Aviation has come under pressure on this issue recently, particularly in Europe. Although flying still only accounts for a very small proportion of greenhouse gas emissions, the whole industry is working on many fronts to make this small impact even smaller.Click here to learn more about climate change
A major concern for communities surrounding many airports is the noise that aircraft make, particularly during take-off and landing. This is a focus for ACI and our member airports and, even though noise from new aircraft has been substantially reduced in the past 10 years (and is expected to be further reduced in the next decade), it remains an important issue.Click here to learn more about noise
Many airports have long-standing programmes to ensure that the local impacts on air and water quality are reduced or mitigated.
Airports are grasping the importance of sustainable development techniques and utilising a number of these in planning and construction of new facilities and during on-going operations.
To encourage staff, passengers and companies to recycle are in place at a growing number of airports, with some innovative projects underway. Apart from having recycling bins available in public terminals, a majority of airports undertake significant recycling of waste water, de-icing fluids and waste from flights.
Airports are major employers, often with many thousands of people working on the airport site. A number of airports have invested in campaigns to encourage much greater environmental awareness in all aspects of business and airport operations on their site.
ACI, whose airport members account for over 95 percent of the world’s passenger traffic, is in the position to positively influence in this area. ACI builds on the considerable work being done at airports all over the world and, in encouraging more environmental initiatives to be undertaken, play its own significant part in stemming the impact that aviation has on the environment.
There is an achievable balance between growth and environmental protection. The industry and the world does not have to sacrifice one for the other, but everyone has to be willing to invest, innovate, change old habits and accept new levels of stringency. All parts of the industry must work collectively on reducing our environmental impact in order to achieve a sustainable future for aviation
ACI is taking part in an aviation industry wide initiative to explain flying’s real impact on climate change and all the initiatives underway in he industry to reduce its impact. A website –www.enviro.aero – has been established to answer questions on this subject. You can also explore some of the pages on this site to understand the efforts that airports are making to reduce their already small impact even further.