Singapore and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have signed an agreement for Singapore to provide and receive assistance, capacity-building, and training (ACT) on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) under the ACT-SAF programme.
Under the programme, Singapore will provide experts and resources to share expertise and experience, tackling areas such as setting up an International Advisory Panel (IAP) to engage industry and canvas ideas, developing a Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint to provide a national roadmap, adopting an ecosystem approach and catalysing public-private collaboration to drive implementation.
The ACT-SAF programme is one of ICAO’s key initiatives in working towards achieving this goal. The capacity-building programme supports States on the development and deployment of SAF, fosters partnerships and cooperation as well as provides a knowledge sharing platform for SAF initiatives across countries and the world.
Singapore has embarked on a 1-year pilot to use blended SAF at Changi Airport and will have the world’s largest SAF plant when it is completed next year, a useful reference for other States planning to develop and deploy SAF.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said the city-state will receive support in other areas of interest, including in policy and regulation, industry development and technology which will help in the development and deployment of SAF in Singapore.
Mr Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS said, “The ICAO long-term aspirational goal is a historic agreement to undertake highly ambitious climate action. Singapore signing onto the ACT-SAF programme is a statement of our commitment to this global goal and to do our part to contribute to this global effort. This multilateral collaboration complements what we are already doing at the national level through initiatives like developing the Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint and bilaterally with countries like New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States. They are mutually reinforcing and add momentum to the overall decarbonisation effort.”
Singapore is the fourth signatory of the ICAO ACT-SAF agreement after Brazil, the European Commission, and Spain.