EU aviation policy and the environment

The future competitiveness of the European air transport sector and its environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand, as clearly stated by the EU’s Aviation Strategy.

As regards emissions from aviation, the EU has put in place powerful regulatory tools such as the Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) addressing greenhouse gas emissions, including from aviation.

In line with the Energy Union agenda, an important contribution to the reduction of aviation's environmental impacts will come from current research and development actions for innovative “green” technologies. The strategy singles out SESAR and its potential to reduce CO2 emissions.

SESAR contributes to High-Level goals for the Single European Sky (SES) to be met by 2020 and beyond. One of the SES’s four main targets is to: “enable a 10% reduction in the effects flights have on the environment”.

Read more on the official website of the European Commission