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Brussels South Charleroi to reduce environmental impact of airport operations by introducing EUROCONTROL’s Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM)

Brussels South Charleroi to reduce environmental impact of airport operations by introducing EUROCONTROL’s Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM)

Brussels South Charleroi Airport, the SOWAER, EUROCONTROL, skeyes, SABCA, Ryanair, TUI fly and Air Corsica signed a collaborative agreement to reduce the environmental impact of airport operations. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and noise, while also improving air quality around the airport, are three of the top priorities to which the partners involved in this agreement are committed. Initiated by EUROCONTROL, with the support of ACI Europe, CEM (Collaborative Environmental Management) is designed to help airports and their operational partners cooperate with one another and work together to identify, develop and implement effective solutions to fulfil their sustainability objectives.

“In 2009, when our CEM specifications were published, environmental pressures were not what they are today. Over the years, CEM has developed to help airports and their partners tackle the challenges of the European Green Deal. A third edition of our specifications will be published very soon, taking into account new challenges such as the use of sustainable fuels. Today, the implementation of CEM at BSCA confirms the strength of this tool, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to the sustainable development of this airport.”

“We are delighted about this new cooperation and are ready to support all the partners involved in their efforts to reduce the environmental impact through CEM.”

Marylin Bastin Head of Sustainability, EUROCONTROL

As part of the CEM the partners involved have created an Environmental Committee which is striving to reduce the airports CO2 emissions by 35% compared to 2019 by 2030, and to become carbon neutral by 2050. Formalising the commitments made by the different stakeholders (Brussels South Charleroi Airport, the SOWAER, Eurocontrol, skeyes, SABCA, Ryanair, TUI fly and Air Corsica), the main objectives of this working agreement are:

  • To identify the challenges as well as the short- and long-term issues for Brussels South Charleroi Airport;
  • To develop a shared environmental strategy and action plans to minimise environmental impacts (noise, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions);
  • To define performance indicators designed to analyse the fulfilment of the environmental objectives established between the different stakeholders;
  • To promote a better understanding of the interdependence between the airport, the airlines and the air navigation service providers as a whole;
  • To support and help the airport grow, while reducing its impact on the environment;
  • To support environmental certification processes such as ISO 14001:2015 or BSCA’s involvement in the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) scheme;
  • To facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the different stakeholders involved in CEM.

Learn more about EUROCONTROL’s CEM Specification