When an airport is situated on a dry lake bed, next to a volcano, in a country that sits at the junction of three tectonic plates and is intended to serve one of the world’s most populous cities well into the 2060s, sustainability is not just a nice to have, it’s essential. Despite having six runways and handling 125 million passengers a year, the new Mexico City airport will have minimal impact on its surroundings.
The positive impact aviation has on the global economy, social diversity and human development is truly staggering and could be seen as the main grease for global development. It also means that as a truly global industry we have to aspire, and have a clear ambition, towards reducing our environmental footprint and creating a low carbon pathway towards sustainable growth. Sustainable practices and technology advances are the two main ingredients in an upwards spiral that maintain the positive trend towards sustainable growth.
Today the 21st United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) began in Paris, aiming to unite around 150 nations for a single agreement on tackling climate change. The subject has been a key priority on the radar of the airport industry for some time. One of the motivating instruments is the carbon management standard, Airport Carbon Accreditation, established by ACI EUROPE in 2009. In May 2015, Adelaide Airport became the first airport in Australia to be recognised by the global programme for optimising its management and reduction of carbon emissions. Continue reading
With the Sustainable Innovation Forum COP21, hosted in Paris, just around the corner, Safegate Group is focusing on leaders in green business practices in the airport industry. Just like any other business, airports have to do their part to decrease their environmental impact. Aviation produces 2% of global CO2 emissions and airports are central actors in balancing the growing demand for air transportation and concerns of local communities on this issue. Aéroports de Paris (ADP) qualifies in more ways than one as a model airport for its commitment to sustainable and environmentally conscious business practices. Safegate Group’s Alexander Herring sat down with Didier Hamon, the General Secretary of ADP, to get insight into ADP’s success and future plans in environmental and sustainable development.
Making airports operate in a greener way has been the leitmotif for airport operators for many years. On one hand, the community demands airports decrease their environmental impact on surrounding neighbourhoods, and on the other hand, communities need well-greased transportation systems to survive and prosper in a globalized world.
With their recent CASA approval for RPT operations, Brisbane West Wellcamp has become the first green-field airport in Australia using all LED light fixtures on their runway and taxiways. Partnering with Safegate for the supply and install of these LED lights, the airport can look forward to reduced power consumption and maintenance costs compared to a halogen installation. ADB SAFEGATE´s , Steve Rutland, noted that ADB SAFEGATE had specially developed the medium intensity runway light for the Australian market.
Many of today’s airports were constructed and put into operation during the 1960s and 1970s, in a period when jet aircraft were only just being introduced and air travel was booming. The usual way to increase capacity is to look into the construction of additional infrastructure. However, quite often the existing infrastructure is used in an inefficient way and contains hidden and unused capacity. Airports can increase capacity and reduce aircraft fuel burn through the efficient use of airfield ground lighting and advanced visual docking guidance systems.
At the start of the decade, the International Airport of Geneva decided to renovate its old parallel Airfield lighting circuits and employ a safer and more reliable architecture using series circuits. The single runway has 9 taxiway entries and the original design was to use interleaved circuits for each Stop-bar with two CCR’s per stop bar. Continue reading
ADB SAFEGATE’s airfield ground lighting (AGL) project for Manchester’s newly resurfaced runway is a shining testimony to how ADB SAFEGATE’s expertise help airports lessen their environmental impact, improve safety reliability and maintainability. ADB’s expertise help airports lessen their environmental impact, improve safety reliability and maintainability. Continue reading