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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.
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Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Address

Linder Hoehe
51147 Koeln

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 339 117,74

Administrative Contact

Rita Lais (Ms.)

Participants (7)

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AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 197 373,15

CICERO SENTER KLIMAFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 496 250,20

EUROCONTROL - EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR THE SAFETY OF AIR NAVIGATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 332 721,61

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 322 682,83

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 72 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 223 200,40

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 212 209,07

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 233772

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 166 717,68

  • EU contribution

    € 3 195 555

Coordinated by:

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

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