Skyguide was earlier today awarded in CANSO's new GreenATM programme. Presented at the CANSO Executive Summit in Geneva, the award presented to the Swiss Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) recognised its work to minimise excess emissions in the Swiss airspace, as well as for the reduction of its own direct environment footprint.
Innovation, efficiency, and engagement are key to Skyguide's environmental action. Continuous efforts within the company have indeed proven successful in a Swiss federal context, both in terms of contributing to the implementation of the Energy Strategy 2050 and deploying the "Exemplary Energy and Climate" plan of best practices. The steady improvements of its environmental performance are encouraging and have now allowed for a maturity level 3 accreditation of Skyguide's environmental efforts by CANSO.
Inspiring higher levels of environmental action
CANSO developed the idea of an accreditation programme evaluating ANSPs efforts in the environmental domain and triggering additional ones. The GreenATM programme, launched in late 2022, covers a range of topics related to ANSPs own environmental footprint and efficiency efforts within the airspace for which they are responsible. ANSPs are assessed against five defined levels with progressively ambitious and comprehensive objectives for each topic. GreenATM hence provides an objective validation of ANSPs efforts to increase sustainability and environmental management.
In addition, with the creation of a shared baseline of evaluation for ANSPs worldwide, and subsequently a growing participation in the accreditation programme, best practice will undoubtedly be uncovered and shared across the industry. This will inspire coordinated action between ANSPs and enable the delivery of initiatives that will greatly benefit the environment.
“We are proud to have Skyguide as the very first ANSP accredited under this new programme. Their Level 3 achievement is evidence of strong environmental sustainability efforts across a broad range of topics and engagement with employees and airspace users on initiatives that will deliver tangible environmental benefits”, says Simon Hocquard, Director General of CANSO.
“Reaching Level 3 of GreenATM is a great recognition of Skyguide's engagement for the environment. By highlighting the areas in which Skyguide positively influences its own environmental footprint and that of its customers, we are convinced that this accreditation is a great opportunity to stimulate progress in the implementation of new solutions, and to aim at the next levels of GreenATM. ANSPs play an important role in the decarbonisation of the aviation industry and this programme is a major step in inspiring the focus, progress and collaboration we need”, says Alex Bristol, CEO of Skyguide.
Interested journalists can apply for accreditation via email@example.com and visit the Skyguide booth at Airspace World Geneva on 8 March 2023 for more information about the GreenATM Award. A dedicated panel discussion will also take place at 1330 at the Sustainability Theatre with Michelle Bishop, CANSO Director of Programmes, Thierry Brégou, Head of Skyguide's Green Team, and Pascal Hochstrasser, Head of Geneva Tower & Approach at Skyguide and Co-chair Global Environment Workgroup at CANSO.
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