Egypt is committed to transforming its aviation sector into a sustainable and environmentally friendly one, aligning with the nation's broader strategy to address climate change. This ambitious plan aims to harness renewable energy sources, diversifying energy options, reducing carbon emissions, and curbing environmental pollution.
During the second day of the ICAO's Third Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3), Captain Mohamed El-Sharkawi, President of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, highlighted Egypt's progress towards sustainable aviation. He cited the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft which flew from Seattle, USA, to Cairo in the longest flight using sustainable fuel, exceeding the approved percentages of 20% set in 2018. Additionally, Egypt played a pivotal role during its hosting of the COP27 by operating the world's first flight powered by sustainable biofuel at a rate of 37.7%, traveling from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
El-Sharkawi emphasised the multifaceted nature of achieving sustainable aviation, encompassing airport infrastructure, advanced equipment, and cutting-edge emission reduction technologies. He also underscored the potential of alternative aircraft fuels derived from agricultural raw materials, readily available in Egypt due to its strong agricultural sector. Hydrogenated oils, a key component in biofuel production, further enhance Egypt's prospects in this domain.
Expressing gratitude to the United Arab Emirates for hosting global forums and conferences that foster regional collaboration in the aviation sector, Captain El-Sharkawi cited the Dubai Airshow 2023, the third ICAO conference, and the upcoming COP28 climate summit as prime examples. He acknowledged the aviation industry's global growth and the associated demand for new aircraft, while emphasising the need to balance this growth with environmental protection.