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EasyJet Goes Carbon Neutral

November 19, 2019 – EasyJet announced it is going carbon neutral immediately. Europe’s fifth largest airline said it will become the first major airline in the world to operate net zero carbon flights. The offset projects EasyJet will invest more than $30 million over the next year have been certified to deliver carbon reductions that would not otherwise have happened and do not inadvertently lead to an increase in emissions elsewhere. EasyJet says they have already reduced the amount of carbon it emits every kilometer each passenger flies by more than one-third since 2000 by utilizing more fuel efficient aircraft and operating practices. The airline view offsets as a temporary measure to reduce their carbon footprint in the short-term while they work to support longer-term efforts, including the development of new technology.

Read the CNN article here.

ANA’s Latest Boeing Jet Delivered Using SAF

November 19, 2019 – All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, received its latest Boeing passenger aircraft via delivery fueled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The new Boeing 777-300 ER was flown from Boeing’s facility in Everett, Washington to Japan utilizing LanzaTech’s SAF made from waste gas derived ethanol. ANA has signed an offtake agreement with LanzaTech for a consistent SAF supply starting in 2021.

Read the Air Transport News article here.

Qantas Pledges Zero Net Emissions by 2050

November 19, 2019 – Qantas airline group has pledged to cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. With this goal, Qantas joins airlines under the International Airlines Group, including British Airways, in going beyond most other airlines that have agreed to cut emissions to half their 2005 level by 2050. Qantas plans to achieve the goal through better fuel efficiency and carbon offsets. Currently, 10 percent of Qantas passengers pay to offset their contribution to carbon emissions. These offset projects include restoring wetland and rainforest, reducing the likelihood of wildfires and conserving land in Australia. Qantas is also spending $50 million over the necxt 10 years to help develop the sustainable avaiation fuel industry in Australia.

Read the article from The Sydney Morning Herald here.

U.S. DOE Announces Investment in LanzaTech

November 19, 2019 – At the Advanced Bioenergy Leadership Conference (ABLCNext2019) the Energy Department announced a $14 million investment in LanzaTech’s demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery in Soperton, GA. This is a continuation of a fiscal year 2015 funding opportunity announcement. Details are still being negotiated, but the funding will be used for LanzaTech to continue to design, construct, and operate and integrated demonstration-scale biorefinery that will use industrial waste gases and other gas sources to produce up to 3 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and low-carbon diesel fuels.

Read the announcement here.

Germany Set to Increase Aviation Tax

November 19, 2019 – Germany is set to raise its aviation tax on all departing flights starting in April 2020 (connecting flights are exempt). Short-haul flights will see the greatest increase proportionally from $8.31 per passenger to $14.44, while medium-haul and long-haul flights will increase by $10.62 and $19.11, respectively. The revenue from the aviation tax will be used to reduce the tax on train tickets from 19 percent to 7. The German aviation industry opposes the tax increase arguing that it will not contribute toward reaching the country’s emissions reduction goals and will reduce German airlines’ resources to invest in new, clean technologies, fuels, and fleet.

Read the AIN online article here.

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