The Push From Asia Pacific Airports To Lower Carbon Emissions
Author: Linnea Ahlgren
Airlines in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region may have a sustainability PR-problem (as does the airline industry as a whole). However, that does not mean that things are not moving ahead in the region, which is already acutely feeling the effects of climate change, perhaps even more than anywhere else in the world. Airlines, naturally, are focusing on direct emissions from the planes they operate. Airports, meanwhile, are looking to reduce CO2 through on-the-ground solutions. While zero-emissions aircraft may be some years away, airports and their operators can make big strides towards decarbonizing operations through investing into projects such as waste management, renewable energy, and electrification of ground support vehicles and other machinery. And according to reports, this is precisely what operators across Asia-Pacific are doing, at least at larger airports and hubs. With APAC being one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world, it is paramount to the industry's decarbonization agenda that the post-pandemic growth trajectory becomes as environmentally sustainable and low-emission as possible. Let's take a look at a few examples and inspiring best practices at airports across the region when it comes to cutting carbon emissions.