EUROPEAN CIVIL AVIATION CONFERENCE - CONFÉRENCE EUROPÉENNE DE L'AVIATION CIVILE

Ninth monthly ECAC familiarisation webinar on basic knowledge on aviation and the environment

6 April 2022 - The ninth monthly ECAC familiarisation webinar on basic knowledge on aviation and the environment addressed the role of air traffic management in achieving aviation’s climate goals.

The ECAC Secretariat introduced the webinar, recalling the effects of engine exhaust on the environment and on the climate and referring to the current ICAO discussion on the feasibility of establishing long-term aspirational goals to tackle them, and how operational improvements can contribute to this.

EUROCONTROL presented examples of measures to reduce CO2 emissions through air traffic management, such as optimised operations and airspace design, and highlighted that enhancing capacity also enhances efficiency.

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) provided the air traffic controllers’ views on how to reduce aviation’s climate impacts. It emphasised the importance of ensuring that all the individual environmental factors are considered when establishing new procedures, and that training air traffic controllers plays a very important role.