Airport World - Eliot Lees and Yasar Yetiskin

ICF’s Eliot Lees and Yasar Yetiskin explain why airports need to pay attention to and play their part in the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Aircraft emissions represent the single largest source of environment damaging greenhouse gases at an airport.

Indeed, while the long-term decarbonisation goals for airports focus on airport infrastructure (Scope 1), and the sources of generated power (Scope 2), more than 60% of an airport’s total carbon emissions (in some case, above 90%) can be generated from jet fuel combustion (Scope 3).

However, reducing Scope 3 emissions is not in the direct control of airports, and so shaping new practices and policies to address this key area requires creativity and imagination by all aviation stakeholders – including by airport management.

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