As the aviation sector has firmly committed to do its part in the fight against climate change, progressively decarbonising European ATM’s ground infrastructure is both realistic and achievable, our paper argues, and could deliver large potential emissions savings in support of aviation’s overall decarbonisation goals.
European air navigation service providers (ANSPs) are estimated to consume 1,140 GWh of electricity annually, roughly equivalent to 55% of the annual electricity consumption of Malta. We estimate that switching to renewable energy and making energy-efficient investments could save ANSPs over 311K tonnes of CO2 every year.
Our Think Paper makes a very first assessment of the extent of ANSP infrastructure, which includes well over 6,000 communications, navigation and surveillance ground-based facilities across Europe, as well as over 400 control towers, over 60 area control centres, and various offices. After modelling the total predicted energy consumption of this infrastructure, we then calculate the CO2 equivalent (CO2) emissions that would be produced as a result.