For the first time, a set of digital emission-measuring instruments for the aviation industry has been introduced by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in collaboration with Atkins, a part of the SNC-Lavalin Group.
These tools embody an innovative capture solution for airport terminals that allows airports to calculate the environmental impact of constructing terminal structures and aviation resources in terms of CO2 emissions.
The emissions produced by the aviation industry play a major role in causing climate change. Airplanes consume fossil fuels, resulting in the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
While still battling to recover from the challenges brought about by the pandemic, the aviation industry is also trying to adapt to new practices on the journey towards sustainability and meeting net zero goals by 2050.
The innovative digital tools introduced by IATA and Atkins are the first of their kind, developed to tackle the specific issues of airport terminal buildings and enable the monitoring of early-stage construction embodied carbon.
Andy Yates, technical director of aviation infrastructure at Atkins, shared that the creation of these comprehensive embodied carbon tools is the result of the combined knowledge and efforts of a diverse team of professionals from various relevant fields.
The target objects of these digital measuring tools are terminal buildings, runways, and multi-story car parks.
The results of the tracking will give airport development teams a chance to gain insight about the environmental impact of their projects and debate and collaborate with airport operators on methods to minimize it.
Unlike most existing instruments that assess carbon emissions in finished construction projects, this innovative digital toolbox is tailored for aviation and can be used during the initial phases of the design process, giving the opportunity to adjust and optimize future operations.
This early-stage implementation is what makes these trailblazing decarbonization tools one of the most advantageous options available for the air transport industry.