Federal govt wants more local airlines to use sustainable aviation fuel

Anthony Loke. Photo credit: Anthony Loke's Facebook page

LANGKAWI, May 23: More local airlines have been encouraged to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to reduce carbon emissions in the country.

In a Bernama news report, federal Transport Minister Anthony Loke said this aligned with the country’s aspiration to create a low-carbon economy.

Additionally, it would meet the commitments outlined in the carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for the mandatory phase of international aviation (Corsia).

In the report, Loke was quoted as saying: “The aviation industry is the industry that has the highest rate of gas emissions and there are already countries in Europe that have made it mandatory for their airlines (to use SAF).

“… but in Malaysia, we have not yet reached that level. However, we will go in that direction (mandating the use of SAF),” he said during a press conference at the Lang Merah Complex of the Langkawi International Airport yesterday (May 22).

Earlier, Loke arrived from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on a Malaysia Airlines commercial flight using SAF.

On the same day, Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg also arrived in Langkawi from Kuching International Airport (KIA) onboard the Aircraft A220-300, which was running on Sarawak-produced SAF.

The Kuching-Langkawi test flight marked a milestone success for Sarawak in becoming a supplier of SAF for the aviation sector. — DayakDaily