Last Updated: June 12, 2021, 0845hrs
The ever worse pandemic in the history has shouldered the industry of aviation with huge financial loss in the last year and a half. But the vaccination and curtailment strategies used by the various regulators worldwide may turn out to be a silver lining to the cloud.
Recently, five nations namely Kenya, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a new initiative called Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Ambassador Group, in association with the World Economic Forum to reduce and check the carbon emissions from the aviation industry as the skies embraces full fledged operations slowly and gradually.
These five countries affirmed their commitment to reduce emissions from the aviation industry by committing to find innovative solutions and their implementation.
According to a World Economic Forum report, about 2-3 percent of the total carbon emissions on the planet are emitted from the aviation sector.
What is Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) ?
Produced from renewable materials like household waste and industrial CO2 emissions, sustainable aviation fuels is one of the vital technologies which potentially can replace the presently used aviation fuels. The technology can reduce the emissions by about 80 percent 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.
UK Aviation Minister Robert Courts was quoted as saying that newer aviation fuel technology will not only reduce the global carbon emissions but also generate employment for a large number of people. Courts also said that the United Kingdom which is hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Conference of Parties (COP 26) this year will continue to support and promote newer aviation technologies and a detailed strategy of the SAF Ambassador Group will be launched here at COP26.