Group is a partner in the pioneering project, with Lufthansa Cargo and logistics company Kuehne+Nagel among the first customers, having committed to an annual minimum purchase of 25,000 litres for at least five years. The plant is currently in […]
  • A coalition of global aviation industry associations, representing airports, air traffic management and makers of aircraft and engines, have reinforced the new adoption by IATA’s member airlines of a long-term climate goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. A declaration released by the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) commits global civil aviation operations to achieving the same goal through accelerated efficiency measures, energy transition and innovation across the […]
  • At its 77th Annual General Meeting in Boston, IATA approved a resolution committing the global airline industry to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which it says will align with the Paris 1.5C climate goal. The industry is projecting 10 billion people will be flying in 2050, requiring the abatement of at least 1.8 gigatons of CO2 in that year, about twice the amount emitted by the sector in […]
  • Counterintuitively, the global pandemic has catalysed the aviation sector’s approach in a very positive way to climate action despite going through the worst period in aviation history, said Haldane Dodd, the incoming Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group at its 2021 Global Sustainable Aviation Forum. Momentum had gathered pace over the past 18 months with real climate policy developments and a major push had taken place on […]
  • As the UK prepares to host COP26, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced the winners of a £3 million ($4m) fund to support zero emission flight aviation. The research and technology projects will help UK airports in handling new types of electric and hydrogen aircraft and cover wireless charging for airplanes and swappable airplane battery packs. The funding forms part of the UK government’s commitment in Prime Minister Boris […]
  • European aerospace giant Airbus brought together its executive team and sector leads, airline chiefs, policymakers and the media to its Toulouse headquarters in France for the Airbus Sustainability Summit, a two-day extravaganza aimed at not only demonstrating its own commitment to the green agenda, but to foster the widespread collaboration it believes is necessary to enable the aviation industry to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. During the event, Airbus […]
  • Sixty companies in the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition have signed a commitment to accelerate the supply and use of sustainable aviation fuel to reach 10% of global jet aviation fuel supply by 2030. Signatories represent a global group of airlines, airports and fuel suppliers, as well as non-aviation companies that rely on corporate air travel for their business operations and which recognise decarbonising aviation lies with […]
  • United Airlines and Honeywell have announced a joint multimillion-dollar investment in Alder Fuels, a new cleantech venture headed by Bryan Sherbacow, founder of AltAir Fuels (now World Energy), the world’s first commercial sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer. United has also agreed to purchase 1.5 billion gallons of SAF over 20 years, the largest publicly announced SAF agreement to date, reports Susan van Dyk. The airline says the purchase is one-and-a-half […]
  • The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), which represents 14 operators in south-east and north Asia, has declared its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, although emphasised success will rely upon collaboration between industry stakeholders and support from governments, reports Tony Harrington. The Director General of AAPA, Subhas Menon, highlighted the introduction of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as a key driver of decarbonisation, but acknowledged the Asia-Pacific region […]
  • Following a final investment decision, Shell is to build an 820,000-tonnes-per-year biofuels facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which it says will be among the biggest in Europe to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel made from waste. Situated at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, formerly known as the Pernis refinery, production is due to start in 2024 and SAF is expected to make up more than […]
  • Sustainability standards body RSB has entered a strategic collaboration with Air bp to launch a pilot book and claim system that allows the jet fuel supplier’s customers to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) without a physical connection with the supply site. Book and claim is particularly relevant to the general and business aviation market where fuel volumes are smaller and typically purchased over a wide number of locations, while current […]
  • US government departments and agencies have joined with the aviation and fuel sectors to agree a stimulus package to put US aviation on track to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It includes new and ongoing funding opportunities to support sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) projects and fuel producers totalling up to $4.3 billion in efforts to boost production of SAF to at least 3 billion gallons per year […]
  • In a presentation held at British Airways’ London Heathrow maintenance base, BA Chief Executive Sean Doyle unveiled a new sustainability programme and campaign called BA Better World. It included the announcement of a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) collaboration with fuel provider bp related to the upcoming COP26 climate change conference in the UK and an extension of its offsetting partnership with Pure Leapfrog enabling customers to include SAF as a […]
  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has announced an eight-year partnership with SkyNRG to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for its business travel flights starting in 2022, so becoming the newest member of SkyNRG’s Board Now corporate programme. The move is in support of BCG’s commitment to achieving net zero climate impact by 2030 at the latest, with more than 80% of the organisation’s carbon footprint attributable to business travel. SkyNRG says […]
  • Two major industrial collaborations have been established in Japan to progress ambitions for large-scale production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the country, writes Tony Harrington. In the first project, sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, six prominent corporations have joined forces to demonstrate the extraction of carbon dioxide from industrial exhaust gases, and its conversion into SAF as part of a broader plan to also drive regional revitalisation […]