The global civil aviation community has made progress in the effort to reduce carbon emission, with new guidelines to halt the current level by 2050.
Emerging from the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, inter-governments’ robust discussions arrived at two critical outcomes.
First, the ICAO council was mandated to report to the next Assembly on options for the adoption of a long-term aspirational goal for reducing carbon emissions from international aviation.
Second, the Assembly passed a resolution that reaffirmed and strengthened its support for the successful implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)—the world’s first global carbon offsetting scheme.
Apparently impressed by the agreements, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) commended the “significant progress” made by governments.
Recall that a decade ago, the aviation industry agreed on a long-term goal to cut aviation emissions to half the levels of 2005 by 2050 and is working on a pathway to achieve that goal.
This Assembly marks the first time that ICAO member states have agreed to consider a long-term goal for governments to reduce aviation emissions—a move that is strongly welcomed by airlines.
IATA’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Alexandre de Juniac, said sustainability was critical to earning aviation’s license to grow and spread its many economic and social benefits, though decarbonising the sector was a major challenge.
“Our focus is on cutting emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050 and we are making consistent progress. Flying today is 17.3 per cent more fuel-efficient than a decade ago. From 2020—with the help of CORSIA—the sector’s growth will be carbon neutral.
“The strong support of governments for developing a UN-backed long-term goal for reducing emissions would support us in those efforts and take us to the next step. National policy measures aligned to a global long-term emissions reduction goal will enable the industry to work even more effectively on crucial opportunities like commercialising sustainable aviation fuels and more efficient air traffic management,” de Juniac said.
Meanwhile, the enhanced and strong support for CORSIA will shore-up the important step of capping aviation emissions from 2020. CORSIA will offset the growth of international flight emissions from 2021, generating some $40 billion of aviation-funded climate finance by 2035.
“We need to implement CORSIA successfully. It’s essential to our promise of carbon-neutral growth. This Assembly has sent a clear message that governments are committed to CORSIA and want to broaden participation from the voluntary stage. We look forward to seeing these commitments delivered as CORSIA begins—particularly by those states that are undermining CORSIA with additional taxes or charges,” said de Juniac.
Buhari Approves N10bn For Rehabilitation Of Enugu Airport
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N10billion Special Intervention Fund for immediate repairs and upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
The President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said this was the high point of the courtesy call on the President by a delegation of governors and leaders of the South east at the State House in Abuja, yesterday.
The President said he was aware of the central nature of the airport, which was closed for repairs since August 24, to the socio-economic development of the South east.
President Buhari said he was aware of the infrastructure deficits all over the country occasioned by lack of judicious use of available resources in the past.
However, according to him, his administration is working on remedying the situation.
He said: “We are trying our best to make sure that infrastructure rehabilitation is carried out very quickly.
“I personally firmly believe that if we get infrastructure correct, the roads, rail, power, most Nigerians will mind their businesses, they will not even care who is in government.
“But when you deny them infrastructure, it will be difficult for them to compete and move across the country and regions.’’
He appealed to the governors to explain this position to their people.
“Please, have the courage to continue to explain to your constituencies whenever they feel that there is laxity in government effort to rehabilitate infrastructure.
“We are doing our best within the resources available to the government. The Federal Government is working to fix infrastructure deficit in the country. The challenges are there.
“It is our responsibility to fix things, we are doing it and we will continue to do our best in this regard,’’ the President said.
In a presentation on behalf of the governors and leaders of the South East, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, while expressing gratitude over some of Mr President’s infrastructural developments in the region, noted that the people of the South East were delighted with the speed and quality of work at the Second Niger Bridge.
Monarch Lauds Wike On PH-Ethiopia Direct Flight Initiatives
The initiative by the Rivers State Government to partner the Ethiopian Government on direct flight operations to Port Harcourt International Airport has been described as an economic booster.
This was the view of the Nyesrisi Eli Woji, King Leslie N. Eke when he spoke with newsmen at his palace in Woji, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area last Wednesday.
The monarch pointed out that the Port Harcourt-Ethiopia direct flight would increase the rate of business activities in the state upon its take-off.
According to him, since flight is the fastest means of transportation, business operators would have the opportunity to record high turn over rate.
The Eze Oha Evo of Evo Kingdom, maintained that business activities in the state would wear an international look with the planned Port Harcourt-Ethiopia direct flight operations.
The monarch who is the Eze Gbakagbaka and General Secretary, Association of Niger Delta Monarchs of Nigeria (ANDMON), also noted that the initiative would bring about job creation, thereby addressing the issue of unemployment.
He commended Governor Nyesom Wike for his foresightedness and determination to list the state among developed cities of the world.
“The governor’s plan to introduce direct flight operations from Ethiopia to Port Harcourt, to my mind, is just to enable him list the state among big and developed towns across the globe”, he said.
King Eke explained that the best way to develop a state was to introduce several business angles in order to make room for all classes of business operators.
He, however, appealed to the governor to consider sponsoring some students who may be interested in becoming pilots so as to enable the state have its own trained pilots.
Meanwhile, the traditional ruler called on the Federal Government and its relevant agencies to key into Governor Wike’s initiative and perfect all processes that would encourage its early take -off.
FEC Approves N2.4bn For Aviation Security Shooting Range
The Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu has approved N2.4 billion for the construction of an indoor shooting range for the nation’s aviation security.
The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja last Wednesday.
According to him, the aim is to further train the security personnel, who have obtained Presidential approval to start carrying arms, for improved security in the nation’s airports.
“Today, in council, two memoranda were considered for aviation. The first is construction of indoor shooting range for aviation security.
“Recall some time ago, Mr President, in conformity with the Act established Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), had approved that aviation security carry arms for improved security.
“You also recall that these aviation personnel were trained and still receiving training and profiling and all things that will make them efficient at the DSS and other sister organisations.
“And adding to that, they need tools and equipment to play the role they ought to play to keep us safe and secure.
“So, a contract was awarded to Messrs Donteck, it is a Nigerian in an association with another company called Action Targets of the US and the total contract sum is N2.43 billion,’’ he said.
Sirika further disclosed that the shooting range project was in line with suggestions and recommendations by the United Nations counter terrorism unit and also the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
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