Stuttgart Airport:  C.A.R.E. Diesel Complements Previous Efforts for Climate Protection

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Ground fleet vehicles fuelled by ‘Neste MY Renewable Diesel’ will improve carbon footprint

Stuttgart, September 21, 2017: Stuttgart Airport has started using Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ as a solution to reduce its CO2 emissions and as part of the climate program of Baden-Württemberg’s state airport in Germany. By switching to premium-quality “drop-in” renewable diesel in its diesel-powered ground fleet, the airport is able to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. All the ground fleet vehicles which are not electrified, such as the trucks of the airport fire department and winter service equipment, will be using Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

Using Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced from renewable raw materials, can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% over the lifecycle of the product compared to conventional fossil diesel. Its use can additionally reduce levels of local emissions that have a negative impact on air quality. The fuel outperforms both conventional biodiesel (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester i.e. FAME) and even conventional fossil diesel in terms of engine performance and environmental impact.

“The state airport is the first transportation company in Baden-Württemberg that extensively fuels its vehicle fleet with renewable diesel. The climate-friendly fuel adds to the targeted support of e-mobility and alternative drives on the ground and in the air. This is another important step for climate and health protection”, says Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport of Baden-Württemberg and Board Chairman of Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is supplied locally with the brand name C.A.R.E. Diesel® by Neste’s distribution partner Tool Fuel Service GmbH, a company specialized in the distribution of renewable fuel in Germany.

“Our goal of running the entire airport climate-neutrally by 2050 is a very ambitious task. The use of C.A.R.E. Diesel complements our previous efforts for climate protection and our apron staff benefits from it as well”, says Walter Schoefer, Management Director of Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH.

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Stuttgart Airport ground fleet vehicles fuelled by Neste MY Renewable Diesel Photo: Stuttgart Airport

Source: Neste

ATAG: Air Transport Supports Jobs and  Sustainable Economic Growth

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Sustainable air transport will be based on the industry’s world-leading climate action plan

New York, July 19, 2016: Aviation is vital to the modern, globalised world, supporting millions of jobs and driving economic growth. But the benefits of connectivity must be protected with appropriate support from governments if the air transport sector is to fulfil its potential as a connector of people, trade and tourism and a driver of sustainable development. These are the conclusions drawn in a new report, Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders, launched by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) at the United Nations High Level Political Forum’s ‘Sustainable Development Goal Business Day’ in New York.

Worldwide, aviation supports 62.7 million jobs and generates $2.7 trillion in gross domestic product (GDP). Not only does air transport provide significant economic benefits, but it also plays a major role in the social development of people and communities all over the globe, allowing people to travel for educational opportunities and cultural exchange. For example, 54 percent of all international tourists and 35 percent of international trade by value travels by air.

ATAG executive director, Michael Gill, says that the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations highlights a number of goals that the international community should strive to achieve by 2030: “We found that air transport in some way supports 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, from decent work and economic growth to quality education and reduced inequalities. By continuing to grow in a sustainable manner, aviation can strive to be a force for good for many years to come.”

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In the next 20 years, the report forecasts that aviation-supported jobs worldwide will increase to over 99 million and GDP to $5.9 trillion. The highest forecast growth will be in regions with fast-developing aviation sectors, such as Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. However, this will depend on governments supporting sustainable aviation growth, particularly with efficiency measures such as airspace modernisation, infrastructure development and capacity improvements and the continued liberalisation of the sector – a factor which has delivered a substantial reduction in airfares and access to air transport in those regions that have embraced it.

Gill comments that “a significant factor in our work on sustainable development is the industry’s world-leading climate action plan. We need support from governments around the world to agree on a key part of that plan at the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, where we hope an agreement can be reached on a global offsetting scheme for air transport. It is a vital part of our industry’s future role in helping to support development worldwide.”

The report, Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders, covers the global aviation sector, with regional and some national analysis. It is available for download at www.aviationbenefits.org.

Source: ATAG

‘Balance 2016’: Lufthansa Group publishes 22nd Sustainability Report

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Average of 3.84 liters of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometers

Frankfurt, 14 July 2016: The Lufthansa Group published its 22nd sustainability report today. For over two decades the Group has been communicating important issues of corporate responsibility under the title “Balance”. At the beginning of 2016, the Lufthansa Group once again carried out a stakeholder survey in order to prioritize and further develop the key sustainability issues in a dialogue with the numerous stakeholders. The result of the extensive survey is illustrated in the report in a so-called materiality matrix.

Changing the working environment

As a service-providing corporation, motivated and well trained employees are essential to the Lufthansa Group. The sustainability report’s priority subject “Changing working environment” thus places employees up front and shows how the Group reacts to the ever-changing conditions with diverse ideas and programs. The aim is to continually offer an attractive working environment to those working on the ground and in the air, in order to inspire existing and future talent for the globally active aviation Group. This also includes offers which enable employees and managers to have a balanced professional and private life. More than 120,000 people currently work for the Lufthansa Group and in 2016, the aviation corporation will employ 4,000 new employees, of which 2,800 will be flight attendants.

With the recently launched Diversity@LHGroup project, which increasingly places management in focus, the Lufthansa Group is campaigning for more variety in management levels which also includes the sustainable increase of the percentage of women in management positions. During the report year, this figure rose worldwide by 0.7 percentage points to 14.9 percent and in Germany by 0.2 percentage points to 16.2 percent.

Solid environmental balance – further successes in sight

In 2015, the specific fuel consumption of the passenger airlines could be held at the previous year’s record value (an average of 3.84 litres of kerosene consumption per passenger and 100 kilometres) despite a 1.1 percentage point lower load factor. The Lufthansa Group continues to work diligently on improving its environmental footprint and has, for example, implemented more than 500 fuel efficiency programs since 2013 including numerous plans to reduce weight such as, for example, 30,000 lightweight on-board trolleys. “A key point on our agenda is our responsibility to protect climate and the environment. This is reflected in the diverse programs that follow the established four-pillar strategy, which comprises technological, operative, infrastructural and economic measures”, stated Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG, in the foreword to the report.

Continuous investment in new technologies

The most effective lever for flying responsibly in the future is investment in new technologies. In 2016 alone, the Lufthansa Group will receive 52 especially fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft. The Airbus A320neo and Bombardier CSeries aircraft models are world premieres and herald in a new era of ecologically-efficient flying. Moreover, in winter 2016, Lufthansa will receive the first Airbus A350-900, the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul aircraft. In order to improve the travel experience for Lufthansa Group passengers even further, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group have once again implemented numerous service optimizations in 2015. “Balance” also informs about “sustainability along the travel experience” and introduces measures and offers in the area of product responsibility, including electronic boarding cards, eJournals, offers for intermodality as well as voluntary CO2 compensation.

In the area of social commitment, the focus of citizenship activities in 2015 was on helping refugees. The Lufthansa Group together with the Help Alliance employee charity organization uses a three stage concept. This comprises projects of development cooperation, concrete emergency relief and sustainable integration projects at large corporate sites in Germany. Link to “Balance” special and ePaper: https://www.lufthansagroup.com/en/themen/balance-2016

Source: Lufthansa

SFO Awarded Level 3 Carbon Accreditation by ACI

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Airport is first in California to receive advanced certification for greenhouse gas reductions

San Francisco, March 17, 2016:  The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced a major environmental milestone today, with the award of Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation by the Airports Council International (ACI), the foremost advocate for airport operators worldwide.  This advanced certification, the first for an airport in California and only the second awarded to an airport in North America, recognizes SFO for greenhouse gas reduction from its own operations as well as collaboration with third parties, such as airlines and service providers, in reduction strategies.

“We are an industry leader in environmental affairs, and our approach involves the engagement of the entire SFO airport community to meet and exceed our sustainability goals,” said Airport Director John L. Martin.  “Achieving Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airports Council International represents a significant step towards our goal to be the first carbon neutral airport in the United States.”

SFO has achieved significant success in reducing its carbon footprint.  Since 1990, the Airport has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from airport-controlled operations by 38%, already far exceeding a City and County of San Francisco goal of 25% reduction by 2017. Reduction strategies have included:

  • Installation of air conditioning and electrical power to all parked aircraft, greatly reducing the need for aircraft to operate fuel-burning Auxiliary Power Units while stationary
  • Construction of the AirTrain, an electric-powered light rail system which eliminated over 600 daily bus trips to shuttle passengers between terminals and the Rental Car Center
  • Creation of a Clean Vehicle Policy to promote the adoption and deployment of low emission vehicles, by both Airport departments and ground transportation providers
  • Programs to encourage airport employees to take public transit to and from work

ACI adopted the Airport Carbon Accreditation program to assist airports in improving their sustainability performance by becoming more energy and carbon efficient.  The program covers on-site operational activities that contribute to airport carbon emissions, guiding and supporting airport environmental management through a process of continual improvement and partnership with airport stakeholders.

Airport Carbon Accreditation, awarded by ACI Europe, provides four levels of certification, 1 through 3+, with each higher level recognizing an airport’s increased achievement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy from the operations that are under their direct control, while aiding and encouraging other Airport enterprises to reduce their own GHG emissions.  The culmination of the program is Level 3+ accreditation, recognizing an airport that has achieved carbon neutrality.

SFO has been recognized on multiple occasions for contributions in the field of environmental sustainability.  In 2014, ACI honored SFO for its Recovery Action Plan, which ensures the protection of two endangered species on a 180-acre undeveloped area of the airport.  The previous year, ACI recognized SFO for its Climate Action Plan, which outlines a variety of efforts intended to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to airport operations.

Source: San Francisco Airport