The governments of Singapore and New Zealand have signed a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) which will see the countries collaborate on the development and advancement of sustainable aviation initiatives.

The organizations that entered the agreement are the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport and New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

CAAS said in a press statement that the partnership will see the two countries work on four areas: policy and regulation, industry development, infrastructure planning, as well as workforce transformation. 

The collaboration will include coordinating research and development, test bedding and trialing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), facilitating the development of secure sustainable fuels, including SAF and hydrogen, and supply chains in the Asia-Pacific region.

It will also include studying the scale, costs, technical and commercial viabilities of developing “green lanes” between New Zealand and Singapore to encourage the gradual uptake of SAF-operated flights by consumers, CAAS said. 

This is one of the first initiatives under the new Climate Change and Green Economy Pillar under the existing Singapore-New Zealand Enhanced Partnership, which was established in 2019 when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern went on an official visit to Singapore. 

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