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Thursday, 15th October 2009

New Database, Report Provide Aviation Industry With First Comprehensive Guidelines on Airport Sustainability

New Database, Report Provide Aviation Industry With First Comprehensive Guidelines on Airport Sustainability
Source: Airports Council International

The aviation industry today unveiled the first ever database on airport sustainability programs and practices, clearing a pathway for airports all over the world to share and access resources on new and evolving trends in airport sustainability. The comprehensive searchable database was launched during the Annual Conference of Airports Council International-North America, held Oct. 11-14 at the Austin Convention Center.

“Airports across the country and around the world have undertaken or are in the process of implementing innovative sustainability programs to improve efficiency in aviation, but until today, there has been no central repository of this important information,” said Greg Principato, president of ACI-NA. “The information in this database can be tailored to the unique needs of airports of all sizes and will serve as a major resource for airport operators working to plan, implement and improve upon sustainability programs at their sites.”

The database was released under the direction of the Sustainable Aviation Guidance Alliance (SAGA), a coalition of aviation associations whose participants represent organizations including ACI-NA, Airport Consultants Council (ACC), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Air Transport Association (ATA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The consolidated database includes almost 900 existing sustainability measures undertaken at airports in North America. Users are able to search for specific examples based on a broad range of criteria, with each practice categorized under the following three areas: Activities (such as construction, operations, administration); Functional (retail, rental car, taxiway), and EONS (economic, operations, natural resources, social).

+ Sustainability Database
+ Sustainable Aviation Resource Guide: Planning, Implementing and Maintaining a Sustainability Program at Airports (PDF; 2.9 MB)


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