Business jet operations produce significantly less noise and harmful emissions than the jet and turboprop airline fleet, and this trend continues to improve, according to the second edition of the European Aviation Environmental Report.
The report notes that a major factor in the low environmental impact levels from business jets is because they account for just about 7 percent of Europe’s total air traffic. “The rapid expansion of business aviation up to 2008 was accompanied by the entry into service of new aircraft, but business aviation declined sharply with the economic downturn, which led to more frequent use of the existing aircraft and a gradual aging in the fleet.”
Nevertheless, after slight increases in measurements in 2011 and 2013, the overall trend for business jets has been down and in 2017 was at its lowest point over the past 17 years. General aviation turboprops were not included in the study. For some airline segments, such as regional turboprops, the trend is moving up for adding to noise or harmful emissions.
The report says that although aviation as a whole currently accounts for just 3 percent of global carbon emissions, their combined effect “has not kept pace with the recent strong growth in the demand for air travel, thereby leading to an overall increase in the environmental impact.”
Effective coordination between stakeholders is of the “utmost importance to build on existing [mitigating] measures and address the environmental challenges, thus ensuring the long-term success of the aviation sector,” the report concludes.