What is it?

State Action Plans are voluntary planning and reporting tools for States to communicate information on their activities to address CO2 emissions from international civil aviation to ICAO.
It is a living document and should be updated at least every three years.
For States, establishing a state action plan means an opportunity to identify measures that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
As for ICAO, it allows them to assess the future progress towards the achievement of ICAO global aspirational goals. 

Why was it introduced?

SCAA is responsible for the development of the State Action Plan because it has the mandate to represent Seychelles for the International Civil Aviation Organization. 

Timeline

April 2021 - Seychelles secured assistance from the International Civil Aviation Organisation ESAF Regional Office to develop its State Action Plan.

September 2021 - SCAA received confirmation of capacity building assistance under the ICAO-EU Phase II programme. 

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The development of a State Action Plan involved a National Action Plan Team (NAPT).
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Measures Identified

  • Feasibility Study of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    The Feasibility Study will determine whether SAFs would be economical and match with market demand as well as being congruent with government plans and policies. 

  • Improve the use of Optimum flight levels

    The SCAA’s Air Navigation Services Department is currently using a system which does not allow the Air Navigation Service Provider to propose optimum flight levels to operators.
    With ongoing investments in upgrading the existing system, the result will be a reduction in Separation minima and introduction of surveillance control. This will support lower separation minima hence increasing the probability of obtaining optimum level.

  • Improve the use of Optimum flight routings

    Introduction of surveillance control and implementation of Direct Routings Operations (DRO) and eventually (FRO) Free Routings Operations   in Oceanic airspace.
    This being part of the project to further improve and modernise the Air Traffic Management system, which is currently being implemented.

  • Efficient departure approach procedures PBN SID and STAR, CDO and CCO

    Measures to improve fuel efficient departure and approach procedures by implementation of PBN SID,STAR,CDO,CCO. This is part of the modernization project. A project which is already being implemented.

  • RNAV/RNP Capabilities

    Measures to fully implement PBN to bring about the most benefits to the airspace users in line with GANP highest priority.
    Implementation completed and procedures to be reviewed by second quarter of 2022.

  • Minimizing Weight- Plastic Free Flight

    Air Seychelles, has over the years adopted a range of measures to reduce its carbon footprint in its operation across its network.
    The measures adopted are consistent with requirements of the different routes and jurisdiction the airline serves. The measures listed below are already implemented by the airline to reduce weight:

    • Use of plastic beverages instead of glass on its inflight catering service, saving up to 0.5kg per bottle. 
    • Reduction in number of inflight magazines to only 1 per passenger;
    • Emptying waste tank at each destination point.
    • Cleaning of interior and exterior of aircraft  to minimize weight increase from dirt accumulation and reduce drag;
    • Introduction of electronic devices e.g  iPads in the cockpit which means removal of manual in cockpit replaced by Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). Henceforth reducing from 20kg manuals per pilot to 500g iPads.
    • These measures have already been implemented by the airline as it is part of their strategy to be more sustainable.     

  • Minimizing Weight- Plastic Free Flight

     Air Seychelles intends to introduce biodegradable utensils for inflight catering. This is a requirement for Air Seychelles at the different points it serves. Presently, the airline is utilizing glass cups and silver cutlery for inflight catering which adds to the overall weight of the aircraft. Henceforth a new project is being put forward to replace all the cutleries in a bid to reduce weight factor.

  • Voluntary inclusion of a State in the CORSIA

    Seychelles will endeavor to continue with the monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions. In order to ensure that it becomes mandatory for airlines registered in Seychelles to report on their annual emissions, the Authority will domesticate the necessary regulation as well as develop guidelines for operators on submission of their CO2 emissions report. 

  • Reduce Energy demand and preferred cleaner energy sources

    There is a need for SCAA to conduct and in-depth feasibility study on all the Airports that are under its responsibility to:   determine the real cost of energy consumption, identify and propose short and long-term solutions to bring down this cost and to propose alternative and cleaner sources of energy based on available capacity of existing airport infrastructures.

  • Conversion of GSE to cleaner fuels

    In an attempt to encourage such initiative, the Seychelles Civil Aviation will embark on a sensitization program with stakeholders so as to review the fleet of vehicles for the airport, and provide incentive to use electrical vehicle for ground services, with the introduction of a power point to charge electrical vehicle.