Environmental solutions for general aviation

Air BP’s environmental solutions can provide you with the answers you need in order to meet your obligations and satisfy stakeholder concerns.

Air BP will work with you to ensure compliance with environmental legislation and develop innovative solutions to reduce your carbon footprint, supply alternative fuels and neutralise emissions.

BP Biojet

For the aviation industry, biojet is the only alternative to jet fuel. To date, the industry as a whole has flown over 100,000 flights with biojet fuel. And demand is expected to continue to grow as the price differential to regular jet fuel decreases. Biojet is a jet fuel made from sustainable material (solid household waste, recycled cooking oil etc) which reduces the amount of crude oil we consume and produces lower lifecycle CO2 emissions compared to conventional jet fuel. A 50% biofuel-jet fuel mix can provide approximately a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions depending on the feedstock, the production method, and the supply chain to the airport. 

Biojet blended with regular fuel is approved for use in jet engines. No technical changes to aircraft are required. Air BP markets an approved biojet fuel, BP Biojet, which is currently available at a number of airports in the Nordics. Air BP was the first operator to supply renewable jet fuel through an airport hydrant fuelling system as part of normal operations at Oslo Airport in 2016.

Benefits

  • Gives you a differentiated environmental message for your clients.
  • Supports the global aviation industry commitment to carbon neutral growth.
  • Flights powered on biojet may be exempt from EU ETS.

Unleaded Avgas

Following the 1990 Clean Air Act in the US the aviation industry has pursued a technical programme to develop an unleaded Avgas. This has covered research by individual companies and joint activity within the Coordinating Research Council (CRC)/ASTM International and has resulted in the development of numerous unleaded formulations. However, performance piston engines have been developed to rely on the lead additive (TEL) and therefore the transition to a high octane unleaded fuel is technically challenging. Currently no formulation can be used by all Avgas aircraft.

It is expected that leaded Avgas will be systematically replaced across the world due to:
  • Equivalent environmental legislation elsewhere globally.
  • Increased cost of TEL manufacture.
  • Operational benefits of cleaner engines and increased times between overhaul.
Air BP continue to be involved in the formulation development, testing and supply of unleaded alternatives as the industry works towards a long-term solution.

Our UL91 network supply

Throughout 2016 we have started to make UL91 available at a small number of network locations in Europe where there is a concentration of aircraft that can use this product.  We have introduced a dedicated UL91 Sterling card and all fuellings will be via our self-serve machines to minimize the risk of mis-fuelling.

Voluntary carbon offsetting

BP Target Neutral offers a best-in-class carbon management and offsetting programme allowing you to calculate your carbon emissions using our carbon footprint calculator and offset them through a range of environmental projects.

Benefits

  • Offers you the tools to reduce your emissions and support your reputation.
  • Offers you a tailored suite of best-in-class environmental projects that enable you to build community and stakeholder support.
  • Cost effective carbon offsetting.
  • Allows you to visit the projects that you support through your offsets.

Emissions trading service (EU ETS)

BP is one of the largest emissions traders globally and can offer a full range of solutions to help you comply with carbon cap and trade schemes. BP pioneered global emissions trading, launching a BP Group wide scheme in 2000, trading the first EU allowance in 2005.

Benefits

  • Access to the lowest cost compliance units (including CERs and EUAA).
  • The ability to help achieve cost certainty through hedging of future allowance exposure.
  • The ability to optimize cashflow by monetizing your free surplus allowances.
Business case:

Environmental topics are becoming increasingly important for the industry. The recent historic Paris agreement on climate change is leading the way with 195 nations setting a path to keep temperature rise below 2 degrees celcius. The global business aviation operating and manufacturing communities (IBAC* and GAMA*) support the following environmental targets from ICAO:

- 50% reduction in total emissions by 2050 relative to 2015
- 2% improvements in fuel efficiency on average per year from today until 2020
- Carbon neutral growth by 2020