Green Airports

| Point of View

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important. Not as part of the hype, but as a must-have. Sustainability will become just as important as any other field of business. As a result, airports can no longer keep sustain¬ability off their main agenda and need to take action.

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important. Not as part of the hype, but as a must-have. Sustainability will become just as important as any other field of business. As a result, airports can no longer keep sustain¬ability off their main agenda and need to take action. Attempts to reduce aviation carbon emissions have focused on airlines and aircrafts. However, non-aviation emissions, such as those generated by ground operations, can make up a relatively large part of total aviation related emissions. In addition, inefficiencies in airport design can keep airplanes circling in the skies over¬head or idling on the ground. Many of the Western world’s main airports were built almost 70 years ago when sustainability was not generally considered as part of the design concept. Consequently those airports are amongst the worst environmental offenders.

Through the Green Airports initiative, Capgemini Consulting can assist airports in em¬bracing opportunities and managing risks derived from economic, envi¬ronmental and social developments. It can be expected that the demand for air transport will increase. To accommodate this demand airports need to grow, otherwise they are ex¬posed to the risk of airlines moving their operations to other airports. However, the growth of an airport is limited by many factors, including physical space, noise pollution, qual¬ity of life in the surrounding areas, and environmental allowances. In addition, many airports face serious image problems in the community, which constitutes another limiting factor.