Neste Collaborates with Geneva Airport

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Joint efforts to offer sustainable solutions for aviation

Geneva, Keilaranta, September 13, 2017: Neste and Genève Aéroport are pioneering together to make flying more sustainable by starting to decarbonize aviation towards fossil neutral growth. Genève Aéroport is planning the introduction of renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations from Geneva International Airport; the target shall be at least 1% of the annual jet fuel consumption at Genève Aéroport shall be composed of renewable jet fuel starting late 2018. This is an excellent example of a state, an airport and a renewable solutions provider collaborating to decrease CO2 emissions in aviation.

“Genève Aéroport is exemplary in sustainability with its ambitious goals to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. We are very excited to collaborate with Genève Aéroport and their airline partners to show the way to the aviation sector. We both share the common view that decreasing COemissions in aviation is crucial in combating climate change. This is an important step for Neste in implementing our growth strategy for renewables in applications outside road traffic fuels. Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel is Neste’s sustainable solution for reducing COemissions in aviation,” says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President in the Renewable Product business area in Neste.

“As aviation is growing, airports have a crucial role in taking initiatives which aim at reducing environmental impact. Genève Aéroport is particularly pleased to work in this very ambitious project together with Neste, the Swiss authorities, airlines operating from Geneva, and locally established fuel companies,” says André Schneider, CEO of Genève Aéroport.

Aviation is the fastest growing means of transport and thus emissions will grow substantially. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set a target that from 2020 onwards the growth in aviation is carbon-neutral. Currently, the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft is sustainable renewable jet fuel, which is one the most efficient means of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. It can be adopted immediately without the need for additional investments in new fuel distribution infrastructure.

For Neste, the development of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel (TM) has been a long journey taking several years:  from building proof of concept to ensuring the quality and performance that fully meet the aviation industry’s expectations. Neste’s renewable jet fuel technology and quality is proven in thousands of commercial flights by e.g. Lufthansa and is now ready for commercialization.

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Neste collaborates with Genève Aéroport to offer sustainable and renewable solutions for aviation

Neste is the world’s leading renewable diesel producer from waste and residues, and with its renewable diesel it has helped to decarbonize traffic by 33 million tons over the past 10 years. This is equivalent to 2 years’ emissions from the Swiss transport sector. Now this expertise and renewable solution is available for aviation.

Source: Neste Corporation

Dallas Fort Worth Gets EPA Climate Leadership Award

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Superhub plans to increase use of renewable energy and alternative fuels

DFW Airport, Texas, March 2, 2017:  Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has been selected to receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership. DFW Airport is now the only Airport in the U. S. to be recognized two consecutive years by the EPA in the Climate Leadership Awards program’s six-year history.

The Organizational Leadership Award recognizes organizations that not only have their own comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals, but also exemplify extraordinary leadership in their internal response to climate change, and engagement of their peers, partners, and supply chain.

“Last year, DFW was honored to be the first Airport recipient of the EPA award for Greenhouse Gas Management,” said Sean Donohue, CEO, DFW. “This year’s recognition proves we are committed to responding to climate change and implementing the emissions reduction initiatives we’ve set in place. Our Airport will continue to demonstrate global leadership in sustainability within the industry.”

As part of the U.S. EPA’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships division co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards with two partner organizations — the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry.  Awardees are honored for exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in reducing carbon pollution (CO2) and addressing climate change. The awards take place during the Climate Leadership Conference (CLC), which is dedicated to professionals addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. The conference gathers forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community, to explore energy and climate related solutions, introduce new opportunities, and provide support to leaders taking action on climate change.

DFW Airport plans to continue its reduction initiatives by increasing renewable energy and alternative fuel use; by integrating best available energy-efficient technology into facilities, systems, processes and operations; and, finally, by expanding partnerships with airlines, regulatory agencies, academia, nongovernmental organizations, business associations and other stakeholders to develop effective and sustainable solutions to improve air quality and reduce aviation’s impact on climate change.

DFW Airport welcomes more than 65 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world.  DFW Airport customers can choose among 163 domestic and 55 international nonstop destinations worldwide.

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DFW Airport welcomes more than 65 million customers every year
Photo: DFW Airport

Source: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Neste’s Customers Reduced their GHG-Emissions by 6.4 Million Tons in 2015

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Neste included on the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies for the 11th consecutive time

Keilaranta, Finland, January 18, 2017: Neste reached the Global 100 list of the world’s top 100 most sustainable companies for the 11th consecutive time. This year Neste improved its ranking from the 39th to 23rd place, and was considered the best performing company within the Oil and Gas Industry. The company has been included on this valued list continuously for longer than any other energy company in the world.

“Sustainability is a central component of our strategy and business. We consider our ranking within the Global 100 list as a an important recognition of our company’s progress in many areas,” says Neste’s Pekka Tuovinen, Senior Advisor, Sustainability. Recently the Finish company reached several sustainability milestones:

  • Neste increased the share of waste and residues to nearly 80 percent of all the renewable raw materials used in the refining of renewable products.
  • Neste’s customers were able to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 6.4 million tons in 2015, corresponding to annual greenhouse gas emissions of 2.3 million cars.
  • Neste advanced its comprehensive human and labor rights program, conducted a company-wide human rights risk assessment, and focused on improving the situation of migrant workers within palm oil supplying countries.
  • Neste explored deforestation risks within its supply chain more widely than before and increased the transparency of its supply chain by publishing a comprehensive list of palm oil suppliers on its website.

“The sustainability performance of the world’s leading companies improve every year. That is why making the list becomes more challenging each year. One-third of the companies on this year’s list were different from last year. We will continue our determined work together with our stakeholders to continuously improve the sustainability of our operations and ensure that we will be worthy of similar recognitions in the coming years,” Tuovinen continues.

Source: Neste Corporation

IAI’s TaxiBot® in Final Stages of Certification for the A320

Formal EASA approval expected at the beginning of 2017

December 13, 2016: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is continuing to progress with its TaxiBot, the semirobotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing. Certification tests on an Airbus 320neo were completed successfully at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, on December 8, 2016.
The TaxiBot reached its maximum speed of 23 knots, performed multiple turns at different speeds and tight turns at low speed. An engine start of one and both engines of the A320neo during TaxiBotting was performed satisfactorily, as were other tests conducted by Airbus test pilots.
According to Robert Lafontan, Airbus Senior Vice President Engineering, following the successful completion of the final certification tests for the A320 with the TaxiBot, the formal EASA approval is expected at the beginning of 2017.

TaxiBot

TaxiBot, a semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle, is designed to transport commercial airline aircraft from terminal gates to the runway and back, without using the airplane’s own engines. TaxiBot started dispatch-towing commercial Lufthansa Boeing 737 (Classic) flights departing out of Frankfurt Airport in November 2014.
Since 2008, IAI, together with its industrial risk-sharing partner TLD, has been cooperating with Lufthansa LEOS in the development of the TaxiBot, with support of both OEMs Airbus and Boeing. Lufthansa LEOS has integrated the TaxiBot project into its “E-PORT-AN” initiative, aimed at taking passenger airplane towing and surface-traffic performance beyond the existing limits of environmental sustainability at Frankfurt Airport. 
“The successful certification of the A320 is an important milestone for the TaxiBot program. Adding the certification of the A320 family to the already certified B737 family covers 70 percent of all the worldwide commercial airlines flights, which could be provided with TaxiBot service” said Ran Braier, Director of Civil Robotics at IAI. “Certification will enable operation of this innovative system with major airline fleets in leading airports, revolutionizing the commercial aviation industry, while saving millions of dollars in fuel costs, improving operations and contributing to the global environment.”
Major benefits of the TaxiBot-concept are:
  • Major saving in fuel consumption
  • Significant reduction of greenhouse gases
  • Significant reduction of noise levels
  • FOD reduced by 50%
  • Increased operational efficiency and throughput at airport gates
  • No modification in airplane system
  • No need for APU replacement
  • No added weight to the airplane
TaxiBot
Source: IAI TaxiBot  
 

Alaska Airlines Flies First Commercial Flight with New Biofuel Made from Forest Residuals

New industry of woody biomass collection and conversion may help to create jobs in rural economies

Seattle, Washington, November 14, 2016: Alaska Airlines made history flying the world’s first commercial flight using a new sustainable alternativejet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest – the limbs, stumps and branches that are left over after a timber harvest or forest thinning of managed forests on private land.

The flight departed in the morning from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., powered by a 20 percent blend of the new, sustainable biofuel sourced directly from the Pacific Northwest.

The fuel for today’s flight was produced by the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), led Washington State University. NARA is a five-year initiative that unites 32 member organizations from the academia, aviation, private industry, and the government, that came together under a USDA grant to demonstrate the viability of producing alternative jet fuel from forest residuals.

Gevo, Inc., a NARA partner, successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol, which was then further converted into Gevo’s Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) fuel. Believed to be the world’s first alternative jet fuel produced from wood, the fuel meets international ASTM standards, allowing it to be used safely for commercial flights.

New Biofuel

While traditional forest practices leave some of the harvest materials behind to replenish soil nutrients and provide cover, the excess forest biomass is usually piled and burned. The biofuel used in this flight was made from excess forest residuals collected from both sustainably managed forests owned by Weyerhaeuser (OR), the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (WA), and the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (MT), as well as rejected wood fibers from Cosmo Specialty Fibers (WA).

Using forest residuals for biofuel feedstock is exciting because

  • it does not compete with food production,
  • air pollution is cut by reducing slash pile burning,
  • removal of residuals prepares the forest floor for replanting,
  • the new industry of woody biomass collection and conversion helps create jobs in rural economies and
  • forest residuals are abundant and can be sustainably supplied from private lands.

Sustainable alternative jet fuels reduce greenhouse gas emission by 50-80 percent over the lifecycle of the fuel- from growth of the feedstock, transportation to a processing facility and production. The actual emission reduction depends on the type of feedstock used. A flight with a 20 percent blend of biofuel made from forest residuals will emit approximately 70 percent less CO2 than conventional petroleum jet.

Alaska Airlines Flies First Commercial Flight with New Biofuel Made from Forest Residuals

Alaska Airlines made history flying the world’s first commercial flight using a new sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals

Alaska Airlines flew already two more flights in June using a blend of biofuel produced from the non-edible portion of sustainable corn.

Source: Alaska Airlines

Boeing and COMAC Expand Collaboration on Environmental Efficiency and Sustainable Growth

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Sustainable Aviation Technology Center to pursue mutually beneficial research 

Zhuhai, China, November 1, 2016: Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) today signed a new agreement to expand their joint research collaboration in support of the long-term sustainable growth of commercial aviation.

The two companies, which signed an initial collaboration agreement in March 2012, have been researching ways to improve aviation’s fuel efficiency and greenhouse-gas emissions reduction, including sustainable aviation biofuel and air traffic management (ATM) efficiency.

Through this new agreement, signed at the Zhuhai Airshow, the companies will explore six areas of mutually beneficial research through the renamed Boeing-COMAC Sustainable Aviation Technology Center. They will also continue to exchange commercial aviation market forecasts.

“As we approach the 45th year of collaboration between Boeing and China’s aviation industry, Boeing and COMAC are expanding our efforts to ensure commercial aviation’s long-term sustainable growth, improve its efficiency and reduce environmental impact,” said Ian Chang, vice president, Supplier Management China Operations & Business Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our mutually beneficial research with COMAC supports Boeing’s global effort to enable growth and partner to address challenges for our industry.”

“The two companies have enhanced mutual trust and understanding during five years of working together,” said Wu Guanghui, Vice President of COMAC. “The agreement signed today extends and will bring our cooperation to a new level, enabling the two companies to leverage their own advantages for win-win results that can benefit not only China, but also the rest of world.”

Research areas for the Sustainable Aviation Technology Center will include:

  • Technologies supporting sustainable aviation fuel development and assessing the benefit to aviation of using these technologies;
  • ATM technologies and applications;
  • Environmentally sustainable manufacturing, including enhanced recycling of materials;
  • Technologies to enhance the airplane cabin environment related to environmental stewardship and air travel by aging populations;
  • New industry or international standards in aviation energy conservation and emissions reduction;
  • Improvements in workplace safety during cabin and ground operations.

Initial agreement

As they have since 2012, Boeing and COMAC will jointly select and fund research by China-based universities and research institutions. Their initial agreement created the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions (AECER) Technology Center. Since then, the Boeing-COMAC AECER Center conducted 17 research projects, leading to an aviation biofuel demonstration facility that turns waste “gutter oil” into jet fuel and three ATM software prototype systems. The Center has attracted participation of 12 domestic and international research partners.

In addition, Boeing and COMAC plan to open a joint venture facility in Zhoushan, China, that will install interiors and paint 737s before Boeing delivers these airplanes to Chinese customers.

China is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. The Civil Aviation Administration of China has forecast that passenger traffic in China will reach 485 million this year and will reach 1.5 billion passengers in 2030. Boeing has estimated that Chinese airlines will need to purchase more than 6,800 new airplanes through 2035 to meet fast-growing demand for domestic and international air travel.
Source: Boeing China Communications

LAX Receives Carbon Accreditation from ACI

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27Reducing emissions by 45 percent below 1990 levels until 2025

Los Angeles, California, September 27, 2016:  Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was recognized at the 2016 Airports Council International (ACI) World Annual Conference for recently achieving Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) at Level 2 Reduction.  The ACA program recognizes airports worldwide that have committed to managing their carbon footprint through measurement and reduction with the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality.  The certification, announced at ACI’s world conference in Montreal, makes LAX one of only 14 U.S. airports to be accredited through the ACA program.

“LAX is honored to be a part of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program,” said Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint.  “Carbon footprint reduction drives many of the choices we make to create a world-class airport that is sustainable and environmentally-friendly. We look forward to realizing further carbon reductions through continued hard work and creating the right partnerships.”

Airport Carbon Accreditation reflects LAWA’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2025, and by 80 percent by 2050.  For 2015, LAX’s GHG emission levels are 24.1 percent below 1990 levels.  The total amount of CO2 emitted fell from 111,860 metric tons in 1990 to 84,883 in 2015. This reduction is attributable to a variety of reasons, including:

  • LAX’s new Central Utility Plant, which is estimated to achieve a six-percent lifetime emissions reduction;
  • LAWA’s Clean Fleet Program, which is the nation’s largest airport alternative-fuel fleet; and
  • LAWA’s Clean Construction Program, where an independent third party oversees a wide range of actions designed to reduce emissions.

ACA Level 2 Reduction accreditation requires airports to quantify their carbon output during a set time period, to submit carbon management plans, and to show progress towards achieving a reduced carbon footprint.  Independent verification is conducted biennially to monitor progress towards meeting emissions reduction goals, which are measured against metrics submitted to and approved by the ACA.
The ACA is an independent program administered by WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is responsible for enforcing accreditation criteria for accredited airports.  The Airport Carbon Accreditation Program was launched in partnership with ACI-North America, in September 2014.

Source: Los Angeles International Airport

Neste: 4 Reasons Why the World Needs Biofuels

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Keilaranta, Finland, July 12, 2016: Neste, a pioneer in oil refining and renewable solutions and the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, published today a statement explaining the company’s view on the world’s need  for biofuels.

Reason 1: Combating climate change

Combating climate change forces the world to seek alternative, low-carbon sources of energy and fuel. Since traffic is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas, i.e. carbon emissions (CO2), substituting fossil fuels with renewable alternatives such as biofuels is an efficient way to reduce these emissions. Biofuels offer a solution to reduce carbon emissions of traffic when other solutions, such as switching to electric vehicles, is not an option due to high vehicle costs or lack of vehicle charging network, for example.

Reason 2: Responding to higher energy consumption

The expected increase in world population to 8 or even 10.5 billion by 2050, combined with significant economic growth in emerging economies will result in substantially increasing energy consumption. To be able to respond to this growing demand, we need to use natural resources more efficiently and increase the use of renewable energy, such as biofuels.

Reason 3: Securing energy supply

Increasing energy demand will pose challenges to security of supply as resources are scattered around the globe. Biofuels help to enhance and safeguard energy security by reducing the world’s reliance on fossil energy sources. Biomass is a resource that is more evenly distributed globally.

Reason 4: Making the most of scarce resources

Using waste and residue as raw materials for biofuels is an excellent example of answering to the needs of a circular economy. Reducing the amount of waste and making the most of our valuable natural resources is crucial for our future survival.

Source: Neste

Delta: One of Newsweek’s Greenest

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Top airline spot for global companies

Atlanta, June 3, 2016: Delta claimed the 44th spot for U.S. companies, leading all other airlines, in the 2016 ‘Newsweek Green Rankings’, one of the world’s foremost corporate environmental rankings. The airline also nabbed the top airline spot for global companies, ranking 85th.

“Delta people are implementing processes and systems to minimize our carbon footprint across the company,” said Christine Boucher, Delta’s Managing Director – Global Environment and Sustainability. “Our ranking improved 30 spots over last year’s U.S. performance and 40 spots globally, further validating the work we are doing to be more environmentally responsible and fuel efficient.”

Newsweek Green Rankings assesses the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States and the 500 largest publicly-traded companies globally on overall environmental performance. “In the current global business and political climate, no company can continue to ignore its environmental footprint,” said Newsweek’s Senior Editor, Elijah Wolfson. “There’s good news: Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings show that the world’s biggest companies are improving when it comes to energy productivity and in limiting greenhouse gas emissions.” Delta continues to minimize its environmental impact by investing in more fuel-efficient aircraftusing electric-powered tugsupdating facilities for energy efficiencies and involving employees in finding new ways to go green on the ground and in the air.

Source: Delta Air Lines, Ashton Morrow

Boeing: New Environmental Report Released

Environmental progress despite record deliveries

Chicago, June 3, 2016: Boeing’s progress in reducing its environmental footprint and helping build a more sustainable future for the aerospace industry are highlighted in the company’s 2016 Environment Report, released today. “As we enter our second century of business, we recognize that strong environmental performance is necessary to ensuring a healthy planet and our long-term business success,” said Ursula English, vice president of Environment, Health & Safety. “We’re making good progress, even as Boeing delivers record numbers of aircraft and builds new facilities to support strong business growth.”

The 2016 Environment Report highlights include:

  • Boeing operations reduced green-house gas emissions, solid waste to landfill, water intake and hazardous waste generation by between 6 and 11 percent in 2015
  • Twenty percent of Boeing’s workforce—30,000 employees—choose alternative commuting methods, reducing vehicle emissions
  • The 787 Dreamliner family improved fuel efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to airplanes they replace
  • The 737 MAX will generate a 40 percent smaller noise footprint over today’s single-aisle airplanes
  • Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator Program has tested more than 50 innovative technologies designed to improve the efficiency and performance of Boeing products

To read the full 2016 Environment Report, please visit Boeing.com.

Boeing: New Environmental Report Released

Less fuel consumption, less emissions: The new Boeing 737MAX-family will improve fuel efficiency by 20 to 25 percent compared to airplanes they replace

Source: Boeing

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