Airport Carbon Accreditation has an independent and interactive management structure. The programme is owned by ACI EUROPE, but has an independent Administrator (WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff) who manages the application process and gives formal accreditation approval. Most significantly, an independent Advisory Board oversees the programme's administration and reviews the its progress and relevance. The Advisory Board is comprised of many disinguished experts from the fields of air transport and environment.
Before joining EUROCONTROL as Director General in January 2013, Frank Brenner was General Manager Operations for FABEC (the largest of the new Functional Airspace Blocks, covering Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland). He was also Vice Chairman of EUROCONTROL’s Performance Review Commission and a member of the Performance Review Body.
Most of his career was spent in the German Air Navigation Service Provider, DFS and in its precursor organisation, BFS. Following military service in an air defence unit and a degree course in Administrative Science, he trained as an air traffic controller.
After some years as a controller and then as an expert in the Operations Department (working on, amongst other things the consolidation of the new ACC Berlin with the former East German ACCs), he became Head of ATM Operations in 1993, focusing on the development of civil and military control procedures, capacity analysis for airspace sectors and international airports.
In 1996-97 Mr Brenner spent a period with the FAA in Washington DC before returning to become Head of ATS Operations. From 2000-2006 he was Director of Operations at the Business Unit for Aeronautical Data Management at DFS Headquarters, during which he was involved in the creation of the European Aeronautical Services Database (EAD) and the creation of a central ARO Service Centre consolidating the 17 local ARO’s.
From 2006-2011 he held the position of Director of DFS’s Control Centre Business Unit, responsible for the four DFS Control Centres serving en-route and approach in Germany, with more than 2,500 employees (incl. 1,500 controllers), controlling approximately 3 million civil and military flights. In 2010 he was Chairman of the DFS crisis cell set up to coordinate activities in Germany following the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.
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Damien Meadows is the Advisor on European and International Carbon Markets at the European Commission, DG Climate Action. He has been involved in developing market-based responses to climate change for most of the last ten years, as Head of the European Commission's unit responsible for the International Carbon Market, aviation and maritime and, previously, as the Deputy Head of the European Commission's unit responsible for the whole EU emissions trading system.
Between 2000 and 2004, he worked on the drafting, negotiation and implementation of the EU ETS, the EU's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and other climate-related legislation. In addition, he has worked on the negotiation and adoption of the REACH chemicals law that comprehensively reformed EU regulation in this area.
He has an LLB in European Law and has worked as a solicitor and legal adviser for the UK Departments of the Environment and Transport, and also for the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat at the 4th Conference of the UN Convention on Climate Change.
Margus Rahuoja was appointed to the role of Director of the Air Transport Directorate at the European Commission’s DG MOVE (Transport directorate) in October 2014. In the year immediately prior to his appointment, he was the Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas, the EU Transport Commissioner at that time. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Advisor in the same Cabinet, where he was responsible for Air Transport issues and relations with Council and the Presidency from 2010 to 2013. He also served in the Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas during his term as EU Commissioner for Administration, Audit and Anti-Fraud (2004 to 2010).
Before that, Margus was a Minister Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative, at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU (2003 to 2004) and Deputy Head of Mission, Co-Secretary of the Accession Conference, Mission of Estonia to the EU (1999 to 2003).
Before coming to Brussels, Margus previously worked in government departments within Estonia - Head of Unit, European Integration Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia (1998 to 1999); Desk officer (EU), Political Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia (1996 to 1998). He began his professional career as a Lecturer, Tallinn University of Educational Sciences, Estonia (1992 to 1996).
His qualifications include post Graduate Studies (Exec MA), international and European Relations, Amsterdam School of International Relations, University of Amsterdam (1995 to 1996); Post Graduate Studies, International and European Relations, Estonian School of Diplomacy (1994 to1996); and Degree in Public Administration specialised on Culture Work and Stage Management, Tallinn University of Educational Sciences (1992).×
Callum Thomas is Professor of Sustainable Aviation at the Manchester Metropolitan University, a Director of the Centre for Air Transport and the Environment and sustainability advisor to the Manchester Airports Group. He has been an advisor to the UK Government, the European Commission, the World Economic Forum and Airports Council International on aviation and environmental/sustainability issues. He was responsible for establishing and managing Manchester Airport's Bird Control Unit, its Environment Department and Community Relations Department, all UK firsts and all of which have enjoyed international acclaim.
His particular expertise involves the sustainable development of the aviation industry, the climate change challenge, environmental constraints upon airport growth, the impact of airport operations on local communities, the control of aircraft noise, public consultation and community participation in airport development. He is also recognised for his expertise in bird hazard management.
Thomas has co-authored two books and over 50 scientific papers on aviation/environment issues.
In 2008 he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society for his lifetime contribution to aviation.×
Jane Hupé is Deputy Director, Environment, in ICAO’s Environment Branch, and the Secretary of the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP). Ms. Hupe is responsible for the environmental programme of ICAO and has been at the forefront of ICAO’s efforts to define and promote policies and standards for an environmentally sustainable aviation. Her responsibilities entail directing ICAO environmental activities, including managing the CAEP, advising the ICAO Council on matters related to aviation and the environment, including the establishment of aviation environmental Standards, guidance and policies, and coordinating all activities in the field of aviation and the environment with other International Organizations.
Jane contributed to various IPCC Reports on aviation related measures, including the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and was the lead author of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. For her work, Jane received a certificate acknowledging her contribution to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC. Jane has a Master’s degree in Aviation from the École Nationale de L’ Aviation Civile (ENAC), Toulouse, France, and many other post-graduate degrees, including in environmental auditing.×
Tim Johnson is Director of the Aviation Environment Federation. He has worked with the Federation for over twenty years, having joined as Planning Officer in 1989 with a degree majoring in transport planning.
He became Director in 1997 with his early work focused almost exclusively on aircraft noise and planning law, and has more recently focussed on aviation’s contribution to climate change, an issue that the AEF plays a major role in resolving at a global and national level.
PATRICK GANDIL was born March 29, 1956 and is married with two children.
From 1981-1984, Patrick worked at the Regional Directorate for Infrastructure (Haute-Saône) as Head of the Functional and Operational Division.
He was Director for Teaching of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées until 1988 and worked in the Department for Infrastructure and the Transport, in charge of local government near the Human Resources Director until 1989.
From 1989-1994, Patrick was appointed Deputy Director for Services and Decentralization by the Human Resources Director and he worked as the Director of Departmental Directorate of the infrastructure of Val-d’Oise until 1995. Patrick was appointed Deputy Director of the Minister’s Cabinet by Dominique Perben to the Department for the public office and from 1997-1999 worked as Director of the airports office with the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC).
Patrick worked as Director of Roads with the Department for Infrastructure, Transports and Housing until 2003 and as Director of the Minister’s Cabinet by Gilles de Robien, Minister for Transports, Infrastructure, Tourism and the Sea, until 2005. From 2005-2007 he worked as General Secretary of the Department for Ecology and Sustainable Development and Infrastructure. Patrick has been the Director General for Civil Aviation Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning since October 2007.×