Neste Reaching the Climate ‘A List’ of CDP

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Recognized as world leader for corporate action on climate change

Keilaranta, Finland, October 25, 2016: For the first time, Neste has reached the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) highest Climate A List. This recognition is due to Neste’s work in combating climate change. Of the thousands of companies involved in the climate change program, only 193 made it onto the list. Only five of all companies awarded a position on the ‘A List’ represent the energy sector, which highlights Neste’s exceptional role and actions within its industry on climate change. Of the energy sector players, Neste is the only company from the Nordics included in the A-list.

The ‘A List’ recognizes companies that were considered to have most effectively tackled climate change, and adapted to it. Companies had to achieve over 75 percent of the total score in all the areas evaluated, including “Leadership”. The reporting of ‘A List’ companies on climate emissions also had to be public and sufficiently comprehensive, as well as for the most part certified by an independent third party, in accordance with an approved certification standard.

Building a low-carbon society

Neste is the world’s leading developer of low-carbon solutions for road and air traffic, as well as the chemical and plastics industries worldwide. “We support the Paris Agreement by operating more efficiently. But our major impact in climate change mitigation is achieved through offering our top-quality, drop-in solutions for a low-carbon society,” says Neste’s Senior Sustainability Advisor Pekka Tuovinen. “By refining high-quality renewable fuels, last year we helped our customers cut their greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 6.4 million tons. Our aim is to increase this figure to 9.0 million tons,” says Tuovinen.

“We congratulate the 193 A List companies that are leading the change towards our low carbon future. Companies are key actors in enabling the global economy to achieve its new climate goals, and the leadership of this group points the way for others to take bold action and capitalize on the many opportunities that await,” says CDP’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Simpson.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

The Carbon Disclosure Project is an international non-profit organization that supports sustainable economic development. Thousands of companies take part in CDP’s annual Climate evaluation. Neste is among the nine percent selected on CDP’s Climate A List. Based on the previous year’s emission reporting, the list includes 14 Nordic companies. Six (including Neste) are from Finland, four from Sweden, three from Denmark and one from Norway. The list is available on the CDP website.

Source: Neste

Delta: Carbon-neutral growth maintained for third year

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Atlanta, September 20, 2016:  Since 2012, Delta Air Lines has achieved carbon-neutral growth on all emissions – domestic flying, international flying and ground operations. To accomplish that goal, the airline improved aircraft fuel efficiency, invested in electric-powered tugs and explored the carbon market, all the while ensuring its carbon emissions did not exceed 2012 levels. The airline is currently the only U.S. carrier committed to carbon-neutral growth.

“For airlines, this can be done by reducing carbon emissions, through sustainable choices like investing in more fuel-efficient aircraftremoving unnecessary weight before flight and making sure the right plane is flying the right route,” said Christine Boucher, Delta’s Managing Director – Global Environment, Sustainability & Compliance.

But as flying continues to increase, fuel efficiency alone often isn’t enough to keep carbon emissions down. That’s when airlines opt to buy carbon offsets. Carbon offsets directly fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, like planting trees and preventing deforestation in the Amazon. “We purchase offsets as a company, but go one step further, offering customers an opportunity to get involved,” Boucher said.

Delta was the first U.S. carrier to offer customers a carbon offset program in 2007. This program gives customers not only the opportunity to evaluate the environmental impact of their flight but also a chance to take action. “Since 2012 Delta has joined its customers in offsetting our growth in carbon emissions, and through 2015 we will have purchased nearly 4 million offsets,” Boucher said. “That makes Delta one of the largest purchasers of voluntary carbon offsets.”

Not surprisingly, Delta’s biggest environmental impact comes from burning jet fuel, which accounts for 99 percent of its carbon footprint. However, the airline has made strides in lowering its total carbon emissions, reducing by 14 percent since 2005.

These achievements and others are highlighted in Delta’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report explores the airline’s environmental commitment, community involvement, employee relations, operational accountability and financial performance throughout last year. It can be accessed online at delta.com/responsibility.

Delta’s unique fleet strategy is highlighted in the Corporate Responsibility Report as an important component of how the airline has strengthened its financial performance while investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft, like the Airbus A321. Delta has decreased fuel burn per available seat mile by 6 percent since 2008. The report elaborates on plans to phase out some of the airline’s less fuel-efficient planes, like the Boeing 747 which will be retired by 2017, and move forward with an upgauging program that has eliminated 60 percent of the 50-seater product.

In the introductory letter, Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian said, “This report tells the story of our ongoing commitment to being a good steward of the environment, a positive force in the communities we serve, and a great place to work and fly. Sustainability is driving us forward and will be a key element in Delta’s continued success.”

Source: Ashton Morrow/ Delta Air Lines

Boeing Recognized by EPA for Conservation Efforts

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Reduced energy consumption while increasing aircraft deliveries

Chicago, March 28, 2016: Boeing will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Boeing will receive the award April 13 in Washington, D.C. This is the sixth consecutive year Boeing has been recognized by ENERGY STAR.

“Recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program for sustained excellence is a tribute to our employees’ commitment to environmental leadership,” said Ursula English, Boeing vice president of Environment, Health & Safety. “We’re inspired to keep embedding energy conservation technologies into our processes and operations.”

Kim Newton, director of Operational Excellence for Boeing Shared Services Group will accept the ENERGY STAR award on behalf of Boeing.

“Our partnership with ENERGY STAR has provided guidance to achieve continued improvements in our energy efficiency,” Newton said. “We are on track to meet our environmental targets of zero growth by 2017 in greenhouse gas emissions, even while increasing production rates and adding new manufacturing facilities.”

During 2015, Boeing improved energy efficiency, invested in key energy infrastructure and continued public outreach with its conservation message. Boeing’s key 2015 accomplishments in the U.S. include:

  • Reduced absolute energy consumption by 4.3 percent while increasing aircraft deliveries by over 10 percent.
  • Achieved absolute energy reduction of 603,000 MMBtu, equivalent to the annual energy for 15,900 average U.S. homes.
  • Reduced energy intensity by 6.7 percent, a cumulative improvement of 37 percent since 2009.
  • Made direct energy conservation investment of $7.7 million, reducing energy use by over 41,500 MMBtu annually.
  • Achieved additional annual energy savings of more than 16,300 MMBtu through designing efficiency into capital improvements.
  • Expanded the company environmental engagement platform ‘Build a Better Planet’ to include more information on energy, water conservation and recycling efforts to inspire replication.
  • Shared energy conservation messaging in key forums and conferences such as Net Impact.
  • Commissioned a new chiller plant at the Everett, Wash., site to support the world’s largest building by volume gaining a 36 percent efficiency improvement.

“By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, Boeing is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I’m proud to recognize Boeing with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Boeing demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

The 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

Source: Boeing

Michael Huerta on ICAO’s Global Carbon Emissions Standards Agreement

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Statement by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on ICAO’s Global Carbon Emissions Standards Agreement

Washington, D.C., February 8, 2016: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta released the following statement on the reduction of CO2-emissions in aviation: “I am pleased that ICAO reached an international consensus on a meaningful standard to foster reduction in CO2 emissions from aircraft. We are encouraged by this success and believe it puts us on a promising path to secure a robust market-based measure later this year. This is another example of the administration’s deep commitment to  working with the international community on policies that will reduce harmful carbon pollution worldwide.”
The U.S. prides itself on making progress in all areas of ICAO’s agreed-upon “basket of measures” to address aviation greenhouse gas emissions. This includes the development of new airframe and engine technologies, aircraft operational improvements, sustainable, alternative fuels, and a global market-based measure [Global MBM] as a gap-filler.

For example, through our Continuous Lower Energy Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program, we work closely with industry on accelerating the maturation of new aircraft and engine technologies to reduce fuel burn.

The FAA is well under way with a broad set of initiatives under our modernization of U.S. air transportation system. We have put in more than 7,000 GPS-based NextGen procedures so far, the majority of which result in more efficient routing. This reduces both fuel consumption and emissions.

Moreover, we partner with academia and industry in efforts to develop, test and approve sustainable alternative jet fuels.  We also collaborate with other civil aviation authorities to leverage progress being made in this vital area internationally.

The final element in the “basket” is a global market-based measure, which we view as a gap-filler to ensure our airlines can keep their international aviation emissions at 2020 levels. Since the 2013 ICAO Assembly, we have continued to work within ICAO to take a holistic approach to addressing aviation’s contribution to climate change. We, along with other Member States, continue to believe that addressing the entire basket of measures is the most effective way for international aviation to reduce its carbon footprint. Read the White House Fact Sheet: U.S. Leadership in Securing First-Ever Global Carbon Emissions Standards for Commercial Airplanes

Source: FAA