GOOD=EASA finds Business Aviation Okay
NOT SO GOOD = Rest of Aviation
EU leaders have DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
The European Aviation Environmental Report contains some good news for Business Aviation. However, the EASA analysis finds that the future of almost all of the flight industry faces massive challenges from the regulators on the Continent. The perspective of the EU may be attributable to the policy makers involved.
Business jet operations produce significantly less noise and harmful emissions than the jet and turboprop airline fleet, and this trend continues to improve, according to the second edition of the European Aviation Environmental Report.
The report notes that a major factor in the low environmental impact levels from business jets is because they account for just about 7 percent of Europe’s total air traffic. “The rapid expansion of business aviation up to 2008 was accompanied by the entry into service of new aircraft, but business aviation declined sharply with the economic downturn, which led to more frequent use of the existing aircraft and a gradual aging in the fleet.”
Nevertheless, after slight increases in measurements in 2011 and 2013, the overall trend for business jets has been down and in 2017 was at its lowest point over the past 17 years. General aviation turboprops were not included in the study. For some airline segments, such as regional turboprops, the trend is moving up for adding to noise or harmful emissions.
The report says that although aviation as a whole currently accounts for just 3 percent of global carbon emissions, their combined effect “has not kept pace with the recent strong growth in the demand for air travel, thereby leading to an overall increase in the environmental impact.”
Effective coordination between stakeholders is of the “utmost importance to build on existing [mitigating] measures and address the environmental challenges, thus ensuring the long-term success of the aviation sector,” the report concludes.
NOT SO GOOD NEWS
European Commissioner for Transport
- European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport
- 2014 to present
- Deputy Prime Minister, Minister Responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion, Government of Slovenia
- Chief of the Program Committee of the SMC Party, Slovenia
- CEO of Vibacom Ltd, Sustainable Strategies and Innovation Ecosystems
- Vice-President, Telemach Ltd, telecommunications provider
- Director of Carrier Business, Telekom Slovenia
- Manager of Institutional Traffic, Telekom Slovenia
- Expert for wide area networks performance analyses, DHL Systems, Burlingame, California, USA
- Master’s degree in Information Technology, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, USA
- Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Informatics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
“On 10 October 2014, the Slovenian government announced that Bulc was going to be Slovenia’s nominee for the position of the European Commissioner on the Juncker Commission, replacing Alenka Bratušek. Bulc was highly criticiced because of her esoteric views like necromancy, Herbert Reul MEP said she should maybe be hospitalised in a psyciatric ward.  After a confirmation hearing in front of the European Parliament‘s Committee on Transport and Tourism, Bulc was assigned with the transport portfolio.”
“When news of her nomination reached Brussels, many hurried to her website and blog and quickly gleaned that Bulc is not your average European commissioner. Bulc, 50, studied as a shaman and is a trained fire-walker. Her blog explains her interest in positive energy forces, something more common in the bay area of California where she was educated than in the corridors of power in Brussels.
Her unconventional past was the object of much attention on Twitter in the hours following her nomination. But detractors beware – Bulc is a black belt in taekwondo and has taught self-defence in the past.
Bulc’s background is fairly conventional in parts, however. She is an entrepreneur who in 1999 founded her own successful telecoms firm called Telemach. She was born in 1964 in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia, and studied computer science and informatics at the University of Ljubljana. She then obtained a masters of science in information technology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. She worked in Silicon Valley for four years before moving back to Slovenia in 1994, after it became an independent country.
- Pushing forward work on trans-European transport networks and promoting cross-border transport connections.
- Facilitating travel by ensuring optimal connections between different transport modes, such as railway and air transport.
- Basing new policies increasingly on the “user pays” principle, while preventing discrimination.
- Completing negotiations on the new railway regulations (Fourth Railway package) and pursuing the Single European Sky policy.
- Developing common EU standards for transport safety and security to improve the international environment for transport.
- Violeta Bulc’s WELCOME MESSAGE
Aviation is both a strong sector for the European Union’s economy, and an increasingly important means of transport for EU citizens and businesses. Enhanced connectivity, cheaper tickets and more flying options have made it easier than ever before for Europeans to connect with their relatives, develop their business or simply take a spontaneous holiday! The growth of aviation is also providing the EU with a consistently growing pool of jobs, and helps regional development by attracting activity and investments. The success story of European aviation is destined to go on for the upcoming decades! All trends indicate a sustained increase in demand from EU citizens for air travel until 2040.
But growth for the sake of growth cannot be an objective in itself. Aviation has externalities that cannot be overlooked. Indeed, as air traffic increases year on year, the same holds true for environmental and health impacts. This is why the European Commission considers it a priority that the future growth of aviation goes hand in hand with sustainability policies. The EU is firmly committed to the goals of the Paris Agreement. To achieve its objectives, the Commission has put forward ‘A Clean Planet for all’…
The second edition of the European Aviation Environmental Report provides a scientific and comprehensive overview of the environmental challenges of aviation in the EU. It gives valuable insight on critical matters in aviation and helps us see the progress achieved and where more work needs to be done. More importantly, it sheds light on the need for Europe to pursue its efforts to invest in developing and deploying innovative solutions in the years to come for our planet and ourselves.
Eighty-three pages of detailed analysis later:
Very negative conclusions:
“…ischaemic heart disease, sleep disturbance, annoyance and cognitive impairment.
…annoyance reported by residents for a given …level of aircraft noise has been shown to be greater than that caused by other transport sources.
…high level of scientific understanding of the long term climate effect from aviation CO2 emissions make it a clear and important target for mitigation efforts
…non-CO2 emissions (e.g. NOX, particles) cannot be ignored as they represent warming effects that are important in the shorter term, but the level of scientific understanding of the magnitude of the effects is medium to very low.”
The scientific information marshaled for the report is impressive and reflects a different perspective than familiar US opinions. Clearly, there needs be a thorough discussion on this critical issue.
Comments of Karima Delli
Member of the European Parliament and Chair of Committee on Transport and Tourism
She obtained a Master of Advanced Studies in political science at the Lille IEP. Delli is a member of Europe Écologie–The Greens. In the 2009 European elections, she was the fourth candidate on the Europe Écologie list in the East region, and was elected to the European Parliament. She is the second-youngest French MEP
“While the benefits of air transport for EU citizens are clear in terms of mobility and connectivity, the sector represents a growing challenge for the environment in the years to come. Indeed, aviation currently accounts for 3% of global carbon emissions and long-term forecasts indicate that air traffic is expected to continue increasing. More than ever, Europe needs to be ambitious in order to meet its climate objectives, and notably to reach the targets set under the Paris Agreement.
Solutions do already exist. The European regulators and industry are acting on multiple fronts to reduce the environmental footprint of aviation. New energy solutions such as sustainable fuels and electrification are on their way. EU funding is enabling research and deployment to optimise aircraft technology as well as air traffic management operations.
In the years to come, the European Union and its Member States will need to continue taking ambitious steps. We can do more! The sector will need enhanced coordination between all aviation actors, an ambitious budget towards reducing environmental externalities, as well as real incentives for the industry to favour sustainable fuels over conventional fossil fuels.
Clearly, under the overarching jurisdiction of ICAO, these differences will have to be discussed and hopefully narrowed.
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