The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has established an Environment Committee to assist the association's policy priorities and highlight the achievements of aviation businesses in building on efficiency gains, sustainability and other efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The Environment Committee was first established as a subcommittee of NATA's Airport Business Committee. This subcommittee worked on issues regarding hangar construction/design (PFAS and NFPA 409), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and 100 low lead (100LL) alternatives. The move to elevate this group to a standalone committee highlights the importance that sustainability and the environment play in the operation of aviation businesses, allowing a powerful connection between policymakers and aviation stakeholders.
“As the world has worked to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the pandemic has created a renewed focus on climate change as the positive environmental effects of its disruptive nature have been exposed on a world stage,” states chairman of the board Curt Castagna. “Our Environment Committee demonstrates a steadfast dedication to supporting the industry's long-held goal to expand access to aviation, while embracing technological advancements and sound policies that promote a cleaner future.”
The committee will address initiatives including SAF, solar power and battery storage systems, PFAS remediation, 100LL alternative fuels, FBO and aviation facility infrastructure efficiencies for aircraft operations, and aircraft noise mitigation technologies.
“Our membership are leaders in taking action to further reduce the industry's carbon footprint,” adds president and CEO Timothy Obitts. “We believe that the adoption and implementation of environmental best practices, carbon reduction and sustainability measures will be imperative to the future success of aviation businesses. With both the federal and state lawmakers having an increased focus on environmental legislation, NATA's Environment Committee will play a critical leadership role as NATA works with lawmakers and federal, state and local governments to ensure that aviation businesses are part of and shaping the discussion.”