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Aviation Sustainability and the Environment, CAPA 22-Jul-2021

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Vancouver International Airport announces participation in ACI Long Term Carbon Goal Study

Kuehne+Nagel reports growing demand for 'ecologically-friendly solutions'

UK Govt launches net zero aviation consultation

Universal Hydrogen and Deutsche Aircraft partner to study hydrogen technology for aviation

Textron Aviation announces order for 100 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft from Surf Air Mobility

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Vancouver International Airport announces participation in ACI Long Term Carbon Goal Study

Vancouver International Airport announced (12-Jul-2021) its participation in the Airports Council International (ACI) Long Term Carbon Goal Study for Airports.

The study is a culmination of a year long research and consultation period led by ACI World consultants, with support from the airport, to complete extensive investigations of opportunities and barriers to decarbonise airports worldwide.

The study resulted in the creation of ACI World's goal to reach net zero carbon emissions at airports globally by 2050.

As previously reported by CAPA, Vancouver International has committed to achieve net zero by 2030. [more - original PR]

Original report: Global airport members commit to long-term carbon goal: Net zero by 2050

As an industry leader in pursuing a greener, more resilient future, YVR has been thrilled to support our aviation partners by helping to deliver the Airport Council International (ACI)’s Long Term Carbon Goal Study.

YVR is leading by example by reducing emissions from our operations, becoming carbon neutral in 2020 and the first Canadian airport to achieve Neutrality in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program by ACI. We’re especially thrilled to be actively accelerating our commitment to become Net Zero by 2030.

The Long Term Carbon Goal Study for Airports is a culmination of a year-long research and consultation period led by ACI World consultants, with support from YVR, to complete extensive analytical and evidence-based investigations of opportunities and barriers to decarbonize airports across the planet. The study resulted in the creation of ACI World’s 2050 goal set for the global airport sector.

When it comes to the global response to climate change, airports play a major part in reducing global emissions. It’s therefore important that we support our peers around the world as part of a shared carbon reduction effort. 

Decarbonization is an imperative global issue that requires a global response, especially given the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) call to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This ambitious long-term goal is related to the carbon emissions under the control of airport operators and will be a central focus of the aviation industry’s contribution toward this global effort. In parallel, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations air transport organization, is also working on a feasibility study to establish a long term global aspirational goal for carbon.

Kuehne+Nagel reports growing demand for 'ecologically-friendly solutions'

Kuehne + Nagel International reported (20-Jul-2021) demand for "ecologically-friendly solutions", including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), expanded "sharply" in 1H2021.

Kuehne + Nagel entered SAF partnerships with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, American Airlines and IAG Cargo during 1H2021. [more - original PR]

Excerpt from original report: Kuehne+Nagel more than doubles earnings in the first half of 2021

Air Logistics

CHF million

H1 2021

H1 2020

Δ

Q2 2021

Q2 2020

Δ

Net turnover

3,976

2,460

62%

2,326

1,369

70%

Gross profit

959

642

49%

557

335

66%

EBIT

406

181

124%

243

110

121%

Despite global capacity constraints, Air Logistics recorded significant volume growth in the first half of 2021 thanks to tailor-made customer solutions such as combined sea and air freight. The business unit again recorded strong market share gains. Transport solutions for pharma and essential goods as well as e-commerce were in particularly high demand.

From May onwards, the first-time consolidation of Apex also contributed to the overall result. The company is one of Asia's leading freight forwarders, especially on the transpacific trade route. Together, Kuehne+Nagel and Apex offer their customers a compelling value proposition in the competitive Asian logistics industry, especially in e-commerce fulfilment, hi-tech and e-mobility.

Air freight volumes in the first half of 2021 were up 44% on the same period last year at 988,000 tonnes. Net turnover was CHF 4.0 billionand EBIT CHF 406 million. The conversion rate was 42.3%.

The demand for ecologically-friendly solutions such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) expanded sharply over the period. In response, Kuehne+Nagel entered into partnerships with American AirlinesIAG Cargo (British Airways) and Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo.

UK Govt launches net zero aviation consultation

UK's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated (14-Jul-2021) the Government launched "a consultation which sets out how we will deliver net zero aviation by 2050 working with the Jet Zero Council with a target to achieve zero-emission trans-Atlantic flight within this generation".

The Government's ambition is to decarbonise aviation in a way that preserves the benefits of air travel, and maximise the opportunities that decarbonisation can bring.

UK's Government is proposing a suite of policies to support industry to reduce and, where possible, eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from aviation.

These policies span five different measures that aim to:

  • Improve the efficiency of its aviation system;
  • Accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels;
  • Support the development of zero emission service;
  • Ensure the use of markets to drive down emissions in the most cost effective way;
  • Influence the behaviour of consumers.

The consultation will inform the final jet zero strategy. The consultation closes at 23:45 on 08-Sep-2021. [more - original PR ] [more - original PR - II]

Original report: Oral statement to Parliament Transport decarbonisation plan: tackling climate change

From :Department for Transport and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

A comprehensive strategy to end transport’s contribution to climate change within 3 decades.

Transport decarbonisation is a dull way of describing something much more exciting and far-reaching.

Because transport is not just how you get around.

It is something that fundamentally shapes our towns, our cities and our countryside.

Today we have published our transport decarbonisation plan the first in the world.

A comprehensive - yet urgent - strategy to end transport’s contribution to climate change within 3 decades and show global leadership as we prepare to host COP26 in November (2021).

It is not about stopping people doing things: it’s about doing the same things differently.

We will still fly on holiday, but in more efficient aircraft, using sustainable fuel. We will still drive on improved roads, but increasingly in zero emission cars. We will still have new development, but it won’t force us into high-carbon lifestyles.

Mr Speaker, we know that the world is running out of time to tackle climate change.

Unless we take decisive and radical actions now, it will soon be too late to prevent catastrophic damage to our planet, that will also threaten our security and prosperity.

But at the same time, terms such as decarbonisation and net zero seem abstract to many people.

This plan argues that transport is not just how you get around.

It influences our living standards, in fact our whole quality of life.

It can shape all these things for good, or for bad.

Bad is traffic congestion and pollution - which also contributes to climate change.

Indeed, transport is now the single biggest contributor to UK greenhouse gas emissions.

And decarbonisation is not just some technocratic process. It is how we fix some of that harm. It is how we make sure that transport shapes the country and the economy in ways that are good.

It’s about taking filth out of the air and creating better places. It’s about a second industrial revolution, creating hundreds of thousands of green jobs in places that were the cradle of the first one.

And driving all this will be the consumer, making greener travel choices informed by better data.

And government working with industry, to meet our carbon budgets, and keep this green transport revolution on track.

What’s exciting about this plan is that for the first time, we have the opportunity to decarbonise transport without curtailing our freedoms.

It won’t stop us driving.

Commuting to work.

Or going on holiday.

But we’ll be using zero-emission cars, motorcycles and trucks.

We’ll be travelling in zero emission trains, ferries, buses and coaches.

We’ll be cycling and walking much more.

We’ll be flying in more efficient aircraft, using sustainable fuels.

Now - I accept, that even a few years ago, the vision we are setting out today might have seemed over-ambitious.

But such is the progress we’re making in this country, in technology and engineering, in building momentum for the net zero challenge ahead.

And in showing real political leadership for the biggest challenge in our lifetimes.

That we can now commit to a bold strategy to help wean transport off fossil fuels and reach net zero in under 30 years.

We’ve already announced that the sale of new cars and vans powered solely by petrol and diesel engines will cease in 2030, and for all cars and vans to be fully zero emission at the tailpipe by 2035, a commitment which would not have been deliverable while we were members of the EU because our own type approval framework would have breached the single market.

To underpin these phase out dates, we have today published our 2035 delivery plan, which sets out the investment and measures from government to deliver mass ownership of zero emission cars and vans.

And we have published a green paper on our new road vehicle CO2 emissions regulatory framework, which will be ambitious in decarbonising road transport and tailored to the UK’s needs. This could include a zero-emission mandate for manufacturers, so they sell an ever-increasing proportion of zero-emission vehicles.

But the decarbonisation plan goes further.

With a commitment to consult on a world-leading pledge to phase out sales of all new non-zero emission road vehicles – from motorcycles to HGVs.

We believe this should be from 2040 at the latest, a massive step towards cleaning up road transport altogether.

By doing so, we’ll remove the source of over 90% of our total domestic transport emissions.

But we’ll go further.

Creating a net zero rail network by 2050.

Replacing all our diesel-only trains by 2040 with super-clean technologies like hydrogen.

Hundreds of electric buses are already operating in many UK cities but soon that will be thousands.

This will not just befit urban areas, but the whole country.

Remote and rural areas – that have not always been best served by such changes in the past – will also see the benefits.

Completely clean buses will form the backbone of our local public transport system.

And we’ll continue to work with industry to roll out a national electric vehicle charging network, on top of the nearly 25,000 public charging devices already installed, including more fast chargers for every 100 miles of key strategic road than any country in Europe.

That will include smart vehicle charging to reduce energy bills and demand on the electricity system.

Something that will also benefit the government’s fleet of 40,000 vehicles which we aim to be fully electric by 2027.

We’ll consult on phasing out sales of new, non-zero-emission capable domestic ships too.

And of course we’ll be a hub for green air travel, today we have launched a consultation which sets out how we will deliver net zero aviation by 2050 working with the Jet Zero Council with a target to achieve zero-emission transatlantic flight within this generation.

If that seems more like science fiction than science fact, then consider that the world’s first zero-carbon flight has already been successfully completed.

Last year, a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered 6-seater aircraft, based at Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire, took a 20 minute flight, another world first for Britain.

We’ll support and incentivise green development by aligning billions of pounds of infrastructure investment with our net zero programme.

Like the billions we’re investing to build a thriving electric vehicle supply chain, to secure gigafactories here in the UK, to create more efficient aviation engines, lighter planes and sustainable fuels, and develop clean freight transport.

So, just as green transport won’t stop us travelling, it certainly won’t hold back industry either.

In fact, it will open up unparalleled opportunities for new jobs and enterprise.

In recent weeks alone, both Nissan and Vauxhall have confirmed massive investments in electric vehicle and battery production in Sunderland and Ellesmere Port.

These are the modern day equivalent of early investments in our railway 200 years ago.

Or indeed in our fledgling motor industry a century later.

What we’re seeing here is the start of a second, greener, industrial revolution, which just like the first, will be driven by transport.

But this time, delivering triple benefits – for our economy, for jobs and for the future health of our planet.

But we cannot, of course, simply rely on technology, nor can we believe that zero-emission vehicles will solve all our problems.

They won’t, especially in meeting our medium-term targets for the 2030s.

The pandemic has provided a chance to rethink how we plan travel.

How we do public transport.

In fact, we’ve already seen a 46% increase in the number of road miles being cycled last year, the biggest increase since the Second World War.

Cycling rose by more in that single year than across the whole of the previous 20 years put together.

With £2 billion of new funding, more than 300 cycling and walking schemes are being delivered, and many more are on the way.

We’ve pledged another £3 billion to revolutionise local buses in England outside London, with London-style cheap flat fares and integrated ticketing.

And we’re creating Great British Railways - to bring the rail network back together and make it easier for people to travel by train.

We want to make public transport, cycling and walking the natural first choice for all who can take it.

Mr Speaker, 2050 may seem like a long way into the future.

But it’s just 29 years.

That’s why the pace of change will be unparalleled.

And why this new decarbonisation plan is a landmark in the evolution of transport in this country.

We are the first country in the world to do this, taking a firm leadership position as we host COP26 later this year.

From being part of the climate change problem, to a major part of the solution.

That’s the transformation we must deliver by 2050.

And that’s the transformation we’ll achieve.

I am placing a copy of the plan in the library of the house and I commend this statement to the house.

Universal Hydrogen and Deutsche Aircraft partner to study hydrogen technology for aviation

Universal Hydrogen and Deutsche Aircraft announced (21-Jul-2021) a technical collaboration on a design study to incorporate Universal Hydrogen's modular capsule technology into the Dornier 328 programme.

The joint effort will analyse:

  • Required size and integration of modular capsule technology for hydrogen storage into the aircraft structure and systems (including loading and unloading considerations;
  • Aircraft weight and balance;
  • Hydrogen costs across both infrastructure and fuel;
  • Mission performance;
  • Hydrogen logistics network design.

In addition, both Universal Hydrogen and Deutsche Aircraft will work closely with regional and federal German government and EU entities regarding the development, production, and implementation of the study and project.

Universal Hydrogen co-founder and CEO Paul Eremenko stated: "We see hydrogen as the only realistic approach for aviation to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement".

Mr Eremenko added: "We are tackling the biggest obstacle to near-term hydrogen adoption: its delivery and distribution to airports and aircraft globally without costly infrastructure. This partnership with Deutsche Aircraft will accelerate our shared goal to put aviation on a trajectory toward true zero carbon emissions". [more - original PR

Original report: Universal Hydrogen and Deutsche Aircraft Partner on Zero Emissions Regional Aviation

Universal Hydrogen, the company fueling carbon-free flight, and Deutsche Aircraft, the new purpose-driven German aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), today announced a technical collaboration to advance the decarbonization of aviation, a global imperative in the fight against climate change. Together, the two companies will complete a design study to incorporate Universal Hydrogen’s modular capsule technology into the Dornier 328 program.

    “Deutsche Aircraft is committed to enter the new era of climate-neutral aviation. Partnering with companies that share our passion for climate-friendly design like Universal Hydrogen allow us to accelerate our vision for decarbonization” 

“We see hydrogen as the only realistic approach for aviation to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen. “We are tackling the biggest obstacle to near-term hydrogen adoption: its delivery and distribution to airports and aircraft globally without costly infrastructure. This partnership with Deutsche Aircraft will accelerate our shared goal to put aviation on a trajectory toward true zero carbon emissions.”

The joint effort will analyze the size and integration of the modular capsule technology for hydrogen storage into the aircraft structure and systems (including loading and unloading considerations); aircraft weight and balance; hydrogen cost (infrastructure and fuel); mission performance; and the hydrogen logistics network design. In addition, both Universal Hydrogen and Deutsche Aircraft will work closely with regional and federal German government and European Union entities regarding the development, production, and implementation of the study and project.

“Deutsche Aircraft is committed to enter the new era of climate-neutral aviation. Partnering with companies that share our passion for climate-friendly design like Universal Hydrogen allow us to accelerate our vision for decarbonization,” said Martin Nüsseler, chief technology officer for Deutsche Aircraft. “We are excited to leverage Universal Hydrogen’s technical expertise to assess the safe and affordable use of hydrogen onboard our aircraft as part of our journey to zero emissions.” 

Textron Aviation announces order for 100 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft from Surf Air Mobility

Textron Aviation announced (20-Jul-2021) an order for up to 100 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft from Surf Air Mobility, along with an option for 50 aircraft.

The order, which is subject to Surf Air Mobility obtaining financing, is part of an exclusive relationship between the two companies supporting Surf Air Mobility's development of electrified Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft, beginning with a hybrid electric Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft powered by Surf Air Mobility's powertrain technology.

Key details include:

  • Initial deliveries of the Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft to Surf Air Mobility are expected to begin in 2Q2022;
  • Surf Air anticipates its hybrid electric system for the Grand Caravan, upon certification, will power a nine seat variant of the single-engine turboprop. Surf Air Mobility's hybrid electric system for the Cessna Grand Caravan is anticipated to be available as early as 2024;
  • Surf Air anticipates deploying Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft across its own network, connecting airports with short haul direct services across the US, creating a "regional mass transport platform to sustainably connect communities". With no charging stations expected to be required, the aircraft should be immediately operable at more than 5000 public use airports across the US;
  • Surf Air also plans to make electrified aircraft broadly available to new and existing operators. Textron Aviation will use its expertise and deep customer relationships to help accelerate adoption of the electrified Cessna Grand Caravan for all types of Cessna Grand Caravan missions, including passenger and cargo applications. [more - original PR - Textron]  [more - original PR - Surf Air Mobility]

Original report: Textron Aviation announces order for up to 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft to aid Surf Air Mobility in accelerating electrified commercial travel

Textron Aviation today announced Surf Air Mobility Inc., has signed a purchase agreement for up to 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX single-engine turboprop aircraft, with an initial fleet order of 100 aircraft and an option for 50 more. The order, which is subject to Surf Air Mobility obtaining financing, is part of an exclusive relationship between the two companies supporting Surf Air Mobility’s development of electrified Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft, beginning with a hybrid electric Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft powered by Surf Air Mobility’s proprietary powertrain technology.

The Cessna Grand Caravan EX is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company.

Textron Aviation’s initial deliveries of the Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft to Surf Air Mobility, a company accelerating the adoption of electric regional air travel, are expected to begin in Q2 2022. Surf Air anticipates that its hybrid electric system for the Grand Caravan, upon certification, will power a 9-seat variant of the iconic single-engine turboprop.

“Hybrid electric propulsion technology, deployed at scale for environmental and commercial benefits, is an important part of the future of travel,” said Ron Draper, President & CEO, Textron Aviation. “This relationship with Surf Air Mobility leverages the unique performance capabilities of the Cessna Grand Caravan in both passenger and cargo operations and continues to demonstrate the aircraft’s adaptability for innovative missions and configurations.”

The hybrid electric Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft is anticipated to be utilized by Surf Air Mobility across its own network, connecting more airports with short-haul direct service across the U.S. on a path to creating a regional mass transport platform to sustainably connect communities.

“This is an opportunity to showcase the combined expertise and technologies of both Textron Aviation and Surf Air Mobility,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president, Textron eAviation. “The outstanding capabilities and versatility of the Grand Caravan make it an ideal aircraft to take advantage of this new technology.”

“The Cessna Grand Caravan EX is one of the most adaptable and prolific aircraft in flight today. Through this exclusive relationship with Textron Aviation, we’re able to make electrified aircraft broadly available to existing and new operators, and bring the benefits of lower cost, lower emission air travel to customers faster and at scale,” said Sudhin Shahani, Co-founder, CEO & Executive Chairman, Surf Air Mobility. “We believe electrifying the Cessna Grand Caravan is the most significant step that can be made toward reduced emission flying with the quickest path to market.”

The transactions between Textron Aviation and Surf Air Mobility are subject to certain closing conditions, including the receipt of financing by Surf Air Mobility.

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