January 2012 to December 2014
The aim of this project is to contribute towards the achievement if carbon neutral airport operations. This will be done by improving the surface accessibility to and from the airport; contribute towards CO2 neutrality of airport operations. The project also pays special attention to the optimal involvement of business R&D communities in creating well connected green airports.
D-Air studies how to reduce carbon emissions from:
surface access transport to and from the airport
Study visits and workshops: where each Airport Partner demonstrates measures that have been implemented to minimise carbon emissions to the experts within the Partnership;
Stakeholder forums: whereby Partner Entities gather feedback, ideas and suggestions for possible measures to be implemented in the future;
Exchange of experiences between the 14 Partners;
Adapt solutions that have been successful at other airports.
This project is a study on how to make airports greener in a bid to make airport operations carbon neutral. The project, which is 85% co-funded by the INTERREG IVC funding programme, is led by Eidenhoven City Council. The consortium of 14 partners includes the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Italy & Malta.
Airports in Europe find it hard to expand because their environmental footprint is being continuously scrutinized by numerous authorities and neighbouring residents. However, if there is willingness to reduce the carbon around the airport, the neighbouring communities will begin to accept the airport as a necessary catalyst for economic development.
The D-Air project is striving to do just that. Whereas other studies have tended to be academic, this project takes a hands-on approach and looks into measures that have been adopted in airports around Europe, assesses their success and leaves it up to its partner entities to adapt those measures to the needs and specificities within their regions.
As part of this project Transport Malta aims to compile a Carbon Footprint study which will take into consideration all land based carbon sources, including land transportation, as well as aviation activity within the airport (up until an aircraft is airborne). This data is required in view of Malta's participation in the EU 2020 Climate Change targets. Baseline data that this report will establish, will allow Malta to map, gauge and monitor plans and measures that needs to be put in place to achieve these targets. TM will also be able to propose plans to further reduce the carbon footprint of the airport. This will be an important contributor to the efforts to reduce emissions by the transport sector, which is particularly hard to regulate in this matter.
For further information on the project, please click here
The Airport Regions Conference (ARC) Newsletters are available here. For the latest edition, Issue 41, please click here
The third study visit of the project took place in Malta on the 20th and 21st of February 2013. Experts from nine regions in the D-Air partnership were gathered, as well as a number of stakeholders, Transport Malta (which was the organiser), Arriva Ltd. (the national public transport provider), the University of Malta and Malta International Airport (MIA). For further information, please click here
Transport Malta organized the first in a series of Stakeholders’ Forum meetings on 4th June 2013. The event was hosted by the Malta International Airport. For more information please, click here.
Following the 1st Stakeholders' Forum held in June 2013, Transport Malta gathered the local D-Air stakeholders a second time on 14th May 2014. For more information please click here
Following the 2nd Stakeholders' Forum held in May 2014, Transport Malta invited the D-Air stakeholders for the third time on 16th July 2014. For more information please click here
This will be the D-AIR project’s final event, a one day conference in Brussels, discussing the implications of the three year work of more than 10 partners from Europe on decarbonising airport regions. For the conference programme and more information, please click here.
INTERACT and the European Commission are launching the video contest 'border issues, border solutions' among European general public and European projects and programmes (Interreg, Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) and European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI CBC)), and individual film-makers to share their videos highlighting the results and benefits of cooperation in Europe. D-Air launched a video that explains how the project, which looks at decarbonising the air around airports has been capable of connecting people from 14 regions and airports in Europe into a network of highly active environment-savvy professionals. The video can be viewed and voted for from here
The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.
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