ACI to launch APEX programme for green terminals

01 December 2017
Mariscal Sucre International in Quito is the first airport to join the ACI Airport Excellence in Environment programme. Source: Quiport

Airports Council International (ACI) is to launch a pilot programme early in 2018 to boost environmental good practice in airport management.

During her keynote speech on 29 November at the ICAO Seminar on Green Airports in Montréal, ACI World director general Angela Gittens said the rollout would begin at Mariscal Sucre International in Quito, Ecuador.

The voluntary Airport Excellence (APEX) in Environment programme would be peer-reviewed, as happens already with APEX in Safety and APEX in Security. Gittens emphasised that airport environmental management good practice needed to be developed in many areas, including management of water, soil, waste, energy, and wildlife.

“The challenge for airports thus becomes covering all these elements, but also targeting specific areas most relevant to their surroundings, and creating a robust management system tailored to their respective needs,” she said.

Gittens cited Galapagos Ecological Airport as a ground-breaking example, being the world first 100% environmentally sustainable airport, having been conceived, designed and built as a fully green building.

She welcomed progress on the ICAO CORSIA climate change agreement, which “will help secure the future of a sustainable aviation industry”, adding how ACI worked with the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) in developing standards and guidance on aircraft noise, local air quality, plus CO 2 emissions.

ACI has also helped develop ICAO guidance including the Airport Planning Manual; Part II, the Airport Air Quality Manual; and the ICAO Balanced Approach, helping airports manage greenhouse gas emissions, local pollutants, and noise, while designing and planning airports with sound environmental stewardship as a priority.

The seminar also heard from Jane Hupe, ICAO deputy director for the environment, who noted that her UN agency, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), will help install solar panels at both international airports in Jamaica: Donald Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, and Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston.

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