Widespread adoption of sustainable aviation fuel a long way to go, say analysts as Malaysia launches green flight to Singapore

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Widespread adoption of sustainable aviation fuel a long way to go, say analysts as Malaysia launches green flight to Singapore

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Widespread adoption of sustainable aviation fuel a long way to go, say analysts as Malaysia launches green flight to Singapore

SINGAPORE — Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will be operating its first passenger flights between Kuala Lumpur to Singapore using sustainable aviation fuel on Sunday (June 5).

Flight MH603 to Singapore is scheduled to depart from Kuala Lumpur at 12.25pm. Flight MH606 will depart from Singapore back to Kuala Lumpur at 3.40pm.SUSTAINABLE FUEL TAKING OFF BUT NOT SOARING HIGHIndustry experts who spoke to TODAY said that sustainable fuel is now the “only game in town” in terms of powering flights in a green manner, with other technologies such as hydrogen and battery power needing a much longer runway before they can be adopted.

A Bloomberg report in November last year estimated the production of sustainable fuel to be less than 0.1 per cent of global jet fuel consumption.Oil refining company Neste said that factors driving up costs of production for this green fuel include lack of government subsidy and availability of feedstock.

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In a press release on Monday, MAS announced that the flights will be operated on the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, using about 38 per cent sustainable fuel, made from renewable waste and residue raw materials such as cooking oil. Flight MH603 to Singapore is scheduled to depart from Kuala Lumpur at 12. Chairman for the National Fishermen Association (NEKMAT) Abdul Hamid Bahari told CNA in a phone interview that the weather over the last few months have been unpredictable, especially in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia.25pm. The Make the Switch: The Quest for Greener Land Transport exhibition aims to drive students to use greener forms of transport such as walking and taking public buses and trains. Flight MH606 will depart from Singapore back to Kuala Lumpur at 3. One moment it’s hot and warm and the next, it’s stormy with strong winds.40pm. ISLAND OF ZEN Even Sentosa, which we associate with family staycations and the beach party scene, gets the zen treatment.

“These flights reaffirm the national airline's commitment to a sustainable tomorrow and mark significant progress towards achieving a cleaner, more viable fuel source for regular flights by 2025,” the airline said, adding that passengers can get discounts up to 15 per cent when booking the sustainable fuel-powered flights. “Also, we are still coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and hence we don’t have enough foreign workers to help fishermen with the workload,” he said. Iswaran launched the exhibition that was attended by students from River Valley Primary School (RVPS) and SCGS. TODAY’s check on MAS’ website found that economy class tickets were already sold out. A business class flight to Singapore costs RM1,922 (S$600), with the flight back to Kuala Lumpur priced from RM2,005. He said it was extremely dangerous for smaller fishing vessels to be caught out in the open as storms could suddenly form without warning. SUSTAINABLE FUEL TAKING OFF BUT NOT SOARING HIGH Sustainable aviation fuel is a form of fuel made from various feedstock or sources, including waste oil and fats, green and municipal waste and non-food crops. The stations are interactive, with activities such as sticker colouring and a quiz for visitors to measure their understanding of green transport. It can also be produced synthetically via a process that captures carbon directly from the air, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said. “At least six boats that I know of sank at the start of May - four boats from Tanjung Karang, another two from Sekinchan - due to large waves,” Mr Chia recounted. It is transformed into Stress Stop, where you can participate in a holistically healing cacao ceremony inspired by the ancient Aztec and Mayans.

Such fuel can reduce lifecycle emissions by up to 80 per cent compared to its conventional counterpart. Industry experts who spoke to TODAY said that sustainable fuel is now the “only game in town” in terms of powering flights in a green manner, with other technologies such as hydrogen and battery power needing a much longer runway before they can be adopted. Related: IN FOCUS: Changing weather patterns a bane for Malaysia's fishery sector Mr Abdul Hamid added that these supply issues affected many fishermen across Malaysia, which led to an increase in prices of fish in the market. Physical and virtual workshops will be conducted too. However, the limited supply and high prices of sustainable fuel are hampering a wider adoption. Mr Greg Waldron, Asia managing editor at FlightGlobal, said: “Typically, the airlines that are using sustainable aviation fuel would be using a blend (with conventional fuel) — they use a certain proportion of sustainable fuel on specific flight sectors. It’s inevitable because demand remains high but these supply issues persist,” he said.” A Bloomberg report in November last year estimated the production of sustainable fuel to be less than 0. SCGS student Praseeda Chowdary, 14, said the experience"allowed me to see how Singapore gives priority to and focuses on people who have special needs and disabilities". Dates: Jun 3 to 12 ( 9am to 12pm) Venue: Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre Ticket: From S$180 per person; details MAKE YOUR OWN PERFUME (Photo: Wellness Festival Singapore/Oo La Lab) Given how fragrances can influence your mood, your sense of smell plays a key role in how you perceive and feel about the world.

1 per cent of global jet fuel consumption. He said their cold storages, used to stock frozen catch, were full or near full when the MCO started, but stocks began to deplete in the later half of 2020. In February this year, IATA said that production can be expected to hit 7.9 billion litres, or 2 per cent of overall fuel requirement, by 2025 with “appropriate government policy support”, news media CNBC reported. STRONG DEMAND, DECREASED SUPPLY NEKMAT’s Mr Abdul Hamid said local fishermen have noted a decline in fishes sighted off the seas, especially in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. "Our choice of public transport affects global warming to a great extent. In terms of prices, independent aviation adviser Priveen Raj Naidu estimated that sustainable fuel is two to five times costlier than traditional jet fuel. Oil refining company Neste said that factors driving up costs of production for this green fuel include lack of government subsidy and availability of feedstock. Fishermen unloading their catch at a jetty in Johor.

The average worldwide price of jet fuel is about US$4.15 a gallon, figures from IATA showed. He cited figures from LKIM that showed that previously, fish landings were about 4,000 metric tonnes a day but over the last seven days, landings were only at 3,250 metric tonnes. On the other hand, a gallon of sustainable aviation fuel costs about S$8.67, GlobalAir said. “Due to the festive season, and the recent public holidays including Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Labour Day and Wesak Day, the demand for fish has been particularly high,” he said “There has also been extreme weather, with strong winds making it difficult for fishermen to fish,” said Mr Syed Abu Hussin. Ms Andreea Moyes, sustainability director at Air bp, one of the world's largest aviation suppliers, said that the continuing development of production technologies also adds to the costs.

“As the technology matures, it will become more efficient and so the expectation is that it will become less costly for customers,” Ms Moyes added. “This varies from place to place, but what I can see in my own town (Sekinchan), that’s how much prices have increased because of the unpredictability,” he explained. As the global aviation sector continues to lick its wounds inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic, it inadvertently sets back sustainability efforts, the experts noted. Aviation analyst Shukor Yusof of Endau Analytics said: “Emphasis now is to ramp up flights, sell as many seats and fly as frequently as possible.14) per kg over the last couple of weeks. Sustainable fuel has been put on the back burner.” SUSTAINING EFFORTS FOR SUSTAINABLE FUEL A concerted effort spearheaded by governments is needed to push sustainable fuel in the aviation industry, the experts said. He said that most of these fishes are brought from northern and northeastern areas of Peninsular Malaysia like Kedah and Kelantan.

“It’s going to require a lot of infrastructure, it’s going to require a lot of investment, it's going to really require a lot of government support, because the airlines simply don't have the money to finance that kind of infrastructure,” Mr Waldron of FlightGlobal said. Mr Priveen agreed:"Governments and stakeholders must figure out a way to meet demand that will make economical sense to airlines, given that most airlines are just starting to crawl out from the Covid hits. By early morning, most of the popular varieties like mackerel have sold out,” said Mr Lim, adding that this was due to high demand and lower supply." In April, Singapore launched an agreement with New Zealand to collaborate on efforts to advance sustainability in the aviation industry. They include studying the commercial viability of setting up “green lanes” between both countries to encourage consumers to take up flights that run on sustainable fuel. The manager, who declined to be named, said the company buys seafood from freelance fishermen and sells them online. All Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights will use blended sustainable fuel from the third quarter of this year, as part of a one-year pilot programme that is expected to reduce about 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, the airline group announced in February.

As green aviation technologies develop, Mr Waldron said that airlines are continuously raising their fuel efficiency game by optimising flight paths and favouring younger fleets of aircraft — measures that will not only be better for the environment, but also for their own bottom line. The markets in Penang are mostly sold out and we are able to provide for this gap,” said the manager. Related topics .