UAE reaffirms its commitment to supporting international efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the aviation sector

In the path of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, sustainable aviation fuel and alternative fuels have risen to prominence as central topics in discussions, meetings, and international conferences concerning the future of the aviation industry. Recognised as a key solution for reducing carbon emissions in the sector, it has garnered significant attention and debate.

The 80th Annual General Meeting (AGM) & World Air Transport Summit 2024, hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Dubai last week, addressed ways to promote, accelerate, and incentivise the global increase in sustainable aviation fuel production. Estimates by IATA suggest that the anticipated traffic of the industry in 2050 would likely generate 1.8 billion tons of carbon emissions if fueled by traditional jet kerosene. To achieve net-zero emissions, it is projected that 65% of the total emissions reductions will need to be accomplished using Sustainable Aviation Fuel, or SAF. This would equate to more than 360 million tons (450 billion litres) of SAF annually by 2050, sourced from every available sustainable feedstock.

During its participation in the AGM, the General Civil Aviation Authority ((GCAA) affirmed the UAE’s commitment to supporting international cooperation efforts in this field to ensure tangible progress. Eng. Maryam Ali AlBalooshi, Environment Manager at GCAA and Vice Chair of the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) explained that alternative aviation fuel had become a key priority on the government agenda of the UAE. She noted that the country has taken several serious and deliberate steps to develop an enabling environment for the production of clean, sustainable, and low-carbon fuels for aviation. The UAE is keen on adopting and supporting all initiatives that serve this direction internationally, believing that international cooperation is essential to achieve a real turning point in the production and operation curve of the civil aviation sector globally.

In this context, Al Balooshi elaborated on the UAE’s adoption of the Sustainable Aviation Market (SAM 2025) initiative, which the country plans to organise next year in conjunction with hosting the 4th ICAO Global Implementation Support Symposium in 2025. This market will be a pivotal accelerator for increasing global production of sustainable aviation and low-carbon fuels. Its primary objective is to provide an environmental platform facilitating communication among project developers, funders, banks, small and medium-sized enterprises, and other stakeholders.
According to figures published on the ICAO website, international efforts to enhance the production of SAF are making continuous progress, as shown in the data below:

o    122 airports distributing SAF

o    53 billion litres under offtake agreements

o    313 Announced Facilities for SAF and LCAF

o    42 feedstocks recognised under ICAO CORSIA

o    23 Stakeholder Action Groups






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