Greening the Skies – How ATM can play its part


Tuesday 19 March

11:00am - 11:25am


Boeing Theatre


Session Overview

As the aviation industry grapples with the imperative to reduce its environmental footprint, the focus on sustainable practices in ATM has become paramount. This presentation explores key sustainability considerations and approaches for ANSPs and CAAs and how Egis facilitates these. The discussion encompasses a range of topics, including not only CANSO Green ATM certification, but also the airspace change programmes to enable better environmental performance, reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

The formulation of robust sustainability roadmaps and strategies is vital for guiding ANSPs and civil aviation systems toward a greener and more sustainable future. These roadmaps should take the form of clear frameworks aligning with international standards and best practices, delineating strategic initiatives such as implementing optimized airspace procedures and collaborating with industry stakeholders. It is imperative that these initiatives are strategically assessed, planned, and mapped out for optimal impact. Sustainability roadmaps should also factor in the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to enhance operational efficiency. By embracing these considerations and nurturing a culture of ambition, the aviation industry can pave the way for a sustainable future, effectively balancing growth requirements with environmental responsibility.

With the focus on ATM as a key player to unlock environmental performance savings in our airspace, CANSO have developed the Green ATM accreditation scheme that seeks to provide ANSPs with an evaluation of their current environmental efforts alongside providing a roadmap to reduction of impacts of their operation. This can enable them to baseline their current performance relevant to their respective roadmaps and showcase dedication to improvement. This can only be achieved through very tight and close collaboration between management teams, technical teams and specialists to guide the organisation through every step of the process, from setting out the requirements to delivering validated questionnaires and evidence.

Digitalisation can also play a key role in enhancing performance and reducing emissions within an ANSP’s airspace. Environmental performance dashboards are key tools to assess the impact of internal and external factors on flight efficiency within a given airspace. They can yield valuable insights into flight efficiency levels in specific areas and under various conditions, enable visual representation of key issues and enable reporting on flight performance. This reporting can in turn equip management teams with a comprehensive understanding of environmental performance for informed decision-making.

Finally, airspace change and modernisation is fundamental to unlocking capacity, environmental benefits (reducing delay and unnecessary track miles) and efficiency. Flight route optimisation can be achieved through the adequate implementation of PBN, Free Route Airspace which require extensive studies and close coordination with stakeholders in line with national processes and procedures.

ATM has a key role to play, enabling aviation to meet decarbonisation targets in the short, medium and long term. This will be achieved though relevant strategies, green accreditation ambitions, transformation projects, dynamic airspace change and management and strong performance monitoring. By fostering ambition and embracing technological advancements, this presentation aims to inspire discussions on reshaping the future of ATM to align with decarbonisation trends and global sustainability goals.

Egis is joining forces and supporting ANSPs, Airports and CAAs to develop meaningful strategies and solutions. Essential to this is our independence – working with clients and their communities to balances the critical debate around openness, transparency, and reliability.

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Boeing Theatre
Greening the Skies