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.
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.
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 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.
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.