airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss stated (19-Apr-2022) the carrier introduced several new projects in 2021 that significantly improved environmental impact and overall company performance.
Mr Gauss stated: “These projects provide both a useful long term contribution and a short term benefit. We will therefore continue to work on ongoing projects this year and begin new ones in order to achieve even better results in future. [more – original PR]
Excerpt of original report: airBaltic publishes a sustainability report every year
airBaltic publishes its annual sustainability report
Latvian airline AirBaltic published its annual sustainability report this month. It provides information on airBaltic and its subsidiaries performance for this segment in 2021.
Martin Gauss, CEO, airBaltic: Sustainability has been an integral part of our business for many years and is shaping our future. We aim to be a leader in sustainability in aviation. Therefore, we have introduced many new projects over the past year that have significantly improved the company’s environmental performance.
These projects give us both a short term and long-term benefit. Martin Gauss said that this year, we will continue with the existing projects and work on new ones to achieve even better results in future.
Royal Schiphol Group releases updated plan to eliminate emissions by 2030
Royal Schiphol Group published (14-Apr-2022) an updated version of its sustainability plan, with the goal of eliminating emissions and waste across its airports by 2030, as well as contributing towards the entire aviation sector reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. These are the planned measures:
- Build your own energy-positive buildings
- Eliminate natural gas use
- Shift towards zero emission fleet
- Increase on-site sun power
- Stabilize and future-proof your energy grid
- Create sustainable lease concepts
- Sustainable Aviation
- Make sustainable aviation fuels mainstream
- Test non-drop-in fuels.
- Enhance railway station infrastructure and extend North/South Metro Line;
- Provide charging facilities for cargo, construction, and logistics providers
- Circular economy
- Use bio-based, recycled and reused construction materials
- Eliminate single-use products
- Shift to concrete and recycled asphalt;
- Data-driven approach to material flows
The plan’s actions and objectives will be realized Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Lelystad Airport. [more – original PR]
Excerpt from Original report: Royal Schiphol Group shares refined sustainability plan with Milieudefensie
Today, Royal Schiphol Group is publishing a refined, more detailed version of its sustainability plan. Schiphol Group wishes to be a pioneer in making aviation more sustainable. The objectives are for the airports to be emission-freeAnd waste-free by 2030 and for the entire aviation sector to be CO2-neutral by 2050. The aviation sector has a common goal to reduce its emissions to 2005 levels by 2030. This is a joint agreement between the sector and the Dutch government. Royal Schiphol Group is also committed in reducing these levels. Airports have made investments in sustainable aviation fuels development and production and encouraged their use through financial contributions to airlines. The sustainability plan outlines the actions needed to achieve these goals. The plan also includes historical and projected CO2emissions over the next few years. The sustainability plan has been shared by Schiphol Group with Milieudefensie, a Dutch environmental organisation. Royal Schiphol Group’s sustainable plan Royal Schiphol Group’s sustainability plan was launched in 2018. This plan includes the objectives and actions for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Eindhoven Airport Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Lelystad Airport. The sustainability plan is updated annually to incorporate new insights. Royal Schiphol Group will continue to update the website and the annual report with information about the progress.
New Zealand‘s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced (20-Apr-2022) a New Zealand-Singapore Sustainable Aviation Arrangement was signed on 20-Apr-2022, marking the start of greater collaboration as both countries move towards low carbon economies. The Arrangement marks the beginning of bilateral cooperation in sustainable air travel between New Zealand, and Singapore. Singapore.
Ms. Ardern stated that “We cannot afford the return to business as usual because that is unsustainable.”
The Arrangement provides four areas of cooperation.
- Policy and regulation: Including information exchange on policy positions and regulations that supports sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) uptake and the electrification of fleets and airport infrastructure;
- Industry development: Including the coordination of the research and development testing and trailing of sustainable aviation fuels, including SAF and hydrogen, to guide the development of the sustainable aviation ecosystem;
- Future infrastructure planning and provisions: This includes information sharing about approaches to decarbonise airport infrastructure, optimise aircraft and traffic routes, as well as a study on commercial viabilities of developing “green lanes” between New Zealand (and Singapore) to encourage consumer uptake of SAF-run services.
- Transformation of the workforce: Including the creation of new jobs in sustainable aviation, and information exchange on redesigning work processes and supporting professional growth in the aviation sector.
Air New Zealand, Auckland Airport, Christchurch Airport and the Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand all committed, following the signing, to support the arrangement.
The Sustainable Aviation Arrangement builds on the Hydrogen Arrangement signed in 2021 which provides the basis for information exchange about the use and deployment low-carbon hydrogen across all sectors of the energy and transport sector. [more – original PR]
Original report: Signed Sustainable Aviation Arrangement with Singapore
Sustainable Aviation Arrangement with SingaporeRt Hon Jacinda Adern Headshot (2020).RT HON JACINDA ARDERN
Prime Minister Jacinda Adern states that today’s signing of the New Zealand-Singapore Sustainable Aviation Arrangement marks the beginning of greater collaboration between both countries as they move towards low-carbon economies.
The Arrangement is the first bilateral cooperation between New Zealand’s and Singapore’s sustainable aviation. It was signed by Prime Minister Jacinda Archern and S Iswaran (Singapore’s Minister for Transport).
The Prime Minister is in Singapore to meet a business delegation. This will be her first overseas trip since the COVID-19 epidemic. She will also visit Japan.
This Arrangement forms part of the new green pillar of Singapore-New Zealand Enhanced Partnership. It was signed in 2019. Jacinda Ardern stated, “It clearly shows our commitment towards jointly combating climate change.”
We cannot afford not to return to business as normal, as that is unsustainable. Jacinda Ardern explained that we need to work with trusted partners like Singapore in order to ensure that our economic strategy is environmentally sustainable.
The Arrangement defines four areas of cooperation:
- Policy and regulation: Including information exchange on policy positions and regulations that supports sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) uptake and the electrification of fleets and airport infrastructure.
- Industry development: Including the coordination of the R&D, testing and trailing of sustainable aviation fuels (including SAF and Hydrogen), to guide the development of the sustainable aviation ecosystem.
- Future infrastructure planning and provisions: Including information sharing on approaches to decarbonise airport infrastructure and optimise aircrafts and air traffic routes, and a study on the commercial viabilities of developing green lanes between New Zealand and Singapore to encourage the consumer uptake of SAF-run flights.
- Workforce transformation: Including the creation of new jobs in sustainable aviation, and information exchange on redesigning work processes and supporting professional growth in the aviation sector.
After the signing, Air New Zealand, Auckland Airport and Christchurch Airport and the Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand committed to supporting the Arrangement.
Jacinda Adern stated that today’s commitments were a tangible demonstration of the government working with the private sector to create a more sustainable world.
The Sustainable Aviation Arrangement builds upon the Hydrogen Arrangement, which was signed in 2021. This arrangement lays the foundation for information sharing on the use of low-carbon hydrocarbon hydrogen across all sectors of energy and transport. This includes exchanges about low-carbon shipping policy and on encouraging rapid uptake of zero or low emission vehicles.