Reducing Carbon Emissions in Civil Aviation

The Solution

Our work with the FAA contributed to establishing a national strategy and aviation policy, the first global sector-wide carbon market, the first global carbon standard for commercial aircraft, and to advancing the state of science in aircraft operation and technology.

Our efforts helped:

  • Move the U.S. national airspace system from ground-based to satellite-based navigation
  • Advance technology-enabled operational improvements such as alternative approaches to runways and performance-based navigation that reduce noise and conserve energy
  • Support the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the U.S. negotiation team with advanced analytics in real time 

The Future

The roadmap for FAA leadership is in place to shape international agreements and policies that have broad impact for the world, improve aviation operations and financial performance, and reduce environmental impacts.   

When fully implemented, standards are expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040—equivalent to removing more than 140 million cars from the road for 1 year.