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Asia-Pacific Airports Recognised For Local Air Quality Improvements


Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific has
recognized six airport members from Australia, Chinese
Taipei, Hong Kong SAR and India for outstanding achievements
in improving local air quality. The submissions showcase
innovative practices ranging from equipment power
replacement, green plantation, prevention of open fire to
vehicle power replacement. In a virtual ceremony, the fifth
edition of the association’s annual Green Airports
Recognition programme recognized the following
airports:

Over 25 million passengers per
annum:

Platinum – Indira Gandhi International
Airport, New Delhi, India

Gold – Hong Kong
International Airport, Hong Kong SAR

Silver –
Taoyuan International Airport, Taoyuan City, Chinese
Taipei

Less than 25 million passengers per
annum:

Platinum – Brisbane Airport, Brisbane,
Australia

Gold – Rajiv Gandhi International Airport,
Hyderabad, India

Silver – Kaohsiung International
Airport, Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei

Green Airports
Recognition was established in 2017 by ACI Asia-Pacific with
the support of the Regional Environment Committee. The
programme’s objective is to promote environmental best
practices to minimize aviation’s impact on the environment
and to recognize ACI Asia-Pacific airport members who have
outstanding accomplishments in their environmental projects.
All submissions are documented in the Green
Airports Recognition publication
.

“I
applaud the recognized airports for their outstanding work
towards improving air quality at and around their airports,
playing their part to creating cleaner skies. As a positive
side effect, many of these efforts also reduce greenhouse
gas emissions, thereby contributing to climate change
mitigation,” said Stefano Baronci, Director General, ACI
Asia-Pacific. “The ongoing commitment of airports to
reducing the environmental impact of operations is evident
in the many initiatives.”

In the 2019 ACI
Asia-Pacific bi-annual Environmental Survey, 34% of airport
senior management highlighted air quality as an
environmental priority. Without proper air quality
management, air pollution has known negative environmental
and health impacts such as chemical smog, acid rain and
human respiratory disease. With mitigation and best
practices implemented by airports in the region, air
pollutants are monitored and reduced to minimize the
negative impacts to the local community.

Programme
judge and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at
Manchester Metropolitan University, Christopher Paling said
“it was encouraging to see so many ambitious and
innovative projects by airport operators in the region to
improve local air quality. Projects evidenced successful
implementation of a range of measures that deliver
improvements and contribute to airport environmental
sustainability.”

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