Sustainability taking off in airports
Munich airport will cut its carbon emissions by 60% within 2030, becoming the first zero-emissions airport, as reported by Airportcarbonaccreditation.org.
The German airport planned a 150 million euros expense to develop this programme of environmental protection, which includes an energy supply deriving from renewable sources, control improvements given by new technologies and a better usage of electric vehicles within the building.
The Munich airport is not the only example of sustainable airports. In fact, the Gatwick airport (London, UK) has been buying electricity from 100% renewable sources since 2013. During the World Economic Forum held in Davos, it has been announced that Gatwick will join the RE100 alliance, which includes all the public and private buildings which completely supply from renewable energies. The airport is planning to become carbon neutral by the end of 2017.
The Kuwait International Airport was the first in the world to reach the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold (LEED Gold), thanks to the thermal properties of its concrete structure and to the large expanse of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energ. It is released by the Green Building Council, and certifies its energy efficiency and its environmental impact.
At Twissen we registered a growing attention towards sustainability issues of airports, as it has happened in other sectors of the Travel & Tourism industry. Train and coach stations are joining this trend, developing new business models and becoming more similar shopping and free time destinations.