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Thursday, March 28, 2013

ICAO, Indonesia Working on Improving Aviation Emissions

Woodrow Bellamy III

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is launching the Environmental Measures Project, a new project aimed at reducing aviation emissions in Indonesia.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Transport and Directorate of General Civil Aviation (DGCA) are collaborating with ICAO’s Technical Cooperation Bureau (ICAO-TCB) to oversee the project.

ICAO said the objectives of the project include a plan for legislation that holds aircraft operators accountable for emissions, green flights and green airports operational programs and the research and development of alternative aviation fuels. Indonesia will also look to develop a comprehensive emissions inventory as part of the new project.

The project supports recent Indonesian presidential decrees to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Indonesia Vice Minister of Transportation Bambang Susatano said the project is crucial to support the projected growth in air traffic in the Asia/Pacific region over the next 20 years.

“To manage this growth responsibly, Indonesia was keenly aware that we would need to develop and adopt more meaningful emissions control legislation and initiatives,” he continued. “ICAO-TCB’s experience and knowledge of what works at the global, regional and local levels will be invaluable to us as we proceed with these programs,” said Susatano.

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