CAAS, SIA to study alternative fuel use

CAAS, SIA to study alternative fuel use

SINGAPORE - In a push for cleaner skies, Singapore is studying for the first time the feasibility of airlines using alternative fuels.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) are doing the joint research, with the aid of hired consultants.

They will look into the benefits, requirements and cost of using alternatives, a CAAS spokesman told The Straits Times.

The study, expected to start later this year, should take about six months. The cost has not been finalised.

Whether the intention is to eventually draft policies to require or encourage Singapore carriers to make the switch is premature to say, industry observers said.

SIA spokesman Nicholas Ionides said the new collaborative effort will take the studies it has done on its own to the next level.

Its move is also in concert with the International Air Transport Association's (Iata) global drive to get airlines to eventually switch from fossil fuels like oil to alternative sources, namely biofuels, which cause less pollution.

It will help to further reduce the industry's carbon emission, which is about 2 per cent of man-made greenhouse emissions currently.

But it wants to do better. Said Iata's assistant director of environment (technology), Mr Thomas Roetger: "We must put in place appropriate steps to further limit and reduce carbon emissions."

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