Towards Climate-optimized Aviation
Plenary and Special Sessions at the
First CEAS European Air and Space Conference Century Perspectives
10-13 September 2007 in Berlin, Germany
During the First CEAS European Air and Space Conference Century Perspectives, a Plenary Session and a Special Session (Workshop) took place dealing with the impact of aircraft emissions on climate and possible mitigation options. This page contains links to the pdf-files of the presentations.
The purpose of the sessions was to inform the aviation community in compact form about the recent IPCC findings on global climate change, and the need for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in general in the coming decades, the aviation contributions to climate change, the mitigations options, the open questions and strategies to answer them, and ongoing research and developments which have the goal to reduce aviation’s climate impact.
A summary on the issues and DLR research is given in a DLR brochure (in German language only) "Klimawirkungen des Luftverkehrs" [PDF].
1). PLENARY SESSION: Towards Climate-optimized Aviation (12 Sept 2007, 8:30 - 9:30)
2) SPECIAL SESSION (Workshop) "Towards Climate-optimized Aviation" (12 Sept 2007, 15:10 – 18:10)
Part 1: "Towards Climate-optimized Aviation – The Challenge "
Part 2: "Towards Climate-optimized Aviation – The Response "
Climate impact is at the top of the aviation agenda. Climate change is reality. In simple words: “1°C warming might be felt like heaven; 4°C might be felt like hell”.The future depends on present decisions. Many open questions remain but it is known enough to enhance action now. Contrails should be on the ACARE agenda: Their climate impact may be reduced by proper air traffic management. Aircraft and aircraft engines are already very well optimized and hard to improve. Fuel reduction is driven by economy and fuel availability. The NOx/contrails issues need other drivers. The ACARE goals sound challenging but may not be challenging enough. (This statement refers to the finding of David Lee showing that only a small reduction becomes effective during the coming 50 years when reaching a 50 % reduction in specific fuel consumption becoming operational slowly after 2020.) Still one may ask: Are the ACARE goals reachable?
The Council of the European Aerospace Societies (CEAS) comprises the eight aerospace societies from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland with more than 25.000 individual members. Each society represents the leading national society in the field of aeronautics and astronautics. CEAS is a non profit organisation based in Brussels, Belgium. The objective of CEAS is to promote the interests of the constituent societies on a European scale and European aerospace activities internationally.
The 1st International CEAS European Air and Space Conference addressed all disciplines of aeronautics and astronautics systems, including their design, development and operation. It covers all scientific, industrial, educational, legal as well as historical aspects relevant to Aerospace.