KUCHING: Sarawak is looking forward to partnering with the Republic of Korea in producing alternative aviation fuels such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said he was aware that Korean Air would use SAF on its route between Paris and Seoul Incheon as part of the airline’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 per cent and move towards greener aviation.
“SAF could be the key to sustainable air travel in the transition to low carbon fuel and to decarbonise the aviation industry.
“As a step forward, Sarawak through SEDC is collaborating with Airbus and Rolls Royce through Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC), undertaking research and development on green hydrogen and fuel cell as future aviation fuel in Demak, Kuching,” he said in his keynote address at the Sarawak-Korea Energy Business Forum 2022 themed ‘Accelerating The Sarawak-Korea Strategic Energy Partnership’ here today.
He said the SAF collaboration was a venture into developing aviation biofuels in which the aviation industry had net-zero carbon emission goals.
“Biodiesel and e-methanol could be another avenue contributing to the aviation and marine industry as low carbon fuels.
“Expanding domestic SAF production can help sustain the benefits of our biofuel industry and forge new economic benefits, creating and securing employment opportunities across the country.
“I believe there is tremendous opportunities between Sarawak and Korea towards a future fuelled with SAF that could unlock additional social, environmental and economic benefits from creating jobs to restoring soil and watersheds to improving aircraft performance,” he said.
However there was a need to address the gap between jet fuel price and the cost of sustainable fuels to be more competitive, he said.