AFCAC and ECAC joint environment workshop on the ICAO long-term global aspirational goal

Videoconference, 29 November 2022 — A joint online environment workshop was organised within the framework of the cooperation agreement between the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and ECAC, and with the participation of ICAO’s Eastern and Southern African (ESAF), European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) and Western and Central African (WACAF) offices, Hasselt University, the World Bank and representatives of African and European Member States.

This joint capacity-building activity took stock of the 41st ICAO Assembly’s environmental achievements. It looked in particular at the long-term global aspirational goal (LTAG) for international aviation and its immediate implications for the development of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). AFCAC addressed its short-term planned actions to address Assembly Resolution A41-21 on LTAG, while ECAC provided a presentation to facilitate the understanding of the net zero CO2-emissions-by-2050 goal.

Invited speakers from the ICAO ESAF, EUR/NAT and WACAF offices addressed next steps and the short-term ICAO focus on promoting SAF. Professor Robert Malina from Hasselt University and Megersa Abate from the World Bank jointly presented a recent report published by the World Bank: The Role of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in Decarbonizing Air Transport: Challenges and Opportunities.

This joint event attracted 106 participants and allowed for fruitful discussions and exchanges among aviation experts from both regions.