The growth in the aviation sector since the 1950s has delivered major benefits. However, there have been increasing concerns over the associated environmental impacts. Development of new aircraft technology, and its incorporation within advanced designs that are cleaner and quieter, is one of the key ways to mitigate the environmental impact from aviation.
The EU and EFTA have aircraft and engine environmental certification standardswhich refer directly to the equivalent International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards , , . ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) is responsible for maintaining these standards, and an overview of the noise and emissions certification measurement procedures can be found in Appendix D.
This section of the report contains certified data for aircraft and their engines, which allows to compare the environmental performance of different products. Additional interactive graphs are available on the European Aviation Environmental Report website.