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Environment and Energy

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At a Glance

  • The FAA and its NextGen program are seeking to understand, manage, and reduce the environmental impacts of aviation to allow sustained aviation growth.
  • FAA research seeks to understand and minimize the effects of aviation noise on residential communities while maintaining the highest safety standards.
  • The agency continues to work in partnership with industry through the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise Program to accelerate the development of technologies that reduce fuel consumption, emissions, and noise.

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Facts and Figures

The global aircraft carbon dioxide standard is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than

650 million

metric tons between 2020 and 2040

The FAA and our CLEEN II partners have invested

$200 million

to develop airframe and engine technologies that reduce fuel consumption, emissions, and noise


The agency aims to reduce the number of people exposed to significant aircraft noise around airports to fewer than


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