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Bold safety and environment leadership at the ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition - Oct 16, 2017

Bold safety and environment leadership at the ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition


Port Louis, 16 October 2017 –   The 27th Airports Council International (ACI) Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition, this year gathering under the theme “Bold leadership in a time of change” and graciously hosted by Mauritius Airport, kicked off today with a well-attended pre-conference programme including forums and meetings on safety, environment, customer service and commercial revenues.

Top speakers included:

  • Jane Hupe, Deputy Director, Environment, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • Emanuel Fleuti, Head Environmental Protection, Zurich Airport
  • Wendy Weir, Environment and Sustainability Manager, Brisbane Airport
  • Elizabeth Leavitt, Senior Director, Environment and Sustainability, Sea Tac
  • Mike Kilburn, Vice Chair ACI World Environment Standing Committee, Acting General Manager, Sustainability, Hong Kong Airport
  • Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI Europe
  • Ian Witter, Chair, ACI WSTSC and Head, Airside Regulation and Oversight, Heathrow Airport
  • Rishi Thakurdin, Board Member, ACI Africa and Group Manager, Safety and Compliance, Airports Company South Africa
  • Thomas Romig, Head, Aviation and Airport Operations Center, Geneva Airport
  • Charles Hanson Adu, Deputy Managing Director, Technical and Operations, Ghana Airports

“Since 2013, the Safety Forum has been a hallmark of our annual conference,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “This year we wanted to showcase how safety is good for business, an aspect sometimes neglected in institutional arrangements or when looking at safety budgets or business cases. Safety experts from ACI and our member airports did an excellent job of highlighting how airfield risks must be actively managed to continuously improve levels of safety and presenting ways of enhancing internal dialogue between airport safety managers and the resource decision-making level, and external dialogue with the regulator.”

In addition, the forum featured the Airport Excellence (APEX) in Safety programme, an initiative which assists airports and helps them identify safety vulnerabilities, reduce risk levels and improve safety performance. Through a case study presentation, Abidjan International Airport reported on how the review provided them a comprehensive gap analysis that set a path for the implementation of safety recommendations in line with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and ACI best practices.

In accordance with the overarching theme of the conference, the Environment Forum focused on “Bold environment leadership.” The forum explained why the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) matters to environment management at airports and provided practical examples of how airports have successfully managed new challenges on environmental management, including investing in aviation biofuels and data management.

The Environment Forum also released the Airport Carbon and Emissions Reporting Tool (ACERT) version 5.0, a tool initially developed by Transport Canada and distributed free of charge by ACI to airports to help them manage their CO2 emissions.

“Airports around the world are doing their part to reduce carbon emissions and practice sound environmental stewardship,” concluded Gittens. “All of our members can use ACERT 5.0 to map their CO2 emissions, and progressively plan their emission reduction targets. The beauty of the tool is its accessibility: it can be used by anyone, not only environment experts, and is compatible with all levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation. While airports are on different steps of the journey, becoming carbon neutral is clearly a shared priority.” 

Notes for editors

1.Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2017, ACI serves 623 members operating 1,940 airports in 176 countries.

2.Learn more on APEX in Safety or request an ACI Safety review  .

3. Learn more on, and/or order ACERT 5.0.

4. View the  27th ACI Africa/World Annual Assembly, Conference, and Exhibition’s full programme.

5. View the photos of the 27th ACI Africa/World Annual Assembly, Conference and Exhibition.

6. Download the PDF version of this media release

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ACI World 
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