ACI urges airports to develop climate change adaptation plans

5 October 2018 (Last Updated October 5th, 2018 13:45)

The Airports Council International (ACI) World, the trade association of the world’s airports, has issued a policy brief to encourage airports to develop climate change adaptation plans.

ACI urges airports to develop climate change adaptation plans
ACI’s policy brief stresses that the airports should conduct risk assessments and consider numerous adaptation measures. Credit: James Buckley.

The Airports Council International (ACI) World, the trade association of the world’s airports, has issued a policy brief to encourage airports to develop climate change adaptation plans.

The Airports’ Resilience and Adaptation to a Changing Climate policy brief stresses that the airports should conduct risk assessments, consider numerous adaptation measures, and create mitigation measures for the potential impact of climate change on infrastructure and operations.

It includes case studies from airports in Norway, Australia, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Amsterdam and Singapore and will help airport management teams in various departments to learn from their peers.

Furthermore, the brief includes a non-exhaustive list of airports that have already started to work on resilience and adaptation to climate change.

“The aim of this policy brief is to provide airports with practical information, advice and real-life examples that they can use to examine their own practices.”

ACI World director general Angela Gittens said: “Improving operational resilience and adapting to the predicted effects of climate change has been a priority for airports around the world for quite some time but recent events have brought this into even sharper focus.

“The aim of this policy brief is to provide airports with practical information, advice and real-life examples that they can use to examine their own practices.

“Each airport can then make decisions on how they may introduce, improve, or adapt their own procedures and resilience plans that best suit their infrastructure and local conditions.”

The brief was published at Air Transport Action Group Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva.

During the summit, the ACI said that all 246 carbon accredited airports collectively reduced the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 347,026t from May last year to May this year.

ACI serves 641 members operating 1953 airports in 176 countries, as of January this year.