Small and medium sized airports are crucial for regional accessibility and competitiveness, however at the same time European policies and national set strict environment targets. Green Airports aimed to develop strategies and solutions for a more eco-efficient, sustainable and green regional aviation.
Tackling the challenges of regional accessibility, sustainability and regulation, Green Airports was modelled to decrease green house gas and noise emissions as well as operation specific waste volumes, to increase energy efficiency and surface accessibility of airports by innovative concepts on public transportation.
As cross sectional objective, the project comprehensively focused on regional airport communication, regional cooperation and policy resolutions to safeguard the role of regional airports as accessibility gateways by improving public perception and acceptance.
01/07/2010 - 31/03/2014
3 - Improving the Accessibility of Places in the North Sea Region
Area of Intervention
3.1 To promote regional accessibility strategies
Total Eligible Budget
Province of Drenthe, The Netherlands Ben L.J. van Os b.os@Drenthe.nl Tel: +31 592 365 665
Contribute to efficient and competitive airport operational cost structures by joint development and implementation of eco-efficient energy applications and reduction of operation-specific resource consumption
Create better accessibility between airports, regions and cities to achieve an increasing share in modal split of public transport operators.
Background Within the past decade, the aviation industry realized a remarkable traffic growth contributing to rising European demand on economic and social cohesion, as well as to territorial cohesion, by improving air side accessibility and economic competitiveness. Nevertheless, rising air traffic volumes also imposes negative impacts and costs on society and the environment, which becomes more crucial in context of the climate change.
Small and medium sized airports (SMAs) need growth to ensure accessibility and to encourage economic development in the regions. On the other hand, European policies require the reduction of CO2 emissions and encourage the use of renewable energy. The IATA adopted carbon neutral growth in 2020 and the European Environment ministers set the targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions from aviation by 10% by 2020.
To reach this goal, the SMAs face a great challenge: How can they combine the goals for sustainability with a justifiable growth, within the set limitations? Possible solutions include:
Integrating aspects for sustainability (i.e. renewable energy sources) in airport management
Reducing the amount of chemicals for example for de-icing
Introducing CO2 reduction and noise-abating measures for arrival and departure procedures
Improving public transport to and from the airports and make this 'green'.
North Sea sustainability strategy for aviation, including toolkits for renewable energy implementation and chemical reduction, models for CO2 reduction on airports and passenger movements
Recommendations for aviation organisations and aviation authorities
Promote policy resolutions on green air transport and surface accessibility on regional, national and European policy level
Model for implementation of CO2 reducing flight approaches on SMAs