The European aviation industry needs to minimise its impact on the environment as much as possible while providing safe air transport. In addition, it is key to set European environmental requirements that are consistent with those in the rest of the world to ensure a level playing field for all actors in the aviation market.
Actions in this area will contribute to European policies on climate change, air quality, and noise reduction.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) develops standards and recommended practices for its Member States to implement in national laws, including on environmental protection. For the EU, the noise and emission requirements contained in Annex 16 to the Chicago Convention are directly applicable (Article 9(2) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139).
The ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) regularily develops proposals for amendments to Annex 16. The purpose of this rulemaking task (RMT) is to propose amendments to align the EASA Basic Regulation and Part-21, certification specifications, and the related acceptable means of compliance and guidance material with the latest environmental protection requirements adopted by ICAO after every CAEP cycle.