AAIS was pleased to organise the ICCAIA (International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries) Asia Briefing Summer Edition 2022, together with the Society of Japan Aerospace Companies (SJAC) and Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association (MAIA). Held on 25 August 2022, the webinar focused on environment and sustainability with speakers from across the aviation sector presenting information and giving views on the political landscape, technical solutions and issues of industry concern.

Speakers of the ICCAIA Summer briefing 2022

Following welcome remarks from AAIS, MAIA and SJAC representatives, the Permanent Representative of ICCAIA to the International Civil Aviation Organisation  (ICAO), Dan Carnelly, presented an overview of the net-zero carbon emissions goal for aviation, highlighting challenges and sustainability issues for Asia region. Dan touched on a “basket of measures” that has been identified by ICAO to help the industry mitigate CO2 emissions, including in-sector measures such as aircraft and engine technology, operations and fuels, complemented by out-of-sector or market-based measures rolled out via the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). This was followed by a briefing and updates by Haldane Dodd, Executive Director of Air Transport Action Group, on the developments of global policies being pursued on CORSIA and the recently released report for a long-term global aspirational goal (LTAG) for international aviation published by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP).

Dr Eric Upton, Chairman at ICCAIA Aircraft Noise and Emissions Committee, then shared on ICCAIA’s contributions to CAEP and technical challenges for a new Joint Noise and CO2 Standard which calls for dual stringency. Rounding off the presentations, Sami Jauhiainen, Vice President of APAC at Neste Asia Pacific spoke on Sustainable Aviation Fuels, providing insights on the market outlook for SAFs and opportunities in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. Sami shared that Neste, having made investments in Rotterdam and Singapore, will increase its SAF output capacity to 1.5Mt by the end of 2023 (from 100,000 tons in 2019).

Following the presentations, participants engaged in robust discussions with the speakers, bringing up questions on the availability of sustainable biomaterial feedstock for SAF supply, alternative pathways to SAF, the future for supersonic commercial flights given the intensity in sustainability, as well as the potential impact and responses for developed countries in Asia in meeting CORSIA and LTAG.

We thank ICCAIA, and all the speakers for sharing their generous insights, and attendees for their active participation and questions.