ICAO adopts new global framework for sustainable, cleaner aviation fuel during CAAF/3

Dubai, Nov. 26 (BNA): The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) announced on Friday the adoption of the “Dubai Framework”, a new ICAO Global Framework for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), Lower Carbon Aviation Fuels (LCAF) and other Aviation Cleaner Energies, during the last day of the Third ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3), held in Dubai.

The agreement, which was reached in Dubai, comes a few days ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

As per the framework, ICAO and its member states have agreed to strive to achieve a collective global aspirational vision to reduce CO2 emissions in international aviation by 5 percent by 2030, compared to zero cleaner energy use, by expanding the production of SAF, LCAF and other cleaner aviation energy sources, supported by lowering production costs and providing financing and technology.

ICAO members also agreed to review these goals by 2028, through the study and evaluation of developments in the global sustainable energy market.

The Global Framework was adopted following consultations made across 5 days, with inputs from over 1,000 officials, investors and experts from 100 countries and 30 international organisations.

Key elements of the Framework include a collective Vision for the clean energy transition, harmonised regulatory foundations, supporting implementation initiatives, and improved access to financing for related initiatives so that “No Country is Left Behind.”

As per the framework, the ICAO and its member states will work towards the decentralisation of the production of SAF, LCAF and other aviation cleaner energies across all countries and regions, providing a fair and equal opportunity to participate across the value chain, from feedstock to fuel production and use. The framework states that “no single fuel source will be produced at a level necessary to achieve the long-term global aspirational goal (LTAG). Accordingly, the global framework needs to be flexible and not exclude any particular fuel source, pathway, feedstock or technology that meets the CORSIA agreed criteria”.

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SAFs, LCAFs and other aviation cleaner energies are expected to have the largest contribution to aviation CO2 emissions reduction by 2050, the framework asserts, which will be supported through a comprehensive approach to be developed by the ICAO and its members, consisting of a basket of measures, including technology, sustainable fuels, operational improvements, and market-based measures.

During the CAAF/3 closing ceremony, the UAE, represented by the GCAA, presented ICAO with a sculpture dubbed the “Dubai framework-on the Global Framework for SAF, LCAF and other Aviation Cleaner Energies” to commemorate this historic agreement.


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