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Civil aviation drives global economies by facilitating trade, innovation and jobs—more than 12 million in the U.S. alone ranging from infrastructure to implementation, generating $1.5 trillion for the U.S. economy in 2012. While innovations such as unmanned aircraft and commercial space exploration offer tremendous potential for growth, the benefits of air transportation must be balanced against aviation’s global impact on noise, air quality, water, climate change and energy security.
Recognizing that a patchwork of regulations around the world could negatively affect U.S. civil aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Policy, International Affairs and Environment (APL), with the support of Booz Allen, set out to seize the opportunity for global leadership.
Working together, the team created a data-driven approach to policy-making that would help the U.S. successfully negotiate a landmark global CO2 resolution and determine the future of aviation worldwide.
“Experts across Booz Allen helped the FAA negotiate a landmark global CO2 resolution and determine the future of aviation worldwide.”
The combination of an energized global public and health and environmental concerns led the FAA to enlist the support of Booz Allen to establish ambitious national targets to reduce noise, air emission, CO2 and jet fuel consumption. The goal was to ensure that civil aviation benefits were maximized while negative health, environmental and energy impacts to local communities were avoided.
During a 9-year period, Booz Allen worked closely with the FAA to establish a strategic framework, measurable targets, research programs, and practical international agreements. The program produced major impacts ranging from more energy-efficient flight procedures and alternative jet fuels to wing designs that reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Integrating capabilities from across the firm, we helped develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for the FAA across five pillars: science and modeling, new aircraft technologies, renewable fuels, air traffic management improvements, and policy.
Our team helped establish a coalition of stakeholders from across industry, academia, government, and the public to develop measurable targets and processes to track progress. We collected and processed massive amounts of aviation data for detailed simulations of the global aviation system and provided the costs and benefits of policy alternatives for airlines, countries, and the global aviation system. These insights guided international negotiations in real time.
We drew from across the Booz Allen organization—environmental scientists and aerospace engineers, analytics and big data experts, systems development specialists, and strategic communications consulting leaders.
Our work with the FAA contributed to establishing a national strategy and aviation policy, the first global sector-wide carbon market, the first global carbon standard for commercial aircraft, and to advancing the state of science in aircraft operation and technology.
Our efforts helped:
The roadmap for FAA leadership is in place to shape international agreements and policies that have broad impact for the world, improve aviation operations and financial performance, and reduce environmental impacts.
When fully implemented, standards are expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040—equivalent to removing more than 140 million cars from the road for 1 year.