IATA Launches Environmental Assessment for Airports and Ground Services

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched an IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) for Airports and Ground Service Providers.

The assessment will include the provision of standards and recommended practices, training, readiness workshops and an external assessment.

Edmonton International Airport (YEG) will be the first participant in this expanded IEnvA programme.

IATA Airports and Ground Services
Edmonton International Airport terminal and runway facing West

IEnvA for Airports and Ground Service Providers is an expansion of IATA’s IEnvA for Airlines, which allows participating airlines to build environmental management plans with continual performance improvements.

Sebastian Mikosz, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Environment and Sustainability said:

“IEnvA has a solid track record of improving the environmental performance of airlines. As the aviation industry committed to improving sustainability, including achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the expansion of IEnvA to airports and Ground Service Providers is critical. With Edmonton International Airport’s pioneering participation in the expanded programme, we have a clear signal that the industry’s sustainability commitments are being actioned in a systematic results-oriented approach across the value chain.”

As the pioneer airport in the IEnvA for Airports and Ground Service Providers, YEG will work with IATA to establish the IEnvA standards and guidance material to improve performance in areas such as emissions, waste, water, noise, energy and biodiversity.

Upon a successful independent assessment, YEG and other successful participants will be included in the IEnvA Certification Registry.

Myron Keehn, VP, Air Service, Business Development, ESG and Stakeholder Relations, Edmonton International Airport said:

“This is a significant milestone for airports around the world, and we are proud to be a part of the movement towards a sustainable future for aviation. IATA’s Environmental Assessment Program has supported the sustainability narrative across the aviation industry, and we are excited to be the first airport involved in expanding this program as we continue to prioritize ESG, innovation and forward-thinking solutions to airport operations and strategic partnerships.”

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