L&B Setting the Standard for Sustainability

Landrum & Brown, in association with international architecture, planning, engineering and interior design firm Leo A Daly and with input from Beijing Super Creative Technologies Company has recently completed a study on "Best Practices for Development of Sustainable Airports in China". The study was funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), under the auspices of the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) that promotes close cooperation between the US and Chinese aviation industries, the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Data from 24 airports around the world, including 11 Chinese airports and nine US airports, was evaluated to assess comparative differences in US and Chinese airports' practices and priorities with regard to sustainability.

Comparison of electricity and water consumption at the selected airports in China, the US and other parts of the world, revealed significantly lower levels of consumption on a per passenger basis at Chinese airports. The findings suggested this was attributable to a number of factors, including differences in reporting priorities and methodology and the relative newness of Chinese airports, In particular, the team noted that the Chinese approach focused on green design and cost efficiency, whereas in the US there was greater emphasis on monitoring emissions.

Based on these findings, the team developed a recommended framework for implementing sustainable strategies that includes performance goals, financial implications and case studies. The final recommendations presented to CAAC included:

Activating Eco-Aviation Partnership Airports into an annual reporting network. The members of the partnership could collect and compare key use and emission data on an annual basis.

Developing a one-page Annual Eco-Aviation "Report Card" to report key data, using common methods to ensure a similar comparison.

Establishing metric targets and thresholds for all measurable uses and emissions. Utility usage and product consumption data can then be collected and used to achieve superior levels of customer service and operational efficiency.

Apply Sustainability Strategies from a comprehensive list of more than 900 sustainable strategies, developed by the team on the basis of the Sustainable Airports Guidance Association (SAGA) 2009 list.

This study is the first of its kind to recommend metric ranges, tied directly to activity levels and facility size, as appropriate standards for airport sustainability around the world.

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