Bookmark and Share

Business Aviation's Balanced, Effective Approach to Environmental Policy

NBAA recognizes that when it comes to general aviation operations, environmental stewardship is an imperative. The Association continually advocates for reasonable and balanced policies that support the industry's twin goals of promoting the mobility and growth of business aviation while safely minimizing its environmental footprint, in terms of both greenhouse gas and noise emissions.

  • Noise Abatement Program

    Noise Abatement Program

    Founded in 1967 and updated in 2015, NBAA's Noise Abatement Program has long promoted safe, standardized and uncomplicated operating procedures that are effective in reducing noise exposure. Learn More.

  • European Union Emissions Trading Scheme

    European Union Emissions Trading Scheme

    Information on the European Union's inclusion of aviation activity in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that will be applicable when aircraft depart from and/or arrive at an airport in an EU member country starting in 2012. Learn More.

  • The Future of Avgas

    The Future of Avgas

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally begun the regulatory process required by the Clean Air Act that may ultimately result in standards mandating the industry's transition from leaded aviation gasoline (avgas) to unleaded aviation gasoline. Learn More.

  • Biofuel Alternatives to Jet A

    Biofuel Alternatives to Jet A

    Business aviation plays an important role in the FAA's Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program, a series of government-industry partnerships designed to identify and implement environmental technologies aimed toward building on the operating efficiency of commercial turbine-powered aircraft. Learn More.


Removing Barriers to Sustainable Fuels Adoption
July 9, 2018
Make no mistake: jet fuels derived from renewable energy sources aren’t a far-off dream. Multiple technology paths exist to produce such fuels, and innumerable test flights over the past decade have consistently demonstrated their equal performance to conventional Jet A. Lowering costs and increasing choices will make sustainable alternatives to jet fuel an easier option. Learn more about this topic in the July/August 2018 issue of Business Aviation Insider magazine, NBAA's Technology Issue.
ICAO Adoption of CORSIA Rules Brings No Significant Changes for Business Aviation
July 2, 2018
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has formally adopted a series of technical rules for the measurement and reporting of carbon emissions from aircraft under the upcoming Carbon Offsetting Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA. Scheduled for implementation in January 2019, CORSIA aims to cap worldwide carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from aviation. International operators emitting more than 10,000 metric tons of CO2 annually on flights between approximately 74 participating nations will be required to purchase carbon credits to offset growth above 2020 CO2 levels. Learn more.
NBAA Joins Industry Coalition Investing in Sustainable Fuels
June 25, 2018
A coalition of international business aviation organizations, including NBAA, joined government officials to redouble their focus on advancing the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels (SAJF). “The business aviation community has a long and successful history of innovation when it comes to promoting the policies, products and procedures that reduce the industry’s carbon footprint,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “With this initiative, we redouble our efforts on what has always been an important priority.” Learn more about the SAJF initiative.
International Operators Need to Prepare for CORSIA
April 16, 2018
ICAO has for many years been developing a framework for minimizing international aviation emissions, known as CORSIA. NBAA and the International Business Aviation Council fought for and won a "small emitter" exemption to the emissions plan, which recognizes business aviation's minimal emissions. As a result, CORSIA will not apply to most business aircraft operations, but operators meeting the emissions criteria must begin gathering international flight data and be prepared to present their emissions findings. Learn more about this regulatory hot topic in the March/April 2018 International Issue of Business Aviation Insider magazine.
CORSIA Looming, But Many Business Aircraft Operators Exempted
Jan. 10, 2018
Business aircraft operators that regularly fly overseas should be aware of an upcoming environmental impact policy aimed at meeting industry’s goal to curb global aviation emissions. Adopted last year by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for implementation from 2020, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) intends to cap carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels. However, an exemption supported by NBAA and other organizations through the International Business Aviation Council means that "small emitters" that fall under a certain threshold will not be subject to CORSIA requirements. Learn more about CORSIA.
Hybrid Airplanes: Moving From Drawing Board to Flight Line
July 10, 2017
Aviation has seen its share of technological leaps in the past century. Soon, electric propulsion may be considered a big enough disruptor to join the list of advancements that fundamentally re-shaped airplane design, and business aviation stands to be a significant beneficiary. For example, one of the biggest advantages that electric power offers is in the environmental arena – even at maximum power, they are very quiet, which is a game-changer for accessing airports with noise-related restrictions. Learn more in the July/August 2017 issue of Business Aviation Insider.
NBAA Welcomes ICAO Council Adoption of Global Emissions Standards
March 9, 2017
NBAA commended the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council's recent adoption of the first global aircraft certification emissions standard, which reflects recommendations and input provided by NBAA and other industry groups. The standard applies to all new large aircraft type designs starting in 2020 and to all in-production aircraft types, including business and large aircraft, in 2023. Now, each of the 191 ICAO member states, including the U.S., must independently accept the standard or file a difference with ICAO. "A single emissions standard will streamline international regulations and simplify aircraft certification requirements," said NBAA chief Operating officer Steve Brown. Read more.
Taking a Look at ICAO's Effort to Reduce Aircraft Carbon Emissions
Feb. 22, 2016
For the first time, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has come up with proposed standards to reduce aircraft carbon emissions worldwide. "The very smallest of the business aviation aircraft would be exempt, so that would be generally aircraft under 12,500 pounds," noted NBAA’s Chief Operating Office Steve Brown. "It's only when you get to larger aircraft, where you have larger fuel burns and therefore more emissions, that its useful to try and measure emissions and apply technology to make significant reductions in the future that are beneficial." ICAO will vote on the plan later this year, and Browns said he is "cautiously optimistic" it will pass. Learn more about the ICAO proposal in this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast.
NBAA Provides Input to ICAO Working Group on Aircraft Emissions Standards
Feb. 11, 2016
NBAA provided important input to an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) committee that recently issued a recommendation for a global standard to address CO2 emissions from aircraft. ICAO is the United Nations agency that develops international civil aviation standards. The recommended standard would exempt small aircraft with a maximum takeoff mass (MTOM) below 5.7 metric tons (approximately 12,566 pounds) or propeller-driven aircraft below 8.7 metric tons (about 19,180 pounds) MTOM. "This recommended standard enables the aviation industry's continued commitment to reduce aircraft emissions by improving performance, while also supporting economic growth," said Steve Brown, NBAA's chief operating officer. Read more about the recommendation.
NBAA, Other Groups Oppose Congressional Call for Unilateral Emissions Standarde
Sept. 25, 2015
NBAA has joined with other industry stakeholders in formally opposing calls from within Congress for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take unilateral action in adopting aircraft emissions standards before the issuance of an internationally agreed-upon standard. Following extensive deliberations and consultations with industry stakeholders, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is expected to consider emissions proposals in late 2016. "The global community is, in fact, at the tail end of a six-year collaborative and complex process to achieve this goal," noted the Sept. 22 letter to Congress. "The EPA is working actively at ICAO along with the FAA, industry and civil society stakeholders and representatives of all ICAO member countries to develop a CO2 emission standard for future aircraft." Read the full letter to Congress.
FAA Reminds Operators of Upcoming Stage 3 Noise Compliance Mandate
July 20, 2015
The FAA recently issued a reminder to operators of jet airplanes weighing 75,000 pounds or less that they must comply with Stage 3 noise levels by Jan. 1, 2016. The requirement effectively prohibits the operation of Stage 2 aircraft within, to or from the contiguous United States after Dec. 31, 2015. The agency warned that operators failing to meet these standards might be subject to civil penalties, though there are some exceptions. The Stage 3 requirement was codified in 2013 as part of the FAA's response to a congressional mandate. Learn more about the upcoming noise compliance mandate.
The Future of Fuel: Going Beyond Jet A and 100LL
July 6, 2015
Alternative fuels continue to be the focus of research and development throughout the aviation industry, but for all the progress that's been made, the cost of potential replacement fuels continues to be a hurdle. Business aviation, however, plays a vital role in efforts to introduce alternatives. "Commercial, business and military aviation are working hand-in-hand to help stand up this new industrial sector," said Steve Csonka, executive director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, of which NBAA is a part. "We're all in this together." The future of fuels is the top story in the July/August issue of Business Aviation Insider, which is mailing to print subscribers now. Members may also download the latest issue in the new mobile app for iPad and Android tablets. Read the full story.
FAA Publishes Final Ruling on Phase-Out of Stage 2 Aircraft
July 3, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) moved forward last week on a congressional mandate to phase out the loudest civil turbojet aircraft operating in the United States. After Dec. 31, 2015, operation of almost all jet aircraft weighing 75,000 pounds or less will be banned from operating from the contiguous U.S. unless they meet Stage 3 noise compliance requirements or higher. The final ruling, published on July 2, locks in the phase-out date established by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, and it comes following extensive discussions between regulators and industry representatives to find a suitable timeframe in consideration of the time and costs necessary for operators to modify or replace their aircraft. Learn more about the new ruling.
Lindbergh Foundation Ads Highlight Aviation’s Environmentally Friendly Technologies, Techniques
June 6, 2013
In an effort to underscore the number and variety of aviation innovations that have continually reduced the industry’s carbon footprint, the Lindbergh Foundation, working with a Wichita, KS-based marketing company, has created an ad campaign that has already reached millions of readers. The Foundation’s Aviation Green Alliance kicked off the campaign at last year’s NBAA Convention, and the boldly colored advertisements were placed in 11 aviation publications for an initial run of five months. The ads created by this volunteer effort have resulted in 4 million impressions, and many of the publications that initially agreed to a five-month campaign have signed on to extend their publication of the ads. Learn more about the foundation’s ad campaign.
Carbon-Emissions Legislation Introduced in Senate
March 14, 2013
Two U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would enact new taxes on carbon emissions, including those from aircraft, though few in Washington believe the bill will pass Congress. The Climate Protection Act of 2013, sponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), would impose a $20-per-ton fee on carbon emissions beginning Jan. 1 on the year after it is signed into law. It would increase 5.65 percent each year thereafter for the next decade, encompassing up to 85 percent of carbon emissions generated in the U.S. Read more about the proposed legislation.
LA Helicopter Noise Battle Escalates as Legislation Is Introduced
February 28, 2013
Legislation requiring the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to set guidelines on flight paths and minimum altitudes used by helicopter operators in residential areas of Los Angeles County, CA, has been reintroduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-28-CA) and Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), the Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would require the FAA administrator to exempt from their requirements helicopter operations related to emergency, law enforcement or military activities. The bills, which were introduced last month, also direct the FAA to consult with local communities and helicopter operators to develop regulations that meet the needs of area residents and helicopter operators, as well as the agency. Read more about the proposed helicopter legislation.
Business Aviation Advocates Active in Aircraft-Emissions Policy Deliberations
February 4, 2013
With a vote by the European Parliament scheduled for April on whether to "stop the clock" on full implementation of the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) High-Level Group continue meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to work on a global plan for addressing aircraft-emissions policy. The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) continued its concurrent meetings in Montreal, with top NBAA officials participating. IBAC's goal is to ensure that the non-commercial aviation sector is fairly represented in any solution considered by ICAO. Listen to this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast and read more about the work of ICAO and IBAC.
IBAC Plans to Provide Input as ICAO Confronts Emissions Policy
December 26, 2012
As the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) High Level Group on Climate Change met recently in Montreal. to consider a path forward for reviewing aircraft-emissions policy proposals, the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) said the voice of business aviation would be heard loud and clear on whatever global system is developed to curb aircraft emissions. Read more about the meetings
Senate Strikes Restrictions on Military Biofuels Development
December 3, 2012
The U.S. Senate last week struck down restrictions on Department of Defense research into alternative aviation fuel sources, a move strongly supported by NBAA and 12 other aviation groups. The 67-32 vote removes language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented the military from purchasing biofuels if they cost more than petroleum. The full legislation containing the language must still be passed by the Senate, then be reconciled with its counterpart bill passed by the House of Representatives before it is submitted to President Obama for final approval. Read more about the NDAA.
Falcon Jet Makes History by Flying on 100 Percent Biofuel
November 19, 2012
A Dassault Falcon 20 has achieved an aviation and renewable-energy milestone by becoming the world's first civil jet to be powered by 100 percent biofuel. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), a government research and development organization, said it flew the Falcon over Ottawa, Canada, during a one-hour flight on Oct. 29. The Falcon's two General Electric CF700-2D2 turbofan engines consumed ReadiJet, an unblended biofuel, which is based on Agrisoma's Resonance industrial oilseed crops and is produced by Albuquerque-based Applied Research Associates (ARA) under contract to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Read more about this historic flight.
FAA Proposes Tougher Noise Rules for Future Helicopters
October 24, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unveiled plans to require newly designed helicopters to be quieter than existing rotorcraft, a move it says would benefit the public while promoting consistency with international standards. Although the FAA insists that existing helicopters, classified as either Stage 1 or Stage 2 aircraft, will not be affected by the rule, the Helicopter Association International has indicated that stronger language should be included in the plans, clarifying that existing helicopters are exempt.
Read more about the proposed rule.
Airports Take Various Approaches to Disposing of International Trash
March 3, 2011
When community airports open an on-site customs facility for business aviation, one question is often initially overlooked: What to do with the trash operators bring aboard their aircraft from outside U.S. borders? The trash can't be treated the same as garbage from within the U.S., and airport officials at Addison Airport, McClelland- Palomar Airport and Naples Municipal Airport report on the varying approaches taken at each airport to comply with disposal procedures.
Learn more.

Business Aviation Environmental Issues Resources

Business Aviation Environmental Issues Operational Resources