Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga is leading a high-level delegation of transport officials to the third International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3) in Dubai .
“CAAF/3 is set to bring together high-level officials from various countries with decision-making authority on aviation policy, as well as international organisations directly involved in advancing cleaner energy solutions for aviation .
The conference will provide a platform for discussions, collaboration, and knowledge sharing among participants,” the Department of Transport said on Monday .
The Minister expressed her enthusiasm for leading the South African delegation to CAAF/3, emphasising the country’s commitment to sustainable aviation and its valuable insights and contributions to the global discussion .
“South Africa believes that its active engagement in this conference will help shape a greener and more sustainable future for aviation, aligning with international goals and the principles of the No Country Left Behind initiative .
“The South African delegation’s participation in CAAF/3 is of great significance, as South Africa has been actively engaged in ICAO initiatives and events related to sustainable aviation,” the department said .
The conference is scheduled to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 20 – 24, 2023 .
The CAAF/3 conference follows the successful Second ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/2) held in October 2017, which endorsed the “2050 Vision for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) .
This vision has set the course for a more sustainable future in aviation, emphasizing the development and deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), Lower Carbon Aviation Fuel (LCAF), and other cleaner energy sources for aviation .
“Recognising the importance of these sustainable aviation goals, the 41st Session of the ICAO Assembly in October 2022 requested the Council to continue assessing progress in this domain as part of the ICAO Stocktaking process .
“Consequently, the Council was tasked with convening CAAF/3 in 2023 to review the 2050 ICAO Vision for SAF, including LCAF and other cleaner energy sources for aviation .
“This aims to define a global framework in line with the No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, while considering national circumstances and capabilities,” the department said .