Aviation’s impact on CO2 emissions

The number of European flights and associated CO2 emissions have increased by 80% between 1990 and 2014 and is predicted to continue to grow.

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposes that newly designed aircraft types meet a CO2 standard from the 1st of January 2020, and that aircraft types already in-production meet a separate CO2 standard starting from the 1st of January 2023. The objective of this so-called ‘Opinion’ published by EASA is to incentivise the incorporation of the latest fuel efficiency technology into aircraft designs, and to address the predicted increase in CO2 emissions. The Opinion submitted to the European Commission also includes a new Particulate Matter emissions standard for aircraft engines from the 1st of January 2020.


These new aviation environmental standards will contribute to improved local air quality and to the overall climate change objectives of the Paris Agreement. EASA is committed to a cleaner and quieter aviation sector through a variety of measures, including product (i.e. aircraft, engine) environmental standards; while supporting improved operational practices, sustainable aviation fuels, market based measures and voluntary industry initiatives.  “Ensuring that aviation contributes to the goal of mitigating climate change is important for EASA who led the work on the aeroplane CO2 standard”, said executive director Patrick Ky.


The number of European flights, and associated CO2 emissions, has increased by 80% between 1990 and 2014, and is predicted to continue to grow. The Opinion implements the results on aircraft CO2 standards from the Committee on Aviation Environment Protection (CAEP 10) meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).



About EASA

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the centerpiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety. Our mission is to promote and achieve the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. Based in Cologne, the Agency currently employs more than 800 experts and administrators from all over Europe.

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