Airports pledge to go green at annual conference

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The Airports Going Green conference will take place on October 31-November 2 in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. On arrival, representatives from facilities all over the world will be prompted to sign the Airports Sustainability Declaration – a letter of intent that will record their ambition to take significant steps in the areas of sustainability over the coming years. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is said to be behind the idea.

It is hoped that those who sign will also collaborate more intensively, sharing successes and lessons learned, and innovate and challenge their own organizations and business partners to think and operate in a more sustainable manner. The Airports Sustainability Declaration mirrors other similar initiatives, such as the Sustainable Development Goals formulated by the United Nations, COP21 and the ICAO treaty.

The Airports Going Green conference, first launched nine years ago, will present an opportunity for workshops and discussion, with HRH Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme and state secretary Sharon Dijksma among the guest speakers. An awards presentation will also take place on November 1. In 2014, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was honored for its own sustainability program, as the first hub airport to achieve the highest level in the Airports Council International CO₂ benchmark.

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