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Singapore Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat revealed a inexperienced initiative to transition all outgoing flights to utilise sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2026. This announcement got here throughout the Changi Aviation Summit, a precursor to the Singapore Airshow.

The town-state is committing to a 1% SAF utilization goal by 2026, with ambitions to elevate this determine to between 3% and 5% by 2030. This enhance is contingent on international progress and the broader acceptance and availability of SAF, mentioned the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

“The use of SAF is a important pathway for the decarbonisation of aviation and is predicted to contribute round 65% of the carbon emission discount wanted to obtain internet zero by 2050.”

The plan was developed by the CAAS in collaboration with stakeholders and trade members.

SAF is produced both synthetically or from organic supplies, similar to used cooking oil or wooden chips. At current, SAF makes up a mere 0.2% of the jet fuel market. The aviation trade, nevertheless, expects this determine to rise to 65% by 2050, aligning to obtain ‘internet zero’ emissions by the identical yr. Attaining this goal, nevertheless, would necessitate a big capital funding estimated between US$1.45 trillion to US$3.2 trillion, reported Bangkok Submit.

Producers of SAF have expressed considerations over the dearth of certainty relating to the acquisition of their product, whereas airways argue about inadequate provide and inflated prices. At the moment, SAF is up to 5 instances pricier than conventional jet fuel.

To deal with these points, the CAAS intends to implement an SAF levy for the acquisition of SAF to present price assurance for airways and travellers. The levy’s worth will probably be a predetermined quantum, reliant on the SAF goal and the projected SAF worth on the given time.

It’ll fluctuate primarily based on components similar to journey distance and journey class. For example, the levy to help a 1% SAF uplift in 2026 might probably enhance the ticket worth for an economic system class passenger on a direct flight from Singapore to Bangkok, Tokyo, and London by roughly S$3 (US$2.23), S$6 and S$16 respectively. Premium class passengers will probably be topic to increased levies, in accordance to Singapore’s aviation regulator.

In associated information, Thai vitality authorities have been growing a nationwide proposal for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to cut back carbon emissions in the aviation trade. Learn extra in regards to the sustainable aviation fuel initiative in Thailand.

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