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Eurocontrol and EASA to boost the Single European Sky

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BRUSSELS - Eurocontrol and EASA, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, propose five pillars that, according to them, would allow the European air traffic management (ATM) system to contribute to the EU’s climate-neutrality ambition by enabling aircraft and airspace users to further reduce their carbon footprint.

"The clear current momentum towards climate neutrality, in combination with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, provide a unique opportunity to ‘build back better’ and more sustainably", both entities said in a statement.

According to them, the extraordinary situation could overcome the three key stumbling blocks in the past of slow technology uptake, fragmented governance, and a lack of adequate performance indicators.

These are their five proposals for the fast implementation of a Single European Sky: First, SES high level objectives should reflect the new political priorities introducing climate objectives fostering CO2 reduction and environmental objectives, notably reduction of noise and air pollution.

Second, there should be green (environment and climate) performance targets for the Air Navigation Service Providers and the Euroconntrol Network Manager offering green trajectories to airspace users.

Third, the SES charging scheme should be used as a tool to provide incentives to encourage efficient flight trajectories.

Fourth, the timely deployment of digital technologies and services by relevant operational stakeholders guided by the Eurocontrol Network Manager in the SESAR deployment framework under the supervision of EASA should be boosted.

Fifth, there should be installed a single monitoring and reporting system for the Single European Sky under the supervision of the European Commission. This could, according to Eurocontrol and EASA, leverage the existing mechanisms involving national authorities, EASA and PRB, and entities guiding the SESAR innovation cycle.

Adopting a holistic approach as part of the proposed revision of the Single European Sky Package, these proposals aim to stimulate climate and environmentally-friendly behaviour and orientate investment as a key condition to enable the green recovery of air transport.
© aero.uk | Image: Fraport | 02/06/2021 12:07

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