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Aviation and the Environment
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Anyone working in civil aviation must recognise that the environment is now firmly established as a priority for the sector, alongside those of safety and security. Noise and local air quality are major sources of concern around airports and the target of specific legislation at EU and national levels. In addition, climate change is now an urgent and important issue for all spheres of human activity and thus a key driver in efforts to reduce aircraft engine emissions.
Tackling aviation’s environmental impacts is a problem that cannot be solved by any individual party but instead needs a combined effort by all concerned, whether from government or industry. Thus, all those working in the community need to be aware of this significant challenge to aviation’s future and how it is being addressed.
This training course seeks to provide such awareness at an appropriate level of technical detail, so that students are able to gain a clear understanding of the issues and solutions involved, and can apply this knowledge in their daily activities
The course will comprise the following elements:
- Introduction to noise theory, sources, measurement and effects
- Reduction measures including technical and operational techniques, noise insulation programmes, noise charging schemes
- ICAO guidance including the Balanced Approach to Noise Reduction
- Relevant EU directives
Aircraft Engine Emissions
- Introduction to simple jet engine theory, including typical modern engine design, the combustion process and what types of emissions this produces
- The emissions which affect local air quality, their related health implications, and applicable EU and national legislation,
- The effects of emissions on the global atmosphere, including a simple introduction to climate science and the related contribution of aviation emissions
- Introduction to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
- Technical, operational and economic measures for emissions reduction, including local emissions charging schemes and the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
- Status of ICAO action on emissions, including guidance material, recent Assembly Resolutions and related follow-on activities
- An introduction to sustainable development and its social, economic and environmental elements
- Airport infrastructure operation (waste and water management, energy consumption, emissions, land use, etc)
- Aircraft design, manufacture, maintenance and disposal (material/chemical usage, waste management, energy consumption, etc)
- An overview of the roles, responsibilities, membership and current activities of those organisations involved in addressing the aviation environmental issue. It includes the ICAO, the EU institutions, ECAC, States, industry and non-governmental organisations.
Sources of Information
- A review of information sources including key documents, regulations and Internet sites
On completion of the course, the participant will have an understanding of:
- Why the environment is a priority for the civil aviation community and how the various members of the community can contribute to addressing it
- The major environmental impacts related to aircraft noise and gaseous emissions, together with the technical, operational and economic measures being taken to reduce them
- The key items of ICAO guidance and EU legislation, including examples of how policy is framed in such documents
- In the case of engine emissions, the wider context of the UN process, the Kyoto Protocol and current negotiations on a successor agreement
- The environmental impacts associated with the operation of airports and the aircraft lifecycle (design to disposal)
Who should take this course
The course is intended for government officials or aviation industry staff who currently have limited or no knowledge of the subject and who will either be employed on environment-related duties or who may have to supervise environment specialists in their current/future role.
The course is given in English and will include the opportunity for discussion on issues arising from the content – indeed this is encouraged. Participants should therefore have a good command of the English language and a basic knowledge of civil aviation.
2 days (starting at 09:00 both days and ending at approximately 16:00 on the second day).