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Mar

ICAO lauds PH’s commitment to CO2 emissions reduction plan

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By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) commended the Philippines’ commitment to environmental sustainability after the country submitted its voluntary State Action Plan on CO2 Emissions Reduction for International Aviation.

A State Action Plan is a voluntary planning and reporting tool for countries on how they make their aviation activities friendly to the environment.

The country’s mitigation strategies include developing Bio-Fuel (used cooking oil) as an alternative fuel, as well as improving air traffic management and infrastructure via a performance-based navigation (PBN) system in all public aerodromes.

This Action Plan “provides an opportunity to establish and showcase strategies to reduce aviation emission,” ICAO Secretary General Fang Lui stated in his letter to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) last week.

Significantly, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has long been pushing for pollution reduction initiatives in all sectors of transportation, according to the CAAP.

The DOTr’s anti-pollution campaign has focused, not just on Public Utility Vehicles, but also on airplanes, ships and all kinds of transportation, Tugade stressed.

“There’s no exemption. This is our commitment to global efforts in mitigating climate change.”

Last year, the Philippines also complied with international safety standards and passed the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program of the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission.

In the audit, Philippine airports got an overall result of 70.19 percent, which is above the global average of 64 percent, and significantly higher than the previous rating  of 59.94 percent.