EUROCONTROL puts its environmental expertise at the service of its Member States, the European Commission (EC) and the aviation community to help measure, monitor and mitigate the impact aviation is having on the environment.
The aviation industry in Europe is increasingly affected by environmentally-driven legislation at the European level. Even the Single European Sky initiative, whose focus is air traffic management (ATM), includes a specific target for reducing aviation’s negative impact on the environment.
In addition, as of 2012, the aviation sector is incorporated in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), a legislative instrument designed to encourage market-based allocation of resources to reduce emissions within an overall cap. This also requires means to measure emissions.
Although reducing emissions has been the policy focus with the highest profile in recent years, neither aircraft noise nor air pollution affecting communities around airports have disappeared as major challenges to the sustainable development of the aviation industry. EUROCONTROL is also actively involved in finding solutions to them.