Environment

Aviation industry leads the way in addressing climate change

Aviation industry leads the way in addressing climate change

The 38th ICAO Assembly 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.

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.

Patrick Ky appointed EASA Executive Director

Patrick Ky assumed his new role as Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 1 September 2013. Vastly experienced, he has worked in the civil aviation arena for more than 24 years, including managerial positions in the French Civil Aviation Authority and at EUROCONTROL.

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.

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.