Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), He said the UAE enjoys global confidence in the aviation sector regionally and internationally, noting that the sector has been a key pillar of the UAE’s economic diversification efforts and a gateway to several global markets.
In a statement on the sidelines of the ongoing Third International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3), Al-Suwaidi He said the aviation industry has contributed about 14 percent to the national gross domestic product, and expressed hope that this figure will double in the next 10 to 12 years.
In response to a question about the United Arab Emirates holding the third ICAO Conference, Al Suwaidi explained that it represents the confidence of the international aviation community in the UAE and its ability to host exemplary events, noting that the country is at the forefront in organizing many global events in the aviation sector, all of which have came out with important announcements and recommendations.
He added that the conference aims to achieve an international consensus, under the auspices of ICAOon the mechanisms for transitioning to a balanced aviation fuel production system and sustaining the growth of the aviation sector.
Al Suwaidi He mentioned that to achieve sustainable fuels it is necessary to focus at the current moment on low-carbon fuels as a transition stage for the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable fuels. In this regard, the UAE, he said, has invested heavily in the production of low-carbon fuel and the country’s investments in the production of this type of fuel are expected to increase in light of the growing demand.
Al Suwaidi continued,
“We hope that the UAE will also become one of the world’s leading centers for the production of low-carbon, sustainable and alternative fuels.”
Saif Al Suwaidi He added that the country’s aviation sector announced last year its commitment to zero carbon neutrality by 2050, highlighting the UAE’s announcement of the National roadmap for sustainable aviation fuel, highlighting that all these efforts have strengthened the weight of the State on the world stage in the sustainable fuel file for the aviation sector.
The UAE has several advantages to developing a SAF industry that creates economic value, jobs and reduces emissions. The UAE has considerable hydrocarbon fuels infrastructure and expertise, a vibrant RDD landscape and abundant opportunities to generate cheap renewable energy.
SAF technology is underpinned by the UAE’s pioneering strategies in energy, climate, industry, hydrogen and international leadership. This roadmap illustrates how the UAE can leverage these opportunities, while mitigating cost and raw material challenges, to enable UAE airlines to continue their profitable and sustainable growth.
The third International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) The Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3) being held in Dubai aims to reach agreement on the steps needed to develop clean fuels for the aviation sector. It aims to promote a global ICAO framework for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), low-carbon aviation fuels and other clean energies for adoption at the conference.
News source: Emirates News Agency