Aviation is a global business with many international airlines operating at UK airports and flying overhead through UK airspace. Some effects such as CO2 emissions can have a global impact by contributing to climate change, and action in the
UK alone would not stop this. Instead, impacts like this must be addressed internationally.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a specialist agency of the United Nations set up to define international safety, environmental and operating standards for civil aviation. Currently more than 190 countries are members, and aviation rules in each of these follow ICAO standards and
ICAO has developed or is developing standards, policies and guidance around the following environmentally-related issues:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has produced guidelines for community noise for national governments to consider when developing policy. The WHO regional office for Europe has taken this further by developing guidelines for night noise.
At the European level, the European Commission (EC) has a number of policies to help improve the environmental performance of aviation.
On CO2, the EC is:
Two other European bodies also have environmental roles.
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