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East African nations call for emission reduction

By Wolfgang H. Thome

The African continent has the least resources available to dedicate towards fighting global warming. Yet, corporate entities feel no shame in dumping such "expired" equipment in the continent. Faced with the sharp end of climate change, through draughts and floods in alternating seasons, the East African governments have appealed to the main polluting countries to reduce their carbon emissions. This took place at the recent United Nations conference on climate change in New York at the UN Headquarters.

Africa is thought to be most vulnerable to the effects of global warming, through measurable increases in average temperatures over the past decades and a distinct change in weather patterns. Yet, the African continent has the least resources available to dedicate towards fighting global warming, while in any case the key polluters have shown little interest to enter into meaningful agreements to fight the climate change the caused over the past 50 years.

In fact the United States, still the leading consumer of energy on the globe, has negated on the Kyoto agreement, while India and China remain outside this framework, and other key countries have still failed to ratify this crucial agreement and put in place action plans to reduce carbon emissions across their corporate world.

In acts of sheer corporate irresponsibility, driven in some cases by greed and in other cases by lack of capital, lack of vision or plainly ignorant management, new airline upstarts in the region have proposed to use nearly obsolete aircraft types which are notorious over their noise and fume emissions. This has led to the ban of such aircraft in much of the developed world. Yet, such corporate entities feel no shame in dumping such "expired" equipment in Africa, while on other platforms singing the songs of conservation and best corporate practice.

Aviation regulators in Africa are, therefore, called upon to live up to their own responsibilities to reduce carbon emissions by licensing only such compliant aircraft, as used for instance within the EU and other parts of the world, where ageing aircraft are now banned from the skies.

This is all the more important in view of the current International Civil Aviation Organization assembly in Montreal, where the impact of the aviation industry on global warming is being taken most seriously and targets have been set to reduce emissions. The best way to achieve this is of course the use of modern aircraft and disallowing the use of old jets.

Often times the cost of new aircraft have been cited as an excuse why African airlines could not afford modern jets, but when looking at companies like Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc Egypt Air and the current fleet renewal of Air Tanzania, there are enough examples to see how African airlines have converted their fleets to modern, state of the art standards, and by doing so playing a hugely important role in mitigating climate change.

Stay tuned for coverage of the impact of climate change and what can be done to gradually reverse those changes. Also expect offenders to be named and shamed to remind them sharply that the global conservation and green communities will keep an eye on their behavior and report it until they change their attitudes and climate hostile activities.