AirTrak - Carbon Management

AirTrak – Dealing with Aviation’s Carbon Footprint

AirTrak provides airports with a tool that measures carbon output from each phase of aviation activity. Airports can use this information to implement, monitor and measure the success of carbon reducing activities over time.

As carbon reduction largely equates to operationally efficient aviation, implementing measures to minimize aviation carbon output will ultimately provide a more efficient airport.

It is clear that regulatory changes are coming that will necessitate measurement and justification for all carbon output in the aviation space. Strategies will need to be implemented to reduce that carbon; in all likelihood very quickly. Utilizing AirTrak ensures you are ready for regulatory compliance.

AirTrak Carbon Manager Screen Shot

Why you need to act NOW!

Firstly, unless airports can clearly demonstrate that they are doing everything possible to reduce their impact on climate change, they will be unable to convince stakeholders to support expansion plans that directly conflict with national Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction strategies. Legislation is already in place in some countries calling for the regular reporting of GHG emissions and more widespread adoption will introduce a new compliance issue for airports. Whilst some airports are excluding the aviation emissions in their reported footprint, communities and conservation groups are calling for the aviation footprint to be clearly stated.

Unless airports account for and report their aviation emissions, they will find themselves in the same situation as with noise. It is aircraft that make noise, not airports, but it is airports that have to deal with the community and regulatory reaction and manage the noise impact. CO2 and other emissions are no different to this.

Secondly, with the current downturn in airline profitability - despite the recent drop (possibly short term) in fuel prices – and the slow and expensive transition to more fuel-efficient aircraft, airlines are placing ever increasing pressure on airports and ANSPs to increase operational efficiency to deliver rapid short-term reductions in fuel burn that goes straight to their bottom line. To support airports’ own revenue streams, airports need to demonstrate to airlines that they are doing all they can to improve efficiencies and their operational superiority.

Why do Airports need AirTrak?

AirTrak helps airports accurately compute and understand in detail carbon emissions from entire aircraft operations including the LTO cycle and en-route. Providing automatic and continuous assessment, it enables airports to accurately assess their aviation carbon footprint, the effectivenes of carbon reduction measures and to subsequently report trends.

AirTrak provides:

  • Easy Greenhouse Gas assessment: It is totally automatic, web-based and utilises current Lochard infrastructure, ensuring minimum overhead on resources
  • Continuous assessment: AirTrak delivers a steady stream of emission data for every movement in and out of the airport
  • Accuracy: AirTrak computes carbon emissions from the actual flight track of each and every movement, rather than using averages or approximations
  • Detail: AirTrak computes carbon emissions at each stage of the flight, especially stages that airports can directly influence, such as taxiing and holding. Airports can then implement changes and assess their impact
  • Certified results: AirTrak is consistent with International Standards, best practice and will be certified by independent authorities.


AirTrak is a hosted service with inherent flexibility as demonstrated in the wide variety of information outputs detailed below. Due to this, there is minimal resource overhead for airport staff e.g. no maintenance required, no need to spend resource time on building inflexible reports.

AirTrak measures

  • CO2
  • NOx
  • H2O

within the vicinity of the airport, and en-route.

These Greenhouse Gas emissions are viewable in a range of formats appropriate to airports, and can be filtered by:

  • Greenhouse Gas
  • Aircraft Type
  • Airline
  • Domestic/International
  • Phase of aviation cycle
    • Taxi-out
    • Take-Off
    • Climb
    • TMA out
    • En-route
    • TMA in
    • Hold
    • Approach
    • Taxi-in

    Additionally the emissions can be viewed by:

    • Total
    • Per Movement
    • Per Passenger
    • Per Passenger KM; and
    • TMA efficiency

    in a variety of formats, and can be exported to include in reports to stakeholders.

    AirTrak Carbon Manager Screen Shot

    This flexibility allows the airport to view and work with information on aviation carbon emissions in the manner that best suits the airport.

    AirTrak – responsible airports are not constrained airports.

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