Stories by Ibrahim Mohammed:
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, has said that there are close to 400 airports worldwide at present undergoing construction, major expansions, or advanced planning stages for related objectives.
This was contained in a Press Release made available to DAILY ASSET.
Dr. Liu, according to the release disclosed recently in Montreal, Canada, while delivering her opening address at a Seminar on Green Airports organized “to permit ICAO Member States and industry stakeholders to exchange ideas on the latest technological, operational and policy advancements with an environmental focus which can assist the ongoing efforts of airports globally to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and assure more sustainable operations.’’
It quoted her as saying that “This represents a 25 per cent increase compared to 2016 and this growth trend is being driven by an ever-increasing demand for air travel.”
She reiterated to the audience of environmental and policy experts that current air traffic flight and passenger volumes are projected to double in just 15 years’ time, and that so would aviation’s ability to increase tourism and trade and foster many other sustainable socio-economic benefits for civil societies globally.
Besides, “2016 was a record year for the installation of renewable energy capacity worldwide, and in parallel, the cost of solar photovoltaics have decreased by 80 per cent, and the cost of wind energy by 30 per cent in just the past five years. We can take this as a historic turning point in our efforts to design and realize sustainable airports,” the Secretary General pointed out.
Topics discussed at the environmental awareness event include: the effective management of environmental impacts at airports, certification schemes for operators, clean energy solutions from wind, solar, biomass, and tidal energy sources, sustainable mobility initiatives, climate adaptation and resilience, community engagement, the financing of environmental projects and current investor expectations, and the key benefits of sustainability monitoring, reporting and outreach.
Similarly, Director General, Airports Council International (ACI), Agenla Gittens, highlighted that “We can all agree that aviation, and airports in ACI’s case, have come a long way in minimizing their environmental footprint. I am proud to affirm ACI’s commitment to working with aviation stakeholders and helping our Members on the full range of environmental performance.”
During the event, ICAO, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) launched a compendium of new guidance material, tools and resources for governments which had been developed under various capacity-building and assistance projects. These are intended to provide States with information on how to implement measures to reduce CO2 emissions from international civil aviation.
ICAO also launched an e-learning course for the preparation of States’ Action Plans on CO2 Emissions Reductions during the seminar, developed in cooperation with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and with the financial assistance of the EU under the framework of the ICAO – EU Assistance ProjectCapacity building for CO2 mitigation from international aviation.
ICAO, a 191 member states specialised agency of the United Nations was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities.