EUROCONTROL Think Paper #13 - Greening European ATM’s ground infrastructure

What could ANSPs achieve over the next decade?
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European air traffic management (ATM) has an extensive air navigation services infrastructure; if air navigation service providers (ANSPs) progressively make the switch to renewable energy and move to more energy-efficient equipment, this could deliver sizeable emissions savings.

There is considerable potential to ‘green’ the ground infrastructure of European air traffic management over the next decade, our latest EUROCONTROL Think Paper reveals, in a first-ever attempt to quantify the extent of this infrastructure, and to estimate its total predicted energy consumption, and the resulting CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions.

Our 13th in a series of thought-provoking Think Papers reveals that European ATM’s air navigation services infrastructure is extensive, including well over 6,000 communications, navigation and surveillance ground-based facilities across Europe, as well as over 400 control towers, over 60 area control centres, and various offices.

Our research suggests that if air navigation service providers could make the switch to renewable energy, and seize the right moment over the next decade in their investment cycles to replace energy-inefficient equipment, over 311K tonnes CO2e could be saved on an annual basis, summing up to a sizeable 6.2+ million tonnes by 2050.

Progressively decarbonising European ATM’s ground infrastructure is, we argue, both realistic and achievable, and could deliver large potential emissions savings on an annual basis in support of aviation’s overall decarbonisation goals.

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EUROCONTROL Think Paper #13 – How much potential is there to ‘green’ European ATM’s ground infrastructure?