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.
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.