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New York (AirGuide - Travel Environment Watch) Oct 18, 2009

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), has updated its Airline Fuel Cost and Consumption data with preliminary figures for August. It shows that the cost per gallon was USD3.54 in August 2008. That fell to USD1.90 in July 2009 and then increased to USD2.02 in August 2009, a monthly increase of 6.3 percent. For more information, visit www.transtats.bts.gov/fuel.asp. Oct 16, 2009

The European Commission will hold a technical discussion about the European Union's emissions trading scheme with EU member states, the USA and Eurocontrol following the latest round of US-EU open skies talks, Europe's lead open skies negotiator Daniel Calleja says. During the negotiations, the USA raised issues pertaining to operators and flights covered in the scheme and Europe has agreed to clarify the matter, says Commission's air transport directorate. Europe will fold flights within, to and from the EU into its emissions schemefrom 2012. The EC published its finalised list of air operators and administering states based on Eurocontrol data in August as most administering states required carriers to submit their monitoring plans by 31 August. The list of more than 3,700 operators included some US carriers that do not fly to Europe,as well as some defunct operators. For example, Frontier Airlines was assigned to Germany, but the Denver-based carrier does fly to Europe, whileGolappeared under Denmark's purview even though the Brazilian operator ceased long-haul flights in 2008,and Columbus, Ohio-based Skybus Airlines was assigned to Germany despitethe domestic carrier ceasingall operations in 2008. Oct 15, 2009

The European Regions Airline Association has strongly criticised a European Commission paper on climate-change project financing. In September, the EC published Stepping up international climate finance: A European blueprint for the Copenhagen deal, in which it proposed that the aviation industry could "provide an important source of innovative financing" for environmental projects in the developing world. Oct 14, 2009

A key step to starting the certification process for bio-derived jet fuels is nearing completion. Testing of bio-derived blends of generic synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK), called hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ), has been under way for more than a year and a report...

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