Sustainable development will be the central theme of ACI Airport Day

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The event will bring together in Bogotá the main executives of the airport market and specialists to discuss current good practices and the socio-environmental challenges of the sector

Bogotá will host the first ACI AIRPORT DAY COLOMBIA, a free event open to the public, organized by the Airports Council International (ACI), which will bring together the main executives of the country’s airport industry, national civil aviation authorities and experts on issues related to airports, as well as the environment, technology, business and urban mobility. On the agenda, a relevant current agenda: sustainable development and the socio-environmental objectives of the sector. The event will take place on September 6, at the Courtyard Marriot Bogotá Airport Hotel.

At a time when world air transport is going through the most challenging period in history and the Colombian airport market is undergoing intense and relevant transformations, ACI AIRPORT DAY COLOMBIA will bring together the industry to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the sector.

Los ponentes invitados participarán en paneles y presentaciones en los que compartirán experiencias exitosas y ya premiadas para reducir las emisiones de carbono en diversas operaciones aeroportuarias, como la implantación de sistemas de inteligencia para el seguimiento en tiempo real de las emisiones, la reducción del ruido de los aviones y la gestión de los recursos hídricos, los residuos sólidos y el consumo de energía. También presentarán los últimos datos sobre las iniciativas de transición al uso de combustibles sostenibles y lo que pronto será una realidad en el ámbito de la movilidad aérea urbana. El director general de ACI-LAC – oficina regional de ACI en América Latina y el Caribe – Rafael Echevarne, hablará sobre los principales puntos de la agenda de la industria aeroportuaria para los próximos años en la región y Colombia.

On this occasion, ACI will present for the first time at a face-to-face event in Colombia the details of the commitment assumed with airports around the world to achieve the goal of reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The long-term goal is an absolute reduction, that is, without compensation, and refers to emissions that are under the direct control of airports, such as, for example, the energy supply of the infrastructures and the fuel of the vehicles that circulate in the areas of the terminals. To this end, airports around the world already have the technical support of ACI, through its Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program, the only global training and consulting program for carbon management in the airport market, that evaluates and recognizes the efforts of airports and certifies them at six levels: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimisation’, ‘Neutrality’, ‘Transformation’ and ‘Transition’. Currently, El Dorado Airport has the Airport Carbon Accreditation certification, they are among the airports certified at the “Reduction” level.

“The Colombian airport sector has already started the decarbonization process, with several award-winning initiatives. ACI is proud of this and presents itself in the country as an ally in this process, making itself available to the operators and authorities of the sector through our global experience and being the voice of the airports in the world, representative of the collective interests and the only interlocutor of the industry before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).In this way, ACI assumes its leadership role in the promotion of the sustainable development of the sector, maintaining aviation’s priority commitment to safety, and supporting airports so that they generate economic and social benefits for the countries and communities we serve,” said Rafael Echevarne,General Director of the Airports Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC).