Environment

Researching Decarbonisation… from the ground up

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.

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 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.

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.

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.