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13
MAR
2019
Update to EAER 2019

An updated PDF version of the EAER 2019 is now available on the Downloads page. This new version corrects an error in the particulate matter (PM) emission estimates presented in Table 1.3 of the “Overview of Aviation Sector” chapter. All other content is unchanged.

24
JAN
2019
The EAER 2019 is now available!

The 2nd European Aviation Environmental Report was officially released today. The report, which was produced by EASA in collaboration with the European Environment Agency and EUROCONTROL, was handed to the outgoing Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc in Brussels yesterday.

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said: “We need concrete and effective action to reduce aviation emissions over the next 10 years in order to support the Paris Agreement objectives and mitigate climate change. The aviation sector must play its part in this global effort. Addressing noise and air quality issues at a local level are also critical. Since EASA’s rules and our competencies with regard to environment have been further strengthened by the European Union, EASA now plays a leading role in actively developing and implementing measures to address these challenges in cooperation with our partners.”

Commissioner Bulc pointed out that "as Europeans we must continue to pioneer the battle against climate change. This new report shows that our joint actions are working: we have reduced fuel burn and noise per flight; investments have delivered more efficient technologies; airports are becoming carbon neutral, and finally we are starting to implement the first-ever global scheme to offset CO2 emissions!"

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23
AUG
2018
ICAO publishes CORSIA documentation

Following the adoption by the Council in June, ICAO has now published the First Edition of Annex 16, Volume IV, to the Chicago Convention setting up a new Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). As well as the ‘Annex 16 Volume IV’ SARP, technical guidance in the form of the ‘Environmental Technical Manual Volume IV’, reporting templates and FAQs are available from the ICAO website. In addition, the CO2 Estimation and Reporting Tool (CERT) is now available here to support aeroplane operators in monitoring and reporting of their CO2 emissions.

27
JUN
2018
ICAO Council adopts the first set of rules on a carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation

The ICAO Council has adopted the First Edition of Annex 16, Volume IV, to the Chicago Convention setting up a new Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The adopted volume defines the rules for airlines to monitor and report their CO2 emissions from January 2019 onwards. Additional rules on the evaluation criteria for the carbon offsetting programmes and the sustainability criteria for aviation fuels are expected by the end of 2018. Read more on CORSIA on the European Commission and ICAO websites.

01
AUG
2017
EAEr online survey will be available until 15 September

Help us improve the European Aviation Environmental Report and its website by answering a few questions online here! The survey is scheduled to run until 15 September. Your feedback will be used to shape the next release of the report planned for 2019. Thank you in advance for your input.

08
MAR
2017
ICAO Council adopts new aeroplane CO2 emissions standard

The ICAO Council has adopted the new aeroplane CO2 emissions standard which was recommended by the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) in early 2016. The standard will apply to new aircraft type designs from 2020 and to aircraft type designs already in-production as of 2023. Those in-production aircraft which by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are sufficiently modified. More information can be found here.

EASA has published a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) to implement the new CO2 standard, as well as the new standard on engine non-volatile particulate matter (nvPM) emissions, in the EU legislation. The NPA is available here.

06
JAN
2017
EAEr online graphs become interactive

New interactive graphs are now available in the Overview of Aviation Sector and Technology and Design pages of the EAEr website. Interactive graphs are indicated by a small icon to the right of the figure header. In such graphs, the data to be displayed can be selected, values of data points are shown when hovering over them with the mouse pointer, zoom in/out may also be available. The data behind all graphs can still be obtained in spreadsheet format from the Downloads page.

19
DEC
2016
ECAC DGs approve revised airport noise modelling guidance

The ECAC Directors General have approved the 4th Edition of ECAC.CEAC Doc 29 - Report on Standard Method of Computing Noise Contours around Civil Airports. This new version is the outcome of four years of work by the AIRMOD and the ANCAT working groups. It brings various improvements compared to the 3rd one released in December 2005 and will help further harmonise noise modelling around airports in Europe. The ECAC.CEAC Doc 29 is available on the ECAC website.

06
OCT
2016
ICAO agrees on global MBM for CO2 emissions

A landmark agreement was reached by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), with the adoption of a Global Market-Based Measure (GMBM) to reduce international aviation emissions. The European Union and its Member States played an instrumental role in brokering this deal, which constitutes the first-ever agreement to reduce CO2 emissions in a global sector. Days after the ratification of the Paris agreement by the EU, this new multilateral deal shows that the EU is committed to keep global warming well below 2°C. It is also a key deliverable under the European Strategy for low-emission mobility recently adopted by the European Commission.

 

The agreement reached in Montreal by the ICAO Assembly foresees the establishment of a Global Market-Based Measure (GMBM), which will oblige airlines to offset the growth of their CO2 emissions post-2020. To do so, airlines will buy "emission units" generated by projects reducing CO2 emissions in other sectors of the economy (e.g. renewable energies). In its first phase (2021-2026), 65 countries will participate on a voluntary basis. All EU Member States will join from the start. Participating countries include 18 out of the top 20 states with the largest international civil aviation activity. In its second phase (2027-2035) participation is mandatory, except for those exempted (countries with small aviation activities). This means around 80% of the emissions above 2020 levels will be offset by the scheme between 2021 and 2035.

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22
AUG
2016
New noise and emissions data posted on the EAEr website

New noise and emissions data were posted in the Overview of Aviation Sector. Lden 60 and 65 dB noise levels were added to the spreadsheet for Figure 1.7 and a new Figure 1.12 showing the average night noise exposure (Lnight) at the 45 STAPES airports was created. A new Figure 1.13 now also shows full-flight HC, CO and PM emissions trends from 2005 to 2035. All data can be downloaded from the Downloads page.

01
JUL
2016
Performance Review Report 2015

The Performance Review Commission (PRC) has published the Performance Review Report (PRR) 2015, which assesses the performance of European Air Navigation Services (ANS) in the key performance areas of safety, capacity, environment, and cost-efficiency. The report can be found here.

14
JUN
2016
Implementation of ICAO’s new CO2 and nvPM standards

At its 10th meeting from 1 to 12 February 2016, the ICAO Council’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) recommended a new aircraft engine non-volatile Particulate Matter (nvPM) emissions mass concentration standard for ICAO Annex 16, Volume II. In addition, a new Volume III of ICAO Annex 16 introduces an aeroplane CO2 emissions standard for both new and in-production aeroplane types.  EASA has launched rulemaking tasks to implement the CAEP/10 agreements into EU legislation with the objective of ensuring a high uniform level of environmental protection.  The Terms of Reference for these tasks can be found here.

13
JUN
2016
New EU airport noise regulation

The airport noise Regulation (EU) 598/2014 entered into force today, repealing Directive 2002/30/EC. The objective of the regulation is to facilitate the achievement of specific noise abatement objectives at the level of individual airports, and to enable the use of operating restrictions in accordance with ICAO’s Balanced Approach. The full text of the regulation can be found here.

08
FEB
2016
Agreement on a first standard for aircraft CO2 emissions

The Commission welcomes the agreement reached yesterday within the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on the first ever-global standard to cap CO2 emissions from aircraft.

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said, "This agreement is an important step to curb aviation emissions. An ambitious climate policy is an integral part of the Commission’s plan to create an Energy Union, and a priority of the new Aviation Strategy. The EU played a central role in brokering this deal, as it did at the COP21 in Paris. I hope this will create further momentum for the creation of a Global Market-Based Measure to offset CO2 emissions from international aviation, which we hope to achieve this autumn at the ICAO General Assembly."

 

Background

Meeting in Montreal, the ICAO's Committee on Aviation and Environmental Protection (CAEP) agreed on a CO2 standard, which will guide the certification of aircraft towards greater fuel-efficiency. The stringency and the applicability dates, which the CO2 standard imposes, will depend on the weight of the aircraft and whether it concerns a "new type" aircraft or an "in-production" aircraft. For large new aircraft types, a very ambitious standard was agreed, to incentivise ever-greater fuel efficiency performance of future aircraft fleets. For such aircraft types, the standard will apply as of 2020. By 2028, existing aircraft types will also have to apply the new standard. Over the period until 2040, the CO2 standard could help save up to 650 million tonnes of CO2.

This agreement concludes six years of international negotiations. It will be brought before the 39th ICAO Assembly in September for political endorsement, and is expected to be formally adopted by the ICAO Council in early 2017.

More information can be found here.

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29
JAN
2016
European Commission Press Release

European aviation: First environmental report points at sustainability challenge

The European Commission has published the first European Aviation Environmental Report, the result of close collaboration between the EC, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Environment Agency (EEA) and EUROCONTROL. The main objective is to provide a regular overview of the environmental performances of the sector in order to plan suitable policy making measures. The report includes key performance indicators on noise, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Among the findings, forecast scenarios for the next 20 years show that with the expected increase in traffic the environmental sustainability of the sector will be increasingly challenged.

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said "Aviation brings significant economic and social benefits to Europe, but also has an impact on the environment. The Aviation Strategy we adopted in December recognises that the future competitiveness of air transport goes hand in hand with its sustainability. Today's report will be instrumental to frame future policy. It is also a valuable contribution to the ongoing international discussions on measures to reduce emissions from aviation. In 2016, the EU will reach out to its partners to take global and ambitious steps."

Luc Tytgat, EASA’s Director for Strategy and Safety Management said: “This first edition of the European Aviation Environmental Report sets the scene for Europe’s ambition to make aviation more sustainable. As part of the revision of its responsibilities, the European Aviation Safety Agency will update this report every 3 years and intends to reinforce its role in in the field of environment in order to promote the highest standards for environmental protection in aviation.

Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of EEA, said: “It is clear that Europe’s aviation sector has an increasing impact on our health and environment. While aviation plays an important economic and social role, its increasing popularity will lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and noise. These are key challenges Europe’s aviation experts and policy makers need to address to create a more sustainable sector.

Frank Brenner, Director General of EUROCONTROL, said: “One of the key aspects of this Report is that all the different actions that are being taken in aviation are viewed from the environmental perspective so that awareness of aviation actions in environmental matters increases. As a result, citizens, politicians, policy makers, regulators and the industry now have a first overall picture of how European aviation is performing environmentally. We hope that this will be one of many such reports in the future, and we will be delighted to work with our partners on even more comprehensive forthcoming editions.”

Several indicators about the environmental impact of aviation were developed specifically for this report, which also highlights on-going initiatives by the industry and the EU in improving aviation’s environmental performance through the SES, SESAR and Clean Sky initiatives.

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