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A new study finds that more efficient air traffic management—through the implementation of space-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B)—could reduce aviation’s CO2 emissions by approximately 14.3 million metric tons between 2020 and 2030.
The report, Environmental Benefits of Space-based ADS-B, was authored by Dr. Karen Marais, Associate Professor School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
This reduction of CO2 emissions would be equivalent to removing more than 300,000 cars from U.S. roads each of those years, and would require no changes to aircraft design or jet fuel.