The second conference of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on alternative aviation fuels (CAAF2) started in Mexico City yesterday, October 11, 2017. The conference builds on the first ICAO Conference on alternative aviation fuels (CAAF) held in November 2009 and the results of the ICAO Alternative Fuels seminar held in February 2017.
Already at the first conference in 2009, the use of renewable fuels for aviation was identified as an important means of reducing aviation emissions and with the adoption of the ICAO Global Framework for Aviation Alternative Fuels (GFAAF) an information database for global activities on kerosene alternatives was created. Furthermore, the 39th session of the ICAO Assembly in September 2016 strongly emphasized the need to develop and deploy alternative fuels in an economically, socially and ecologically sustainable manner.
On the occasion of this ICAO conference in Mexico, aireg Chairman of the Board Siegfried Knecht states: “It is right and important that the ICAO is addressing itself again to this topic and that alternative aviation fuels are acknowledged prominently on the international stage. I consider it absolutely necessary that all technology routes for synthetic fuels which are approved today are taken significantly into account in the ongoing CORSIA deliberations and decisions, as well as future technological options. We in Europe and in Germany have the most stringent certification criteria, such as through ISCC, and can therefore confidently face any sustainability debate, taking into account ecological, economic and social aspects.”