|Aircrafts parked at Vân Đồn International Airport in Quảng Ninh Province. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — The Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam (CAAV) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) organised a workshop on monitoring CO2 emissions and measures to reduce emissions from civil aviation activities.
Speaking at the event, CAAV Deputy Director Đinh Việt Sơn said that at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính affirmed Việt Nam’s commitment to developing and implementing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with its resources and international support in order to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Sơn said that it’s important to realise the commitments in COP 26, especially in the field of aviation.
“Việt Nam has been actively joining activities to reduce carbon emissions from civil aviation activities, updating and reporting the situation to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) yearly,” he said.
Việt Nam’s aviation industry and airlines has made efforts in environmental protection and climate change response for sustainable development, he said, adding that the Ministry of Transport always creates favourable conditions in terms of procedures, mechanisms, and policies for airlines and other units in the industry to well perform international tasks in civil aviation activities.
A representative from EASA said that the agency will support member states, based on the principle of shared responsibility, and work closely with countries in Asia, and ASEAN.
At the workshop, domestic and international experts shared the processes and approaches that some ASEAN countries have adopted in monitoring the implementation of carbon reduction measures.
Vũ Thị Thanh, deputy head of CAAV’s Department of Science, Technology and Environment said that Việt Nam has submitted a report on the National Action Plan on reducing CO2 emissions in civil aviation activities. The plan was made based on assessments of the domestic aviation market, the establishment of airlines, and new air routes.
She said that Việt Nam has taken steps to implement the action plan such as updating scenarios of the plan, introducing/promoting feasible measures to reduce greenhouse gases and identify possible solutions in order of priority based on the country's circumstances and effects on stakeholders.
The national carrier Vietnam Airlines reported that it is applying the Single Engine taxiing solution to reduce noise at the airport and reduce fuel consumption, thereby reducing emissions.
The solution, applied since 2018 to all three fleets of the airline, helped cut the emission of over 4,000 tonnes of CO2. — VNS