SINGAPORE: Singapore and the United States will explore ways to revive safe international air travel amid COVID-19, including the use of vaccination certificates.
Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung had an introductory virtual meeting with his US counterpart Pete Buttigieg on Thursday, April 8, where they discussed several issues, including recovery from the pandemic and change climate.
Both Mr. Ong and Mr. Buttigieg “recognize the impact of transport on climate change” and the “critical role” they will play in economic recovery, keeping goods and supply chains moving and facilitating people-to-people exchanges.
“Building on the excellent cooperation established over the years by technical agencies and officials on both sides, they intend to strengthen and deepen bilateral exchanges between Singapore and the United States in all sectors. of transport, ”the Singapore and US Department of Transportation said. “Department of Transportation in a joint statement.
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In addition to exploring ways to revive international air travel and to relaunch and long-term resilience after the pandemic, countries agreed to continue to cooperate to strengthen safety, security and facilitation.
They will exchange best practices on urban transport and intelligent transport systems, and explore opportunities to advance digitization and “harness the potential of automation,” the joint statement said.
Together with Singapore and the United States, parties to the Paris Agreement, they will collaborate on climate action in the area of transport. These include alternative fuels, electrification, market-based measures and technological advancements for greater efficiency.
They will also advance the development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels and other green technologies that meet international standards, the joint statement said.
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Other areas of cooperation include the identification of new innovations such as electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and smart mobility technologies.
Singapore and the United States will also explore climate-friendly best practices in urban transport planning, such as reducing unnecessary travel and encouraging the use of public transport and low-emission options such as walking and the bike.
“The two sides also intend to strengthen cooperation within the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in order to keep air and maritime transport open, efficient. , reliable, secure, durable and resilient, in a consistent manner. in accordance with applicable international law, and in close consultation with industry and other stakeholders, ”the joint statement said.
At ICAO, this includes engaging in processes to advance a new long-term goal of decarbonizing the aviation sector and encouraging full participation in the carbon offset and reduction program. for international aviation.
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At IMO, they will also aim to reduce emissions from ships and plan to work to “at least achieve the ambition” of halving ship emissions by 2050 from 2008 levels, as well as ‘explore ways to’ boost ambition levels’. .
“We will continue our engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, in particular through the Transport Working Group and Transport Minister Meetings, supporting the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 goals and advancing the the group’s efforts in terms of climate, innovation and digitization ”. said the joint statement.
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