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14:00 – 17:00 Preregistration
Setting the Scene
Session 1: Minimizing Impact- What are Green Airports?
Moderator : Mr. Victor Aguado, Representative of Spain to the Council of ICAO
Airports have made considerable progress on managing environmental impacts despite the increasing complexity of their operations. The session will introduce the concept of a sustainable airport itself and will look at management of environmental impacts (water, soil, waste, air) as well as explore the latest measures to mitigate negative externalities.
Session 2: Stamping Green
Moderator: Mr. Alok Shekhar, Representative of India to the Council of ICAO
Since its inception in 2009, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme has played an instrumental role in guiding and supporting environmental action by airports around the world, and significant achievements have already been made with 173 participating airports to date. Nevertheless, Airport Carbon Accreditation is not the only valid certification scheme. Exploring LEED and ISO will allow to raise the awareness and showcase aerodromes' robust possibilities to engage in sustainable practices.
13.45 – 15.15
Session 3: Clean Energy at Airports
Moderator: Mr. Samuel Campbell Lucas, Representative of Australia to the Council of ICAO
Substantial environmental and economic benefits can be reaped from taking decisive action on the clean supply and efficient consumption of energy. This session will explore the rise of airport renewable energy projects with an emphasis on inter alia solar power and how more airports can join the 'solar revolution'. The session will be complemented with success stories of PV systems installation from the ICAO-European Union and the ICAO-UNDP-GEF Joint Assistance Projects. Consideration will be also given to wind and water energy as well as innovative projects of tidal energy like underwater kite turbine and to opportunities for their use as energy sources for airports. Lastly, discussions will revolve around biomass and geothermal energy acknowledging also ways in which airports can increase their use.
Session 4: Green Mobility- at and around the Airport
Moderator: Ambassador Philippe Bertoux, Representative of France to the Council of ICAO.
This session will focus on mobility in and around the airport site. It will draw upon the effective green transformation of airport vehicles and GSE and discuss how these mitigation efforts can be further incentivized. Finally, efficient and clean transportation links between urban centers and airports will be discussed with focus on airports' role in the coordination and planning process. Besides, the discussion will consider how to integrate airports and their facilitation of clean energy initiatives like for instance hybrid-electric aircraft.
17.15 – 17.45
Session 5: Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Moderator : Ms. Heléne Jansson Saxe, Representative of Sweden to the Council of ICAO
The effects of climate change can affect international aviation operations, cause delays and inefficiencies and consequently have environmental impacts. Discussions will inform participants on what States and airports can do to identify contextual climate risks, such as extreme change in precipitation and temperature, and what measures it can take to future-proof its infrastructure and operations against it.
Session 6: Community Engagement and Cooperation
Moderator : Ambassador Martin Vidal, Representative of Uruguay to the Council of ICAO
Session 6 will explore how noise levels around the airport have improved and investigate the importance of community engagement as well as cooperation. Drawing upon recent and successful practices from the ICAO circular on Community Engagement for Environmental Management, this session will include discussions on how to establish a long-term, transparent dialogue and how to manage expectations of stakeholders in doing so.
ICAO – EU Capacity Building Assistance Project in partnership with UNITAR
Launching Ceremony of the e-learning course on International Aviation CO2 Emissions Reduction, States` Action Plans
12.30 – 13.30
Session 7: Financing
Moderator : Mr. Dionisio Méndez Mayora, Representative of Mexico to the Council of ICAO
The upgrading of airport facilities to enhance environmental performance is contingent on financial feasibility and the availability of funds. Pathways to obtain funding for such investments are already available and this session will explore what States and airports can do to meet eligibility criteria, and discuss other financing opportunities with a view to promoting the development of more airport environmental projects, particularly in developing States.
Session 8: Sustainability reporting and outreach
Moderator : Capt. Aysha Alhameli, Representative of United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the Council of ICAO
Investors and other societal actors, including passengers who are crucial airports' stakeholders, are increasingly looking beyond financial and operational metrics when rating airport performances, and airports are expected to demonstrate the impact of its environmental and social activities to a greater extent than before. The session will provide insight into reporting standards and practices for airports and relate these to the actions and mitigation measures as discussed throughout the Seminar. Additionally, the importance of outreach will be discussed as the sole action of reporting may not be sufficient nowadays.
Closing Remarks by Ms. Jane Hupe, Deputy Director Environment, ICAO