ACI World guides airports towards a sustainable recovery
Airports Council International (ACI) World has launched comprehensive guidelines to help airport executives make sustainability a core part of their strategies as they work towards long-term recovery.
ACI World Sustainable Recovery Best Practice highlights benefits of integrating sustainability into post-pandemic recovery plans, including access to finance through government relief programs and sustainability bonds , as well as the development of a more balanced business model that integrates social, environmental and economic sustainability aspects.
The publication provides a table of best practices and examples of action under three pillars of sustainability and governance to guide airports around the world in developing their own sustainable recovery plans. A step-by-step approach to building such a plan is also included.
ACI World Managing Director Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “As the industry seeks to ‘build back better’, airports have recognized the benefits of a sustainability-focused recovery strategy. While the health and changing expectations of passengers remain at the heart of airports and the sustained recovery of the industry, climate change and other related externalities remain the major risk we face as a sector and as a whole. as humanity.
“We believe that the role of aviation in serving a post-pandemic and carbon-free global society and economy is essential, but continued efforts will require the support of government and other stakeholders. Aviation and non-aviation actors will need to collaborate more to identify solutions that embody the positive transformation that sustainability can bring to the sector, to the economy in general and to the achievement of each of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In June 2021, ACI member airports globally committed to net zero carbon by 2050. To date, 352 airports have been accredited under the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation program, the only certification standard. carbon management approved by institutions for airports.
Complementing the best practice guide, the ACI World Sustainable Recovery case studies provide successful examples of six airports under the three pillars of sustainability. The case studies highlight sustainable alternatives that airports should consider as they plan for short, medium and long term recovery.