The "European Green Deal" and the European Commission’s set of policy proposals "Fitfor55 Package" have set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation to at least 55% below 1990 levels by 2030 and achieving net zero carbon for aviation by 2050. To support these goals, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and EUROCONTROL agreed in the framework of the EASA-EUROCONTROL Joint Work Programme to establish the "Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Service Environmental Transparency Working Group" and to develop proposals on how ATM/ANS providers can increase environmental transparency and demonstrate their efforts to support the industry by reducing the environmental impacts of their operations.
How can air traffic management providers increase environmental transparency and reduce their environmental impact?
Working Group Members
The Working Group was composed of technical experts from Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), EASA (observer), EUROCONTROL, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), and other interested parties.
The group was tasked to develop proposals on how providers can increase their collective disclosure and reporting of environmental performance using relevant and appropriate indicators and share best practices to measure environmental performance.
The work of the Working Group was divided into three main pillars:
Pillar 1 has focused on how providers can identify environmental inefficiencies and how they measure improvements (or degradation) based on certain performance criteria (existing or to be developed). The report is the result of more than 15 ANSPs and participants from various organisations and alliances (including BOREALIS, CANSO, EUROCONTROL, and FABEC), working all together during a dozen of workshops and meetings.
This report applied a methodology and an approach based on a consistent review and assessment of the currently available indicators as well as the potential of new indicators to come. Harmonised assessment criteria were applied to determine usability, granularity, maturity and readiness of performance indicators in order to respond to stakeholder questions regarding environmental transparency and measurements. Ultimately, the report provided the gap analysis showing availability of performance indicators from a gate-to-gate perspective. The contents of this report will help ANSPs to increase environmental disclosure and in doing so, demonstrate their willingness to contribute to goals such as Net Zero Emission by 2050.
How individual providers improve environmental performance through the implementation of technologies and procedures (still TBD).
How providers are improving their organisation’s environmental footprint. It equips the readers with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to apply carbon foot printing into their own ANSP business processes. It provides an overview of what ANSPs can do to control their own environmental impact, which excludes airline emissions. Contributions to the report came from skeyes, ANA, 3CeL Consulting, DFS, EUROCONTROL, Skyguide, NATS, Sustenuto.