CAAF/3 Conference Dubai: Moving to cleaner energy sources

An aircraft and fuel truck as CAAP/3 logo.
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Well over a hundred countries and one thousand delegates have converged in Dubai this week for the third International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3).

The focus of this crucial event is to solidify collective commitments aimed at propelling global aviation toward Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), Lower Carbon Aviation Fuels (LCAF), and other cleaner energy sources.

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“CAAF/3 convenes just over a year after States’ landmark decision on the long-term global aspirational goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” emphasized ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano in his opening remarks to the event this week.

This agreement, facilitated by ICAO, underscores ongoing efforts to coordinate action on cleaner aviation fuels and energy sources, identified as the primary drivers for urgent action on aviation decarbonization.

During 2023, ICAO undertook extensive outreach activities and consultations, engaging States, stakeholders, financial institutions, and fuel producers.

The goal was to gather diverse views on a global framework facilitating the development, production, and deployment of aviation cleaner energies. This inclusive approach sought to address expectations and build market confidence.

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Aviation maintenance technician loads sustainable aviation fuel into the 2021 Boeing ecoDemonstrator. (Boeing photo)

Key Elements of CAAF/3

The third ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3) presents a unique opportunity to formulate a clear and robust global framework.

This framework, designed in response to stakeholder expectations, encompasses a collective Vision for clean energy ambition, a harmonized regulatory foundation, initiatives supporting implementation, and concrete means to facilitate financing.

The overarching goal is to ensure that “No Country is left behind.”

A Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) tanker alongside an aircraft.
Photo Credit: Neste

“While cleaner energy in aviation is advancing rapidly, substantial investments and financing are still required,” notes ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar.

The Conference is poised to address this gap, with countries looking to ICAO for leadership in defining key priorities necessary for a successful transition to cleaner energy.

The platform also seeks to foster effective partnerships among the air transport, energy, and finance sectors, making sustainable aviation a global reality.


The five-day Conference, hosted in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which is due to wind up on 24 November, serves as a critical juncture.

Its outcomes will resonate as a powerful message to the international community about ICAO and its Member States’ unwavering determination to address aviation’s impact on the global climate.

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The international ICAO CAAF/3 Conference has convened this week in Dubai; aimed at propelling global aviation to cleaner energy sources.
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