‘Na­tion com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions’

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LANGKAWI: Malaysia’s avi­a­tion in­dus­try is com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions by 40 per cent by 2020, said Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai yes­ter­day.

Liow said the move was in line with the rec­om­men­da­tions of the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ICAO) through the Global Mar­ket-Based Mea­sures (GMBM).

“I be­lieve that we must ad­dress en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges and sus­tain­abil­ity. Recog­nis­ing the press­ing need, I re­it­er­ate Malaysia’s un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to the 2020 goal of re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sion by 40 per cent, a chal­lenge that I con­sider we can meet.

“Malaysia, to­gether with 66 other mem­ber states (of ICAO) has pledged its un­di­vided sup­port to par­tic­i­pate in the vol­un­tary pi­lot phase of the Car­bon Off­set­ting and Re­duc­tion Scheme for In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion (CORSIA).”

CORSIA was adopted dur­ing ICAO’s 39th assem­bly last year, to cap in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion emis­sions in 2020 and be­yond.

Liow was speak­ing at the open­ing of the “Asean Avi­a­tion Sum­mit: Global Sus­tain­able Green Avi­a­tion” at Mah­suri In­ter­na­tional Exhibition Cen­tre here, in con­junc­tion with the Langkawi In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime and Aerospace exhibition 2017.

The sum­mit, he said, was de­signed to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of CORSIA and other means to achieve a green and sus­tain­able global avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

It also serves as a plat­form for Asean mem­ber states, state op­er­a­tors and in­dus­tries to col­lab­o­rate on is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est in the de­vel­op­ment of green ini­tia­tives.

Among the top­ics that will be dis­cussed in­clude “Global Car­bon Off­set­ting Scheme for Avi­a­tion: Shar­ing of Views by States”, “Sus­tain­able Green Air­ports” and “Air­lines’ Per­spec­tive on CORSIA Im­ple­men­ta­tion”.

“We must stand to­gether in our no­ble course to min­imise car­bon and other green­house gas emis­sions as it is crit­i­cal to the sur­vival of our planet — not only to the sus­tain­abil­ity of air trans­port but to civil so­ci­ety gen­er­ally.”

Present at the sum­mit were Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi, ICAO deputy di­rec­tor (en­vi­ron­men­tal unit) Jane Hupe and Depart­ment of Civil Avi­a­tion di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Azharud­din Ab­dul Rah­man.

Later, Liow launched AirAsia’s lat­est route be­tween Langkawi and Shen­zhen in China.

AirAsia Bhd chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Aireen Omar said the air­line’s third in­ter­na­tional route from Langkawi would bring in more tourists.


Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (cen­tre) at the sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the Depart­ment of Civil Avi­a­tion (DCA) and Telekom Malaysia Bhd at the ‘Asean Avi­a­tion Sum­mit: Global Sus­tain­able Green Avi­a­tion’ in Langkawi yes­ter­day. DCA was rep­re­sented by its di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Datuk Seri Azharud­din Ab­dul Rah­man (left), and Telekom Malaysia by it gen­eral man­ager, Faisal Naina Mo­hamaed.

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