International airports and their surrounding areas are becoming distinctive economic and urban places. They are also of increasingly strategic importance for the development of entire regions and countries.
Meanwhile, these infrastructures can have a significant impact on their environment and generate negative externalities such as air pollution, traffic congestion or agricultural land consumption. They also address specific challenges in terms of governance, socio-economic inclusion, public transport accessibility or marketing strategies.
There is thus a growing need among international airport authorities and public decision makers for acquiring and sharing good practices on how to develop their airport areas and optimize their economic potential in a more sustainable way.
The Sustainable Airport Areas Initiative was launched in 2015 in order to respond to those needs. The Initiative sets out to identify, share and compile best practices on the major sustainability issues facing the planning, development and management of international airport areas. The aim is the publication of a Best Practice Guide for Sustainable Airport Areas in June 2017.
Next Step: Workshop in Paris on April 4, 2017
Two workshops already took place, one in Paris in 2015 and the second one in Atlanta in 2016. They gathered international experts and representatives from various airport areas such as Atlanta, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Dakar, Guarulhos, Hong Kong, Incheon, Paris, Shanghai, Vancouver and Vantaa. The main challenges related to sustainable airport areas were identified during the 2015 Paris workshop. The participants in the 2016 Atlanta workshop worked on the challenges of governance, competitiveness, urban planning, funding.
This 3rd and last workshop of the Metropolis Initiative Sustainable Airport Areas will be held jointly with the d’Airport Regions Conference (ARC) on April 4-6 in Paris.
The workshop will focus on the following challenges: environment, mobility, economic development.
- technical staff of public and private entities concerned with airport area development ?
- an elected representative or local economic decision maker?
- an expert in the subject?
Registrations are free of charge, and places are limited.
- Welcome Address by Fouad Awada, General Director of IAU
- Presentation of the Sustainable Airport Areas Initiative and of the main outcomes of the 2015/2016 workshops
- Round-table introduction of the participants
WORK SESSION IN 4 THEMATIC GROUPS
- Mobility and Accessibility
- Economic Development
- Urban planning
Each group will work on identifying key issues and best practices related to its thematic
REPORTING BACK OF THE 4 THEMATIC GROUPS
VISIT TO A TRAINING CENTER AT THE ORLY AIRPORT
END OF THE VISIT
Environment, mobility, economic development and urban planning at the heart of sustainable airport areas
The third and last workshop of our initiative on Sustainable Airport Areas was held on the morning of the past April 4 at IAU (Institute of Urban Planning and Development of the Paris Region). It was organized jointly with the Airport Regions Conference (ARC) held in Paris from April 4 to 6.
The workshop brought together more than 35 participants, among representatives from the airports of Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly, from Metropolis members – Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Daegu, Dakar and Île-de-France –, and from other European metropolises (Budapest, Dublin, Goteborg, Oslo, Vantaa and Warsaw), as well as international experts and consultants from private companies (Arcandia, Envisa, Total).
The main objective of the third workshop was to carry on with the collective work on the principal challenges, issues and good practices developed by international airport areas that have already been identified during the first two workshops (Paris 2015 and Atlanta 2016). The participants split up in thematic work groups, each tackling one of the following key challenges: environment, mobility and accessibility, economic development and urban planning.
A business tour was organized jointly with the ARC in the afternoon. The participants visited the School for Aeronautics professions in Toussus-le-Noble (near Paris-Orly airport) and had the opportunity to discuss with the students and the trainees of the center.
Next step: the XII Metropolis World Congress in Montréal on 19-22 June 2017, where the final report of the Sustainable Airport Areas initiative will be presented.
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