Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) together with PTT, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (AEROTHAI) and The Boeing Company have joined forces to develop aviation biofuels in an effort to reduce global warming and reduce the risk of rising future petrol costs. The government sector is urged to support this effort through to its implementation. The collective vision for Thailand’s aviation and the environment are being discussed at the “Thai Aviation and Environmental Workshop – Biofuels and Efficient Flight Operations” on 20 – 21 March at Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel. In addition, PTT’s role in developing alternative fuel and its policy to support aviation environment business will be discussed.
Squadron Leader Alongot Pullsuk, Vice President, Aviation Resources Development Department, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, said that THAI aims to develop biofuels as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment to help reduce the greenhouse effect and climate change. As climate change increasingly affects the world and airline industry, THAI began to investigate the potential of sustainable biofuels in 2005 by consulting with the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to drive the project forward.
PTT has joined with THAI to develop sustainable biofuels and is conducting research to produce aviation biofuels from suitable raw material as well as developing the production process in order to make high quality aviation biofuels.
PTT is also part of the committee responsible for conducting research and development for use of aviation biofuels in Thailand. The successful development of aviation biofuels depends on combined efforts of several parties, including THAI and PTT, that must work together to reduce greenhouse gases. Furthermore, a clear Government policy must be established to support the use of aviation biofuels in Thailand, in addition to use of biofuels with land transport. The Government’s full support will aid in establishing Thailand as the aviation biofuels hub in Asia that will provide aviation biofuels for airlines with flights arriving in Thailand.
Assistant Prof. Dr. Sutkhet Nakasathien, Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University, added that the university is part of pioneer efforts to research raw materials and agricultural products that are needed to produce biofuels. The university also worked with other organizations to produce alternative energy and make operational plans. This process will encourage people to reduce energy consumption while agricultural crops such as jatropha curcas, palm, tapioca, sugarcane and coconut are being tested for biofuels production. Consideration should be taken regarding the quality of these crops, volume sufficiency whether it is a food source, worthiness, and whether the amount of biofuel produced will be sufficient enough.
Squadron Leader Prajak Sajjasophon, AEROTHAI President, said that AEROTHAI’s vision is to be a safe aviation organization that conducts aviation services that is well-surpervised, with modern management, with concern for reduction of carbon dioxide gases in aviation business”. AEROTHAI has endorsed projects that support the environment, including Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), Bay of Bengal Cooperative Air Traffic Flow Management System (BOBCAT), Continuous Descent Operation (CDO) and Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions Project (ASPIRE).
Furthermore, AEROTHAI has a project called the Bay of Bengal Cooperative Air Traffic Flow Management System (BOBCAT) which provides aero traffic flexibility in Kabul territorial air space, enabling flights to and from Europe in this territorial air space to be efficiently operated and reduce delays. This process proves that airlines are able to achieve savings on their petrol bill by accomplishing a lower delay rate that results in reduced carbon dioxide emissions. As a result, AEROTHAI received Jane’s ATC Award – Enabling Technology in 2011.
The “Thai Aviation and Environmental Workshop – Biofuels and Efficient Flight Operations” is the first seminar of its kind to he held in Thailand. The first day of the seminar focuses on alternative fuel, with various aviation agencies presenting their visions and environmental policies. The panelists participating in the seminar are a representative of Dr. Norkhun Sitthiphong, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Energy, Dr. Pailin Chuchottaworn, Chief Executive Officer and President of PTT, Mr. Aphinun Vannangkura, Executive Vice President and Acting Vice President of Air Traffic Management, AEROTHAI President, Dr. Rhett Jefferies, Program Manager, FAA, Mr. Skip Boyce, President of Boeing South East Asia, and Dr. Jaroon Meesomboon, Aviation Ground Safety Expert, Thai Department of Civil Aviation. Guest speakers include aviation biofuel specialists from The Boeing Company, SkyNRG, Neste Oil Corporation Company, World Wildlife Fun (WWF), as well as specialists from United Airlines, Rolls Royce Company and GE Aviation.
The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions for efficient flight operations and the development of an aviation traffic management system will be discussed in a session conducted by Airways Corp New Zealand, The Boeing Company, United Airlines, AEROTHAI, and THAI.
“All parties involved in this workshop have agreed that Thailand has high potential to be an aviation biofuels producer, with the support of the Government and other organizations. Each organization concerned must participate and take necessary actions for aviation biofuels production. As there is currently no aviation biofuels production facility in Thailand, importing aviation biofuels will incur a high cost. Therefore, local production of aviation biofuels will help reduce fuel costs for airlines operating in Thailand, and encouraging use of aviation biofuels will help reduce the greenhouse effect and global warming.”
Source = Thai Airways International