I’m happy to share with you our 8th edition of the EUROCONTROL Aviation Sustainability Briefing bringing you some very exciting, newsworthy stories from the aviation sustainability field.
Airspace World gathered the aviation community in Geneva in spring this year and EUROCONTROL was proud to again host a joint stand with our “Europe For Aviation” partners: the European Commission, EASA, the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking, the SESAR Deployment Manager, the European Defence Agency, CINEA, EUROCAE and EUSPA. It was the perfect opportunity for EUROCONTROL’s Director General Raúl Medina to share his priorities on aviation sustainability and how EUROCONTROL will support aviation in its decarbonisation efforts with our #FlyingGreen roadmap. More details on our plans for the work on sustainability are also available in my interview on EUROCONTROL’s new “Raising the Aviation Bar” podcast.
Also in this edition: Günther Ofner and Julian Jäger, joint CEOs at Vienna Airport kindly shared insight into their success story of being able to operate CO2-neutrally since the beginning of 2023. They are truly leading by example, and I hope that their case will encourage others to move forward with their plans for investing in green energy and implementing significant sustainability best practice.
Due to our close cooperation with the EUROCONTROL Member States to support them in their environmental impact assessments, we have realised the relevance and topicality of the Dutch government’s plans to reduce flights to and from Amsterdam-Schiphol airport. While reducing flights should be the last option according to balanced approach principles, it is also evident that governments and administrations are under pressure to deliver on their climate change targets while still balancing the needs of airport communities and the interest of the aviation industry and the local economy. The jury is still out on what will happen at Schiphol Airport, but I hope you will find that our article helps to contribute to an informed, educated debate.
Enjoy reading this edition!