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Singapore: Becoming A Sustainable Air Hub

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The International Advisory Panel (IAP) on Sustainable Air Hub has submitted its report to the Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, Mr S Iswaran. The report details 15 key initiatives across three key aviation domains of airport, airline and air traffic management that Singapore could embark on as tangible pathways to decarbonise the aviation sector.

The 15 initiatives proposed by the IAP are action-oriented and industry-driven projects that Singapore can consider and implement.

(a) Airport Domain. The IAP has recommended six initiatives that will contribute to improving sustainability at Changi Airport by switching to renewable energy and improving energy and resource efficiency. These include solar panel deployment on the airfield, transiting airside vehicles towards cleaner energy sources and exploring the potential for an onsite waste-to-energy facility to enhance resource circularity.

(b) Airline Domain. The IAP has recommended five initiatives focussing on improving sustainability of airlines operating to, from and through Singapore. This includes investing in Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) comprising the setting up an entire ecosystem to make SAF viable. On the supply side, this includes identifying and sourcing for feedstock within the region. On the demand side, it will include setting-up a “Singapore / ASEAN Corporate Buyers’ Club” as well as designing and introducing an offtake mechanism to create SAF demand signals.

(c) Air Traffic Management Domain. The IAP has recommended four short- and medium-term initiatives to optimise air traffic management procedures and advance new concept of operations in collaboration with regional partners and stakeholders. These would increase efficiency and reduce fuel burn and emissions, resulting in improved environmental performance and fuel savings. Recommendations include building on existing efforts to improve the coordination and management of longer haul flights and implementing direct route operations for arrivals in Singapore on specific route segments, which would enable aircraft to fly more optimal and efficient routes. The IAP has also recommended the development of four critical enablers – policy and regulation, industry development, infrastructure planning and provision and workforce transformation. These enablers will undergird the 15 initiatives and provide the right conditions for the effective implementation of these initiatives. Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, Mr S Iswaran, said, “I would like to thank the International Advisory Panel on Sustainable Air Hub for their views and contributions which culminated in the report. I am glad that the Panel was able to canvass ideas through the active participation of various stakeholders, and converge on a set of 15 initiatives that could help develop Singapore as a sustainable air hub. The Singapore aviation sector will play our part and contribute to the decarbonisation of global aviation. We will study these recommendations and incorporate them into the development of our Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint.”

The full IAP report can be downloaded from here.


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