According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) energy related global emissions flatlined for the first time in 2019 as economies continue the switch from polluting fuels to cleaner power generation.
(Source: International Air Transport Authority, 4 April, 2020) Contact: International Air Transport Authority, www.iata.org
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From 2020, the aviation industry aims cap net emissions and cut emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050. To that end, Airlines have invested some $1 trillion in new aircraft since 2009, and signed forward purchase agreements for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) amounting to approximately $6 billion.
In addition, the introduction of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) will ensure carbon-neutral growth on international flights from 2020 and raise around $40 billion in climate finance. (Source: IATA, PR, 28 Dec., 2019) Contact: IATA, Carsten Spohr, Chairman, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, +41 22 770 2967, (514) 874-0202 - Montreal Office, www.iata.org; CORSIA, www.icao.int
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Some European countries are reportedly planning to require airlines to gradually increase share of renewable and low-emission fuels blend rate and Brussels is reportedly likely to follow the trend.
(Source: IATA, AIN, 21 Nov., 2019) Contact: IATA, Carsten Spohr, Chairman, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, +41 22 770 2967, (514) 874-0202 - Montreal Office, www.iata.org
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The commercial air transport industry is targeting a cap of CO2 emissions through carbon neutral growth from 2020 and aims
to halve emissions by 2050, compared to 2005 levels, ensure the aviation industry's compatibility with the Paris climate agreement goals. (Source: International Air Transport Association, Biofuels Int'l, 24 June, 2019)
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T&E claims CORSIA would allow airlines to offset emissions growth, rather than necessarily reduce it, and offered only "cheap and ineffective" remedies for emissions, which contribute towards climate change. It also noted that CORSIA would save airlines more than €3bn a year compared with expanding an existing scheme.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN agency that developed CORSIA, said the scheme was one part of "ICAO's basket of measures designed to reduce carbon emissions from international aviation" and that improvements in aircraft technology, operations and sustainable aviation fuels would "achieve the international aviation sector's global goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020."
Beginning in 2019, CORSIA will require airlines to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions to establish a baseline, before a pilot phase from 2021 to 2023 for volunteer states. From 2027, most of ICAO's 191 member states will have to participate. The EU is aiming to cut GHG emissions by 40 pct from 1990 by 2030. (Source: Transport & Environment, Financial Times, Oct., 2018) Contact: Transport & Environment, www.transportenvironment.org; CORSIA, www.iata.org/policy/environment/Pages/corsia.aspx; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, email@example.com, www.icao.int
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The directive includes specific incentives for EU member countries developing their use in aviation which essentially give it twice as much credit against national targets as alternative fuels in other sectors. The directive, which followed European Commission proposals, now awaits the European Council agreement.
The IATA notes
that since the first biofuels flight in 2008 there have been more than 100,000 commercial flights using some blend of alternative fuel.
(Source: IATA, Flight Global, 3 June, 2018)Contact: IATA, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, +41 22 770 2967, www.iata.org
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This jet fuel specification is a direct nexus between the global ethanol industry and the aviation sector, connecting two mature industries that could never be linked in the past. Now ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.
The new ASTM specification allows jet fuel, produced from ethanol under the ATJ process, to be sold commercially on a global basis.
The aviation sector is now subject to global de-carbonization compliance regulations beginning in 2020 under the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Given such great demand, and now with the ATJ specification in place, a full supply chain exists to effectively scale up and drive production costs down while carbon reduction policies are advanced. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., PR, April, 2018) Contact: Byogy, Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704, www.byogy.com;
ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, www.astm.org
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According to IATA, SAF powered flights could reduce the life-cycle carbon emissions of that flight by up to 80 pct.
The aviation industry has also vowed to use non-food, sustainable biofuel feedstocks.
To that end, the IATA sees government incentives, grants, loan guarantees, support for SAF demonstration plants and supply chain R&D for the production of aviation biofuels as a key to getting the aviation biofuels industry off the ground.
(Source: IATA, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: IATA, +41 22 770 2967, www.iata.org
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