We also play a key role in the Advisory
Council for Aeronautical Research in Europe (ACARE). This was set up in
2001 by industry, government and academia to develop an aviation
strategic research agenda for 2020: the European Union’s Clean Sky
program. This seeks to develop new technologies to reduce noxious
emissions and noise levels on aircraft entering service at the beginning
of the next decade, as well as the EU’s SESAR next-generation air
traffic management system, due within the same timeframe.
engineers are well on the way toward meeting aggressive new
environmental goals set under these initiatives. These include a 50%
reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2), an 80% cut in nitrogen oxides (NOx)
and a 50% drop in perceived noise on the ground.