Mr. Zhendong Wu, AsBAA Chairman

AsBAA firmly believes that it is our responsibility to ensure that fuel alternatives are made available to the industry. By initiating frequent consultation with our members, the authorities, and airports, AsBAA will emphasise the association’s goal of achieving carbon-neutral growth via the manufacture of biofuel, which is currently the most promising fuel alternative. Asia is just beginning to address sustainability in this context, however, there is an opportunity for Asian airports to evidence the viability of aviation biofuel, and for airports to address the current lack of availability and related costs which are the major limiting factors. With the right Governmental support, AsBAA believes that Greater China and Southeast Asia have an opportunity to expedite widespread adoption of biofuels and take the lead in bringing environmentally friendlier options to market.

AsBAA observed encouraging steps forward by our members in Europe in 2019. Whilst the actions of individual companies are applauded, infrastructure is lacking at a Regional level, limiting the overall impact. Airports in Europe and North America that operate under regular and semi-regular biofuel distribution are models to which Asia must look to for the development of similar infrastructure. AsBAA is preparing to embark on a lobbying effort with Governments to realise implementation. We are commencing discussions with OEMs and operators, as well as with PRC jet fuel companies in considering an environmentally viable business practice.

AsBAA hopes to demonstrate our steps forward at key events in 2020-21, and in parallel work on an action plan with Asian Airport Authorities and regulators to enable manufacturers and investors to participate in the development of this sector. AsBAA believes that taking a proactive approach on sustainable practices will ensure that biofuel is successfully incorporated into the industry in Asia.