Operational measures to minimise aviation’s environmental impact

Making the European air traffic management (ATM) network more efficient is a key goal of EUROCONTROL, in particular through its network management activities. Whenever improvements to airspace or route efficiency are made, this reduces fuel burn per flight and hence the release of emissions, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2).

Continuous Descent Operations (CDO)

As EUROCONTROL is doing such work all the time, environmental protection is therefore embedded in our operational activities. Nevertheless, there is one specific operational project with a clear environmental focus – Continuous Descent Operations (CDO), earlier called Continuous Descent Approach (CDA).

CDO was established with IATA, CANSO and ACI EUROPE in order to meet the SESAR IP1 baseline requirement to have CDO widely available throughout Europe. By the end of 2010, operational stakeholders at almost 100 airports had committed to implement CDO.