Brussels South Charleroi Airport introduces Eurocontrol’s collaborative environmental management


Initiated by Eurocontrol, with the support of ACI Europe, the Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM) specification is designed to help airports and their operational partners cooperate with each other and work together to identify, develop and implement effective solutions to achieve their sustainable development goals.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport in Belgium and Eurocontrol, as well as Ryanair, TUI fly, Air Corsica, Skeyes, the Belgian aerospace company SABCA and the Belgian Walloon airport association SOWAER, have signed an environmental collaboration agreement. The agreement aims to collaboratively reduce the environmental impact of airport operations. The three priorities of the partnership are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce noise pollution and improve the air quality around the airport.

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As part of the CEM, the partners involved have created an environmental committee which will work to make airports carbon neutral by 2050. The mid-term objective is to reduce the CO of airports2 emissions of 35% compared to 2019 by 2030. The other main objectives of this working agreement are to identify the issues as well as the short and long term issues for Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Another is developing a shared environmental strategy and action plans to minimize environmental impacts (noise, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions).

Likewise, the partnership will endeavor to define performance indicators intended to analyze the achievement of the environmental objectives set between the various stakeholders; and promote a better understanding of the interdependence between the airport, airlines and air navigation service providers as a whole by facilitating the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the different actors involved in CEM. In addition, partners will support environmental certification processes such as ISO 14001: 2015 or the involvement of BSCA in the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program. Overall, the agreement aims to support the growth of the airport while reducing its impact on the environment.

Philippe Merlo, Director of Eurocontrol’s European Civil and Military Aviation Directorate (DECMA), said: “In 2009, when our EMC specifications were published, environmental pressures were not what they are. today. Over the years, CEM has grown to help airports and their partners meet the challenges of the European Green Deal. The third edition of our specifications will be published very soon, taking into account new challenges such as the use of sustainable fuels. Today, the implementation of the CEM at BSCA confirms the strength of this tool, and we are happy to be able to contribute to the sustainable development of this airport.

Marylin Bastin, Head of Sustainability at Eurocontrol, said: “We are delighted with this new cooperation and are ready to support all partners involved in their efforts to reduce environmental impact through CEM.


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