Carbon War Room announcement
Posted 05 Dec 2011
The Carbon War Room, an independent non-profit that harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to unlock gigaton solutions to climate change, and Elsevier, the world's leading scientific publisher, unveiled today RenewableJetFuels.org, the world’s first online market information service analysing the leading companies set to produce commercial scale renewable fuel for aviation.
Launched and maintained by Carbon War Room and powered by Elsevier Biofuel TechSelect™, RenewableJetFuels.org will provide in-depth scrutiny of renewable jet fuel supply chain companies. In beta format, the team is collecting and reviewing over 70 key data points for jet fuel supply chain companies. The database is designed to contain the top 2000 bioenergy-related companies. Investors, engineers, operators and fuel buyers can use this data to compare suppliers on technical performance, economic viability carbon footprint, and overall sustainability.
Initial results show that of the companies claiming to have the potential to deliver large-scale amounts of low carbon renewable jet fuel – about 1/3 of them are credible from an economic, scalable and sustainability perspective; in their current state. In the next five years, some renewable jet fuel companies could be producing enough renewable fuel to replace 10-20% of the fuel of a typical mid-sized airline.
"One important way to reduce carbon output from airlines all over the world is to have viable renewable alternatives to jet fuel. The Carbon War Room saw that there was a gap in information regarding the available options and an opportunity to mobilise airlines to come together to support the most promising solutions through investment," said Sir Richard Branson. "This unique approach provided by the Carbon War Room and Elsevier is providing a wonderful platform for airlines and renewable jet fuel suppliers to come together to accelerate the delivery of cleaner approaches to air travel."
The launch marks the start of Carbon War Room’s aviation operations, which aims to address market barriers that are currently preventing renewable jet fuels from moving from test flight stage to commercial production.
Watching our weight
Posted 10 Sep 2010
Just like having fewer things in your car boot means you use less petrol, the less our aircraft weigh the more fuel-efficient they are. Needing less fuel to get around means a big environmental saving, with 1 tonne of weight removed equating to a saving of 420 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
We set out to reduce all unnecessary weight from our aircraft and pulled together a number of experts from across the business into the 'Weight-Watchers Team'. Since the committee was formed, we have achieved total weight savings of 11,209kg – through completely removing items, loading fewer items, or using lighter weight alternatives.
Here's just a snapshot of a few of the things that have helped save this weight…
- Lighter weight premium economy seats save 1,133 tonnes of CO2 pa
- Lighter weight toothpaste tubes save 11 tonnes of CO2 pa
- Swapping from a full size tray to a three-quarter size tray (in economy) saves between 80kg and 230kg per aircraft
- Using plastic wine bottles instead of glass saves 1,448.65kg across the fleet
- Carpet has been replaced with a much lighter-weight alternative
- Unnecessary curtains, in-flight beauty therapy stations, attendant seats, stowage units, lavatory mirrors, bin visors, etc have also been removed.