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Reducing Emissions from Aviation by Changing Trajectories for the benefit of Climate

Objective

The collaborative project REACT4C (Reducing Emissions from Aviation by Changing Trajectories for the benefit of Climate) has the objectives: (1) to explore the feasibility of adopting flight altitudes and flight routes that lead to reduced fuel consumption and emissions, and lessen the environmental impact; (2) to estimate the overall global effect of such ATM measures in terms of climate change. For a set of typical weather situations, 4D (location and time) cost functions will be determined that reflect the environmental and climate impact of aviation emissions. Current operational flight planning tools will be extended to account for environmental effects via these cost functions. Flight trajectories will be calculated for several optimisation targets: operational, economic and environmental. The associated impacts on the environment will be calculated. Practical rules for an environmentally friendly flight planning will be deduced. Concepts of future (green) aircraft that will be adapted and optimised for the new environmentally compatible flight routing will be developed and the associated mitigation gain of such aircraft will be estimated in terms of environmental and climatic impact. Finally, the results will be disseminated to stakeholders in the aviation sector, the science community and the general public, and the results will be prepared for further exploitation.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 339 117,74
Administrative Contact
Rita Lais (Ms.)

Participants (7)

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 197 373,15
Address
Route De Bayonne 316
31060 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Picot (Mr.)
CICERO SENTER KLIMAFORSKNING STIFTELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 496 250,20
Address
Gaustadallèen 21
0349 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ivar Isaksen (Prof.)
EUROCONTROL - EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR THE SAFETY OF AIR NAVIGATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 332 721,61
Address
Rue De La Fusée 96
1130 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Burkhart Von Erlach (Mr.)
THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 322 682,83
Address
Oxford Road All Saints Building
M15 6BH Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maggy Taylor (Ms.)
MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 72 000
Address
Fitzroy Road
EX1 3PB Exeter
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Jones (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 223 200,40
Address
Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rossella Rotesi (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 212 209,07
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Adam Bell (Mr.)