Airport sustainability, IDGateway provides solutions to help reduce CO2

In recent years there has been a heightened focus on protecting the environment in a bid to reduce climate change and promote sustainability across the globe – specifically airport sustainability. From the perspective of the aviation industry, this movement involves reducing pollution and enforcing regulations that keep the air clean.

Like every area of human activity, air transportation has an impact on the environment. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), aviation is responsible for 2% of manmade CO2 emissions worldwide , which is expected to increase to 3% by 2050. Despite aviation being branded for harming the environment, the airports are acting to operate responsibly and introduce sustainable plans for aviation growth.

This blog looks at how some airports are taking responsibility to create sustainability for the future, including how a new IDGateway product is at the forefront of one of Heathrow’s largest emissions pledges.

Carbon Management is fundamental to our operations and we take a proactive approach to reducing emissions and improving environmental performance. We undertake comprehensive monitoring of our energy use and work across the Airport Company and with our onsite partners to reduce our carbon emissions

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Here is what some Airports are doing...

Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport are proactive in understanding their environmental impacts and creating strategies to manage them as a high priority. Birmingham airport states ‘Carbon Management is fundamental to our operations and we take a proactive approach to reducing emissions and improving environmental performance. We undertake comprehensive monitoring of our energy use and work across the Airport Company and with our onsite partners to reduce our carbon emissions’. One initiative included that Birmingham Airport pledged to save 22 tonnes of carbon a year, sufficient to power 12 average sized homes, by installing 200 solar panels on the terminal roof .

Newcastle Airport

Newcastle International Airport has pledged their commitment to ensure that the airport is run in a way that has minimum impact on the surrounding environment. This commitment includes handling factors from ‘Landscape and Wildlife’, to ‘Environmental Management’. Newcastle Airport is proud to follow legislation and other standards, striving for continual improvement in their environmental performance .

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport are proud to deliver a Corporate and Responsibility Report every year to provide data and progress on economic, environmental, social and community performance. The report is highly credible through the honest report progress on what targets the airport has, or has not achieved. A key target achieved was to reduce emissions by encouraging 35% of passengers to used public transport by 2017.

IDGateway and Heathrow Airport - Working together to monitor and manage CO emissions.

Heathrow Airport has embarked on a bold 2.0 strategy to promote a future for sustainable aviation. As a market leader, Heathrow has pledged to operate a zero-carbon airport infrastructure (buildings and other fixed assets) by 2050 with clear interim targets .

In a conscious effort to meet an additional community pledge, Heathrow has been active in establishing a new Innovation Networking Forum, by reaching out to SMEs in the innovation and technology sectors. IDGateway are delighted to be part of this journey as an innovative leader of pioneering technology and to support Heathrow further in their sustainability plans.

IDGateway have recently created a colleague Car Parking solution for Heathrow, which allows them to understand the carbon emissions generated by each staff car park and subsequently create and implement solutions, such as car sharing or company provided transport.

IDGateway, more than just a solution

According to an article about sustainable development in aviation, International Airport Review state that ‘Investors are showing increased attention on ESG [Environmental, Social and Governance] aspects and impacts that are material to a business , meaning a positive future for technology based projects.

If you’re an airport looking to get ahead of the curve and build a partnership based on knowledge and deliverability, look no further. Although referenced as the market leaders in airport pass management solutions, IDGateway is pleased to welcome requests for new innovate solutions to support each airport’s unique requirements and growth.

If you would like to know more about how IDGateway can offer solutions and expert advice for your airports requirements, contact a member of our dedicated team today.