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GCAA: Dubai Global Framework & net-zero emissions

by Madaline Dunn

During a high-level session: Getting to Net-Zero, at the Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, COP28, Eng. Maryam Al Balooshi, UAE Lead Negotiator for Aviation Climate Change and Director of the Environment Department at the GCAA and Deputy Chair of ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, said that the “Dubai Global Framework” for sustainable aviation fuel, represents a “strong push” for international efforts aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the international aviation sector.

According to Al Balooshi, it sets international aviation community on the “right path to achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2050.”

During her intervention in the session, Eng. Mariam Al Balooshi said that United Arab Emirates has taken “advanced steps” to create a supportive environment for the transition to sustainable aviation fuel.

Al Balooshi said the present time witnesses “tangible activity” from the international aviation community in addressing climate change.

Indeed, it was noted that at the third ICAO conference on aviation and alternative fuels recently hosted by the UAE, international consensus was reached on the Global Framework for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Dubai Global Framework) and the establishment of the target to reduce global aviation emissions by 5% by the year 2030.

She pointed out that the upcoming phase will involve intensive international efforts within the ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection.

This, she said, is aimed at developing policies that promote this direction within the agreed-upon global framework.

Additionally, tools will be established to measure the progress made in this direction, it was shared.

The panel discussion took place at the Impact Hub in the DP World Pavilion Green Zone at COP 28.

In addition to Engineer Maryam Al Balooshi, participants included Sheikha Mozah Bint Marwan Al Maktoum, Chairperson of “Shehana” Women in Aviation Association, Ms. Annie Petsonk, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Ms. Jane Hupe, Envoy of the ICAO Secretary-General to UNFCCC COP.

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