EASA announce proposals to address aviation’s impact on climate change

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced proposals to address the impact of the aviation industry on climate change. It has proposed that newly designed airplane types meet a CO2 standard from the January 1, 2020 and that airplane types already in-production meet a separate CO2 standard starting from the January 1, 2023. Published on November 7, this ‘Opinion’ is aimed at providing an incentive for the incorporation of the latest fuel-efficient technology in current and future airplane designs. Submitted to the European Commission, the Opinion also covers Particulate Matter emissions standards for aircraft, beginning January 1, 2020.
These new environmental standards are aimed at improving local air quality as well as helping to achieve the overall objectives set out in the Paris Agreement. EASA has made it very clear it is committed to a cleaner and quieter aviation sector through the implementation of various measures including environmental standards, while supporting improved operational practices, sustainable aviation fuels, market based measures and voluntary industry initiatives.
According to EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky: “Ensuring that aviation contributes to the goal of mitigating climate change is important for EASA who led the work on the airplane CO2 standard.”
Since 1990, the number of flights and associated level of CO2 emissions has increased by 80%, and is anticipated to continue growing.
The Opinion is an implementation of the results on airplane CO2 standards from the Committee on Aviation Environment Protection (CAEP 10) meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) at Montreal (Canada) early in 2016.

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