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.
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.
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.
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.
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.