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General Civil Aviation Authority "Sustainability of the Aviation Sector is a Global Economic Necessity"

posted on Jan 21, 2019

The United Arab Emirates – General Civil Aviation Authority met with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to discuss environmental developments in the aviation sector, challenges and opportunities within the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

21 January 2019

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held a coordination meeting with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to review and share updates on the global aviation developments, and global commitments to projects and legislation in order to meet the environmental objectives of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Representatives of the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Saudi Aramco, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and the Dubai Carbon Center attended the meeting held in the Saudi Arabia Pavilion held within the (Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week).

H.E. Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority said, “The aviation sector is one of the most vital sectors in the country and its sustainability is a global economic requirement.

Al Suwaidi continued, “The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) affirms its commitment to achieving the goals of ICAO, which serves the interests of the civil aviation system, and its sustainability in the region and globally. Through emerging and interacting with environmental issues, and developing sustainability, and collaborating with neighboring countries and strategic partners to achieve global projects and develop legislation”.

The meeting discussed the latest developments related to the implementation of the ICAO State Action Plan on CO2 Emissions Reduction, adopted at the General Assembly meeting of the ICAO in 2016 in Assembly Resolution 39/3.

This meeting stipulates the start of the implementation of the plan during the current year, focusing on the experience of the UAE and most importantly the challenges facing it. The use of a new system that requires a project plan for the national airlines to reduce CO2 emissions to be presented to ICAO, a commitment to the plan and strategic delivery of it tasks within a specific timetable set by the ICAO. The meeting also focused on the importance of exchanging experiences with neighboring countries and supporting them in sustainability projects.

The meeting also affirmed that we are committed to the General Assembly's decision to have a global system to reduce emissions in the civil aviation sector, and that any other regional systems that do not comply with the resolution will present the sector with many economic consequences that will limit its future growth.

Furthermore, the need to take decisions for the interest of the aviation sector and vital sectors in the country, such as the energy and oil sector, and provide a platform for the dialogue between specialists from oil companies, and carbon experts from the two sister countries.

The meeting also highlighted the importance of detailed studies to support the future country’s positions on matters related to the clean energy of the aviation sector, and the extent to which these studies and investments by major oil companies such as Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Saudi Aramco.

The two countries also agreed to establish a specialized group in order to participate in the ICAO Task Force that includes States, international organizations and environmental groups that will develop the sustainability criteria for Sustainable Aviation Fuels.

Source: GCAA

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