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November 19, 2021

CAAS and Airbus enter partnership for sustainable air travel

This study will commence next year and continue for two years.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has partnered with aerospace firm Airbus to facilitate sustainable aviation.

The pair have entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard.

The move comes as international air travel is witnessing gradual recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the agreement, the partners will evaluate the demand and production supply of green aviation fuels for supporting decarbonisation strategies and look into the prospects of research and development (R&D) of upcoming technologies.

While considering airport infrastructure, they will also look into monetary conditions, monitoring environment and international policies and standards for backing sustainable aviation.

As part of the MoU, CAAS and Airbus will perform a technical feasibility study of an airport hydrogen hub and the infrastructure supplies for implementing hydrogen-driven aircraft operations in the future.

These include aircraft ground services, the generation, storage and distribution of hydrogen, logistical equipment and refuelling systems.

During the study, requirements will be assessed for arranging and provisioning the airport development to offer optionality, along with the development of the technology.

This evaluation will begin next year and continue for two years.

The conclusion drawn after the completion of the study is expected to support policymaking, industry development and infrastructure planning.

Airbus chief technical officer Sabine Klauke said: “Airbus is committed to leading the decarbonisation of the aviation sector and aims to deliver the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035.

“The decarbonisation of our industry requires a combination of approaches, hydrogen being one of them, and will need unprecedented cross-sector collaboration to create the new aviation infrastructure ecosystem. We are, therefore, pleased to have CAAS as a partner as we embark on this exciting journey.”

Recently, CAAS announced that it is preparing to conduct a trial on the use of sustainable aviation fuel at Changi Airport (SIN) next year.

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