British Parliament Votes to Expand Heathrow Airport

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Third runway one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects

Heathrow, June 25, 208: In a landmark vote, the British Parliament backed expanding Heathrow Airport with a third runway, one of the UK’s most pressing infrastructure issues. Members of the British Parliament (MPs) from across political parties joined forces to clear the way for Heathrow to submit an application for development consent for the project – unlocking billions of pounds in growth and creating tens of thousands of new skilled jobs. If Heathrow is granted development consent, construction would begin in 2021 ahead of the new runway opening in 2026. Britain won’t have to wait long for the benefits of an expanded Heathrow. Over the next 12 months alone, the airport will sign £150 million worth of contracts with British businesses, creating 900 new jobs and 200 new apprenticeships.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Parliament has ended 50 years of debate by deciding that Heathrow expansion will go ahead. This vote will see us deliver more jobs, create a lasting legacy of skills for future generations and guarantee expansion is delivered responsibly.” Parliament’s historic vote is the culmination of a rigorous, evidence-based selection process – including review by the independent Airports Commission and the Government – which determined not only that expanding Heathrow offers the greatest benefit to the UK, but that it can be done sustainably.

Over the past six years, Heathrow has worked with local communities to design an expansion plan that treats local people fairly. In addition to the thousands of new jobs, Heathrow has also made binding commitments to deliver a £2.6bn compensation package to local residents, implement a 6.5 hour ban on scheduled night flights and a triple lock guarantee to meet air quality obligations.

The British Parliament’s vote secures a £14bn private investment – one of the largest private projects in Europe. With up to 40 new long-haul trading links, double the cargo capacity, more competition and choice for passengers and new domestic flights – an expanded Heathrow will make Britain the best connected country in the world and sends the strongest signal to date that Britain is open for business. Over the coming days, the Secretary of State for Transport is expected to designate the final Airports National Policy Statement approved by Parliament. This will set the policy framework for Heathrow’s northwest runway development consent application.

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An expanded Heathrow could make Britain the best connected country in the world

Heathrow is currently preparing to hold a second public consultation on its plans before submitting a development consent order application to the Planning Inspectorate, kick-starting an approval process expected to take 18 months.

Heathrow is Europe’s largest airport and one of the world’s top international aviation hubs counting more than 78 million passengers and over 1.7m tons of cargo a year.

Source: Heathrow Airport

Neste and DFW Airport Collaborating to Improve Sustainability 

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Partners agree on actions to combat climate change

 
Keilaranta, Dallas, June 8, 2018: Neste and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), a global leader in airport sustainability, are collaborating in an effort to reduce air pollution, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, from aircraft. Both parties share the view that environmental awareness is growing globally and actions to combat climate change are needed in aviation, the fastest growing means of transport in the world today.
“We are happy to partner up with leaders such as DFW. Together, we are examining the solutions to reduce the emissions and carbon footprint of airlines operating from DFW. Besides the use of ‘Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel’ at DFW, we aim to work together in other solutions for decarbonizing aviation. This includes for example renewable de-icing, paints and plastics,” says Kaisa Hietala, Executive Vice President of Renewable Products business area in Neste. “We will give all our wide knowledge and expertise on sustainable renewable products to help DFW to achieve its targets.”
“Through this partnership, we hope to explore new ways of reducing the Airport’s carbon footprint and help our partners do the same,” says Robert Horton, Vice President for environmental affairs at DFW Airport. “DFW’s goal is to implement programs that proactively enhance our status as a certified Carbon Neutral airport and reduce DFW’s environmental footprint as much as possible. We believe that partnering with Neste is a step forward in accomplishing our targets in increasing sustainability and decreasing emissions in DFW operations.” DFW Airport counts more than 67 million passengers every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world. Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel.
The partners are planning to explore opportunities for the use of renewable jet fuel, as well as investigate additional ways to enhance the sustainability efforts of the Airport. Also, they will investigate logistics and supply chain options to lay the groundwork for establishing a potential renewable jet fuel supply at DFW.
The aviation industry has set ambitious targets to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from air transportation, including carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and beyond, and a 50-percent reduction of net aviation CO2 emissions by 2050. Currently, sustainable renewable jet fuel offers the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels for powering commercial aircraft.  
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DFW Airport explores the use of Neste’s renewable jet fuel to combat climate change
Photo: DFW Airport

Neste’s renewable jet fuel technology is proven. Its quality standards, aircraft engine performance, and storage stability and integrity have been tested and followed in thousands of commercial flights. ‘Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel’ (TM) provides distinct advantages to its customers by decreasing their environmental footprint. It made from renewable and sustainable raw materials and significantly reduces life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions.
Neste is the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, introducing  renewable solutions also to the aviation and plastics industries. In 2018, Neste placed 2nd on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world.

Source: Neste

MTU: Lower CO2 and Noise Emissions are Key Objectives

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Engine manufacturer publishes fifth sustainability report

Munich, July 4, 2017: From fiscal year 2017 on, large companies are required to publish social and environmental performance reports. A new law to that effect had been adopted by the German parliament in spring. Germany’s leading engine manufacturer started to disclose such information long before the law was passed. Since 2011, it has released annual sustainability reports outlining in detail how responsibly and sustainably the MTU Group goes about its business. Now MTU has published its 2016 Sustainability Report, the fifth of its kind. It combines the reports to the UN Global Compact and to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G.4) standards and is the first to cover the activities of all of the MTU Group’s fully consolidated companies.

Lower fuel burn and CO2 and noise emissions are key objectives addressed by the technology of the geared turbofan, which would not have been possible without key components made by MTU. “So quite a significant contribution made by aviation to overcoming the global challenges, such as climate change and scarcity of natural resources, comes from us,” says MTU CEO Reiner Winkler. Meanwhile, orders have been received for over 8,000 PW1000G-family engines, which power the Airbus A320neo and other aircraft.

Sustainability does not only refer to the end products: At MTU, binding social and environmental standards have been integrated along the entire value chain – and this holds true both for its own production and for its cooperation with suppliers. The company has committed itself to promoting human rights, supporting fair working conditions, protecting the environment and fighting against corruption, and it engages in a whole variety of socially responsible activities. It moreover affords its employees opportunities for individual development, its work-life balance offerings allowing them to grow professionally while pursuing family or personal goals.

MTU’s non-financial indicators are assessed and awarded top ratings at regular intervals by rating agencies and independent experts. oekom research, one of the world’s leading rating agencies in the field of sustainable investment, has awarded MTU Prime Status (C+) overall. Since 2014, the company has been listed in the STOXX ESG Leaders family of sustainability indices as a leading company in the environment, social and governance categories.

MTU provides details of its sustainable package of actions on about 100 pages and moreover gives insights into emerging trends of the future, as, for instance, electric flight.
The 2016 Sustainability Report is available for download from MTU Aero Engines’ website: http://www.mtu.de/company/corporate-responsibility/sustainability-reports/

MTU also involves its stakeholders and the general public in its sustainable management and corporate social responsibility efforts and has posted a survey on its website: http://survey.mtu.de/corporate-responsibility/.

Source: MTU

Heathrow Moves to Improve Local Air Quality

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Over 6,000 employees will be offered incentives to drive low emission cars  

Heathrow, June 29, 2017: Speaking at the Policy Forum for London, Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director responsible for delivering expansion, announced further major steps forward in the airport’s plans to improve London’s air quality, as Heathrow gets on with delivering the third runway.

Heathrow Airport will launch a new program to incentivize its 6,000 direct employees to acquire a low emission car of their choice. Employees will be able to pay for the car through a monthly gross salary reduction, which will ensure they receive savings in income tax and national insurance, in return for their participation in the scheme. The program will also offer excellent discounts from car manufacturers for leasing low emission vehicles.

Emma also announced that Heathrow has invited Imperial College London Professor Helen ApSimon to chair the new Heathrow Air Quality Expert Review group.  This independent body will provide expert perspectives to ensure a third runway is delivered without compromising the UK’s ability to comply with legal air quality requirements. Prof ApSimon is a renowned authority on air quality, having served on the Airborne Particles Expert Group, the National Expert Group on Transboundary Air pollution, and the Air Quality Expert Group of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The announcements today support the goals of the Mayor of London’s new transport strategy to deliver a fairer, greener and more prosperous London by improving air quality, and working towards making London a zero-carbon city.

The new measures are part of Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s new sustainability strategy, which aims to make Heathrow a world leader in reducing emissions from all sources of activities, both on and off airport.

Speaking to delegates, Emma Gilthorpe said: “The new mayoral transport strategy sets environmental challenges that we need to meet – and we will. By working in partnership with others, by investing in technological innovation and by being prepared to take the lead sometimes, we can expand Heathrow in the right way. This is not – and must not be – a choice between the economy and the environment.”

Heathrow is targeting the real source of emissions, road vehicles, by working with partners to increase public transport options to the airport, and through initiatives – including those announced today – which will encourage the use of cleaner vehicles. New capacity at an expanded Heathrow will not be released unless it can be done without compromising the UK’s ability to comply with legal air quality requirements.

Heathrow is the UK’s largest international airport. Last year, 75.7 million passengers travelled to 194 destinations in 82 countries.

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Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director, said: “The new mayoral transport strategy sets environmental challenges that we need to meet – and we will… This is not – and must not be – a choice between the economy and the environment.”

Source: Heathrow Airport

SFO Receives 2017 Acterra Award for Sustainability

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Airport honored with top award for all-encompassing environmental achievements

 
San Francisco, March 21, 2017: Acterra, a non-profit organization in Silicon Valley dedicated to the promotion of a healthy and sustainable planet, has announced the selection of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for their top sustainability award for 2017, the Acterra Business Environmental Award. In the Large Organization category, SFO was honored with the Acterra Award for Sustainability. In its announcement, Acterra cited SFO as a nationally-recognized sustainability leader in the aviation industry for its history of climate action and sustainability reporting.
Acterra Executive Director Adam Stern said, “At a time when environmental policy is being challenged at the federal level, these award winners send a powerful message that Bay Area companies, public agencies, and schools remain committed to cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable business practices. Acterra is proud to recognize the achievements of these innovative organizations.”
“As an industry leader in sustainability efforts, we continue to set aggressive goals for our contributions to the environment, including targets to achieve zero emissions, zero waste and zero net energy,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “We are truly honored to be recognized by the respected staff of Acterra for our achievements.” Despite its status as one of the fastest-growing airports in the United States, SFO has achieved significant success in reducing its carbon footprint. Since 1990, the Airport has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from airport-controlled operations by 38%, already far exceeding a City and County of San Francisco goal of 25% reduction by 2017. SFO has also reduced energy consumption by almost 11,000 megawatt-hours per year, and improved 558 acres of wetlands throughout the Bay Area.
Source: San Francisco Airport

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

Heathrow: Record Passenger Numbers, Skytrax-Award and Support for a 3rd Runway  

Heathrow, January 11, 2017: Larger, quieter and more efficient aircraft continued to be a driver for growth in passenger volumes at Heathrow. In 2016, around 40% of Heathrow’s long haul passengers travelled on cleaner and quieter new generation aircraft, such as Airbus A380s, A350s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners – up from around 25% in 2015 and helping to improve sustainability and to reduce the airport’s impact on local communities.

At the same time Heathrow was named ‘Best Airport in Western Europe’ by its passengers at the annual Skytrax Global Airport AwardsIn 2016, Heathrow reported a record 76 million passengers (+1%) alongside 1.5 million tons of cargo (+3%) travelling through the UK’s leading hub.

Also in 20126, the Government announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow – the first full-length runway in the south east of the UK since the second world war.

Source: Heathrow Airport

Pratt & Whitney’s GTF Engines Power HK Express Milestone Flight

East Hartford, Connecticut, December 21, 2016: Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan engines have powered HK Express‘ first Airbus A320neo revenue service flight. The HK Express flight flew from Hong Kong to Osaka, Japan, on December 12. 

“Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower engines have performed superbly throughout the introduction of our first A320neo into service,” said Andrew Cowen, CEO of HK Express. “We are confident that this highly efficient aircraft will support the growth of our business, benefiting our passengers and enhancing our sustainability.”

“The revolutionary technology of the PurePower GTF engine is transforming aviation by helping airlines to deliver lower costs and more sustainable operations,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Commercial Engine Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

The Pratt & Whitney PurePower family has more than 80 customers, for both announced and unannounced firm and option orders, from more than 30 countries. In-service performance of the PurePower engine has demonstrated its ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, regulated emissions by 50 percent and noise foot print by 75 percent, compared to 737-800 engines.

Hong Kong Express

Source: Pratt & Whitney

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  
 

Heathrow reveals team that will design the airport’s sustainable expansion 

Heathrow, December 1, 2016: Seven companies have been contracted by Heathrow to design plans for the airport’s sustainable expansion. They will help deliver one of the most leading-edge airport operations in the world.

The selected group of Companies – Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Quod – will now be known as the Integrated Design Team (IDT).

The seven organizations were chosen because of their experience in delivering projects of similar size, breadth and importance as an expanded Heathrow. Their appointment followed competitive selection processes and a thorough commercial review. The teams have each been awarded 4 year term contracts, commencing November 2016.

Each supplier is a world leader within their field and have unique insights into how to build Heathrow sustainably and affordably:

Amec Foster Wheeler will continue to assist Heathrow with its sustainability strategies and Environmental Impact Assessment, following successful work completed to date for the airport.

Arup will utilize their world leading engineering expertise as well as continuing to lead Heathrow’s passenger experience and baggage improvement programs.

Atkins was appointed because of its world class engineering capability and record of delivering Heathrow’s IT and asset replacement programs.

Grimshaw’s creativity and world class experience, including their successful delivery of Terminal 2B, earned them the role of Concept Architect within the IDT.

Jacobs will contribute its world-leading aviation infrastructure design expertise to provide airport planning and engineering services and build on the work it has already done with Heathrow.

Mott MacDonald’s industry-leading knowledge developing airport masterplans, as well as its significant engineering expertise will be a crucial addition to the IDT.

Quod will be a valuable asset to the IDT, as one of the UK’s leading town and country planning consultants with extensive knowledge on making successful DCO applications.

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Source: Heathrow Airport 

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