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5 nations including UK, Singapore Launch Initiative on Reducing Global Aviation Emissions, check details


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World Economic Forum reports that the aviation sector generates approximately 2-3% of global carbon dioxide emissions.

Coronavirus pandemic may have caused a severe blow to the aviation industry during the last one and a half years, but vaccinations and curtailment strategies used by governments around the world will soon return the industry to health. Now that the aviation industry is operating at full capacity, the carbon dioxide released from aircraft will soon flood the atmosphere. Recently, Kenya, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a new initiative called the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Ambassador Group in association with the World Economic Forum in order to reduce global emissions from aviation.

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The aviation sector is responsible for about 2-3 per cent of the planet’s total carbon emissions, according to a report by the World Economic Forum. The air traffic will soon reach pre-pandemic levels, and the industry’s emissions are a concern as global warming increases. Nevertheless, the practical substitution for aviation fuel seems far off as the new technology remains unscalable.

Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF)

Sustainable aviation fuels which are produced from renewable materials like household waste and industrial CO2 emissions is one of the vital technologies which has the potential to replace the presently used aviation fuels. The technology can reduce the emissions released from the aviation industry by about 80 per cent but the large scale adoption of technology remains complex and extremely expensive. In addition to bringing the regulatory framework, sustained public finance measures will also be required to bring the new technology on large scale.

Need for multilateral collaboration

Recently, governments of Kenya, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates launched the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Ambassadors Group in association with the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative. The five countries affirmed their commitment to reducing emissions from the aviation industry by committing to find innovative solutions and their implementation.

Robert Courts, Britain’s aviation minister, expressed appreciation for the initiatives. Newer aviation fuel technology will not only reduce global carbon emissions but will also generate jobs for a large number of people, according to Courts. In addition, the Court commented that the United Kingdom, which is hosting the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCC) Convention of Parties (COP 26) this year, will continue to support and promote newer aviation technologies. After successive meetings between the member countries in the next months, a detailed strategy of the SAF Ambassador Group will be launched at COP 26 later this year.

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