Tuesday, July 25, 2023

DGCA adopts ICAO guidelines for environmental protection

The government has taken several initiatives to promote sustainable aviation practices and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation sector, said the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen VK Singh (Retd) in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Monday. 
 The initiatives include: DGCA has adopted the guidelines for environmental protection developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) through its Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and issued it in the form of Civil Aviation Regulations (CARs). 
 To realise the goals of decarbonisation of Aviation Sector, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP&NG) has constituted a Bio-Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) Programme Committee to take forward the Bio-ATF programme in the country to promote use of clean fuels. 
The terms of reference of the committee included, inter-alia, raw materials production/demand, technology, BIS Standards, effects on engine performance etc. The Committee has submitted its report with recommendations to MoP&NG.
 The Ministry of Civil Aviation has written to the operators of all the brownfield airports with scheduled operations and developers of the upcoming greenfield airports advising them to work towards achieving 'Carbon Neutrality' and 'Net Zero', to get accreditation by Airports Council International (ACI/ISO 14064 through empaneled verifiers) and to adopt carbon mitigation measures as well as carbon management plans. 
 25/07/2023 EnergyWorld
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