Monthly Archives: February 2015

23 02, 2015

Neste Oil reports €583 M operating profit over 2014

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Neste released its financial results for 2014. Their sales volume increased by 9% compared to the previous year, 73 of the volume was allocated to the European market. This is a significantly higher share compared to 2013, reflecting the regulatory uncertainty in the US. Their renewables’ product margin was 278 US$/Mt, down from 328 US$.

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23 02, 2015

Algenol receives 65 M US$ investment from Mexico’s BioFields

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Algenol announced that it has closed on a new $25 million investment from BioFields, a Mexican business group devoted to the development of renewable and clean energy projects. This new investment follows a previous investment of $40 million from BioFields in 2014 — in all, BioFields has invested $65M in Algenol.

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23 02, 2015

Obama unveils Clean Energy Investment Initiative & California introduces new bills

By |February 23rd, 2015|Environment, Policy|0 Comments|

The Obama Administration launched its Clean Energy Investment Initiative, with a goal to catalyze $2 billion of expanded private sector investment in solutions to climate change, including innovative technologies with breakthrough potential to reduce carbon pollution. Furthermore California, legislators introduced a package of four bills that, among other goals, target a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use by cars and trucks by 2030, and set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent in 2050, compared to 1990.

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23 02, 2015

Why Abu Dhabi To Launch The 1st RTW Solar Flight?

By |February 23rd, 2015|Aviation|0 Comments|

In less than 3 weeks, the First Round-The-World Solar Flight is scheduled to depart Abu Dhabi. This adventure is a way for Bertrand Piccard, President and initiator, and André Borschberg, CEO and co-founder — the 2 pilots of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) — to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation, and clean technologies can change the world.

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23 02, 2015

Apple swings for the fences with $848 million solar deal

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This week Apple announced the largest commercial purchase of solar power ever with an $848 million deal with First Solar to buy the electricity generated from a huge solar farm the equipment firm is building in California. Apple already owns the largest private solar facility in the country in North Carolina and is building another solar farm in Arizona. The company also has invested in wind, fuel cells and hydropower.

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23 02, 2015

Airlines must use their market power to ensure biofuels meet the highest sustainability standards, says NRDC

By |February 23rd, 2015|Aviation, CSR|0 Comments|

An evaluation by US NGO Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) of sustainability standards followed by airlines using or intending to use biofuels finds the industry has made great strides in adopting such fuels with some airlines doing better than others on sustainability issues. This is the second annual report by NRDC on aviation biofuels but the first to name and score airlines on an individual basis according to a set of sustainability criteria. Airlines were scored on their participation in industry initiatives to promote sustainability certification, public commitments in sourcing, and the monitoring and disclosure of important sustainability metrics. […]

23 02, 2015

Eerste oogst vliegtuigtabak Zuid-Afrika

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Boeing, South African Airlines en het Nederlandse SkyNRG werken aan biobrandstof van tabak. Zuid-Afrikaanse boeren zijn bezig met de eerste oogst van de speciaal ontwikkelde plant.

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23 02, 2015

Etihad named ‘Airline of the Year’

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Etihad Airways has taken out the ‘Airline of the Year’ award at the 2015 Aviation 100 Awards, organised by Airline Economics magazine. The prestigious awards are voted for by the industry and recognise outstanding achievement in the aerospace sector, with Etihad Airways claiming the coveted ‘Airline of the Year’ title. The awards follow a milestone year, which saw the national flag carrier quantum leap its level of growth, launching 10 new routes including three in North America, and injected significant investment into new equity partnerships.

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Sustainable jet fuels are produced from sustainable feedstocks like waste streams and non-food energy crops.

These fuels offer the single largest opportunity to reduce emissions, while ensuring long term fuel security for the aviation sector.

Sustainable jet fuel blends can be referred to as ‘drop-in’ fuels, because they have the ability to be used without any changes made to the infrastructure, such as distribution and engine fuel systems.
What are Sustainable Jet Fuels?
The aviation industry is the world’s fasted growing transport sector and responsible for approximately 2,5 % of the global manmade CO2 emissions. Even with efficiency measures taken, this figure is expected to rise to 4 – 4.5 per cent by 2050, without any mitigation.

One of the biggest challenges in reducing this impact is to look for solutions that preserve the sectors social benefits, while maintaining its growth.

99% of an airline’s emissions comes from the combustion of jet fuel. Energy sources like solar, electric and hydrogen do not offer an alternative as aviation will be relying on high density liquid energy carriers for the coming decades. Therefore, sustainable jet fuels are viewed as the best opportunity to reduce carbon emissions.

For more information on Sustainable jet fuel, you can read SkyNRG’s White Paper on Sustainable Jet Fuel.
Rationale for Sustainable Jet fuel
In every decision that we make, we follow the vision on sustainable fuels, set by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the Energy Vision 2050.:

Sustainable biofuels:
• Exhibit minimal impact on biodiversity
• Meet a sustainability standard with respect to land, water, and energy use
• Do not displace or compete with food crops
• Provide a positive socioeconomic impact.

To ensure the sustainability of our fuels, we have established various measures and important partnerships:

SkyNRG has installed an independent Sustainability Board, consisting of the Dutch wing of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-NL), Solidaridad and the Copernicus Institute of the University of Utrecht that advises us on all feedstock and technology decisions.

SkyNRG is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials.

We are in continuous dialogue with local and global NGOs to make sure we do not miss important issues in respect to the feedstock we w(want to) use and fuel we make

To learn more about SkyNRG’s approach to sustainability, visit our sustainability page.
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