Helping global aviation reduce air pollution, noise and emissions

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On World Environment Day 2019 we take a look at what EUROCONTROL is doing to help the global aviation community reduce air pollution, noise and emissions.

At EUROCONTROL we're proud of our tools that help measure, monitor and mitigate the impact of aviation on the environment – doing our bit to help the global aviation community reduce noise, emissions and air pollution, the latter being the theme of this year’s World Environment Day.

Our Collaborative Environment Management (CEM) Online tool helps airport operators, air navigation service providers and aircraft operators assess environmental issues and identify common solutions together.

Our Integrated Aircraft Noise and Emissions Modelling Platform (IMPACT) assesses noise and gaseous/particulate emissions around airports and in-flight, relying on our Advanced Emission Model (AEM) for calculating emissions from fuel burn.

And one for the future is Open-ALAQS (Airport Local Air Quality Studies), a stand-alone application that helps us carry out a four-dimensional inventory of emissions from airport sources, such as aircraft operation activities, and from aircraft and non-airport sources, such as those from road traffic to/from the airport, which are calculated, aggregated and subsequently displayed for analysis.

We also play a big role supporting two big initiatives to reduce emissions, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), where our ETS Support Facility is instrumental in helping the European Commission, the States of the European Economic Area and aircraft operators implement the ETS; and ICAO's CORSIA, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, where we've contributed to the development of the CORSIA CO2 Emissions and Reporting Tool (CERT) and the CORSIA Emissions Models (CEM) that plugs into it.