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Aviation Sustainability and the Environment, CAPA 21-Jan-2020

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Swoop president: Sustainability is 'stronger in Europe', will 'hit' Canada

India MoCA recommends state governments decrease tax on ATF

India Government considering plans to introduce specific rate of excise duty for ATF

Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport seeks ISO 14001 & ACA level 2 reduction certification

Dubai Airports replaces 1880 light fixtures with high performance LEDs (Dubai Airports report)

Edinburgh Airport finalising sustainability strategy

Gerald R Ford International Airport CEO: Aviation industry needs to focus on sustainability

Zurich Airport refuels first business aircraft with sustainable aviation fuel (Zurich Airport report)

Avolon: Airlines with lower environmental score could get lower lease rates

Gazpromneft-Aero increases fuel supply abroad by 26% in 2019 (Gazpromneft-Aero report)

EASA publishes EPAS 2020-2024 (EASA report)

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Swoop president: Sustainability is 'stronger in Europe', will 'hit' Canada

Swoop president Steven Greenway said that while sustainability is "stronger in Europe than anywhere else", it would "be a folly to think that wave will not hit us... We are making sure we are prepared for that and run a sustainable business" (Web In Travel, 20-Jan-2020) . 

Gerald R Ford International Airport CEO: Aviation industry needs to focus on sustainability

Grand Rapids Gerald R Ford International Airport president and CEO Tory Richardson stated the aviation industry needs to "to continually improve and refine" its operations to be "efficient and environmentally sustainable" going forward, otherwise it will "be replaced by other modes of transportation" or find its "value significantly reduced" (Airport International Review, 17-Jan-2020).

Avolon: Airlines with lower environmental score could get lower lease rates

Avolon CEO Domhnal Slattery stated more major bond investors are keen to understand the group's environmental strategy within its environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance (Reuters, 20-Jan-2020). Mr Slattery said: "You could absolutely see that aircraft financiers like us that have a much better 'E' score from the investors' perspective get tighter priced bonds, so everybody is aligned". He added: "You could see over time that airlines that have a better environmental score could get lower lease rates".

Dubai Airports replaces 1880 light fixtures with high performance LEDs

Dubai International Airport's (DXB) replaced (20-Jan-2020) 1880 conventional 1000W and 2000W light fixtures with 1000 new high performance LED light fixtures at its apron and aircraft parking areas. The replacements will deliver annual energy savings of approximately 7000MWh and are part of an agreement with Etihad ESCO to replace 150,000 conventional light fixtures at the airport.

Original report: Dubai Airports gives the green light to continued energy savings

Dubai International’s (DXB) apron and aircraft parking areas across its 12.5km2 airfield are now lit with brighter, more efficient LED lights that will deliver annual energy savings of approximately 7,000 MWh, which is equal to 495 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions, or growing more than 8,000 seedlings per year for 10 years.

That’s thanks to the completion of a project that replaced 1,880 conventional 1,000W and 2,000W light fixtures with 1,000 new high-performance LED light fixtures across the apron and parking areas of DXB. The switch to energy efficient LED lights is expected to reduce loads from 2,200KW to just 810KW, a massive drop of 63% in annual consumption.

Describing the project as an important part of Dubai Airports wider efforts towards reducing the airport’s carbon footprint, Omar Binadai, Senior Vice President of Engineering Services at Dubai Airports said, “As an organisation that puts sustainability at the core of its long-term business strategy we are always looking at ways to reduce energy consumption. Retrofit projects that improve efficiency through process enhancement or by replacing conventional systems with the latest in technology are perhaps one of the quickest ways to achieve that objective.”

The lighting project is part of the Dubai Airports and Etihad ESCO agreement announced last year to replace 150,000 conventional light fixtures across DXB with LED lights. Dubai Airports has launched a series of green initiatives since 2019 including a project to replace ground service vehicle fleet with electric and hybrid vehicles, and the installation of a 15,000-panel solar array at DXB’s Terminal 2, the largest at any airport in the Middle East. More recently, the operator banned the use of single-use plastics at Dubai International and Dubai World Central (DWC) effective Jan 1, 2020. These initiatives together with other environmental projects in the future will help Dubai Airports to support the growth of Dubai’s aviation while achieving its sustainability goals. In October 2019, DXB and DWC reached an important milestone on their journey towards neutrality by achieving Level 3 of the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Zurich Airport refuels first business aircraft with sustainable aviation fuel

Zurich Airport refuelled (20-Jan-2020) a business aircraft with a blend of conventional fuel and sustainable aviation fuel produced by Neste for the first time. SAFs will be made available for fuelling business jets departing from Zurich Airport during the 2020 World Economic Forum.

Original report: Swiss première: aircraft refuelled with sustainable aviation fuel at Zurich Airport for the first time

Today, a business aircraft was refuelled with a blend of sustainable and conventional fuel at Zurich Airport for the first time. Thanks to the close collaboration between Jet Aviation, Zurich Airport and Finnish renewable jet fuel producer Neste “Sustainable Aviation Fuel” (SAF) will be made available for fuelling business jets departing from Zurich Airport during this year’s annual meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF).

Today at Zurich Airport marked the first time that a business jet was refuelled with a blend of conventional jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel. This joint project between Jet Aviation, Zurich Airport and Finnish renewable jet fuel producer Neste is the first of its kind in Switzerland. Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel reduces greenhouse gas emission up to 80% compared to jet fuel from fossil sources. This cooperation offers Jet Aviation the opportunity to deliver SAF blend to business flights operating in Zurich during this year’s annual meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. 

Path to climate-friendly air travel
Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) are a promising approach to more climate-friendly air travel. They offer the potential for flights to be taken without emitting additional CO2 into the atmosphere. The basic principle is simple: by using renewable feedstock that has already bound CO2, the SAF produced in this way is nearly CO2-neutral. 

Currently, SAF has to be imported into Switzerland from abroad. The SAF première at Zurich Airport shows that, with a high level of commitment from the partners involved and in close collaboration with the Swiss authorities and the underground fuelling provider, it is fundamentally possible to establish a functioning supply chain. At the same time, Emanuel Fleuti, Head of Environmental Protection at Flughafen Zürich AG, points out: “From logistics to import and distribution on site, significant hurdles have to be overcome before a jet can be fuelled with SAF at a Swiss airport. I’m all the more delighted that, together with our partners at Zurich Airport and the Swiss authorities, we have managed to prove that this is possible.”
Joao Martins, senior director and GM of Jet Aviation’s FBO Operations in Zurich also emphasises: “We began preparing for the prestigious WEF event months ago and have been working very closely with the Zurich Airport managerial team and Swiss Authorities to ensure we could gain all the necessary approvals to import sustainable aviation fuel in time for WEF. I would like to take this opportunity to extend sincere thanks to Zurich Airport for their unwavering support in bringing SAF to Zurich. It has also been our distinct pleasure to work with Neste, whose commitment to developing renewable energy solutions makes sustainable aviation possible.”

Investments in availability and marketability required
All of the SAF available – including the blend used in Zurich – is certified and equivalent to conventional jet fuel in terms of technical properties. Aside from availability, widespread use of SAF is also made more difficult due to the fact that SAF is still around three to four times more expensive than conventional jet fuel. Further investments and research are necessary to make alternative fuels cheaper and a viable, marketable option in aviation.
The initial use of SAF at Zurich Airport should therefore be viewed as an impetus for policy-makers to create a framework which would improve the availability and marketability of SAF. For example, if the proceeds from a potential national flight ticket levy currently discussed in the National Parliament of Switzerland were to be used specifically to promote SAF, they could help to effectively reduce CO2 emissions in aviation right at the source.

Gazpromneft-Aero increases fuel supply abroad by 26% in 2019

Gazpromneft-Aero provided (20-Jan-2020) more than 310,000 tonnes of fuel at airport abroad in 2019, an increase of 26% year-on-year. The company supplies fuel at 282 airports in 67 countries. The network increased by 13 airports. The China market was a significant contributor to growth, with fuel sales increasing 2.5 times to 78,000 tonnes. Notable growth was also recorded in the SerbiaMontenegroSpainThailandIndiaVietnam, South Koreaand Malaysia markets. Director general Vladimir Egorov said Gazpromneft-Aero aims to increase overseas sales to one million tonnes p/a.

Original report: «Газпром нефть» укрепляет позиции на международном рынке авиатопливообеспечения

«Газпром нефть» укрепляет позиции на международном рынке авиатопливообеспечения

Оператор авиатопливного бизнеса «Газпром нефти» — «Газпромнефть-Аэро» — в 2019 году расширил сбытовую сеть до 282 аэропортов (+13) в 67 странах мира. Общий объем зарубежных заправок по итогам года увечился на 26% и составил более 310 тыс. тонн.

Позитивная динамика продаж обеспечена активным развитием деятельности «Газпромнефть-Аэро» в Китае: объем реализации авиатоплива в аэропортах КНР вырос в 2,5 раза и достиг показателя свыше 78 тыс. тонн. На сегодняшний день в Китае сформирована крупнейшая зарубежная сеть заправок «Газпромнефть-Аэро», насчитывающая 33 аэропорта страны. Также в 2019 году «Газпромнефть-Аэро» существенно увеличил объем заправок российских и иностранных авиакомпаний в Сербии, Черногории, Испании, Таиланде, Индии, Вьетнаме, Южной Корее и Малайзии.

Клиентами «Газпромнефть-Аэро» являются свыше 190 авиакомпаний, в том числе лидеры российского авиарынка — «Аэрофлот», S7 Airlines, «Уральские авиалинии», «Волга-Днепр», а также ведущие иностранные авиаперевозчики, такие как Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France, KLM.

    «За 10 лет с момента осуществления первой зарубежной заправки „в крыло“ мы реализовали свыше 2 млн тонн авиатоплива в иностранных аэропортах. Рост объемов продаж за рубежом обусловлен в первую очередь развитием нашего сотрудничества с авиакомпаниями и поставщиками авиатоплива на местных рынках. В соответствии с долгосрочной стратегией развития авиатопливного бизнеса „Газпром нефти“ до 2030 года мы продолжим расширять сеть присутствия в наиболее популярных аэропортах мира и для удобства наших партнеров планируем внедрить гибкую систему взаиморасчётов в национальных валютах. Уверен, благодаря эффективной работе на международном рынке мы увеличим объем зарубежных продаж до 1 млн тонн в год, что позволит „Газпромнефть-Аэро“ войти в десятку крупнейших авиатопливных операторов мира».
    Владимир Егоров
    Владимир Егоров генеральный директор «Газпромнефть-Аэро»

India MoCA recommends state governments decrease tax on ATF

India's Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola reported the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) recently contacted "the chief ministers of all states which levy a high sales tax" on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to recommend they decrease the state tax on ATF "so that the burden on airlines is reduced" (New Indian Express, 19-Jan-2020). Mr Kharola noted: "The ATF cost accounts for 40% of operational cost of airlines".

India Government considering plans to introduce specific rate of excise duty for ATF

India's Government is reportedly considering plans to introduce a specific rate of excise duty for aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to decrease the impact of volatile prices on the cost of ATF (Economic Times/Live Mint/Times of India, 19-Jan-2020). The government levies an 11% ad valorem rate of excise duty on ATF at present.

EASA publishes EPAS 2020-2024 (EASA report)

EASA published (20-Jan-2020) its European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS) for 2020-2024. The plan emphasises the importance of identifying and mitigating risks at the European level and worldwide while taking account of changing societal demands in areas such as innovation, security, capacity and the environment and will accelerate actions to create a cleaner, quieter and more sustainable aviation system. It will also consolidate strategies regarding cybersecurity threats and commence regulatory work to develop safety requirements for ground handling.

Original report: European Plan for Aviation Safety 2020-2024 published

2017 was considered the safest year ever in commercial aviation history; but events in 2018 and 2019 reminded us that safety can never be taken for granted. The 9th edition of the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS), published today, emphasises the importance of identifying and mitigating risks at European level and worldwide, while at the same time taking account of changing societal demands in areas such as innovation, security, capacity and environment.

Drawn up in close collaboration with its various stakeholders, the EPAS lays out the current and future work EASA will be undertaking in coming years to support the introduction of new technologies and innovative solutions. 

While the steady pace to build a regulatory framework for the operations of drones will continue, regulatory actions to enable concepts such as urban air mobility or technologies such as novel propulsion systems are now already part of EPAS. These developments have the potential to further improve the level of safety whilst creating a level playing field for new business models and operating concepts. 

The Agency is also stepping up its actions to create a cleaner, quieter and more sustainable aviation system in this EPAS edition. Actions related to ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and the implementation of ICAO environmental standards are included. 

The 180 EPAS actions contained in this edition include activities to improve our air traffic management system, address cybersecurity threats or to develop safety requirements in the area groundhandling. The Agency’s Roadmaps, proposing coordinated actions in areas such as artificial intelligence, rotorcraft or general aviation are an integral part of EPAS.

By targeting our actions to the areas where they can have the biggest impact, we ensure that safety and environmental standards are not compromised as air traffic density, and the safety risks associated with that, grow over the next decade.

Edinburgh Airport finalising sustainability strategy

Edinburgh Airport CEO Gordon Dewar stated the airport has a responsibility to manage sucess "in a sustainable manner" (Daily Business Group, 17-Jan-2020). Mr Dewar added the airport is finalising a strategy to "map out our approach to operations at Edinburgh to make them even more sustainable than they already are". He added: "We look forward to sharing that strategy and engaging with our communities on it". 

Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport seeks ISO 14001 & ACA level 2 reduction certification

Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport manager Xavier Mary reported the company is pursuing an ISO 14001 certificate and the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme's level 2 reduction certification in 2020 (Agenceecofin.com, 16-Jan-2020).

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