The FAA recently published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) outlining new certification standards with an aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The standards are part of the U.S. Aviation Climate Action Plan, with a goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and align with international standards.
This goal also is in line with the International Business Aviation Council’s goal for business aviation to see carbon neutral growth from 2020 onward using new technology, sustainable fuels, improved infrastructure and global market-based measures.
“Business aviation is responsible for just .04% of global man-made emissions, but the industry is dedicated to reducing that number even further,” said Doug Carr, NBAA’s senior vice president of safety, security, sustainability and international affairs. “NBAA is supportive of efforts to achieve sustainable air transportation. We will review these proposed standards and provide comments as necessary.”
The NPRM is open for comment until Aug.15, 2022. Review the NPRM.
The FAA announced more than $100 million in matching research contracts to increase aircraft efficiency, reduce noise and emissions and develop and implement new software to reduce delays.
The proposed standards would apply only to new subsonic jet aircraft and large turboprop and propeller aircraft not yet certified, and to those manufactured after Jan. 1, 2028. The standards include improvements in aerodynamics, engine propulsion efficiency and reductions in aircraft’s empty mass before loading.
The proposed FAA rules follow a January 2021 EPA final rule adopting a new domestic airplane greenhouse gas emission standards. The EPA final rule created a new 40 CFR Part 1030.
The FAA says because the EPA and FAA rules follow International Civil Aviation Organization standards, worldwide acceptance of U.S. manufactured aircraft is assured.