Singapore could reduce Changi Airport's air-con carbon footprint, in bid to become sustainable air hub

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SINGAPORE: Singapore will consider further reducing the air-conditioning carbon footprint at Changi Airport, and potentially install solar panels near the airport's runway in a concerted push to become a sustainable aviation hub.

These were two of 15 wide-ranging measures across the airport, airline and air traffic management domains recommended by a panel to the Government on Friday (Sep 23), as Singapore looks to "urgently" tackle climate change in the local and global aviation sector.

"Any change in the weather can affect, for example, airport infrastructure and in fact how we plan air traffic management as well," Professor Chong Tow Chong, chair of the International Advisory Panel on Sustainable Air Hub, told reporters on Friday.

"So I think it's timely that Singapore, being a regional or even a global aviation hub, I think we need to really tackle this issue very urgently."

The panel was formed in February to discuss how international aviation could be made more sustainable and accessible - and how Singapore could contribute to this effort, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in a media release on Friday.

The panel comprises 20 industry, technology and knowledge partners from Singapore and around the world, including representatives from plane manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus as well as engine maker Rolls-Royce and jet fuel supplier Shell.

Over the past six months, the partners had four meetings and moderated six deep dive sessions with more than 120 local and international representatives from the aviation sector before coming up with the recommendations.

The panel has submitted its report to Transport Minister S Iswaran, detailing "tangible pathways" for Singapore to decarbonise the aviation sector, CAAS said. The Government will study the recommendations and include them in a blueprint to be published in 2023.

This blueprint will provide a decarbonisation roadmap for Singapore's air hub, stating medium-term 2030 and longer-term 2050 targets as well as concrete ways of achieving them.

"This will be a significant initiative which will help provide thought leadership and further catalyse investments, actions and collaborations with private sector companies and ot...

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