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Airports are big polluters, but that could change

It is a well-known fact that most airlines and airports use a lot of carbon, a sturdy and light material which is unfortunately a big pollutant. Due to this, many airports have started integrating different green-technologies in their operations.

According to the latest studies by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), air travel transport is responsible for approximately 2% of the generated greenhouse gas. Airports are responsible for five percent of the overall aviation “contribution”.

Airports operators are doing their best to implement more clean energy policies & technologies in order to improve the eco-friendliness of the aviation sector. The CDA (Chicago Department of Aviation) is the host of the annual Airports Going Green conference which will be held in November. Amy Malick of the CDA stated: “Our department is doing its best to make airports greener, but we also have to balance the economic impacts which our actions can have on the sector”

The November conference gathers together over 400 environmentalists and airport executives who present their strategies and programs to improve the sustainability of airports. Malick also added: “The sustainable technologies we are implementing will enhance the experience of our clients and quality of life of entire cities”.

The CDA recently installed 230,000 square feet of vegetated roof space at the Chicago International airport. The truck which the airport uses are fueled by low sulfur diesel gas and the airport uses recycled materials when possible.

These measures have saved over 76,000 tons of CO2 which would have been released in the atmosphere. Chris Surgenor, editor of Greenair stated that many airports are showing interest in the eco-friendly programs and technologies which are available due to the business benefits they can provide. Although many airports are planning to implement green technologies, their effect may be neutralized by the increasing number of flights.

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