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25-Nov-2012 Gary Cleven participates in the inaugural meeting of the ISCC Technical Committee North America

09-Oct-2012 Gary Cleven participates in the Comprehensive ISCC System Certification Seminar

02-Oct-2012 Gary Cleven participates in the Aviation Biofuels Development Conference in Washington DC

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16-Nov-2012 Airbus and EADS join Chinese venture to develop algae-based jet fuels, with demo flight planned for 2013 [GreenAir Online]

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Gary Cleven participates in the inaugural meeting of the ISCC Technical Committee North America

[25-Nov-2012] On Tuesday, 27 November 2012 SustainAvia's researcher, consultant and auditor Gary Cleven participated in the inaugural meeting of the ISCC Technical Committee North America in Minnesota, United States. 

ISCC is already strongly being used in Canada and the US, e.g. by agricultural and biofuel producers, traders and exporters. The new ISCC Technical Committee for North America has just been approved by the ISCC Board due to the increasing interest in ISCC from the US and Canada and market requests from these countries.

The aim of the Technical Committee is a stronger stakeholder involvement, the consideration of specific national and regional regulatory frameworks, the development of an improved risk assessment and of regionally adopted guidance for audits.

ISCC expects participants from Canada and the US, from the agricultural sector, the processing industry (fuel, food, feed, chemical sector), trade, certification bodies, NGOs, research and authorities.

» Go to ISCC Technical Committee North America

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Download the ISCC press release (115 KB)



Tobias Konik participates in the FAA COE for AJF&E public meeting in Washington DC

[15-Nov-2012] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intends to establish an Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E) in 2013. The COE will be a consortium of the FAA, university partners, and private industry affiliates selected by the FAA Administrator to work collectively on business and operational issues of mutual interest and concern. 

The FAA will discuss COE and technical requirements at a Public Meeting conducted on November 15 and 16 in the Washington, DC area. SustainAvia is participating in this meeting to identify opportunities to offer its research capabilities and sustainable biofuel expertise to aviation industry, nationally recognized academic institutions, and other public and private entities that will participate in the FAA COE for AJF&E.

» Go to FAA web site
» Read GreenAir Online article



Gary Cleven participates in the Comprehensive ISCC System Certification Seminar

[09-Oct-2012] SustainAvia's researcher, consultant and auditor Gary Cleven participated in the Comprehensive ISCC System Certification Seminar in Cologne, Germany on October 9, 10, 11, 2012 and obtained an International Carbon and Sustainability Certification (ISCC) certificate that enables him 'to conduct official ISCC audits throughout the entire supply chain'. The seminar covered all topics relevant to ISCC certification and was targeted at Certification Bodies and companies interested in sustainability certification.

The training included the 'Legal framework and ISCC system', 'Introduction into ISCC PLUS and ISCC PURE', 'Sustainability audits on farm level: ISCC principles I - VI', 'Chain of Custody and mass balance' and 'GHG requirements and calculation'.

ISCC is the world's first state-recognized certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas savings. More than 1,600 companies from 66 countries are currently using the scheme for all kinds of agricultural resources and processed products.

The ISCC certification system is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection via the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR). Since 19 July 2011, the EC has recognised ISCC as a voluntary sustainability scheme for biofuel certification that applies directly in 27 EU Member States.

Download Gary Cleven's Certificate of Participation (1094 KB)
Download ISCC Training Agenda (138 KB)



Gary Cleven participates in the Aviation Biofuels Development Conference in Washington DC

[02-Oct-2012] SustainAvia's researcher, consultant and auditor Gary Cleven participated in the Aviation Biofuels Development Conference in Washington DC on October 2, 3, 2012. The impressive list of conference speakers and topics covered provided detailed and up-to-date information about the biofuel industry and in particular, aviation biofuels.

The issues discussed included:

'Develop Long term Partnerships & Alliances: Hear how to forge successful private & public partnerships to secure capital investment and a strong business plan',

'Policy Focus: Meet the policy makers who matter from the USDA, DOE, and DOD to ensure you are right up to date with the fast changing macro-environment',

'Understand the Feedstock and Technology options: Examine the routes to sustainable jet fuel and take a closer look at the approval process for emergent fuels',

'Infrastructure and supply chain development: Find out how to address legal, financial, environmental, and logistical considerations when integrating alternative aviation fuels',

'Scale up and Commercialization: Create a reliable and cost competitive value chain to seize your share of this US$100 billion business opportunity'.



VerifAvia is now offering greenhouse gas emissions verification services for airports

[08-Jul-2012] Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only institutionally-endorsed, carbon management certification standard for airports. The programme independently assesses and recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions with four levels of award: 'Mapping', 'Reduction', 'Optimisation' & 'Neutrality'.

VerifAvia (the parent company of SustainAvia), thanks to its ISO14065 accreditation, is now offering greenhouse gas emissions verification services to airports according to the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme and the ISO14064-3 standard.



CleanSky BASE project is coming to an end

[01-Jul-2012] Together with our topic manager Thales and our partner OpenAirlines, we would like to thank for their participation in the CleanSky BASE project the 112 business jet operators worldwide who completed the online BASE survey, which made this project a great success. The analysis was complemented by face-to-face interviews with representatives from 8 European business jet operators as well as by extensive research of publicly available literature.

The three CleanSky BASE reports have now been finalized:
- T4.1 / 5.2: Survey of flight ops organization and existing / future fight optimization techniques used by business jet operators (OpenAirlines)
- T4.2: Introduction into Business Aviation & Operating Cost Analysis (VerifAvia / SustainAvia)
- T5.1: The Costs of Environmental Constraints for Business Aviation (VerifAvia / SustainAvia)

T4.1 / 5.2: Survey of flight ops organization and existing / future fight optimization techniques used by business jet operators (OpenAirlines) (1734 KB)
T4.2: Introduction into Business Aviation & Operating Cost Analysis (VerifAvia / SustainAvia) (1362 KB)
T5.1: The Costs of Environmental Constraints for Business Aviation (VerifAvia / SustainAvia) (1573 KB)
Base brochure (459 KB)



Gary Cleven participates in the Auditor Training Course for the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels

[14-Nov-2011] SustainAvia's researcher, consultant and auditor Gary Cleven participated in the Auditor Training Course for the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels' Global Sustainability Standard in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 19-23, 2011 and was certified by RSB as an Auditor.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is an international bioenergy standard developed and maintained by the Energy Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2006 the RSB has worked with thousands of organizations and individuals throughout the world to develop a global bioenergy standard with widespread recognition.

The RSB standard describes the requirements that entities along the biofuel supply chain must follow to ensure that biofuels deliver on their promise of sustainability by benefiting energy security and rural development, protecting natural resources and human rights and offering greenhouse gas emissions reductions as compared to fossil fuels.

RSB certification has been recognized by the European Commission as meeting the EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability criteria.

The RSB Services Foundation, an independent entity created by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, is a US-based non-profit organization to implement the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels’ sustainability standard. The RSB Services Foundation works with companies who wish to become certified and third party verifiers (i.e. Certification Bodies) to maintain the tools and internal systems for the RSB certification process.

RSB Fact Sheet (201 KB)
RSB Auditor Training Course (340 KB)
RSB Auditor Training Brochure (685 KB)
RSB Auditor Certificate Gary Cleven (621 KB)



SustainAvia invited to speak at the 3rd Annual Eco-Aviation Conference in Washington D.C. in June 2010

[18-Mar-2010] Julien Dufour, SustainAvia's CEO, will participate in an panel about EU ETS at the 3rd Annual Eco-Aviation Conference presented by ATW that will take place atthe Capital Hilton in Washington D.C., June 23-25, 2010. ATW's Eco-Aviation Conference was the first and still is the only conference in North America devoted to addressing a broad cross section of topics arising from commercial aviation's impact on the environment. Sessions address both high-level subjects (European ETS, U.S. cap-and-trade legislation, alternative fuels, etc.) and dig down deep into airline operational issues (RNP and NextGen, reducing ground level emissions, fuel conservation, etc.).

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VerifAvia, a verification body of greenhouse gas for the aviation sector, has been established

[07-Mar-2010] VerifAvia is a verification body of greenhouse gas emissions for the aviation sector under the EU ETS Directive. VerifAvia has applied to COFRAC for ISO 14065 accreditation according to EA-6/03. VerifAvia provides smart, efficient and cost-effective verification services of EU ETS Annual Aircraft Emissions and Tonne-Kilometre reports for airlines and aircraft operators. VerifAvia is a sister company of SustainAvia.



The Eurocontrol tool for small emitters is in process of approval

[07-Mar-2010] The European Commission (EC) is about to approve the Commission Regulation for the approval of a simplified tool implemented by EUROCONTROL to estimate the fuel consumption of small emitting aircraft operators using the simplified procedure. It is interesting to note that the tool will use the actual route length of each flight based upon air traffic and operational flight information and will estimate the fuel consumed during all aspects of a particular flight: departure gate, taxiing operations, take-off, cruise, landing, and air traffic management actions. The EC is now developing the criteria of approval of the tools for estimating of fuel consumption for small emitters.

Draft regulation (26 KB)



The EC published the revised list of operators included into the EU ETS

[05-Feb-2010] On 28 January 2010, the EC published the new list of aircraft operators included in the EU ETS and their administering Member States. See also the revised FAQ on the list of operators dated 1 February 2010 and the latest prior compliance list dated 18 December 2009.

FAQ on list of operators (282 KB)
Prior compliance list (189 KB)
Updated list of operators (2983 KB)



Conclusion of Aviation EU ETS start-up year: implementation, IT, impact and way forward

[14-Jan-2010] 04:30 p.m. (GMT) / 11:30 a.m. (EST)
19th Jan. 2010

Aviation Emissions network

Athar Hussain, Assistant Manager - Quality, Health, Safety & Environment, Pakistan International Airlines; Julien Dufour, Founder & CEO, SustainAvia; Gary Cleven, Worldwide Associate Consultant, SustainAvia.

As the start-up year for the Aviation EU ETS draws to an end, this webinar will present an update on the implementation process and hear the latest from an international Asian operator on how they have adopted new IT processes and managed the financial impacts of the EU ETS. 

Looking ahead, this webinar will explore the uncertainties still remaining around the optimization of free allowances, the development of a carbon trading strategy, the verification process, and seek clarity on pricing and network strategy and the latest timeline for submission of information.



Extension of aviation in the EU ETS to the EEA EFTA States

[30-Dec-2009] Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are now included into the EU ETS. For more information, see the EC web site.

Download updated list of Competent Authorities (157 KB)



A conclusion of EU ETS start-up year: implementation issues, IT, impact and way forward

[13-Nov-2009] In view of the upcoming 3rd Flight Operations Conference in Amsterdam on 3-4 December, SustainAvia is preparing the opening speech (3 Dec at 9AM) on:

A conclusion of EU ETS start-up year: implementation issues, IT, impact and way forward

For this occasion, SustainAvia has launched an EU ETS Survey. We encourage all airlines included into the EU ETS to reply to the survey and email it back to us. The final presentation will be emailed to all those who have replied to the survey.

Download the EU ETS Survey (34 KB)



The EU ETS is not that big a deal and it even has some ingenuity: SustainAvia express its views on EU ETS in GreenAir Online

[20-Oct-2009] Julien Dufour and Gary Cleven from SustainAvia express their views on EU ETS in an article published in GreenAir Online.

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