Climate and environmental changes are defining challenges of our times and are well-reflected in the conclusions and recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The impact of aviation on the environment and the climate is relatively small but growing steadily. It is driven by long-term effects (several hundreds of years) from CO2 emissions and shorter-term ones (from several decades) from non-CO2 emissions (water vapour, particles and nitrogen oxides).
Beyond the climate and environmental impact, aircraft particulate matter emissions during taxing, take- off and landing pose a risk to human health, particularly in communities near airports. In addition, PM emissions at cruising altitudes are believed to modify the composition of the atmosphere and hence the earth’s radiative budget.
The scope of this Cleansky research project action is focused on bringing together European research efforts from Industry, academia and research institutes on aviation particulate matter towards building a robust understanding of the formation of nvPM in aircraft operations and to develop essential tools for supporting sound regulations addressing the issues.
Research Project details
EASA contact: research [at] easa.europa.eu