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Air navigation services contribute to reduction in aviation’s environmental impact

(Ottawa, October 15, 2014) – NAV CANADA today released its annual report outlining progress in the effort to reduce the aviation industry’s impact on the environment. The 2014 edition of Collaborative Initiatives for Emission Reductions (CIFER), profiles numerous measures designed to reduce fuel burn and lessen associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“Working co-operatively with our airline customers and other industry partners, our efforts resulted in a GHG emissions reduction of 1.3 million metric tons and a fuel cost savings of over $500 million in 2013 alone,” said John Crichton, NAV CANADA President & CEO.
“The CIFER Report summarizes new and emerging technologies and air traffic management procedures along with some efficiency initiatives already established,” said Crichton. “The reduction and projected reductions in GHG emissions from 1997 to 2020 is an estimated 21 million tonnes with the attendant fuel cost savings of $7.4 billion achieved and forecast.”
This year’s Report spotlights several initiatives that are making a significant impact. Among these is the Gander Oceanic Flight Level Initiative (GOFLI), where controllers are able to significantly increase the number of climbs in Atlantic airspace and offer more efficient altitudes to pilots.
Another innovation implemented in northern airspace optimizes flight routes reducing distance and travel times for North American flights bound for Europe and Asia and vice versa. This can be as much as 5 minutes or 25 miles saved per flight for a total savings of $6 million in 2013.
NAV CANADA, the country’s air navigation service provider, today released a report detailing its progress in efforts to reduce aviation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through improvements to air traffic flows.

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