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Environmental Management at Airports + Sustainability and the Air Transport Industry


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Over the past 50 years, aviation has had a major influence upon national and global socio-economic development, patterns of trade, tourism, migration and political alliances.  Despite the current economic climate there are good prospects for air transport growth in the medium term (20-30 years), but environmental issues associated with that growth  threaten the longer term sustainability of the industry and the role that aviation will play in the Global economy/society of the second half of the 21st Century.  This has far reaching implications for national and international strategic planning.

At a Global level, the fact that aviation climate change emissions are increasing, and that aircraft will remain a legacy user of carbon fuels and producer of greenhouse gas emissions, is problematical as there is no technological step-change solution on the horizon and also because of the reliance of businesses upon, and the popularity of air transport with the public.

At a local level the environmental costs associated with airport growth (e.g noise and community disturbance, local air quality, habitat destruction) make it increasingly difficult to secure additional capacity. Some argue that further airport development would put at risk the Governments climate change reduction targets. There is also a need to adapt to the consequences of climate change (e.g. energy and water issues) which both threaten current airport capacity and their potential for growth.

The Hook

This short course will be of value to:

  • The Aviation Industry – Airport, airline and ATM managers
  • Central and Local Government
  • NGOs
  • Academia.

It will examine:

  • the major environmental impacts associated with air transport
  • their potential to constrain its short and long term growth
  • technological and operational approaches to mitigating those impacts
  • different sectoral views on the concept of sustainability as applied to aviation.
  • arguments for and against aviation growth

Topics Covered

  • Sustainable development of aviation from the perspective of:
  • an airline, an airport, an air traffic management organization, government, NGO, academia.
  • The implications of aviation for climate change.
  • The impact of climate change upon airports and airlines.
  • Carbon management and carbon offsetting
  • Environmental capacity at airports
  • The management of aircraft noise, local air quality and other community impacts
  • Future aerospace technology developments

The course includes a workshop considering visions of the air transport industry in a carbon constrained world of 2050 dependant upon the development of aircraft technology.

Speakers (include)

Our speakers represent a range of academic and industrial perspectives and will include:

Professor David Lee, Director of CATE, MMU
Professor Callum Thomas, Chair of Sustainable Aviation, MMU
Professor David Raper, Director of Research, MMU
Professor Paul Hooper, Centre for Air Transport and the Environment, MMU
Tim Johnson, Director, The Aviation Environment Federation
Dr David Gillingwater, Loughborough University
Kay Perrin, Thomson Airlines
Alan Melrose MBE, Eurocontrol, Brussels


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