ECAC has established environment as one of its key priorities, conscious that the environmental impacts of the aviation sector must be mitigated if aviation is to continue to be successful as an important facilitator of sustainable development.
Issues related to aviation and the environment are ever-present on the agenda of ECAC DGCA meetings, and also on those of ECAC's high-level meetings with regional partners and organisations, and in ECAC's memorandums of understanding or cooperation with them.
On 4 May 2017, ECAC Directors General adopted a new structure in the field of environment, in view of its implementation in October 2017. This new structure was established to be more resilient to evolving priorities, to improve efficiency in the use of the limited resources from Member States, and to address the need for capacity building in the domain.
ECAC's commitment to capacity building is long-standing and an additional boost was made effective with the incorporation of a dedicated specialist to the ECAC Secretariat in December 2020, and the adoption on 5 May 2021 of a Capacity-Building Programme for Environment, seeking to strengthening the competencies and knowledge of officials at all levels dealing with environment matters in ECAC Member States.