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The European aeroemissions network



One of the major problems that civil aeronautics will have to face over the next twenty or thirty years is to accommodate the predicted growth in demand of air transport without creating unacceptable adverse environmental effects. It is to be
expected that new scientific results, increasing public
concerns over the environment and future restrictive
regulations with respect to aircraft emissions will force
airline companies to take ecological considerations much more into account than it does at present. Consequently, for
European aircraft manufacturers it is of high importance to
react early and to guide their research and development
resources into the most important and efficient direction.
The aim of the AERONET project is to support coordination ' a postiori' of existing European and national projects or
programmes dealing with the contribution of air traffic
emissions to anthropogenic climate and atmospheric changes.
For this purpose AERONET seeks to :
* bring together experts from engine technology, atmospheric research and operations as well as programme responsible to exchange knowledge and opinions and to discuss necessary
future actions on the basis of jointly defined goals and time scales,
* produce competitive advantage for Europe through enhanced
information echoing in the field of atmospheric effects of
air traffic emissions,
* strengthen a common European position in global technical
and political discussions
* support the Commission in identifying topics for the 5th
Framework Programme,
* identify gaps and help prepare a coordinated submission of proposals.


Europe is, beside the US, one of the two biggest aircraft
manufacturers. One supposition for the economic success of
European aircraft industry is not only to fulfill the existing regulations but, due to the long development times of 5-10
years and the long lifetimes of aircraft of more than 20 years, also to take the trend of future regulations development into account at a very early stage. This needs continuous and fast information exchange and discussions between atmospheric
scientists, aircraft engineers and regulatory organisations. To be successful with an effort of this dimension, optimal
coordination of national and European programmes in all three fields is required. Thus the network brings together
representatives of all programmes and institutions concerned, helps to integrate activities through better information
exchange, tries to identify the most urgent themes for R&D
activities and intends to give recommendations for the Fifth Framework Programme.


Understanding the atmospheric impacts, the technical
consequences and development perspectives, and the operational impacts as a whole is absolutely necessary to strengthen the European position in global regulatory committees on the on
side and to gain competitive advantages for the European
aircraft and airline industries on the other side. For this purpose AERONET wants to support the exchange of information as well as the coordination of research between the
aeronautical industry, airlines, research establishments,
universities and regulatory bodies.
It is the conviction of the network coordinators that :
- the great number of expected participants
- the large spread of scientific and technical issues : from basic atmospheric sciences to applied engine technology
and air traffic operations
- the large number of information sources : from different
programmes in the European Commission to national programmes - the different views between open scientific exchange,
vested economic interests, public concerns and political
requires a certain coordination of activities. The common
vital interest of all participants is ht question of
ecologically and economically acceptable air traffic. One of the first and most important steps towards this goal is the
exchange of information and opinions among the different groups of participants. The organisation of the network intends to create and offer such possibilities.

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