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Eurocontrol Appreciates Lithuania’s Efforts in Reducing Carbon Emissions Despite Increase in Air Traffic

Despite continuous increase in air traffic, carbon dioxide emitted by aircraft went down in Lithuania. In May–September in Lithuania, zero delays due to considerable efforts of Lithuania’s air traffic controllers resulted in reduction of aircraft emission pollution. “Whereas in Europe, lack of ATM efficiency caused an accumulative 16.7 million minutes of delay and additional aircraft emissions”, noted Eamonn Brennan, Director General of the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, Eurocontrol.

“In January–September of 2019, emissions of CO2 from aircraft in Lithuania were estimated at 0.29 million tonnes, and compared to the same period last year, were lower by 0.7 per cent”, said Mr Brennan in a letter to Mindaugas Gustys, CEO of Oro navigacija, and added that over this period the volume of air traffic went up by 2 per cent in Lithuania.  

When a flight cannot take off on time and is waiting for a clearance, this results in higher pollution at airports. Delays cost airlines serious money and impact passengers’ travel plans.

Summarizing the Eurocontrol member states’ results for the year, Mr Brennan also provided information on other members of the agency and the emissions from take-offs at airports. For example, emissions in Poland, Latvia and Finland increased by 5.4, 9.3 and 7.6 per cent, respectively.

“It is very gratifying to know that Lithuania is among the European countries with the least amount of pollutants released into the environment during the departure of aircraft. Ensuring a timely take-off, without any delay, demonstrates high level of Lithuanian air navigation service specialists and we are proud of them”, said Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič.

“Successful air traffic flow management significantly contributes to environmental protection: no aircraft delays, no additional aircraft fuel burning, and therefore, lower amount of pollutants released into the air”, noted Mindaugas Gustys, CEO of Oro navigacija. 

According to the data of Oro navigacija, over the ten months of this year the total number of flights handled by air traffic controllers in Lithuania made up 230.4 thousand and was higher by 1.3 per cent, compared to the same period last year. Overflights accounted for 76 per cent of all flights. Compared to the same period in 2018, the number of flights crossing Lithuania by transit went up  by 1.3 per cent.

In October this year the total number of flights serviced made up 24.1 thousand and, compared to last year’s, increased by 3.5 per cent; overflights accounted for 18.1 thousand, or 75 per cent of the total number. Compared to October 2018, the number of overflights went up by 3 per cent. 

About air navigation services:

In each country, to ensure that flights are operated safely, efficiently and on time, air navigation services are provided to aircraft from the moment of launching an engine and starting from a parking area to the moment of landing at an aerodrome of destination. Air navigation services in the Lithuanian airspace and Lithuanian airports are provided by SE Oro navigacija.

According to the Multilateral Agreement Lithuania has delegated Eurocontrol billing and collection of charges on its behalf. The costs of billing and collection of charges are covered by airspace users.

Airlines pay the route air navigation service charges for the services provided during overflights. When aircraft take off from/land at one of the Lithuanian airports, the terminal air navigation service charges are paid by airlines.

Costs of SE Oro navigacija are fully covered by revenue from main activities and the enterprise receives no funds from the state budget.

 

Vytautas Beniušis
Spokesperson
Mob. +370 687 26001
Email: beniusis.v@ans.lt

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