ACI and Eurocontrol launch collaborative environmental management specification for airports

5 November 2014 (Last Updated November 5th, 2014 18:30)

Europe's organisation for the safety of air navigation Eurocontrol has launched the collaborative environmental management (CEM) specification to control environmental impacts in and around airports.

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Europe's organisation for the safety of air navigation Eurocontrol has launched the collaborative environmental management (CEM) specification to control environmental impacts in and around airports.

The specification was released at the ninth Annual ACI airport exchange conference and exhibition held in Paris, France.

The specification calls for a collaborative approach by airport and airline operators, airport navigation service providers (ANSPs) and other stakeholders to reduce gaseous and noise emissions, as well as improve local air quality around airports.

CEM collaborates the local efforts of the individual stakeholders to jointly monitor key environmental parameters.

"This allows for a better identification of trade-offs between different environmental objectives."

Eurocontrol said: "This allows for a better identification of trade-offs between different environmental objectives, helping to resolve environmental and operational challenges based on informed decisions."

The specification requires the airport operator to set up a CEM working arrangement with aircraft operators and air traffic service provider, in order to monitor key environmental parameters.

On the occasion of the release of the specification, Eurocontrol and Airports Control International (ACI) Europe have signed an agreement to work together. Under the agreement, ACI will endorse the CEM as its recommended practice to make it a standard in the industry.

ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said: "Working with Eurocontrol to develop collaborative environmental management has been very positive, and the result provides our members with a blueprint for an even more robust and transparent dialogue with their airlines and ANSPs aimed at identifying the best possible solutions to jointly address environmental impacts."

In addition to the release of the CEM, the conference also saw the aviation industry partners talk about their commitment to the single European sky (SES).

SES seeks to improve operational efficiency at airports through the implementation of a process called airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM), which enables real-time sharing of operational data and information between the stakeholders using an airport.

So far, 15 airports in Europe have implemented A-CDM and 12 more are in the process of implementation.

Eurocontrol director general Frank Brenner said: "A-CDM is really all about improvements in performance through cultural change and proactive partnership.

"Linking the airports to the network through A-CDM has a positive effect both in terms of capacity and predictability with benefits for each player involved. This linkage can be done by the network manager and is one of the major benefits that this function will bring to European air traffic management as a whole."


Image: The collaborative efforts of Eurocontrol and ACI will help control environmental impacts in and around airports. Photo: courtesy of franky242 at freedigitalphotos.net.