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Is your airport ready for the changing climate?

November 21, 2018

It’s been a banner year for extreme climate events. Given the recent rise in frequency of extreme adverse weather conditions around the globe, the efforts of airports to adapt to the changing climate become critical. To bring it to their attention, at this year’s Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva, ACI World launched a new policy brief – Airports’ Resilience and Adaptation to a Changing Climate – that stresses the importance of airport resilience and encourages airports to develop climate change adaptation plans.  

This policy brief follows the adoption of a resolution by ACI members (ACI Resolution 3/2018 on resilience and adaptation to climate change) at the World Annual General Assembly in Brussels in June 2018, recognising the potential impact of climate change on airport infrastructure and operations.  It addresses many of the resolution’s intentions by supporting airport operators in understanding the risks related to more adverse weather events and changing climate patterns. It also encourages airports to conduct risk assessments to identify vulnerabilities of their existing and new infrastructure and operations and define adaptation plans accordingly. 

The brief includes case studies from airports in Norway, Australia, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Amsterdam and Singapore and thus supports exchange of good practices between ACI members. It also provides recommendations, and an extensive rundown of climate stressors and their related potential impacts on infrastructure and operations, as well as a non-exhaustive list of airports that have already started to work on resilience and adaptation to climate change.

Improving operational resilience and adapting to the predicted effects of climate change has been a priority for airports around the world for quite some time but recent events have brought this into even sharper focus,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World.

It is well understood that climate change could have far-reaching effects and airports are certainly not immune to them. The aim of this policy brief is to provide airports with practical information, advice and real-life examples that they can use to examine their own practices. Each airport can then make decisions on how they may introduce, improve, or adapt their own procedures and resilience plans that best suit their infrastructure and local conditions.

Download the brief here