Why sustainability in airports is really taking off

Airports throughout the world are being challenged with increased pressure to achieve new goals for improving their environmental performance. Targets such as dramatically reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and aiming for carbon neutrality, while often managing many other commercial objectives under tight constraints.

In addition to this, many airports are undergoing a time of rapid growth in traffic from passengers with new expectations in enhanced services and facilities. As a result, airports need strategies for sustained growth that also control costs and reduce environmental impacts over time.

A Leading Example…

One airport that does a particularly good job of keeping it’s promise on sustainable development is Schiphol Amsterdam Airport.

Schiphol takes the view that ‘sustainability is for everyone’.  This means that not only do they take responsibility for areas they can directly control, such as energy consumption, the reuse of materials, sustainable construction, the use of bio-based materials and employee commuter traffic, but they also actively encourage their partners and suppliers to demonstrate the same commitment.

Selecting a more responsible, alternative material for their airport lounge seating is an example of how this philosophy filters through everything they do. Leather fibre composite is an environmentally friendly upholstery that significantly contributes to a more sustainable planet.  In addition it offers airports commercial benefits through increased durability and low maintenance, while passengers get a better experience through a stylish, comfortable and hygienic seat.


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