The Singapore government has launched a plan to decarbonise the country’s aviation sector, SAF magazine reported.

As part of the initiative, flights departing Singapore would be required to be fuelled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) starting in 2026, the report said.

Developed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) in consultation with industry and other stakeholders, the Singapore Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint was launched on 19 February.

Under the blueprint, CAAS would work with aviation stakeholders to reduce domestic aviation emissions from airport operations by 20% by 2030 when compared to a 2019 baseline, the 28 February report said.

The programme’s aim was to achieve net-zero domestic and international emissions by 2050, SAF magazine wrote.

Scheduled to be phased in starting at 1% in 2026, the volume would be increased to 3%-5% in 2030, subject to global developments and the wider availability and adoption of SAF, the report said.

In addition, CAAS would also introduce a SAF levy with the funds collected used to purchase SAF.

The agency said the level would vary based on factors such as distance travelled and class of travel, with passengers in premium classes paying higher levies.

Current estimates indicated that a levy to support 1% SAF uplift in 2026 could increase ticket prices for an economy class passenger on a direct flight from Singapore to Bangkok, Tokyo and London by approximately S$3 (US$2.24), S$6 (US$4.48) and S$16 (US$11.96), respectively.

CAAS is a statutory board under the country’s Ministry of Transport.