Aviation industry makes commitment on climate action

Posted by ATAG on 26/09/14

In support of the United Nations Climate Summit and in keeping with its longstanding goals of sustainable growth, the aviation industry joined other business and government groups in making a commitment on climate action. The commitment is between the UN agency ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the Air Transport Action Group, which represents the aviation sector.

Through this commitment, aviation is pledging to “a pathway of sustainable growth encompassing all areas of the commercial industry and governments working in partnership.” It is building on a record of action, as an industry and with ICAO — for example, the historic agreement at the 2013 ICAO Assembly on creating a global, market-based mechanism to limit carbon emissions.

The partnership will also focus on developing sustainable aviation biofuels, deploying new and energy-efficient technology, modernising air traffic control to minimize climate impacts, developing a common carbon emissions standard for new aircraft, and building aviation sustainability capacity in ICAO member states around the world.

The commitment includes Airports Council International, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, the International Air Transport Association, the International Coordinating Council for Aerospace Industries Associations, and the International Business Aviation Council — representing all the stakeholders in the aviation industry, including airports, airlines, air traffic control, and aerospace firms.

“Today’s announcement builds on the collaborative action taking place across the commercial aviation sector. It is impressive to see all parts of the industry working with each other, and with partners in research, government and other sectors to deliver the climate actions we have committed to as an industry,” says ATAG Executive Director Michael GIll. “Aviation is a force for good in the world, supporting economies, fostering tourism and allowing global cultural exchange. We believe that we can continue to deliver these benefits to the world whilst also addressing our climate impacts.”

Boeing Expands Pilot Training to Meet Global Demand

Posted by Boeing on 23/06/14

In order to meet rising global demand for pilots — nearly 500,000 new flight crew by 2032 — Boeing is expanding its worldwide pilot training offerings. In Europe, Boeing Flight Services has added a new advanced 787 simulator to its preexisting two at London’s Gatwick Airport.

“A robust global training network doesn’t just serve Boeing, but airlines around the world and the industry as a whole,” said Bob Bellitto, a director at Boeing Flight Services. “There’s no question that there’s an urgent need for more aviation personnel around the world. These new flight training devices are a demonstration of Boeing’s commitment to the aviation industry, to meet its growing needs and those of our customers around the world.”

EU Energy Ministers Agree to ILUC Fuels Cap

Posted by Boeing on 18/06/14

EU energy ministers have struck an agreement to limit the use of first-generation biofuels with negative indirect land use change, or ILUC, effects. The agreement would cap the share of such fuels in transport at 7 per cent, higher than the 5 per cent proposed by the Commission and the 6 per cent approved by the European Parliament last year. The proposal is expected to come before the Parliament this fall. Several countries — mostly in Eastern Europe but also France and Spain — said that the 7 per cent cap was the lowest they would go. Ministers also agreed on a non-binding 0.5% national sub-target for advanced biofuels.

The Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (or SAFUG, a consortium of airlines and aerospace firms of which Boeing is a part) has called for policymakers to consider mechanisms to lower the contribution of high ILUC risk biofuels and create incentives for sustainable fuels that have been certified as low risk of ILUC. SAFUG members made a public pledge to promote robust standards for sustainable aviation fuels.

The aviation industry is committed to developing high-efficiency, sustainable advanced biofuels. These fuels can reduce the sector’s carbon footprint, provide a more diverse (and thus resilient) supply of energy, and develop a new, environmentally progressive industry. And as the industry develops these fuels, it is working to ensure they avoid ILUC effects.

Boeing and Embraer Partner for Sustainable Biofuels in Brazil

Posted by Boeing on 16/05/14

Boeing and Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer recently announced that they will form a join research centre to help develop Brazil’s sustainable aviation biofuel industry. The centre, to be based in Sao Jose dos Campos, will perform research, as well as funding and coordinating research with Brazilian universities. The research is expected to focus on technologies that fill gaps in Brazil’s sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain, such as feedstock production and processing technologies.

“Boeing is working aggressively around the world to expand the supply of sustainable aviation biofuel and reduce aviation’s carbon emissions,” said Julie Felgar, managing director of Environmental Strategy and Integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With our joint biofuel research center, Boeing and Embraer are making a strong commitment toward a successful, sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.”

Boeing is leading the industry in developing sustainable biofuels that minimise both CO2 emissions and indirect land-use changes (ILUC). The company’s partnerships in other parts of the world — such as in the United Arab Emirates — have shown significant promise and results. When produced sustainably, aviation biofuel emits 50 to 80 percent lower carbon emissions through its lifecycle than petroleum jet fuel.

Boeing continues to partner for technological progress and advocate for policy measures that can support aviation biofuels development and commercialization, also through its leadership in the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), which has called for policymakers to consider mechanisms to lower the contribution of high ILUC risk biofuels and create incentives for sustainable fuels that have been certified as low risk of ILUC. SAFUG members made a public pledge to promote robust standards for sustainable aviation fuels.

ATAG Hosts Aviation Summit

Posted by Boeing on 07/05/14

The Air Transport Action Group has just finished hosting its 2014 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva. The conference focused on global politics, the UN’s sustainable development goals, building sustainable aviation infrastructure, and meeting capacity demands. With a nod to the centennial of airline travel marked this year, the conference also looked forward to the next century of commercial air travel.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ managing director for environmental strategy and integration, Julie Felgar, moderated a panel discussion on preparing for growth and provided the aerospace perspective. Other panelists included leading figures representing airlines, airports, and air traffic management providers.

Given aviation’s projected growth rates, the group discussed how the industry can meets its future capacity demands — in the air and on the ground — in a sustainable manner. Boeing’s corporate-wide efforts to promote sustainability continue to build its industry-leading position and provide a commercial advantage.

The conference also addressed the historic greenhouse gas emissions agreement inked at the ICAO assembly last year, government-industry partnerships, and aviation’s economic benefits.

Boeing values opportunities like these to share what the aviation industry is doing to continuously improve its environmental performance. Besides significantly reducing our own CO2 emissions, energy use, hazardous-waste generation and water consumption within our operations, Boeing is continuing its leadership role on global efforts to help the commercial aviation industry achieve the goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020. To that end, Boeing is researching and developing new technologies that help define the next generation of cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient airplanes, such as the 787 Dreamliner or the 737 MAX.

 

Parliament ratifies ‘stop the clock’ deal

Posted by Boeing on 14/04/14
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On 3 April, the European Parliament in plenary session adopted by a 458-120 vote a negotiated agreement with the EU Greek Presidency and the Commission on the aviation ETS. The measure now goes to the Council of Ministers for its final endorsement. The agreement came after the Environment Committee had rejected the arrangement.

The key element of the agreement is the extension of the “Stop the Clock” derogation until 2016 (i.e. a suspension of the law for intercontinental flights). The agreement follows the original Commission’s proposal to apply the ETS with an airspace approach from 2014 until a global Market Based Measure is implemented in 2020.

Peter Liese, the lead MEP supporting the negotiated agreement — and rapporteur in the Environment Committee – called the deal “the best option under the circumstances,” although he defended the ETS. “We have a very clear message for the world. Either we get a global agreement in 2016 or we will have the full scope of the EU’s ETS back in 2017.”

The agreement would stop the clock only until 2016, that is when the ICAO Assembly is next scheduled to meet, so that if progress is not made the full ETS can be implemented. The deal also calls for member states to report how they spend revenues collected from auctions under the ETS.

Boeing continues to strongly support a global agreement at ICAO level to address aviation emissions.The European Parliament’s pragmatic decision enhances the ICAO process and creates positive momentum towards a global solution.

MEPs Reject Agreement with Council Presidency on ‘Stop the Clock’

Posted by Boeing on 28/03/14

On 19 March, MEPs in the Environment Committee rejected a negotiated agreement with the EU Greek Presidency and the Commission on the aviation ETS. The key element of the agreement was the extension of the “Stop the Clock” derogation  until 2016 (i.e. a suspension of the law for intercontinental flights. The agreement follows the original Commission’s proposal to apply the ETS with an airspace approach from 2014 until a global Market Based Measure is implemented in 2020.

The dossier now goes to the full Parliament, which is expected to vote on 3 April. Peter Liese, the lead MEP supporting the negotiated agreement — and rapporteur in the Environment Committee – remained “optimistic that the plenary will support the compromise”.

The agreement would stop the clock only until 2016, that is when the ICAO Assembly is next scheduled to meet, so that if progress is not made the full ETS can be implemented. The deal also calls for member states to report how they spend revenues collected from auctions under the ETS.

Boeing looks forward to a final outcome in the EU process that supports a global approach at ICAO level.

Boeing Sponsors Aviation Discussion at EPC

Posted by Boeing on 26/03/14

On 6 March, the European Policy Centre in Brussels held an event supported by The Boeing Company, on aviation as a contributor to growth and competitiveness. European Commissioner Siim Kallas was a featured speaker and discussed the economic benefits of aviation in Europe: “It is hard to overstate the importance of aviation in today’s globalised environment. By bringing the citizens of the world together, it creates prosperity and jobs.”

The global connectivity fostered by aviation results in higher levels of productivity and investment, he added. Europe has capitalised on this favorable trend by progressively moving toward a single aviation market. But Kallas noted some headwinds in global aviation trends for European carriers. “If we do not act and adapt quickly to stay at the forefront of world aviation, then in a few years’ time it may be too late,” he explained. To remain globally competitive in aviation would require progress on the Single European Sky and other congestion-reducing measures, he said.

“The Single Sky project needs to succeed and be implemented — as soon as possible. It will allow us to shorten flights, reduce delays and emissions, and save about 3 billion euros each year, out of a total annual cost of 8 billion euros,” Kallas said.

“Progress here has been less than hoped — but I believe that we can still do this,” he added. “That’s why I proposed SES 2+ with some changes to speed up implementation, because this project is too important to be allowed to fail. Our air traffic management systems should be as cutting-edge and optimised as possible, which is what we are working towards.”

Boeing’s President for EU and NATO Relations Antonio De Palmas, also addressed the conference, speaking on the urgency of re-balancing Europe’s aviation regulatory framework in particular focusing on the necessity to reconcile aviation with its true economic nature and to balance the environmental dimension with stimulatory policies and safety. He also called on the new European institutions to set a new positive agenda for change and growth, which also reconciles policies with technology.

Second World ATM Congress Concludes in Madrid

Posted by Boeing on 07/03/14

The second annual World Air Traffic Management Conference recently wrapped up in Madrid, convening air traffic management (ATM) professionals, policy makers, and thought leaders from around the world.

During the Congress, attendees and speakers highlighted how ATM providers can meet airlines’ expectations for safe, efficient, environmentally progressive and cost-effective air navigation services. The head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration delivered a keynote address on delivering ATM modernisation. Speakers also discussed Europe’s functional airspace blocks (FABs), the growth of remotely piloted aircraft, ATM partnerships and efficient regulation. View the full agenda here.

The Congress comes as the European Parliament’s Transport Committee has adopted the Single European Sky 2+ (SES2+) package of upgrades to the project to harmonise European ATM services. SES2+ includes better oversight by state-level authorities, more efficient procurement, more inclusion of airspace users, more rigorous metrics, greater FAB flexibility, a stronger focus on centralised services for ANSPs (including SESAR, the SES’ implementation vehicle) and consolidation of overlapping regulatory jurisdictions.

The implementation of the Single European Sky remains of paramount important for the European aviation industry. It cannot delayed any longer if aviation is to remain a key enabler of competitiveness, mobility and connectivity for Europe.

Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2014

Posted by ATAG on 21/02/14

Commercial aviation is celebrating its centenary this year and, aside from looking at the way that our industry has moved from that first airline passenger to flying over 8 million passengers a year, we are also taking the opportunity to look at the future of aviation. For our industry, a positive future is a sustainable one and the industry will be looking at the various components that future at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, to be held in Geneva on 29 and 30 April.

In recent years, the Air Transport Action Group’s Aviation & Environment Summit became the leading global forum for the world’s aviation community to discuss sustainability issues. It is where we launched the world’s first targets for reducing emissions from a single global sector.  And it is where we, as a community, committed to sustainable growth in air transport in 2012. This year’s event will broaden the focus to discuss aviation and climate change; aviation as a catalyst for sustainable development and the future implications for aviation.

Those interested in registering for the event, or finding out more, can check out www.enviro.aero/summit

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