Environment - Articles and news items
Issue 1 2012 / 7 February 2012 /
Newcastle International Airport is fully committed to achieving group improvements to its energy and environmental performance. There is a dedicated team within the airport who work to ensure that all environmental impacts are managed, such as energy, noise, water and waste. Within each of these areas, significant resources have been spent to ensure minimal impact on the environment.
In 2010, Newcastle International Airport made a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 15 per cent by 2015. At the moment, our current reduction is approximately 8 per cent, over half way to our target in less than two years. During this time, we have invested significant resources into improving and upgrading various aspects on site to help us reach this target. Our projects range from lighting upgrades, sensor installations, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition) profiling, and energy management initiatives. (more…)
Issue 1 2012 / 7 February 2012 /
Towards the end of 2011, the sun rose to shine for the first time on the newly inaugurated Photovoltaic (PV) park at Athens International Airport (AIA), the largest unified PV installation at an airport worldwide.
AIA’s PV park is expected to contribute significantly to the airport’s target of reducing its carbon footprint. The production of approxi – mately 11 million ‘green’ KW annually, corresponds to almost nine per cent of the airport’s electricity needs and will reduce CO2 emissions by 11,000 tonnes per year, for a period of at least 25 years.
The inauguration of the PV park marked the end of AIA’s efforts to introduce renewable energy sources at the airport. However, before AIA considered adding energy producing facilities within its strategy, it had to tackle the issue of energy efficiency. An important energy manage – ment process was initiated in 2002 which targeted the reduction of energy consumption at the airport. The airport had to run on the absolute minimum energy required, without comp ro – mising the high level of services offered to our passengers and partners. (more…)
Issue 5 2011 / 5 October 2011 /
Clean Sky is the most ambitious aeronautical research programme ever launched in Europe. Its mission is to develop breakthrough technologies to significantly increase the environmental performances of airplanes and air transport, resulting in less noisy and more fuel efficient aircraft, hence making a key contribution to achieving the Single European Sky environmental objectives.
In this interview, Eric Dautriat, Clean Sky Executive Director, outlines the main characteristics of Clean Sky JTI, presents the perspectives beyond 2017 and shares his views on how to reach the strategic objectives of the ‘Flightpath 2050’. (more…)
Issue 5 2010 / 1 October 2010 /
Airport infrastructure capacity is rapidly being approached in many cities around the world. Environmental factors, such as acoustic and chemical emissions, are increasingly less tolerated by neighbouring communities. The net result is that new means must be found that deliver more aircraft to the airspace with less environmental impact on the community, while maintaining the current level of safety enjoyed by air transportation. In this article, we investigate a few promising options to decrease the environmental footprint of airports. (more…)
Issue 5 2010 / 1 October 2010 /
The latest developments in Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) and Continuous Descent Approaches (CDA)
If you work at a large airport, the chances are that you will be affected by at least one, if not both, of these initiatives. Implementation is rolling out across Europe. For CDA we are well on the way to 100 airports by 2013, while for A-CDM we expect eight airports by the end of next year. (more…)
Airport news / 29 March 2010 /
Lufthansa Consulting is to enter into partnership with First Climate AG, one of Europe’s leading carbon asset management companies. A cooperation agreement was recently signed in Frankfurt.
Airport news / 26 March 2010 /
Reacting to the High Court judgement on the third runway at Heathrow Matthew Knowles, spokesman for A|D|S, the UK’s aerospace, defence and security trade organisation, said “The UK aviation industry has established the Sustainable Aviation initiative and its CO2 Roadmap demonstrates how, through the use of new technology, the industry will meet the predicted threefold rise in passenger demand to 2050 while simultaneously reducing its carbon dioxide emissions back to 2000 levels. Therefore, the case for the third runway at Heathrow is still strong, especially when the economic and employment benefits for both the whole country and the region around the airport are also considered.
Airport news / 25 March 2010 /
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the following comments in response to today’s Memorandum of Consultation on Second Stage Open Skies agreement between the US and the European Union:
Airport news / 25 March 2010 /
More efficient use of airspace to deliver ‘quick win’ in cutting carbon emissions.
Airport news / 24 March 2010 /
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an industry strategy for profitable growth in Latin American aviation. “Profitable growth requires that all aviation stakeholders in Latin America—airlines, airports and infrastructure providers— work with a common vision to achieve our priorities: safety, security, cost reduction, environmental responsibility and liberalization,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO in the opening address of the Wings of Change conference in Santiago, Chile.
Airport news / 16 March 2010 /
BT has become the first company to successfully cut 20 per cent of its business flights as part of WWF’s One in Five Challenge, a programme that helps companies to reduce their reliance on flying, in favour of lower carbon alternatives. (more…)
Issue 6 2009, Past issues / 11 December 2009 /
British Airways is the UK’s largest international scheduled airline and the largest operator at Heathrow. As the UK’s premier international hub airport, Heathrow plays a central – and unique – role in UK plc. Terminal 5, opened in March 2008 at a cost of £4.3 billion, is a state-of-the-art world leading facility capable of handling 30 million passengers annually. Home to some 92% of British Airways’ Heathrow flights, BAA and British Airways have worked in partnership to improve the environmental performance of the airport’s ground handling operation. (more…)
Issue 3 2009, Past issues / 26 May 2009 /
The world is going through a period of change more rapid and arguably more profound than at any time in its modern history. The degree and speed of change is having profound impacts on the critical infrastructures on which States rely. Climate change will entail huge upheavals in the longer term, but already it is linked to increasingly frequent bouts of extreme weather. Our utilisation of ICT continues to break new ground, but also entails new dependencies and vulnerabilities. The networks which our most vital infrastructure is part of, and dependent upon, have become so complex that they are almost impossible to fully analyse. Our systems are more tightly coupled and susceptible to cascade failure, while our society and economy is less resilient to temporary disruptions than ever. (more…)
Issue 1 2009, Past issues / 7 February 2009 /
As the newest major international hub airport in the United States, Denver International Airport (DEN) has benefitted from its planners’ foresight in acquiring enough land (53 square miles) to allow ample room for future growth. When developing both the airport’s design and layout, DEN’s planners also made sure to incorporate the lessons learned at Denver’s previous airport, Stapleton International. One of the main areas of focus was ensuring that the new ‘mile high’ airport would have concentrated deicing operations near runways, so that DEN could contain spent aircraft deicing fluid (ADF) and also maintain safe and efficient aircraft traffic flow. Efforts made at the design stage have allowed Denver International Airport to become one of the earliest proponents and practitioners of environmentally friendly aircraft deicing. (more…)
Issue 6 2008, Past issues / 3 December 2008 /
Ecological sustainability has traditionally been a key element in Munich Airport’s environmental strategy and policy, and will become increasingly important in the future as the airport continues to pursue initiatives, not only in the form of innovative environmental projects.
More than 60% of Munich’s 1550 hectares are green areas, and FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, has purchased and set aside further tracts of woodland and wetlands in the immediate airport region as conservation areas, to compensate for the areas paved over when the airport was built. In the 1990s, Munich Airport became the first airport worldwide with a hydrogen fuelling station for apron buses and other vehicles. The pilot research project, funded by the State of Bavaria, was successfully completed in late 2006.
In 2005 Munich Airport received environmental certification under EMAS (Eco Management and Audit Scheme) and DIN ISO 14001, which demonstrates Munich Airport’s relentless commitment to go above and beyond environmental regulations, set at the EU and national level, mandating environmental protection standards at airports. The focus is now on establishing new and streamlining existing sustainability measures at Munich Airport in line with certification standards. Certification under the ISO 14001 and EMAS standards was successfully renewed this year and remains a key element in FMG’s environmental strategy. (more…)