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ATM Can Contribute to Making Aviation Greener

The closing event of GreAT took place on 24 May at the KLM Headquarters in Amsterdam with presentations and demonstrations of the main project results. Most of the 25 participants attended the event on-site, some remotely.

In his conclusions, project coordinator Michael Finke / DLR stated that – within the 3 ½ years of GreAT’s project lifetime – the partnership has
• investigated several concept elements; part of them further detailed in smaller studies or combined in larger exercises, involving Fast-Time and Real-Time simulations;
• applied them in use cases on ground, in airport vicinity and in enroute airspace;
• developed an environmental impact assessment methodology for aviation covering CO2 and non-CO2 effects;
• learned about the many possibilities but also the limits of air traffic management to contribute to a more environmentally friendly air traffic, especially in important transit regions that are still lacking modern ATM systems.

“Due to the pandemic”, Finke added, “the work in GreAT was characterised by countless online meetings and workshops between European and Chinese partners. Nevertheless, the collaboration went well and produced valuable results. With GreAT coming to a close, we can conclude that there are definitely many ways in which air traffic management can contribute to mitigating the climate impact of aviation. However, ATM on its own cannot be the ‘game changer’. Collaboration between different projects, stakeholders and world regions is absolutely necessary!”

All presentations of the final event can be found on ZENODO: GreAT - Greener Air Traffic Operations (EU H2020) | Zenodo