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CO2 Use Is Slowly Picking up Speed
April 2, 2018 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News/nova-Institut) First semi-commercial facilities, technical advances, but political support still unclear  —  6th Conference on Carbon Dioxides as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers in Cologne, 15-16 March, showed state of the art technologies, current levels …

EU-Wide Taxes on Jet Fuel and Plane Tickets Could Help Plug Budget Gap and Address Transport Climate Impact, Says T&E
March 7, 2018 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Taxing jet kerosene and applying a value added tax to plane tickets within Europe could raise €26.5 billion ($32bn) a year that could be used to plug an EU budget gap, reduce labour taxes …

ICAO Opens Consultation with States on Proposed Rules for CORSIA Implementation
February 5, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  ICAO’s proposed rules for States and aeroplane operators on the administration; monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions; carbon offsetting requirements; and emissions units under the CORSIA scheme have been circulated to the …

Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight
October 19, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Flying in Formation: Since the first test flight almost 10 years ago, there have been over 40,000 commercial flights supported by four international airports supplying SAFs. Michael Gill, Executive …

Airbus Exec.: EU ‘Bonus’ for Aviation Biofuels May Be Too Little
October 17, 2017 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Frédéric Simon (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal to incentivise the production of biofuels for aircraft with a 20% “multiplier” goes in the right direction, says Thierry Nowaczyk from Airbus. The question is whether this is …

EU Ministers Agree National Climate Goals ahead of U.N. Talks
October 13, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  EU environment ministers agreed national emissions-reduction targets on Friday in a push to show how the bloc is delivering on its climate goals ahead of United Nations talks next months to fight global warming.

Hours of …

Making Carbon Count: Pricing in Externalities to Drive the Circular Economy — December 11, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium
October 12, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment
Making Carbon Count: Pricing in Externalities to Drive the Circular Economy   —   December 11, 2017   —   Brussels, Belgium

On the 20th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, WBA and the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Commission are meeting to discuss and analyse the current status on carbon pricing, carbon markets and how …

Clash Looms between EU Institutions on How Long to Stop the Clock on Scope of the Aviation EU ETS
October 2, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The European Parliament voted by a clear majority today to back proposals from the European Commission to extend the derogation that restricts the scope of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to covering …

ICAO Negotiations on CORSIA Scheme Challenging, European Climate Chief Tells EU Environment Ministers
March 28, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The goal of stabilising rather than reducing emissions from international aviation through the use of international carbon credits fell below EU climate ambitions but the agreement reached at the ICAO Assembly last October …

European Parliament Votes for Reforms to the EU ETS from 2020 that Would Tighten Aviation Emissions Cap
February 24, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) The European Parliament has voted to increase the ambition of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the next phase of the scheme starting in 2021, which includes tightening the emissions cap of …

Europe Needs a Higher Price on Carbon
February 21, 2017 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg)  Europe’s promise to lower greenhouse-gas emissions looked bright a dozen years ago, when its leaders created the first big market for trading carbon permits. Sadly, though, its system has failed to encourage investment in …

European Commission Proposes Intra-European Flights Should Remain Covered by EU ETS Pending ICAO Progress
February 6, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  … Since ICAO States agreed at their Assembly in October to implement the phased Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), debate has centred around what the EU should do with its …

EU Politicians Say ICAO Carbon Offsetting Scheme Lacks Ambition and Will Push for Reforms to Aviation EU ETS
November 21, 2016 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The head of the European Parliament delegation to COP22 in Marrakech said action to address growing CO2 emissions by the international aviation and shipping sectors was insufficient and could jeopardise action elsewhere to …

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action
November 4, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the …

Opinion: Why ICAO’s Emissions Deal Will Not Make A Difference
October 24, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jens Flottau (Aviation Week)  When the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced in early October that its general assembly had reached agreement on the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (Corsia), the …

Can the Aviation Industry Finally Clean up Its Emissions?
September 30, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  With biofuel potential limited and emissions rising, the need for industry to act is urgent. Hopes rest on a global UN carbon offset scheme to be negotiated at the ICAO …

The Fight Must Go on to Protect the EU’s Right to Continue with Its Own Aviation Emissions Scheme
September 23, 2016 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Gazzard (European GreenSkies Alliance/GreenAir Online)  Over the next couple of weeks, the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will be holding its 39th Assembly in Montreal. One of the key items up …

Design Features of the EU’s Aviation ETS Should Be Strengthened to Deliver Real Emissions Reductions, Finds T&E Report
September 23, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Despite imperfections, the inclusion of aviation into the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has functioned well and enjoys a high degree of compliance, finds a new report by Transport and Environment (T&E) …

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels
September 12, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and …

U.N. Aviation Emissions Pact to Let States Opt out in First Phase: Sources
August 26, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by  Allison Lampert and Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  A new global deal on curbing aviation emissions will likely give states the right to opt out of its initial voluntary phases, according to sources familiar with the …

A4E Calls on Governments to Support the UN’s Global Scheme to Reduce Airline Carbon Emissions
July 25, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(  Coinciding with the presentation of the European Commission’s “European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility”, A4E sets out its priorities on environmental policy.
A4E calls on all governments to support the United Nations’ proposed carbon offset scheme …

Brexit: What Does It Mean for the Advanced Bioeconomy?
June 24, 2016 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a historic vote which was announced in the early Friday hours. Following the vote, UK Prime Minister …

Volkswagen to Promote Biofuel-Powered Cars ahead of Electric Ones to Tackle Carbon Emissions, New Report Suggests
May 4, 2016 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Car giant Volkswagen (VW) has published a new study and called for the promotion of biofuel-powered cars over electric ones to help tackle carbon emissions.
The report, entitled Integrated Fuels and Vehicles Roadmap 2030 …

Biofuels Are Back on the EU Agenda
March 3, 2016 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Sonja van Renssen (Energy Post)  Biofuels are returning to the political agenda in Europe as EU policymakers start to shape a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport after 2020. Biofuels producers continue …

Aircraft Operators Rack up over $1 Million in UK Penalties for Non-Compliance with EU ETS
January 15, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) Following the civil penalties handed out to five aircraft operators last June (see article), a further 18 operators of corporate or VIP aircraft and two airlines have been issued with penalties for failing to …

Kyoto Protocol’s Carbon Credit Scheme ‘Increased Emissions by 600m Tonnes’
August 25, 2015 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  Major UNFCCC carbon trading scheme hit by serious corruption allegations involving organised crime in Russia and Ukraine — A key carbon offsetting scheme was so open to abuse that three quarters …

Why Airlines Keep Pushing Biofuels: They Have No Choice
July 28, 2015 – 9:10 am | No Comment

by  Jonathan Fahey and Scott Mayerowitz (Associated Press) The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to …

U.S. May Take First Step to Curb Airline Emissions This Week: Sources
June 3, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Planet Ark/Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans as soon as Friday to determine whether carbon dioxide from aircraft endangers public health, a first step to regulating emissions from the aviation sector, …

Ending International Aviation’s $65 Billion Fuel Tax Exemption an Essential Step towards Decarbonisation
April 24, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Murphy (Transport & Environment (T&E)/GreenAirOnline)  … The airline industry predicts a massive increase in the use of alternative fuels, although most experts predict an uptake of only a few percentage points in the coming years. …

The Challenge of Finding a Legal Vehicle to Enforce Compliance with a Global Aviation Emissions Scheme
November 24, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  By agreeing to develop a global market-based mechanism (MBM) for international civil aviation, ICAO’s 38th Assembly has set the expectation that such a scheme will be adopted in 2016 and that it will be …

EU Leaders Slow further Decarbonisation of the Transport Sector from UFOP: Sustainability Certification a Discontinued Model?
November 3, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(UFOP/Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen)  Without a continuation of binding for all Member States targets of greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, the Union fears for the Promotion of Oil and Protein …

EU GHG Deal Calls for 27 Percent Renewables by 2030
October 31, 2014 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Oct. 24, the European Council issued a statement announcing it has agreed on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework for the European Union. The council has endorsed a …

Study Finds a Carbon Gap of 220 Million Tonnes in 2023 Will Require Offsetting by the Airline Industry
October 31, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) Even with improvements in aircraft technology, airline efficiencies and operational improvements, together with the introduction of biofuels, there will be a sizeable carbon gap between commercial aviation forecasts and industry targets by 2023, according …

Specific actions for the Transport Sector in the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework
October 30, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(   …(T)he undersigned associations and companies representing all the steps of the EU biofuels chain would like to underline the following points:
• The EU transport sector, being largely dependent on fossil fuels and on …

The Next Government’s Blueprint for Green Energy
September 15, 2014 – 7:55 pm | One Comment

(Renewable Energy Association) REA sets out comprehensive manifesto for renewable heat, power and transport
The next government will be responsible for the UK succeeding – or failing – in meeting its 2020 renewable energy targets. It could …

Critical week for the Aviation EU ETS as MEPs Hear Arguments on which Proposal to Support
April 2, 2014 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  With a crucial vote in the European Parliament this week, MEPs will be presented with two choices that will likely determine the future of the Aviation EU ETS until at least 2016. As the …

Carbon Market Lessons and Global Policy Outlook
March 21, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer, Daniel Raimi (Science Magazine)  Prices in the European Union’s (EU) Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) spent 2013 at historic lows. Elected officials have promised to repeal the Australian carbon market. …

EU Proposal to Unilaterally Regulate International Flights in EU ETS Puts Global Scheme at Risk, Says ‘Shocked’ IATA
December 31, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The proposal by the European Commission to include international aviation in its ETS without any international consultation could re-open the threat of trade wars and distract States from focusing on working together to …

IATA’s Tyler Warns ETS Could Distract From ICAO-Brokered Offsetting Plan
December 13, 2013 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Jens Flottau  (Aviation Week)  Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is very concerned that the dispute about which flights will be included in the European Union emissions trading …

European Commission Proposes Airline Carbon Charge for EU Airspace
October 28, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  The European Union on Wednesday revived a proposal to charge foreign airlines for emissions over European airspace, drawing the ire of airline groups who say it goes against spirit of a …

An NGO Message for the ICAO Assembly: Introduce a Global Market-Based Measure Now
September 19, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  …  On regional measures, where the subtext is aviation’s future in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), any environmental credibility was nullified by US insistence on limiting emissions covered to those within regional …

ICAO Emissions Deal Moving Closer
September 5, 2013 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jens Flottau   (Aviation Week)  A compromise solution on a global market-based measures (MBM) scheme to tackle aviation emissions appears to be nearing ahead of this month’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly.
According to several …

Green Water: Can the U.S. Navy Win the Eco-Arms Race?
August 7, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Ray Mabus (Foreign Policy)  With domestic oil production up, imports declining, and new oil and gas reserves being discovered, some question whether energy remains, or ever was, a security challenge and military vulnerability for …

Colonialism and the Green Economy: Villagers Defy Pressure to Forfeit Farms for Carbon-Offset
January 14, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Daniel C Marotta and Jennifer Coute-Marotta  (Truthout)  All names are fictitious as sources requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation. Anonymity and people’s  requests that no pictures be taken were prerequisites for attaining interviews. …

European Commission Backs Down on EU ETS and Agrees to ‘Stop the Clock’ on International Aviation Emissions
November 12, 2012 – 8:33 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced this morning the EU will suspend enforcement of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to airlines flying to and from Europe in order to allow ICAO to …

Carbon Offsetting Rather than Emissions Trading Becoming Favoured Route as ICAO Looks towards a Global Scheme
November 8, 2012 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  As ICAO expert groups continue their work on a global market-based approach to limiting the growth of international aviation emissions, it is beginning to emerge that carbon offsetting, rather than emissions trading, is the …

Climatic Conditions Make Abu Dhabi Ideal for Commercial Production of Biofuels from Algae
November 1, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(United Arab Emirates/  Abu Dhabi’s abundant sunshine and climate make it a near-ideal location for growing algae for commercial production of biofuels. Such unique geographic and climatic conditions further enhance the opportunity for the Emirate …

UK Government Uncertainty over Whether to Include International Aviation Emissions in Carbon Budgets
October 26, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)   With emissions from aviation and shipping likely to make up a quarter of the total UK output by 2050, it would be impossible to achieve national climate objectives without including the two sectors in …

RETECH 2012: Policy and Planes
October 24, 2012 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Josh Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA)   RETECH 2012, an international conference on the business, policy, and technology of renewable energy, took place this year in DC at the regal Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, …

Exclusive: BA’s Biofuels Plant Set for Take-Off before the End of the Year
September 30, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Will Nichols (Business Green)  Preferred site has been chosen for London facility set to generate two per cent of BA’s fuel from waste
BA is set to begin initial construction on a planned biofuel-from-waste plant …

Europe Considers Suspending Airline Emissions Charge
September 24, 2012 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Guardian)  Officials stress the need to avert a trade war with major economic powers such as China and the United States
European officials signaled on Tuesday that they may recommend the suspension of the continent’s …

Renewables and Emissions Trading: Do Schemes like the EU ETS Work?
September 18, 2012 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Richard Baillie (Renewable Energy World)  Emissions trading is growing in popularity across the globe, but doubts about its high costs and ultimate effectiveness at promoting renewable energy have hampered its adoption. The key question …

South African Airways Aims for 50 per cent Biofuel by 2020
August 2, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Kamalpreet Badasha (  State-owned South African Airways (SAA) aims to decrease its carbon footprint by using biofuel for 50 per cent of its fuel supply by 2020.
The announcement was made by public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba …

Aviation Biofuels: Which Airlines Are Doing What, with Whom?
June 5, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …(M)ore than 30 airlines now trialing, deploying biofuels – but who’s doing what, exactly?
In Brazil, Azul Airlines announced that Amyris’s innovative renewable jet fuel sourced from Brazilian sugarcane has passed all required testing …

UK Climate Advisers Recommend International Aviation Emissions Be Included in National Carbon Budgets
April 23, 2012 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which advises the UK government on national carbon targets, has recommended international aviation and shipping emissions be included in carbon budgets and the UK’s 2050 overall target …

Australia’s Qantas Makes First Commercial Biofuel Flight
April 13, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(AFP)  Australia’s Qantas Friday launched the nation’s first commercial flight using a mixture of refined cooking oil, saying it would not survive if it relied solely on traditional jet fuel.
The Airbus A330 left Sydney for …

Joint Letters Pushes For ETS Settlement
March 12, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

By Jens Flottau (Aviation Week)  Nine European airlines and aerospace companies have sent similar letters to the Prime Ministers of France, the U.K. and Spain as well as Germany’s Chancellor to push for a negotiated …

US Legislation to Prohibit Airlines from Joining EU ETS Moves a Step Closer as Senate Bill Receives Bipartisan Support
March 9, 2012 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)   A bill introduced into the US upper house by Republican Senator John Thune that would prohibit US aircraft operators from participating in the EU ETS has received backing from Senator Claire McCaskill, a …

Airlines Set to Win Carbon Credits from Biofuel Flights
February 15, 2012 – 9:23 am | No Comment

(EurActiv)  The European Commission has asked airlines to report on “the amount of biomass” they use so that biofuels can be accounted as “zero emission” in the greenhouse gas emissions reports they are requested to …

International Air Transport Association Stresses Congestion In Emissions Spat
February 13, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Leithen Francis (Aviation Week)  The International Air Transport Association’s target of carbon neutral growth from 2020 can still be achieved, but the airline industry “can’t do it on our own,” says IATA head Tony …

Lufthansa Ends Biofuel Trial with U.S. Flight
January 10, 2012 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Victoria Bryan  (Reuters)  German carrier Lufthansa is ending the trial use of a biofuel mix for its planes because it has used up stocks of certified biofuel and no other reliable supplies are available.
The trial, …

Airlines Must Pay for Carbon Emissions on European Flights, High Court Rules
December 23, 2011 – 9:25 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Europe’s highest court ruled Wednesday that the European Union has the legal right to force foreign airlines to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, a decision that could boost …

US Airlines Test Bio Fuel Flights
December 4, 2011 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by John Terrett  (AlJazeera)  Some US airlines have begun testing enviromentally friendly fuel. And while the efforts may help the environment, unlike in the European Union, the US government does not force airliners to go …

“Fuel Is Strategic” says Aviation Expert at ITB; Biofuels Are Key to “Thinking out of the Box”
March 18, 2010 – 10:08 am | No Comment

Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Dr. Jurgen Ringbeck, Senior Partner of Booz & Co said “Fuel is strategic, and there is an argument that can be made that an energy monopoly will be dominating …