This year’s European Aviation Summit was held in Bordeaux on 17-19 November, at the initiative of the French Presidency of the European Union. The event took particular account of the effects of the current financial crisis and economic slowdown, but the focus remained fixed on aviation’s interaction with the EU’s climate change priority. Ross Falconer reports.
Malta International Airport’s environmental strategy is focused on incremental improvements beyond what is required by legislation. It is proactive in terms of improving its environmental management and is actively participating in the development of the ACI EUROPE Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme. Martin Dalmas, technical services manager – airfield, explained the airport’s environmental vision to Ross Falconer.
Stansted’s environmental credentials have been widely recognised in 2008 – now the UK’s largest airport to be re-accredited with ISO14001 certification, with a leading position for the proportion of passengers using its public transport connections. Dr Andy Jefferson, head of environment, talks about his pledge for continued cooperation within the industry and how the airport is striving to maximise its green performance – set against the challenges of increasing passenger numbers. Louise Driscoll reports.
Geneva International Airport (GVA) is firmly committed to sustainable development. It has, for many years, implemented a series of environmental measures as part of its quality, environmental and safety management system, and in April signed up to the Declaration on climate change at the ATAG Aviation & Environment Summit, which includes a commitment towards carbon neutral growth. Marc Mounier, head of environmental department, outlined the airport’s environmental objectives to 2010. Ross Falconer reports.
Fraport announced plans earlier this year to reduce carbon emissions through a climate protection programme. Louise Driscoll spoke with Dr Peter Marx, Fraport’s vice president of environmental management, about the green strategies being pursued to support its major expansion projects, which will include a new runway and an ‘eco’ terminal.