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Aviation Sustainability and the Environment, CAPA 10-Feb-2020

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Norwegian reduces CO2 emissions by 4% in Jan-2020

Finnair to present new sustainability programme in 1H2020

Ryanair director of sustainability: Electric aircraft '20 to 30 years away'

Icelandair goal to maximise the use of green energy, increase energy efficiency and minimise waste

KPA Unicon to install new biofuel heating plant at Stockholm Airport

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Norwegian reduces CO2 emissions by 4% in Jan-2020

Norwegian CEO Jacob Schram announced (06-Feb-2020) the carrier reduced CO2 emissions in by 4% in Jan-2020, to 75 grams per passenger kilometre. The company has reduced its per passenger emissions by 33% since 2009.

Original Report: Norwegian reports higher unit revenue, record high punctuality and higher load factor

Norwegian’s traffic figures for January show that the company continues to deliver on its strategy of moving from growth to profitability with significant improvement in unit revenue, load factor and record high punctuality.

Norwegian carried 1,974,606 customers in January. The planned capacity reduction and optimization of the route network continued to impact the figures positively. The punctuality for January was 87 percent which is the highest ever in a single month since 2015. The load factor was 81 percent, up 4.8 percentage points.

“I am pleased that we continue to deliver on the strategy of moving from growth to profitability. For ten consecutive months, including January, the planned capacity reduction impacted the unit revenue and load factor positively. I am also pleased that our on-time performance continues to improve as I know how important punctuality is for our customers,” said CEO Jacob Schram of Norwegian.

“In the coming months, I look forward to working together with my dedicated colleagues on the ground and in the air to position Norwegian for a profitable and sustainable future in international aviation,” Schram added.

The company continued to reduce its CO2 emissions in January by 4 percent to 75 grams per passenger kilometre. Even with a higher share of older wetlease aircraft the company manages to reduce its environmental impact. With an average age of 4.6 years, Norwegian has one of the world’s most environmentally friendly fleets. Thanks to the young fleet, the company has reduced its per passenger emissions by 33 percent since 2009.

Finnair to present new sustainability programme in 1H2020

Finnair reported (07-Feb-2020) in order to achieve its long term goal of carbon neutrality, it will conduct the following operations:

  • Continue biofuel services it has operated since 2011;
  • Investigate the used of other sustainable aviation fuels;
  • Utilise recycling and reduce single use plastic;
  • Take part in voluntary and non voluntary offsetting schemes;
  • Target significant operational improvements to secure more fuel efficient aircraft.

Finnair seeks to be a frontrunner in sustainability and is working on a sustainability programme, schedule to be presented in 1H2020.

Extract from original report: Finnair Group Financial Statements Release 1 January–31 December 2019

Sustainability Sustainability is an essential part of Finnair and, thus, it is visible in everything done at Finnair.

Finnair’s long-term goal is carbon neutrality. In order to achieve this goal, Finnair will e.g. continue the biofuel flights it has operated since 2011, investigate the use of other sustainable aviation fuels, utilise recycling and reduce single-use plastic waste, take part in the voluntary and non-voluntary offsetting schemes and target significant operational improvements to secure more fuel-efficient flying.

The fleet-related investment is not only impacting the customer experience but is also a significant investment in more sustainable flying. Finnair wants to be a frontrunner in sustainability and is, therefore, working on a sustainability program which will be presented in more detail during the first half of 2020.

Ryanair director of sustainability: Electric aircraft '20 to 30 years away'

Ryanair director of sustainability Thomas Fowler said electric aircraft are "probably 20 to 30 years away" due to the amount of regulation and testing required to certify the aircraft (edie, 07-Feb-2020). "The focus will be on sustainable fuels, but it's about scaling up supply and where the investment is going to come from to do that", he continued.

Icelandair goal to maximise the use of green energy, increase energy efficiency and minimise waste

Icelandair reported (06-Feb-2020) its environmental impact is not limited to its services, however also involves ground facilities, offices, vehicles and maintenance areas. The carrier's goal is to maximise the use of green energy, increase energy efficiency and minimise waste in all of its operations by embracing sustainable solutions. In addition to compliance with applicable laws and regulations, the company demonstrates its commitment to its environmental policy through:

  • Minimising carbon footprint and raising awareness;
  • Reducing waste by increasing recycling;
  • Promoting responsible use of resources;
  • Increasing the use of environmentally friendly products.

Extract from original report: Consolidated Financial Statements for the year 2019

Environment

Icelandair Group is an environmentally-conscious company, committed to addressing its environmental responsibilities. Icelandair is certified to the highest level of the IEnvA environmental certification program from IATA, which requires demonstration of ongoing environmental performance improvements. Icelandair Hotels are certified to the ISO14001 environmental standard.

Icelandair Group’s environmental impact is not limited to its flight operations. It also involves ground facilities, offices, vehicles and maintenance areas. The Company’s goal is to maximise the use of green energy, increase energy efficiency and minimise waste in all its operations by embracing sustainable solutions.

Icelandair Group's Environmental Policy describes the Company's approaches to protecting and preserving the environment. All the Company’s employees are responsible for compliance with the policy. Management at all the Company's subsidiaries and entities have adopted guidelines and procedures to comply with the Company's Environmental Policy.

Minimising the environmental impact of its operations is an important part of Icelandair Group’s business plan with the focus on employing sustainable practices and ensuring optimal use of the resources at our disposal.

Icelandair Group is committed to minimising its impact on the environment by continuously improving the Company's environmental performance, by using sustainable materials and disposing of them in a responsible way, by conducting business with environmentally friendly suppliers and by adhering to environmental protection principles.

In addition to compliance with applicable laws and regulations, the Company demonstrates its commitment to this policy through:

– Minimising carbon footprint and raising awareness
– Reducing waste by increasing recycling
– Promoting responsible use of resources
– Increasing the use of environmentally friendly products and services

Icelandair Group is committed to supporting continuous improvements by setting measurable targets, raising awareness and benchmarking performance.

KPA Unicon to install new biofuel heating plant at Stockholm Airport

Swedavia signed (04-Feb-2020) a contract with KPA Unicon for the delivery of an Unicon WT 30MW heating plant to be installed at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

The main fuel of the plant will be biofuel, and the plant will also be prepared to use wood pellets in the future. The plant will be commissioned in spring 2021 to be used as a peak load and backup plant replacing the existing plant.

KPA Unicon account director Scandinavia Timo Valkeinen stated: "Our heating plant meets Swedavia’s requirements for high availability, high efficiency and load change rate, as well as the highest environmental standards. Our solution replaces an old boiler with a new and more efficient plant, which is optimised according to the requirements for renewable fuels. This will support Swedavia in its efforts to achieve the positive impact on the climate".

Original Report: KPA Unicon to supply renewable biofuels heating plant to Arlanda airport

KPA Unicon and Swedavia AB have signed a contract for delivery of Unicon WT 30 MW heating plant to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

The main fuel of the plant will be bio-oil, and the plant will also be prepared to use wood pellets in the future. The heating plant will be put into operation in spring 2021 and will be used as a peak load and backup plant replacing the existing plant as part of the continuous development of the airport.

“It is great that with this project we are able to ensure sustainable energy supply in the long term and that the project supports Swedavia’s goal to reduce the climate impact of its operations,” says project sponsor Elisabeth Celsing, Swedavia AB.

“We are pleased to supply already the second modern technology-based bio-oil heating plant to the Swedish market, where our boiler and burner are able to burn also pellet dust. Arlanda Airport is an important international transport hub, therefore its choices are a good example to follow, such as sustainable development solutions of this project,” says Timo Valkeinen, Account Director Scandinavia, KPA Unicon.

“Our heating plant meets Swedavia’s requirements for high availability, high efficiency and load change rate, as well as the highest environmental standards. Our solution replaces an old boiler with a new and more efficient plant, which is optimised according to the requirements for renewable fuels. This will support Swedavia in its efforts to achieve the positive impact on the climate”, Valkeinen continues.

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