London Heathrow Airport (LHR) has released its 2022 Sustainability report, which records "a year of progress" towards its net-zero goals.
Vueling has partnered with WheelTug to deploy its electric taxi solution that enables aircraft engines to remain switched off on the ground.
Raven SR has signed a MoU with H3 Dynamics to collaborate on waste-to-hydrogen energy systems for airport ground operations.
ESS will provide its Energy Warehouse battery solution at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) to recharge Electric Ground Power Units (EPUs).
VINCI Airports has installed pedal-powered phone chargers at Guanacaste Airport in Costa Rica to reduce electricity consumption.
Assaia has launched an APU Emissions Control platform that can reduce carbon emissions by detecting Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) usage at gates.
TotalEnergies, Groupe ADP and the FFA will install charging stations for electric aircraft at airfields in the Paris Ile-de-France region.
Neste has delivered over 500,000 gallons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
SITA CEO Yann Cabaret explains the importance of decreasing carbon emissions in the aviation industry and what steps can be taken right now.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched an Environmental Assessment for Airports and Ground Service Providers.
On.Energy is collaborating with Skysense to install its battery energy storage systems (BESS) at 11 airports across South America.
Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is partnering with Katrick Technologies to capture previously untapped wind energy across the airport campus.
BEUMER Group has published its latest report detailing its vision for the operational and economic landscape for airports through 2023.
El Dorado International Airport (BOG) will become the first airport in Latin America to adopt A-CDM, leveraging SITA’s CDM modules.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has ordered 22 CNG-powered buses and four Axess EVO-BE battery-electric buses from ENC.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 4 has become the first pre-existing terminal in the US to be certified as LEED Platinum.
Torino Airport is deploying an electrically powered fleet of ground handling vehicles to achieve zero-emission aircraft turnarounds.
Toronto Pearson International Airport has partnered with Intuitive AI to trial an AI-enabled bin that will help divert waste from landfills.
San José International Airport (SJC) has upgraded to SJCE's TotalGreen service to power its buildings with 100 percent renewable energy.
Twente Airport is hosting an E-Flight Academy pop-up from 6 September, which will allow pilots to trial flying an electric plane.
London Stansted has received planning permission from the Secretary of State to develop its airport solar farm.
WheelTug has signed Spanish airline, AlbaStar as its Launch Customer for Europe to deploy the WheelTug electric taxi solution.
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and ZeroAvia are collaborating on developing hydrogen infrastructure.
At Farnborough International Airshow, the UK government released its Jet Zero strategy, mandating all airports to be zero-emission by 2040.
Farnborough Airport has become the first airport in the world to offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for the same price as Jet A1 fuel.
To advance a sustainable future for the aviation industry, it remains crucial for airlines to continue decarbonising ground operations.
Frequentis and Metron Aviation will cooperate on projects of mutual interest in the fields of air traffic flow, arrival and departure management solutions.
With more passengers seeking sustainable travel, airports and airlines will need to respond to these demands to keep up in a highly competitive industry.
Edinburgh Airport has started powering its airside vehicles with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel rather than diesel to reduce emissions.
SITA believes that growth and an environmentally sustainable air travel industry are not mutually exclusive, but to achieve both, we need to start now.
Hamburg Airport has become the first major commercial airport in Germany to have CO2-neutral operations according to the ACI certification.
SITA will set ambitious science-based emission reduction targets in a bid to reach net-zero by 2050 and align with limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
A new milestone has been reached in the partnership between Eni and Aeroporti di Roma, accelerating the green transition of airports.
To encourage companies operating at Swedavia’s airports to become fossil-free, Swedavia has introduced a special HVO 100 incentive.
The Green Baggage Alliance will focus on raising awareness around, and reducing, the environmental impact of baggage throughout its journey.
The Airport Regions Council (ARC) and EUROCONTROL will reinforce their joint efforts to achieve a sustainable aviation sector in the following decades.
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Airport Authority Hong Kong has unveiled the target to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050 at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has scooped the Sustainability Award, at the Pride of Ground Handling Awards.
Gatwick Airport and GRIDSERVE will build the Gatwick Electric Forecourt – an electric charging, net zero equivalent to a petrol station.
AUS has been awarded a Level 3+ Accreditation recognising the airport's achievement of becoming carbon neutral.
Belfast International Airport has achieved gold level in the 2021 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey.
SOFIAC has partnered with Aéroports de Montréal to develop a large-scale energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction project.
Christchurch Airport is committing 400 hectares of its Harewood campus to Kōwhai Park – a new platform for generating renewable energy at scale.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is set to become Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport by 2030, ahead of the IPCC’s 2050 target.
On November 17, Swedavia’s annual delivery of sustainable aviation fuel was delivered to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and used there to refuel aircraft.
The delivery is part of a pilot project at DFW, demonstrating the commercial and technical viability of sustainable aviation fuel.
Envision Digital and SITA have signed an MoU to jointly build end-to-end net zero carbon solutions for airports worldwide.
For second year in a row, Salvador Bahia Airport has been recognized with the Via Viva award, granted by the Ministry of Infrastructure of Brazil.
The annual World ATM Congress has recognised the arrival manager (AMAN) system from Frequentis Orthogon in its annual awards.
The Dutch aviation sector has presented a sustainable taxiing roadmap to reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions at Schiphol.
MAG will provide passengers the ability to offset the carbon emissions from their flights in a new partnership with CarbonClick.
Bordeaux Airport’s new international pier was inaugurated last week by Simon DRESCHEL, Chairman of the Management Board of the Airport Company.
YVR has announced a new plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2030, becoming one of the world’s greenest airports.
Denver International Airport (DEN) is expanding its industry-leading renewable energy portfolio with two new solar projects.
Swedavia continues preparations to handle electric aircraft with the inauguration of Visby Airport’s new charging infrastructure.
Bristol Airport continues with its strategy of reducing airport operating emissions by trialling an electric airside bus.
Sustainable engineering solutions implemented during the reconstruction will make all processes more environmentally friendly at Palanga Airport.
Last week, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority celebrated the beginning of the largest geothermal system of any airport in the country at SDF.
SITA, the world’s leading IT provider for the air transport industry, has announced it has achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has won ‘Energy Efficient Unit’ Award by the Confederation of India Industry (CII).
Denver International Airport (DEN) has outlined initiatives to help reduce the environmental impacts of airport operations over the next five years.
Istanbul Airport has joined the "Net Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050" commitment initiated by the Airports Council International (ACI).
The FAA has awarded more than $766 million in grants to build safer, more sustainable and more accessible airports across the United States.
Teesside Airport will be the UK’s first pilot area to test hydrogen vehicles as part of the Tees Valley’s status as the country’s Hydrogen Transport Hub.
Vilnius Airport is planning the construction of an automated aircraft de-icing recycling plant in 2022.
PANYNJ has announced that LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B has been awarded the LEED v4 Gold certification by the USGBC.
SITA has acquired Safety Line S.A.S., the Paris based start-up specializing in digital solutions for aviation safety and efficiency.
Farnborough Airport, is delighted to offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel to all aircraft using the airport from this week.
Riga Airport has joined the ACI Europe initiative Net Zero 2050, acknowledging its dedication to achieve complete reduction of CO2 emissions.
Melbourne Airport has announced its commitment to ensuring all front of house hospitality venues and lounges become single-use plastic free.
An eleven-acre solar farm is to be constructed on Edinburgh Airport’s airfield as the airport publishes its sustainability strategy.
Air transport IT provider SITA has released its annual CSR report, and is set to become a certified carbon neutral organization by 2022.
This week held the opening of easyJet’s new base and the launch of Faro airport’s solar plant, the first in-airport solar plant in Portugal.
Perth Airport has signalled a rapid expansion in renewable energy which will drive its new commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Bordeaux Airport is continuing its environmental efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030 while implementing other sustainable strategies.
ACI World has have created a long-term carbon goal for their member airports - to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Bangalore International Airport Limited has accounted that BLR Airport achieved net energy neutral status in the Financial Year 2020-21.
Working alongside Vitol Aviation and Neste, Heathrow has successfully incorporated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into its operation.
Bristol Airport has launched a new Fund to kick start and fast track decarbonisation initiatives in the South West of the United Kingdom.
Phnom Penh airport has furthered its green operations with new systems to supply aircraft on ground, replacing fossil-fueled equipment
Sydney Airport has announced it will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and outlined actions that will ensure it meets the commitment.
Edmonton International Airport and Air Canada are partnering to reduce carbon emissions and advance green and sustainable aviation.
From 1 June 2021, the fuel depot at Munich Airport will be opened for sustainable, climate-friendly fuels of the future.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Austin Energy celebrate the completion of a new solar panel array constructed on the AUS campus.
Edmonton International Airport is the first airport in the world to join The Climate Pledge and has commited to being carbon neutral by 2040.
ICAO has released two publications as part of its Eco-Airport Toolkit e-collection focusing on climate resilient airports.
VINCI Airports has announced that France's Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport is now supplied with sustainable air biofuels (SAF).
CLT’s Concourse A Expansion – Phase I, achieved Green Globes® for New Construction certification, recognizing sustainability efforts.
Menzies Aviation has announced its commitment to making 100% of its operations carbon neutral by the Company’s 200-year anniversary in 2033.
Hamad International Airport has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to develop waste management methods.
The SFO has announced the expansion of its industry-leading plastic-free policy to prohibit the sale of any beverages in plastic bottles.
Groningen Airport Eelde and New Energy Coalition will collaborate to make the airport sustainable through hydrogen applications.
Aena’s Board of Directors has signed off on its Climate Action Plan 2021-2030, which will enable it to reach carbon neutrality by 2026.
Swedavia is one of the first in the world to have airport operations under its own management at its ten airports be fossil-free.
Kansai Airports Group is pleased to announce that it has set a long-term target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Munich Airport is investing a total of €150 million between now and 2030 to help it achieve its target of climate neutrality.
Air bp has announced that all its fuel hydrant dispenser vehicles in Portugal now have stop-start technology.
Siemens has installed over 30,000 components and energy technologies for The Circle at Zurich Airport, furthering its sustainable design.
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by Josephine Cordero Sapién
08 Dec 2021
Climate Change and Sustainability
In the UK government’s Decarbonising Transport – A Better, Greener Britain, the government put forward a commitment to consult on a target for decarbonising emissions from airport operations in England by 2040, saying that “Airports represent a small but material share of emissions from aviation”.
But what are some of the direct and indirect ways airports can reduce their carbon footprint?
Improved Public Transport Connectivity to and from the Airport
A large percentage of indirect emissions caused by airports are due to surface access transport – how passengers and staff get to and from the airport. Typically, of course, airports are located away from city centres and so passengers and staff can often be forced to use cars to get to the airport if public transport links are insufficient or nonexistent. For instance, according to research by the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency), 98% of airports indicated that public transport was available, but not even 20% of their employees used it to get to work. It went on to say that a separate study found that 36% of passengers, on average, travelled to airports by public transport in 2018.
A further impact of passengers and staff driving private vehicles to work is that these vehicles require parking – and that is a huge amount of land concreted over, causing high surface temperatures and preventing that land from contributing to a reduction in GHG emissions.
Direct rail links to airports and dedicated express bus services that run regularly and that can accommodate passengers with luggage are key. This option has to be made as easy and convenient to users as possible, making leaving private vehicles at home the more attractive option. For instance, 2019 figures show that 51% of passengers at Stansted travelled to the airport by public transport, compared to a mere 20% at Manchester. The highest share in Europe goes to Oslo, with 70% of passengers using public transport to access the airport. In this respect, Oslo ranks fourth in the world, being beaten only by three airports in Japan.
Electrifying Airport Support
Vehicles Ground support equipment is rife for electrification. The GSE in question includes luggage tractors, conveyor belt vehicles, cargo lifters/tractors, water trucks, lavatory trucks and aircraft tractors, to name just a few. Airside buses that transport passengers from the plane to the terminal building would also benefit from electrification in order to improve the airport’s carbon footprint. The EASA notes that 86% of airports reported in the ACI EUROPE (Airports Council International Europe) survey in 2018 that their fleets included electric vehicles. 47% said their fleet contained hybrid models.
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has around 250 pieces of electric ground support equipment, of which roughly half are luggage tugs.
40% of Gatwick Airport’s ground support equipment is electric.
Airport Terminal Design
There are many ways in which airport terminals can be made more sustainable. For instance, by taking advantage of natural lighting and ventilation as much as possible, the need for powered options is reduced. Optimising the terminal’s heating, ventilation and cooling systems through the use of predictive modelling will reduce energy waste.
Installing windows that reflect solar radiation, e.g. through the use of films, that prevent the terminal building from becoming too hot is another smart design choice that will pay dividends. Terminal roofs can be covered in solar panels so that airports contribute to generating the power they use, ensuring it comes from renewable sources. Rainwater harvesting can reduce the amount of potable water that is used in the airport.
Oslo Airport Terminal 2 achieved BREEAM Excellent rating by finding ways of providing low-carbon energy to the building. This was the first airport building ever to be awarded an ‘excellent’ rating for sustainability. Why? Some examples: snow is collected in the winter and stored. It is then used to cool the building in the summer months. Greywater and groundwater are used for heating the terminal building. By making careful material choices during the construction phase, the terminal building also achieved a 43% reduction in embodied carbon. Higher levels of insulation mean the terminal has earned Passive House-level performance standards.
Of course, fully net zero airports are only a small aspect of achieving net zero in the aviation sector. But there is progress here too. In 2020, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial-grade aircraft completed a full flight, including taxi, take-off, circuit and landing at Cranfield Airport. The hydrogen for the flight was produced on-site.