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  L ICAO: international civil aviation agency adopts sustainable fuels framework
November 27, 2023. Airport Technology News

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has adopted a new global framework for the use of lower-emission fuels in the industry as part of its ambitions to reduce CO2 emissions in international aviation by 5% in 2030. The framework covers the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), lower carbon aviation fuels (LCAF), and other aviation-cleaner energies including supporting implementation initiatives, improving access to financing, and aligning regulations. Read more...

  L Sustainability projects high on agenda as ACSA aims for carbon neutrality by 2050
October 30, 2023. BizCommunity.com

Over the past few decades, environmental custodianship has become integral to running a sustainable business. It is no longer acceptable for organisations to knowingly impact the environment, without mitigation or rehabilitation.
   Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has deployed an Environmental Management System (EMS) at each airport within its network. The EMS is based on the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard, an International best practice tool. Read more...

  L SAF production in Africa: the opportunities and risks of an emerging market
October 14, 2023. Tatenda Karuwa for Simple Flying News.

Africa has great potential to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuels but also has a number of challenges.

  • Africa has the potential to produce a significant amount of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) due to its vast land mass and availability of feedstock, such as energy crops and waste from other industries.
  • However, challenges include the cost implication, lack of technology, and inadequate regulatory frameworks and data on carbon emissions.
  • African airlines are currently focused on survivability and economic sustainability before prioritizing environmental aspects...Read more...

  L IATA Releases Industry Net Zero Tracking Methodology to Guide Industry Emission Reporting
July 6, 2023. IATA News.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will publish an annual Track Zero report using IATA’s Net Zero Tracking Methodology to report industry-level progress towards aviation’s commitment to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Net Zero Tracking Methodology and related reporting process were developed with industry experts. IATA will aggregate and report annually inputs from IATA member airlines on an industry basis. Read more...

  L Sasol, Topsoe form JV to accelerate global production of sustainable aviation fuel
June 21, 2023. Engineering News.

South African energy and chemicals group Sasol and the Danish decarbonisation technology company Topsoe have formed a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to develop, build, own, and operate drop-in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plants globally. The fuels will be produced primarily from non-fossil feedstock – such as green hydrogen, biomass and sustainable sources of carbon dioxide – using Sasol’s Fischer Tropsch and Topsoe technologies, such as its Hydroflex solution to process vegetable oils, waste oils, or fats into HEFA-based SAF. Read more...

  L AASA attends the EU-CORSIA Africa & Caribbean Regional Workshop: CORSIA Implementation after ICAO 41st General Assembly
May 10 - 12, 2023. EU-CORSIA Africa & Caribbean News.

Tatum Kok, AASA Aviation Analyst, attended the Europen Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) EU-CORSIA Africa-Caribbean Project Regional Workshop: CORSIA Implementation after ICAO 41st AGM in Johannesburg. The Workshop addressed the capacity building for CO2 mitigation from international aviation In Africa and the Caribbean regions. Read more...

  L Global Electric Aircraft Market Forecast 2023-2032 – Market size, drivers, trends, and competitors
April 6, 2023. Newswires (EIN) News.

The Business Research Company’s “Electric Aircraft Global Market Report 2023” is a comprehensive source of information that covers every facet of the electric aircraft market. As per TBRC’s electric aircraft market forecast, the electric aircraft market size is expected to grow to $15.16 billion in 2027 at a CAGR of 13.6%. A surge in global air passenger volume is expected to drive the electric aircraft market. Read more...

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  L  Aviation Biofuels Market Growth Segments 2023 Opportunity, Challenges, Risk Factors, Developments, Strategies, and Global Industry Size, Trends Forecast to 2028 
December 2, 2022. Digital Journal/TheExpressWire.

Global Aviation Biofuels Market Large-scale Researchers 2023-2028 have published a report titled An increase in demand and Opportunities for Global Aviation Biofuels Market 2023 provides insight into the Aviation Biofuels industrys covered a competitive market area and a thorough evaluation of industry pioneers with CAGR. Read more...

  L  Aerospace majors united on need to cut aviation carbon emissions

October 17, 2022. Rebecca Campbell for EngineeringNews.

The world’s top three manufacturers of commercial airliners were in broad agreement about what had to be done in order to achieve net-zero-carbon-emissions aviation by 2050. This was clearly shown by addresses to the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) Annual General Assembly (AGA) on Friday, by representatives of (in alphabetical order) Airbus, Boeing and Embraer. 

Embraer was represented by GM institutional affairs Hussein Dabbas, Boeing by Africa and Middle East sales director Herb W Wallen, and Airbus by environment & sustainability marketing director Corrin Higgs. They all participated in a panel discussion on environmental considerations for aviation. The panel was moderated by environmental and wildlife specialist Dr Ian Cruikshank. Read more...

  L  Big increases in overseas flight prices to SA loom as EU, UK green taxes expand

August 8, 2022. Carin Smith for Fin24.com.

South African flight prices to Europe, the UK - and eventually the rest of the world - could climb by up to thousands of rands unless something is done to counteract the effects of various emissions taxes, an expert has warned.

The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETC) system is currently only in force on flights within the EU, but the bloc is pushing to extend the system to cover all flights to or from EU destinations, or that route through EU airspace, regardless of where the flight originates or terminates. 
    From 2027, all countries have to participate in this Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Some countries - such as Botswana, Zambia and the UK - have chosen to already implement CORSIA, while SA are amongst the countries choosing not to do so yet. 
    This increasing global focus on aviation sustainability could put SA at a disadvantage and even favour east Africa as a more attractive hub for air traffic into the rest of the continent, says Dr Ian Cruickshank, environmental and wildlife specialist for the Aviation Association of Southern Africa (AASA).
    He expects the southern African region will be severely impacted by environmental regulations in the aviation industry based on flight distances. Flights to SA are about four hours longer than to Nairobi, for example, from Europe. Passengers will be taxed on the distances flown or amount of time their flights are generating carbon emissions. 
    But Cruickshank also foresees that, if the EU expands its ETS wider than just within its own borders, other countries could, in turn, take retaliatory action and add carbon taxes of their own.

Currently there is no CORSIA charge on international flights to and from SA, but after 2027 it would add to the cost of ticket prices.
Dr Ian Cruickshank, AASA Environmental and Wildlife Specialist

AASA has, therefore, called for a sustainability strategy for aviation in the southern African region to offset the impact of carbon taxes being imposed or which will likely be imposed in future. AASA is busy developing a holistic strategy to counter the threat of resultant higher ticket prices. It includes looking at the use of sustainable jet fuel...Read more...

  L  AASA Environmental Committee Virtual Meeting
July 26, 2022. 

Save the Date. AASA's Environmental Committee is hosting a Virtual Meeting on 26 July at 10am with Dr Ian Cruickshank . For more information email environment@aasa.za.net.

  L  ROUTES From Take Off to Touch Down: Video and Report 
January 18, 2022. 

Before 2015, there was very little awareness of wildlife trafficking via air transport among the aviation industry, but the formation of the USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership catalyzed a global response. At the end of six years of the Partnership we reflect upon its impact and explain how the industry is effectively equipped to help combat this crime.

The ROUTES Partnership has released a final overview report (The ROUTES Partnership: From Take Off to Touch Down) and summary video (see below) highlighting its main achievements across six years of implementation. The report focuses on four primary areas of impact:

  1.  Knowledge. ROUTES created the ROUTES Dashboard where users can filter wildlife trafficking in aviation data and investigate region or route-specific risk globally. This, alongside ROUTES’ six in-depth reports which detail trends of wildlife trafficking in aviation, provided the knowledge base necessary to prioritize and build an industry response.
  2.  Training. ROUTES built an extensive suite of training materials in multiple languages, which companies can adopt into their training programs, and conducted trainings in 20 countries across the world, sustained through e-learning programmes.
  3. Tools. In September 2021, in collaboration with Crime Stoppers International (CSI), ROUTES launched Wildlife Sentinel – an illegal wildlife trade anonymous reporting app for aviation staff. Reports are shared with law enforcement and can be used to address corruption. ROUTES also supported and coordinated the development of an algorithm to detect priority wildlife products in baggage screening x-ray systems.
  4.  Inspiration. ROUTES inspired industry champions: many companies committed to taking action by signing the United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (BPD), taking formal assessments of their wildlife trafficking prevention standards, and championing the cause by encouraging other businesses to step up. ROUTES also inspired the establishment of several cross-sectoral alliances and regional taskforces dedicated to combatting wildlife trafficking.

Key to ROUTES’ success was the bringing together of an array of different voices and expertise. The Core Team of ROUTES was made up of aviation organizations (Airports Council International (ACI) and International Air Transport Association (IATA)), NGOs (The Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), TRAFFIC, WWF) and government bodies (U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). As the lead for the Partnership, TRAFFIC is grateful to all those involved along the way, from the core partners to every airline, airport, and association that has spread awareness and taken action against wildlife trafficking.

“We must not squander ROUTES’ legacy - let’s build and scale from here. We have the knowledge and right approaches to make transport sector leadership the norm in preventing wildlife trafficking globally,” Crawford Allan, ROUTES Oversight, TRAFFIC.  Read the report.

News 2021

  L  Combating the illegal trade of wildlife 
October, 2021. 

Transportation is the backbone of global trade, and traffic kers of wild animals and wildlife products rely heavily on the efficiency of air travel and cargo carriers to smuggle illicit goods. Companies from the transportation and logistics sector can play a critical role in identifying and strengthening key risk points in the supply chains, thereby helping to prevent wildlife trafficking.

Although the duty for capturing and prosecuting these criminals rests with national enforcement authorities, aviation staff can provide an important source of additional intelligence. Associations like International Air Transport Association (IATA)Airports Council International (ACI), and AASA, together with organizations like United for Wildlife (UfW), are working with many other aviation stakeholders to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife. ​​​​The USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership, which was operational in 2015-2021 and included ACI and IATA, has also developed a suite of resources to support wildlife trafficking prevention efforts in the air transport sector. Read more...

  L  ROUTES training links for AASA
March, 2021. 

To support the aviation sector, ROUTES has developed a range of training tools designed to enable companies to deliver training to their staff on combatting wildlife trafficking and can be used or adapted free of charge.