Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority Sets Up S$50 Million Aviation Sustainability Programme

The Singapore government said it will commit S$50 million for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to set up a new Aviation Sustainability Programme to support Singapore’s drive to develop a sustainable air hub.

The S$50 million programme will provide up to 70% funding for sector-wide projects that reduce carbon emissions, build new capabilities, or develop collaborative ecosystems and up to 50% funding for company-level projects.

In a statement on its website, the CAAS said the Aviation Sustainability Programme will fund and support projects that deliver one or more of the following key objectives.

(1) Catalyse sustainability initiatives to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint

Domestic and international carbon emissions of the Singapore air hub are expected to rise as air traffic volume continues to grow1. The programme will support projects that reduce energy use and demonstrate a potential sizable carbon emission reduction of at least 10% for the process or activity targeted.

(2) Develop new sustainability capabilities

As climate consciousness grows, sustainability has become an increasingly important competitive advantage for air hubs around the world. The Aviation Sustainability Programme will support the sector’s efforts to develop and test-bed new service offerings, and enhance companies’ capabilities in harnessing and deploying sustainability solutions.

(3) Develop a collaborative aviation sustainability ecosystem

Advancing sustainability in the aviation sector requires cross-sectoral collaboration and private-public partnerships, in order to scale up solutions and generate spillover effects across the ecosystem. The Aviation Sustainability Programme is therefore intended to bring ecosystem partners together to work on research and development, green certification or standards development, and foster knowledge transfer.

Examples of projects which the Aviation Sustainability Programme could support include the adoption of novel or more energy-efficient airport systems and/or equipment; optimisation of airport processes to enhance operational efficiency and sustainability of key processes, such as reducing aircraft turnaround time or improving airside vehicle movements; and transition to cleaner energy sources such as testing of new alternative or low carbon fuels.

Commenting on the move Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS, said: “Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to build sustainability as a new competitive advantage for the Singapore air hub. The new $50 million programme is a response to industry feedback and will provide a much-needed boost to our effort to decarbonise. It will help alleviate investment cost and catalyse and accelerate company-level projects. It will also facilitate sector-wide risk pooling, capability building and collaboration which will be how we can distinguish ourselves from other air hubs.”

In 2019, operations at Singapore’s airports accounted for 297.5ktCO2 or about 0.7% of Singapore’s domestic carbon emissions while Singapore air operators accounted for 17.6MtCO2 or about 2.8% of international aviation carbon emissions.

CAAS will be conducting the first call for proposals from 1 April to 30 April 2023.

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