Eve and Corporación América Airports plan UAM solutions: A subsidiary of Eve Holding and Corporación América Airports, the largest private-sector airport concession operator in the world by the number of airports, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to design and integrate a service and support ecosystem for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) operations in Europe and Latin America. Eve and Corporación América Airports will combine their expertise and efforts to assess the market readiness of ground infrastructure for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) operations at airports, including studies of the regulatory environment. “The next five years will probably be decisive in how we move from and through cities, and aviation will play a leading role again. Corporación América Airports has always been at the forefront of air transport services, and now wants to be a key player in the UAM segment, identifying the challenges and opportunities for better operational, infrastructural and secure contexts. We want to lead the development of the UAM ecosystem, allowing mobility in the third dimension accessible to all, in a more sustainable transportation mode,” said Martin Eurnekian, CEO of Corporación América Airports. “The Urban Air Mobility ecosystem includes ground infrastructures and operations, airports, and integration of different transportation modes. The partnership with Corporación América Airports will allow us to create and implement these concepts, in line with regulatory authorities’ requirements, in different communities in Latin America and Europe supported by Corporación América Airports. Our dedication to enabling a global UAM ecosystem makes Eve a trusted partner in this collaboration,” said Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve.
Eve and Falcon Aviation Services announce partnership: A subsidiary of Eve Holding and Falcon Aviation Services, a business aviation services operator in the Middle East and Africa region, signed a Letter of Intent for up to 35 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. With deliveries expected to start in 2026, the partnership will introduce the first eVTOL tourist flights from the Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. Eve and Falcon will work together with the local stakeholders and authorities to support developing the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Captain Ramandeep Oberoi, chief operating officer of Falcon, said: “We are ecstatic to partner with Eve and be the first operator of eVTOL in Dubai and the MENA region. The launch of this concept fully aligns with the Smart Dubai vision and will contribute to positioning Dubai as a global leader in sustainable Urban Air Mobility transportation. Falcon is actively engaged in Urban Air Mobility emergence and committed to delivering an effective and sustainable new urban transportation mode and providing the community with better and faster solutions. We are particularly proud to take a new step in the UAE, in a project that will be revolutionary for sustainable urban mobility.”
Embraer brings ESG target forward: Embraer announced that it has signed an electricity purchase agreement that ensures that 100 percent of the electricity acquired by the company in Brazil will be from renewable sources as of 2024. This means Embraer has brought its public commitment set initially for 2025 forward by one year. With the acquisition of the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) for 2024, Embraer will zero its “Scope 2” carbon emissions in Brazil, starting to buy all the electricity it uses from solar and wind sources, in addition to contributing to the growth of the renewable energy market. In 2021, Embraer consumed about 170,000 MWh globally, most of this (67 percent) in Brazil. “This is a milestone for the company and reinforces Embraer’s commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices in its transition to a low-carbon business model. ESG is one of the pillars of our strategic plan and we have a broad program with several fronts, and we are looking at every opportunity to accelerate the reduction of our carbon emissions,” says Carlos Alberto Griner, Embraer’s Vice President of People, ESG, and Communications. In August last year, Embraer announced ESG targets as part of its commitment to a sustainable future. The targets include carbon-neutral operations by 2040, the use of 100 percent renewable energy by 2025 in Brazil, which has just been brought forward to 2024, and global operations by 2030, as well as increased adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the development of low-carbon technologies and products, such as electric, hybrid, SAF, and hydrogen propulsion.
Embraer’s Energia initiative engages climate tech disrupters: Embraer recently completed its first ‘Start-Up Day’ aimed at encouraging start-up organisations and new entrants with the most innovative technologies, to join its Energia sustainable flight initiative. Embraer’s goal is to select these organisations to collaborate on Energia. Embraer seeks to develop technologies with the greatest potential to meet the challenges of the climate crisis; start-ups at the edge of innovation will have a significant role in resolving technical obstacles. The first ‘intake’ of 16 organisations from across the globe pitched their technologies to Embraer’s Energia team, each focusing on one of four critical areas: electric and hybrid-electric powertrain; fuel cells; Hydrogen storage; and battery technology. In the coming months the Energia team will explore these opportunities and aims to make the first down selection in Q3 2022. Carlos Ilario, head of Zero Emissions Innovation at Embraer, said, “To meet the climate challenge it is essential to encourage every innovation path, not just rely on traditional players. Embraer has a natural affinity with nimble innovators, and we believe the growing eco-system of small, tech-savvy start-ups have a huge contribution to make – if given the opportunity. We do not underestimate the scale of the challenge. Some of the technologies aviation needs are yet to be discovered. So, it is essential to harness all the world’s available talent to find answers that work, are affordable, and practical in the real world.” Embraer is planning to more Start-Up Days, adding further areas of interest such as sustainable cabin design, connectivity, ground handling, clean energy generation and more.