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  • Paul Steele, ATAG Executive Director: “This is clearly an historic Resolution, showing the leadership of both developed and developing country governments meeting at ICAO in driving to the first comprehensive agreement on climate change for any global sector.”

    Aviation industry leads the way in addressing climate change

    The 38th ICAO Assembly, which took place in Montréal from 24 September to 4 October, was the largest in its history, with 1,845 participants representing its 191 Member States. Significantly, it resulted in an historic agreement on addressing aviation’s global carbon emissions. Here, we examine what was at stake, the results of negotiations and the implications for the industry. Report by Ross Falconer.

  • Pictured at the certification ceremony of Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport are Mr. Ali Tounsi (Secretary General, ACI AFRICA) presenting the “Mapping” certificate to Ms. Eda Bildiricioglu (Operations Services Manager, TAV).

    Airport industry carbon standard takes on another continent

    With aviation emissions back in news, due to ICAO’s quest to put in place a global system to reduce airline emissions, we report on the airport industry’s update on its own voluntary climate change initiative, Airport Carbon Accreditation. In the past 4 years, the programme has gathered steady momentum, expanding beyond its initial European focus, to include airports in Asia, Australia, the Gulf and most recently, Africa. Report by Elliot Bailey.

  • Avinor’s emphasis on ecological electricity-powered vehicles has even seen it take part in the Zero Rally 2012, a race for zero or low emissions cars. Trondheim Airport’s Environmental Adviser Grethe Fremo participated with Roy Sagen, a fire fighter from the airport’s location in Værnes, in the Airport Electrician’s electric car.

    Green giants

    ACI EUROPE launched Airport Carbon Accreditation in 2009, and today, 75 European airports have become Airport Carbon Accredited. They welcome over half of Europe’s air passenger traffic – more than 900 million passengers each year. Of these airports, 14 have received the highest accreditation – Neutrality – and three pioneering operators, dedicated to minimising the aviation industry’s carbon footprint, are behind their success in sustainability. Amy Hanna spoke to Swedavia, Avinor and SEA SpA, to find out how Europe’s most forward-thinking operators are leading the way for carbon neutral airports.

  • The new noise standard means that from 2017 new large civil aircraft types must be at least 7 EPNdB (Effective Perceived Noise in Decibels) quieter than the current standard. It will apply to smaller aircraft types of less than 55 tonnes from 2020. © Airbus

    New ICAO noise standard: What it means for airports

    Aviation noise – a pillar of the European Commission’s ‘Airport Package’ – is perhaps becoming the key environmental issue for many European airports, whose comprehensive noise management strategies highlight their desire to be good neighbours and ensure sustainable growth. The ninth meeting of ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) in February agreed a new noise standard for newly certified aircraft types. Ross Falconer reports.

  • Jäger: “In the new terminal, we have tried to integrate technological solutions for more environmental sustainability.”

    Check-in 3 enhances VIE’s green credentials

    In fitting with Vienna International Airport’s (VIE) approach to environmental sustainability, the new Check-in 3 facility – also known as Skylink – makes use of a variety of techniques to reduce its environmental impact. Julian Jäger, the airport’s COO and a speaker in the Airport Development Conference at this year’s ACI Airport Exchange, spoke to Ryan Ghee.

  • Industry stakeholders are working together on a project called ‘Decarbonated Airport Regions’ to investigate the issue of pollution from surface access.

    Researching Decarbonisation… from the ground up

    There are numerous European initiatives aiming to reduce carbon emissions from the aviation industry; the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, Airport Carbon Accreditation to name but two. However, one pollution factor perhaps too often overlooked by the public is the pollution from surface access. Industry stakeholders are working together on a project called ‘Decarbonated Airport Regions’ to investigate the issue properly. Marius Nicolescu reports.

  • Solar Impulse is the innovative brainchild of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg. To date, the Solar Impulse project has successfully visited the following European airports – Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Toulouse, Zürich, Geneva and Payerne.

    Helping high ambitions get off the ground

    Solar Impulse, the Swiss solar powered aircraft project, aims to demonstrate that genuine progress is possible using renewable sources of energy. To date, the innovative project has successfully proven that a solar powered airplane can fly day and night without fuel. In 2014, Solar Impulse intends to achieve the first-ever full circumnavigation of the Earth and European airports are keen to help. Claire O’Gorman reports.

  • Swedavia CEO Torborg Chetkovich and Morgan Foulkes, Director of Policy, ACI EUROPE.

    Swedavia becomes world’s first carbon neutral national airport group

    On 10 October, Sweden’s airport group, Swedavia reached the summit of decarbonisation when it became the very first national airport group in the world to achieve carbon neutrality across its suite of 10 airports. Robert O’Meara reports.

  • During ACI EUROPE’s 22nd Annual Congress in Madrid, three airports in the Aena Aeropuertos network were recognised for becoming Airport Carbon Accredited. Madrid-Barajas is accredited at the ‘Reduction’ level, and Barcelona El Prat and Lanzarote at the ‘Mapping’ level.

    CO2 reduction & efficiency drive go hand in hand for Europe’s airports

    Three years on from the launch of Airport Carbon Accreditation, ACI EUROPE took a moment at its 22nd Annual Congress in Madrid to give an update on the programme’s progress in Europe. The announcement – which coincided with the Rio G20 Summit and EU Sustainable Energy Week – provided the latest snapshot of carbon reduction and efficiency gains in this past year. Robert O’Meara reports.

  • Liège Airport is committed to minimising the noise impact of its operations. The Walloon Region has defined four noise zones to help objectively assess the impact of noise on local residents. 3,882 homes were soundproofed in 2011.

    Night flight bans put focus on noise management

    Aviation noise was one of the areas included in the ‘Airport Package’ of legislative proposals announced by the European Commission last December. It is also an issue thrust into the spotlight by night flight restrictions recently introduced at Frankfurt and Cologne Bonn airports. Ross Falconer reports on some of the noise abatement measures taking place.

  • Brussels Airport’s 360° strategy for efficiency

    Brussels Airport’s 360° strategy for efficiency

    Brussels Airport continues to make impressive strides on energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. It was the second airport in Europe to achieve full implementation of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), which has resulted in significant efficiency gains for airlines and aviation partners. It doesn’t stop there. The airport is Airport Carbon Accredited at the ‘Reduction’ level and aims to progress to level 3 – ‘Optimisation’ – by the end of this year. Most recently, it also became the first airport in the world to obtain the ISO 50001 standard for energy management, which provides organisations with a recognised framework for integrating energy performance into their management practices.

  • At the joint ACI EUROPE & ACI ASIA-PACIFIC annual event AIRPORT EXCHANGE last November, Airport Carbon Accreditation was formally extended to the Asia-Pacific region. Pictured at the signing ceremony are: Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE; Declan Collier, ACI EUROPE President & then Dublin Airport Authority CEO; Kosaburo Morinaka, ACI ASIA-PACIFIC Vice President & President & CEO of Narita International Airport; and Patti Chau, Regional Director, ACI ASIA-PACIFIC.

    Momentum carries Airport Carbon Accreditation beyond Europe

    While the major players in the global airline industry remain embroiled in an increasingly dramatic battle regarding aviation’s inclusion the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), airports have been quietly making progress on addressing their own CO2 emissions, through Airport Carbon Accreditation. In November last year, ACI EUROPE joined forces with ACI ASIA-PACIFIC to extend the programme’s availability to its members. Robert O’Meara reports on the latest developments.

  • Avinor has adopted a real partnership approach to its study into biofuel production – airlines including SAS and Norwegian, and the Federation of Norwegian Aviation Industries (NHO Luftfart) are represented on the study’s steering group.

    Innovative second generation biofuels to reduce emissions

    Environmental sustainability remains high on the agenda of Europe’s airports. Their strong commitment to carbon reduction is borne out by the success of Airport Carbon Accreditation which has so far accredited airports representing more than half of European passenger traffic. An interesting development has been the exploration of biofuels. Avinor and Aena, for example, are both researching the possibilities of biofuel production, while Hamburg Airport uses bio methane as vehicle fuel. Ross Falconer reports.

  • Heimberg: “Berlin Brandenburg Airport will be approximately 27% more efficient than required by law in 2007, when planning started.” (Photo: Günter Wicker)

    Efficiency at the heart of European airport development

    As a key requirement of any airport development project, environmental efficiency is placed towards the very top of the agenda from the initial planning stages through to the day-to-day operation of the facilities. Ryan Ghee explores how the environmental considerations have been managed across three of Europe’s largest ongoing airport development projects.

  • Alain Siebert, Chief Economics and Environment, SESAR: “The idea is to develop a number of arrival and departure procedures to optimise traffic flows at Göteborg Landvetter.”

    VINGA: optimising ATM to reduce environmental impact

    VINGA (Validation and Improvement of Next Generation Airspace) is a one-year project being undertaken at Göteborg Landvetter Airport within the framework of SESAR. The aim is to validate, through operational trials, the environmental benefits of implementing new ATM procedures. Ross Falconer reports.

  • As part of ACI EUROPE’s efforts to help accredited airports, the association hosted a special Airport Carbon Accreditation Communications Workshop on 17 March; over 20 participants attended, from airports all over Europe.

    Airports hard at work on reducing their CO2 emissions

    Airport Carbon Accreditation – the carbon management standard for airports – goes from strength to strength, with a number of significant accreditations since the start of the year. A diverse range of airports either succeeded in becoming part of the Airport Carbon Accreditation family, or upgrading their accreditation level. Robert O’Meara reports.

  • Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE; Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice President in charge of Transport; and Pierre Graff, Aéroports de Paris President & Director General. Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports have progressed up a level to become Airport Carbon Accredited for ‘Reduction’.

    EC Vice President Kallas commends Airport Carbon Accreditation

    18 months ago, Airport Carbon Accreditation was launched at the ACI EUROPE 2009 Annual Congress in Manchester. In the face of challenging times, the programme has nevertheless successfully established itself as the standard for carbon management at airports. Robert O’Meara reports.

  • European airports collective CO2 reduction adding up!

    European airports collective CO2 reduction adding up!

    Launched 15 months ago, Airport Carbon Accreditation has steadily been gaining traction with European airports, despite difficult trading conditions. Robert O’Meara reports on the update at the 20th ACI EUROPE Annual Congress and the recent 5th Aviation and Environment Summit, organised by ATAG.

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    Strong cross-industry engagement at COP15

    The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Copenhagen in December. The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) – of which Airports Council International is a member – led a 30-strong cross-industry delegation in Copenhagen, which engaged with international governments and promoted aviation’s aggressive strategy to dealing with its emissions. Paul Steele, Executive Director, ATAG, outlined the key conclusions from the event to Ross Falconer.

  • Mauel: “One measure we are increasing to reduce noise is the use of ground power units (GPUs) at parking stands through collaboration with airlines.”

    Frankfurt: balancing expansion with noise emissions

    For any airport, an ongoing commitment to monitoring and reducing the impacts of operational noise on local communities can only be achieved through close collaboration with air transport stakeholders. Louise Driscoll asked Stefan Mauel, Fraport’s head of infrastructure, about Frankfurt airport’s cooperative efforts on noise abatement measures in the context of its €4 billion Airport Expansion Programme (AEP).

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