Aviation sector needs to be deeply rooted in sustainability, says Loke

SEPANG: Aviation players must urgently adopt sustainable practices to face the threat of climate change, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

He said while an international framework for the aviation industry’s green transition was in place, regulators must foster an environment that champions and expedites its effective implementation.

“It is our collective responsibility to ensure that aviation evolves sustainably, efficiently and safely. These are goals that Malaysia is deeply committed to,” he said at the opening of the CAPA Asia Aviation Summit here yesterday.

Loke commended Malaysia Airports Bhd for being at the forefront of sustainable practices, including the production of solar power at various key airports, demonstrating a dedication to transitioning towards a sustainable, low-carbon future within the aviation sector.

“Our goal is to address the pressing issue of carbon emissions while positioning Malaysia as a hub for sustainable aviation solutions. Our vision for the Malaysian aviation sector is deeply rooted in sustainability,” he added.

Loke said the National Transport Policy emphasised the efficient and sustainable use of resources while minimising environmental pollution.

He said his ministry was also looking at efficiency in operations, in addition to the use of sustainable aviation fuel.

“We are doing our level best to help airlines in terms of operations efficiency. We are actively engaging airlines on what we can do as authorities, at the air traffic management level and airports to increase efficiency for airlines so they can reduce their carbon footprint,” he added.

Loke said the Malaysian aviation industry had shown resilience and adaptability during the Covid-19 pandemic, which had caused financial and operational strain, and had forced the industry around the world to adapt and innovate.

He said following the full reopening of international borders, international passenger traffic had grown at an average of 80.9% quarter-on-quarter for Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airports recorded 32.6 million passenger movements in the third quarter of this year – or 88.3% of pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

“We are indeed on the road to recovery,” said its chairman Tan Sri Zainun Ali at the event.

“While we may be brimming with hope at the prospects of this much awaited growth, we also share a responsibility as industry players to ensure sustainable aviation practices.”

Zainun said Malaysia Airports had made efforts to enhance its sustainability framework, adopt measures to reduce carbon footprint, as well as improve the efficiency of its operations.

She told the summit’s delegates that in lieu of door gifts, 350 red mangrove trees would be planted in their honour at the Mangrove Recreational Park in Sijangkang, Selangor.

“As we stand on the threshold of a brighter future for aviation, let us not forget the critical role we play. The journey extends beyond passenger volumes and profit margins.

“It is about responsible growth, sustainability, and leaving a legacy that endures for generations,” said Zainun.

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