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The environment


ASM DESTINATIONS


GREEN SKIES THINKING


Environmental considerations can constrain airport operations and affect dozens of parties, but how do you assess the opportunities and risks?


WORDS: MIKE ST LAURENT E


nvironmental and sustainability challenges are now clear business risks and are being


addressed by organisations across all sectors of the economy. For an airport, the opportunities and risks associated with environmental issues can have a significant impact on businesses’ success. Indecision over the London Heathrow


third runway is evidence of this, as is the fact that major airports across Europe and other parts of the world are subject to environmentally based operational and growth constraints. These commonly arise from issues like noise and local air quality, but in recent years government efforts to control climate change mean some airports are now subject to CO2 limits. The effects of climate change itself will also influence airport capacity and growth, increasing operating costs and even, in some areas of the world, threatening operational limits linked to problems like water availability. Professor Callum Thomas, chair of sustainable aviation at Manchester Metropolitan University, says: “Many airports are already constrained to operate below their infrastructure capacity as a result of environmental issues. “If the environment is a constraint to


growth, then effective environmental management is the key to growth. “Over the past 50 years the air transport industry has transformed the world in w


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