Upgrading our skies will have significant environmental benefits


Reducing CO2

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The aviation industry needs to make a 50% reduction in net emissions by 2050. Making these upgrades will help it achieve that.

More modern technology will mean planes can climb and descend continuously. This means they won’t use as much fuel and will reduce CO2 emissions.

Delays won’t be as common, and stacking will be reduced which means less fuel may be needed for travel.


reducing noise over local communities

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Modernisation will make it easier to manage how noise impacts local communities. By modernising our future skies, we will be able to create efficient, predictable routes.

So, if you live in a noise sensitive area, airports will work with you to see what can be done to reduce noise impacts. This could, for example, mean predictable breaks from aircraft noise, known as respite. Better use of the full technical capabilities of modern aircraft will see flights ascending and descending more consistently. This means planes can fly higher in the sky for longer, which will result in less noise for overflown communities.

Depending on how those local discussions go, the final design of our future skies has the potential to reduce the total number of people who are currently overflown.