Opinion 03/2020

Implementation of the latest CAEP amendments to ICAO Annex 16 Volumes I, II and III

The objective of this Opinion is to align the European Union (EU) regulatory framework with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) contained in Annex 16 to the Chicago Convention. 

In February 2019 the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) proposed improvements and updates to the existing noise, aircraft engine emissions, and aeroplane CO2 emissions SARPs, including new non-volatile particulate matter (nvPM) emissions regulatory levels for aircraft engines. The ICAO Council adopted the final amendments at the fifth meeting of its 219th Session on 11 March 2020.

Thus, this Opinion proposes to amend accordingly Article 9 ‘Essential requirements’ of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139, Article 9 ‘Production organisations’ of Commission Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 and its Annex I (Part 21).

The proposed amendments are expected to ensure a high uniform level of environmental protection and to provide a level playing field for all actors in the aviation sector.