Savings of 13.4 million metric tons projected to 2016
OTTAWA, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - NAV CANADA, the country's air navigation service provider (ANSP), has
made further gains and has announced a new project in its efforts to
reduce aviation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through safe and
more efficient air traffic flows.
The gains include increased projected fuel and GHG emissions savings of
$300 million and 700,000 metric tons compared to projections this time
last year. The increased savings are outlined in the latest Company
report entitled Collaborative Initiatives for Emissions Reductions (CIFER) Status Update
2011- a follow-up to last year's CIFER Progress Report.
"Overall, we are on track for even greater savings of GHG emissions and
fuel costs than initially foreseen in 2009," said John Crichton, NAV
CANADA President and CEO. "Estimated fuel costs savings and emissions
reductions from 1996 - 2016 are projected to be $4.3 billion and 13.4
million metric tons of GHG emissions. (See Backgrounder).
The Company also announced today that it is leading a new international
fuel and GHG savings project in partnership with NATS, its counterpart
in the U.K., and Air France. The project is aimed at improving flight
efficiency in the busy North Atlantic Oceanic airspace.
The ENGAGE Corridor Project is a collaborative initiative involving the European Community, the U.S.
and Canada, aimed at improving the efficiency of the 350,000 flights
per year that cross the North Atlantic. It is one of the many projects
outlined in the updated CIFER Report.
The ENGAGE Corridor Project will assess trial flights for the feasibility and potential to reduce
GHG emissions in North Atlantic Oceanic airspace. Based on actual
airline flight data, the flight trial results will be compared to
"normal" operations on similar trans-Atlantic flights. The flight
trials begin in February and continue through the spring of 2011.
The trial flights will test the viability of two concepts on North
Atlantic operations: progressive or continuous altitude change; and
corresponding change in aircraft speed (Mach).
"We are very pleased to be partnering with Air France and NATS on this
project," said Crichton. "It builds upon the many improvements to
oceanic air traffic management that NAV CANADA has implemented
including Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology
to reduce aircraft separation, thereby increasing airspace capacity.``
This additional capacity will create opportunities for some North
Atlantic flights to vary Mach and altitude to potentially realize fuel
savings and reductions in GHG emissions, he said.
As a flight transits the ocean, fuel is consumed and the weight of the
aircraft decreases, resulting in the most efficient flight level
becoming higher (assuming zero wind). Therefore, an efficient flight
profile would include a progressive or continuous altitude change and
corresponding change in Mach.
Assessments show that oceanic flights can save approximately 250 litres
of fuel and 650 kilograms of GHG emissions per flight by varying Mach
"More than 350,000 flights per year transit the North Atlantic
airspace," said Rudy Kellar, NAV CANADA Vice President, Operations. "If
only three per cent are able to vary Mach and altitude in a way that
improves flight efficiency, that would result in an annual reduction of
approximately 7,200 metric tons of GHG emissions and a savings of 2.7
million litres of fuel"
"The initiatives such as the ones outlined in CIFER and the ENGAGE
project are cooperative efforts with our customers and industry
partners. These real savings are a testament to the innovative work of
the NAV CANADA employees," said Kellar.
The ENGAGE Corridor Project is being undertaken as part of the SESAR Joint Undertaking Atlantic
Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE) Program. The
SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) was created under European Community law
in 2007 to ensure the modernization of the European air traffic
AIRE is a program managed by SJU in cooperation with the FAA that aims
to accelerate the implementation of environmentally-friendly procedures
for all phases of flight, and to validate the benefits of these
For more information, visit the SJU website: www.sesarju.eu
NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services provider, is a
private sector, non-share capital corporation financed through
publicly-traded debt. With operations from coast to coast to coast, NAV
CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather
briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services
and electronic aids to navigation.
SOURCE NAV CANADA
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