• Sustainability objective

    Aviation activity always has an impact on the environment, whether it be at the international level, through contributions to climate change, or more locally, by creating noise and affecting air quality.

    The CAA recognises that because of this impact, the environment is playing an ever greater role in the aviation policy debate. If these environmental impacts are not tackled, the sector will not be allowed to grow.

    Although we encourage the industry to lead on tackling these challenges, the CAA accepts that as aviation's regulator we ourselves have a key role to play. In light of this the CAA has adopted a sustainability objective as part of our five-year Strategic Plan. Our objective is as follows:

    ‘To improve environmental performance through more efficient use of airspace and make an efficient contribution to reducing the aviation industry’s environmental impacts.’

    Our new Environmental Programme

    To achieve this sustainability objective the CAA has has recently updated its Environmental Programme. The Programme sets out our activities for the next two years and shows how we will use a range of approaches to deliver environmental work.

    Download the CAA Environmental Programme (2014-16)

    Environmental Panel

    The CAA has set up an Environment Panel to assist the CAA in meeting its strategic environmental objective. The Environment Panel provides external review, advice and challenge to the CAA in meeting the objectives of its environmental programme. The Panel meets twice a year and consists of six experts representing a range of stakeholder organisations. Its members are:

    • Tim Johnson: Aviation Environment Federation
    • Matt Gorman: Heathrow Airport Ltd
    • Dr Naresh Kumar: Rolls Royce
    • Sian Foster: Virgin Atlantic
    • Ian Jopson: NATS
    • Callum Thomas: Manchester Metropolitan University

    If you would like to see papers from the Panel meetings please contact environment@caa.co.uk.