The International Advisory Group (IAP) on the Sustainable Air Hub has delivered its report to Minister for Transport and Minister in charge of Trade Relations S Iswaran. The report details 15 key initiatives in three key areas of aviation, namely airport, airline and air traffic management, that Singapore could undertake as tangible pathways to decarbonise the aviation sector.
IAP was established in February 2022, bringing together 20 industry, technology and knowledge partners from Singapore and around the world to discuss how international aviation can be made more sustainable and accessible to all, and how Singapore can contribute to this international effort. The IAP is chaired by Professor Chong Tow Chong, President of the Singapore University of Technology and Design. IAP members include CEOs of key international aviation organizations, as well as senior executives from major aviation industry and renowned knowledge and technology partners.
Over the past six months, IAP has hosted four meetings, conducted in both physical and virtual environments, to exchange views on the vision and strategies to chart the way forward for the Singapore air hub. To solicit ideas from a wider range of stakeholders, IAP members facilitated six in-depth sessions for three areas of aviation, namely airport, airline and air traffic management. These sessions, attended by over 120 representatives from 40 local and international partners, generated valuable insights and provided useful insights into IPA recommendations.
IAP main recommendations
Singapore is an international business, aviation and aerospace hub and has strong partnerships with international bodies, countries and private companies. Given this, IAP believes that Singapore is well placed to play an important role as a pioneer and convener of the cross-industry collaboration and public-private partnership needed to reconfigure the aviation ecosystem to support operations. sustainable and make it a commercially viable reality. . As an active member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the international civil aviation community, Singapore can also exercise thought leadership and work with other countries and international organizations to lead and support global and regional climate actions.
The 15 initiatives offered by the IAP are action-oriented, industry-driven projects that Singapore can consider and implement.
- Airport area. IAP has recommended six initiatives that will help improve sustainability at Changi Airport by switching to renewable energy and improving energy and resource efficiency. These include the deployment of solar panels on the airfield, the transit of airside vehicles to cleaner energy sources and the exploration of the potential of an on-site waste-to-energy facility to improve the circularity of resources.
- Airline domain. IAP has recommended five initiatives focused on improving the sustainability of airlines operating to, from and through Singapore. This includes investing in Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) including building a comprehensive ecosystem to make SAF viable. On the supply side, this includes identifying and sourcing raw materials from the region. On the demand side, it will include the establishment of a “Singapore/ASEAN Corporate Buyers Club” as well as the design and introduction of a levy mechanism to create SAF demand signals.
- Air traffic management domain. The IAP recommended four short- to medium-term initiatives to optimize air traffic management procedures and advance the new concept of operations in collaboration with regional partners and stakeholders. These would increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and emissions, resulting in better environmental performance and fuel savings. Recommendations include building on existing efforts to improve the coordination and management of long-haul flights and implementing direct route operations for arrivals in Singapore on specific route segments, which would allow aircraft to follow more optimal and efficient routes.
IAP also recommended the development of four critical enablers – policy and regulation, industry development, infrastructure planning and provision, and workforce transformation. These facilitators will support the 15 initiatives and provide the right conditions for the effective implementation of these initiatives. Please refer to Annex 3 for more details on the 15 initiatives and the four essential enablers.
The full IAP report can be downloaded from here.
Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for Trade Relations, S Iswaran, said: “I would like to thank the International Sustainable Aviation Platform Advisory Group for their insights and contributions that resulted in the report. I am pleased that the Panel was able to exchange ideas through the active participation of various stakeholders and converge on a set of 15 initiatives that could help develop Singapore as a sustainable aviation hub. Singapore’s aviation sector will play its part and contribute to the decarbonization of global aviation. We will study these recommendations and incorporate them into the development of our sustainable air hub master plan.
Professor Chong Tow Chong said: “I am pleased to provide our key recommendations on the development of a sustainable air hub in Singapore. The report captures the findings and results of our fruitful and insightful discussions. I would like to thank all IAP members and participants for their invaluable contributions in helping chart the way forward for the Singapore air hub. I hope this report can serve as a useful guide to Singapore in developing its sustainable air hub master plan, as well as other stakeholders and international parties pursuing sustainable aviation.
CAAS will publish the Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint in 2023, incorporating IAP recommendations. The Blueprint will provide a decarbonization roadmap for the Singapore aviation hub, with mid-term 2030 and longer-term 2050 goals and concrete pathways to achieve them. This will be an important initiative that will help provide thought leadership and further catalyze investments, actions and collaborations with private sector companies and other countries.
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