European Aviation and Environment Working Group (EAEG)
The European Aviation and Environment Working Group (EAEG) is ECAC's working group competent for addressing activities such as:
- European contribution to SARPs and guidance on CORSIA, to related ICAO events, and support to States in the implementation of the ECAC Bratislava Declaration;
- European contribution to CAEP (other than CORSIA, including noise, non-volatile Particulate Matter, alternative fuels, etc.), and European preparations for CAEP meetings;
- support to European Council members via provision of briefing material;
- update of European Action Plans for emissions reduction by June 2018;
- monitoring of European environmental modelling of interdependencies;
- maintenance/ development of ECAC's report on a standard method for noise modelling (ECAC Doc 29, 4th Edition);
- further harmonisation of European environmental policies on noise, local air quality and climate change, including via information-sharing, exchanges on best practices and provision of guidance material; and
- capacity building.
This group is co-chaired by a representative of one ECAC Member State and a representative of the European Commission (except for activities not involving EU competencies), and composed of European CAEP members and observers, EASA and EUROCONTROL, and the European co-rapporteurs of CAEP Working Groups and Task Forces. This group is also open to "non-CAEP members" able to bring expertise and committed to actively contributing. This involves effective participation in European and ICAO working groups.
Mr Urs Ziegler (Switzerland, CAEP member) is currently the EAEG co-Chairperson for ECAC, and the vice co-Chairperson for ECAC is Mr Michael Lunter (The Netherlands, CAEP member), along a rotational principle. For the European Commission, the EU observer to CAEP Ms Isabelle Besson (DG MOVE) is the co-Chairperson and Mr Philippe Lenne (DG MOVE) is the vice co-Chairperson. Further details can be found in the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of EAEG.
When deemed necessary, technical input or preparatory work is provided by small temporary or permanent specialised task groups, upon request from EAEG. These specialised task groups can be either formal or informal, either already in existence (e.g. AIRMOD, APER Task Group), or new groups, based on needs.