Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Bid to make `green aviation policy’ a reality

New Delhi: In a bid to minimise air pollution and keep the sky clean, various stakeholders at the Centre, which includes Ministry of Civil Aviation, Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Petroleum Ministry, airlines, and other aviation related agencies have initiated talks to implement `green aviation policy’ that will ensure airlines and other stakeholders in the civil aviation industry to use modern, less noisy and more fuel efficient aircraft.

The development comes in after the government in March this year came up with the white paper titled ‘National Green Aviation Policy’, which suggested that airlines use modern, less noisy and more fuel efficient aircraft.The policy, has however not mentioned any proposal to tax on carbon emissions by pollutants.

The white paper is crucial for ensuring the pace at which India’s aviation sector is growing. India’s domestic aviation market today is one of the fastestgrowing sector globally and is projected to take over as world’s third largest air passenger market by year 2029.

The White Paper also said the civil aviation regulator, the DGCA should work with the Petroleum Ministry and other private stakeholders to encourage and facilitate availability of boil-jet fuel and make it commercial available. The green aviation policy proposes that the DGCA must assess and understand emissions from all aviation related sources and as to how much to they contribute to local air quality.
The government on March 14 sought for views on a set of proposals which is aimed towards minimising air pollution at airports and India’s air space.

The white paper also pointed out that efforts should be made to minimise air pollution at all new and upcoming airports and must have clean energy generation projects at these sites.

30/04/19 Sanjay Singh/Indian Awaaz 
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