IBAS is a partner of the AVIATOR project, which is financed through the European Union´s Horizon 2020 programme and assesses the impact of aviation emissions on local air quality at airports.
For the last two months, IBAS has been working closely with techinicians and researchers of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) to install 14 sensors in different points at Madrid-Barajas Airport.
The aim of the AVIATOR project is to measure emissions under different climatic conditions and develop models to monitor the real microphysics of emissions from combustion engines. The same measurements that are being taken in Madrid are being carried out other airports with different climatic conditions.
According to Hugo Castillo, the Iberia Sustainability Manager, “The study will enable us to analyse the levels of particles from aircraft as well as ground equipment in the different areas where we operate because the combustion of kerosene is not the same as the combustion of diesel, and the sensors will pick that up. The IBAS strategy to reduce the impact of emissions is centred around the fleet electrification plan, but we are also committed to research and innovation, and we are therefore taking part in the AVIATOR project to be able to assess any other options that emerge as a result of the study. We are contributing our extensive experience to the project by assisting the team with all the logistics related to the installation of the sensors, the lab in the testing area and the management of all the necessary documents to ensure operational safety at the airport.”