PRN: NATS 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report Lays out Strategy for Sustainable Aviation in the UK
NATS 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report Lays out Strategy for Sustainable Aviation in the UK
WHITELEY, England, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Today NATS, the UK's leading air traffic services provider and a global supplier of aviation solutions, released its 2012 Corporate Responsibility report which outlines NATS' commitment to driving the sustainable aviation agenda in the UK.
The report, which is the third Corporate Responsibility report since 2008, chronicles the progress NATS has made since becoming the first air traffic management company in the world to calculate CO2 emissions in its airspace and set a target to reduce air traffic related CO2 by an average 10% per flight by 2020. Â To focus the company further on this goal, NATS has recently introduced another world first -- 3Di, an entirely new environmental performance metric which has taken NATS three years to develop. Â
3Di, the 3-Dimensional inefficiency score, is a flight efficiency metric which extends the existing European horizontal flight efficiency metric to include vertical elements. Â 3Di seeks to account for the benefits delivered as a result of air traffic controllers delivering continuous climb departures, cruise levels as requested by airspace users and continuous descents, as well as most direct point to point routeings.
Working with airline customers and the UK regulator, NATS has integrated 3Di into its performance analytics and, as of January 1, 2012, became the first ANSP to be financially incentivised on environmental performance. Â Under the incentive regime, if NATS meets its targets it could be worth up to Â£120 million in fuel cost savings to airlines at today's prices, or around 600,000 tonnes of CO2 over the next three years. Â
"Fuel burn has always been a major cost to airlines. With the introduction of aviation into the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, emissions will now be an additional cost," said Richard Deakin, Chief Executive Officer, NATS. "NATS has led the way by developing and committing ourselves to 3Di, a financially incentivised environmental performance metric that will support the industry in reducing costs and reducing environmental impact."
In addition to introducing the 3Di metric, the Corporate Responsibility report highlights the steps NATS has already taken towards making aviation sustainable, including: Â
NATS remains dedicated to supporting aviation by enabling tools and technologies to improve the environmental performance of traffic in UK airspace. Â Working closely with partners in the industry, NATS is making progress minimising the environmental impact of air traffic management to enable the sustainable growth of the industry.
To read the full report, visit: http://www.nats.co.uk/CRreport