Aviation sustainability

Supporting European aviation to build back sustainably.

Green-tipped airplane flying over green fields (Sustanability)
About

At EUROCONTROL, we actively facilitate a pan-European stakeholder collaborative approach to respond effectively to aviation’s sustainability challenges, such as the ones identified in the European Green Deal, to optimise air traffic management and the wider aviation sector.

We contribute to environment research and innovation programs to reduce the impact of noise, CO2 and other emissions, as well as condensation trails on the environment.

We operate EU’s ETS and CORSIA support facilities to help national authorities and aircraft operators meet their reporting obligations.

We develop innovative state-of-the-art data-driven suites of models to assess environmental impacts and develop scenarios.

We contribute to increasing operational environmental performance by developing advanced metrics, best practices, tailored trainings and topical webinars to increase awareness in aviation sustainability.

In addition we contribute to inform and trigger constructive debate articulated around our Think Papers and Sustainability Briefings.

We support the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels, and integration of new entrants, such as UAVs and flying taxis.

Data & metrics

Our network-wide view of the European ATM network generates a wealth of data that we make available to our stakeholders. This knowledge and our experience empowers us to advise stakeholder on performance improvements, with particular attention to reducing noise, emissions and climate impacts.

SAF availability at European airports

Are you a SAF user? Let us know if you would like to be added to this map.

European distribution of CO₂ emissions in the past month

This is monthly data per State. Source: EUROCONTROL Central Route Charges Office (CRCO)

Impact assessment tools

We are constantly developing and improving our modelling tools to meet the needs of our stakeholders.

Open-ALAQS

Airport local air quality studies

IMPACT

Integrated aircraft noise and emissions modelling platform

AEM

Advanced emission model

Contributing to an informed debate

Achieving a more sustainable aviation sector requires all actors to exchange views in an open forum where they can learn from each other, agree on common directions and put their acts together. Through our key products, we aim to contribute to an informed debate drawing on our knowledge, wealth of aviation data as well as our cooperation with all partners in the aviation sector.

Sustainability Issue 4

Aviation Sustainability Briefing

Our 4th edition looks at what “Fit for 55” could mean for European aviation and features a discussion with the EC's Flor Diaz Pulido on the RefuelEU Aviation proposal.

Airplane flying over a train

EUROCONTROL Think Papers #11

This 11th issue focuses on Plane and train: Getting the balance right.

Stakeholder Forum

EUROCONTROL Stakeholder Forum on sustainability topics

Register for our upcoming sustainability-related webinars and watch our past ones.

Our data

EUROCONTROL Data Snapshots

Our latest issue #16 is about how checking passengers’ COVID documents is a major cause of delay to flights.

EUROCONTROL Climate Change Study 2021

EUROCONTROL study on climate change risks for European aviation

Climate change set to increasingly disrupt aviation on the ground and in the air.

Delivering operational efficiencies now and in the future

At EUROCONTROL, we support the development of efficient procedures to improve the performance of the European ATM network. We help to optimise trajectories to reduce fuel burn, emissions and noise around airports. During the pandemic, we work with our partners to reduce airspace constraints allowing for more efficient trajectories while encouraging the development of green flight principles.

We also measure the outputs of these concepts or operational improvements in environmental terms. Some of the many initiatives we offer help stakeholders achieve greater efficiency, lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions are available here for you to explore.

CEM Working Arrangements

The effective management of aviation environmental impacts at an airport requires the engagement and collaboration of all core operational stakeholders. Our Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM) Working Arrangement is an effective collaborative approach to facilitating optimal environmental operational performance.

Climate Change Adaptation

The impacts of a changing climate and the intensification of disruptive weather events are a risk for aviation operations and infrastructure. Our experts deliver informative documentation to help raise the visibility of the potential effects and mitigation measures that can be taken to fight climate change.

Raising awareness on environmental issues and sustainability through training

We offer a range of ATM related environment and sustainability blended learning events.  These range from classroom courses, Webinars and e-learning to customised onsite events. Explore the most relevant course(s) for your specific environmental and sustainability needs via our TrainingZone.

Instruments to address the climate impact of aviation

We collect and harmonise data relevant for the EU, Swiss and UK ETSs and the ICAO CORSIA. Through the EUROCONTROL Support Facility we help aircraft operators fulfil their obligations to monitor and report their emissions under these market-based-measures, while reducing compliance costs. Likewise, we support States, EU institutions and aviation stakeholders to implement these market-based-measures and in their efforts to mitigate aviation emissions and other environmental effects.

EU ETS

European Union emissions trading system

CORSIA

Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation

Getting ready for the future of aviation

At EUROCONTROL, we look to invest our time, resources and expertise in sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the aviation industry through future-proof and coordinated research efforts. To do so, EUROCONTROL

Provides best practices for undertaking environmental impacts assessment

Expands its suite of environmental tools to assess the impacts of new entrants

Leads the development of advanced performance indicators

Addresses the challenge of tackling the non-CO2 effects of aviation

Prepares passengers for a multimodality experience

Accelerates the journey towards deployment

Projects and services

Find out more about some of our leading projects and services

Point Merge

Validation of air traffic management concepts through simulations