We’re developing smarter operations to reduce emissions

In addition to greener planes, there are many less obvious ways we are reducing our CO2, both on the ground and in the air.

traffic control tower and airport

Reducing climate change is a serious global challenge that affects every business, which is why we’re working hard to reduce CO2 emissions in every part of the aviation industry. By continually adapting our operational processes and ways of working, both on the ground and in the air, we’re making great progress.

But what changes have we made so far, and what are we doing to keep reducing CO2 emissions?

Around the world, airlines are working hard to reduce their own emissions, and great progress is being made. There are also lots of different ways airports are making great progress, including carbon offsetting investments, replacing diesel and petrol ground vehicles with electric alternatives, and even developing their own renewable fuel sources. Some airports have already reduced their CO2 emissions from fixed infrastructure by over 50% since 1990.

There is much more still to be done, but thanks to the efforts that have already been made, some of the world’s major airports have committed to becoming carbon-neutral.

When most of us think about air traffic control, we picture the towers next to the runway that keep flights running on time and ensure that planes land and take off safely. What we may not realise is that advances in air traffic control are playing a key role in making flights cleaner and greener.

Perhaps the biggest environmental benefit offered by air traffic control is the potential to make journeys much more direct, spending less time in the air. Currently, air traffic controllers use radar data to help aircraft land or take off, but the development of a new onboard GPS receiver and data transmitter, known as ADS-B, should help create more efficient flight patterns, save fuel, and improve on-time arrivals, as well as help to reduce unnecessary emissions as a plane idles on the runway.

There are lots of other ways air traffic control is helping aviation to become greener. Thanks to recent advances, planes can safely fly on more direct routes and closer together, more easily find and make use of the jet stream to save fuel, and even slow cruising speeds to avoid congestion above airports.

Like all the other changes we’re making, these operational changes are just part of a much bigger picture that allow us to make some bold commitments on CO2 reduction.


There are also things that you can do

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