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Sustainability is becoming more important than ever. Not as part of the hype, but as a necessity. Sustainability will become just as important as any other field of business. As a result, airports can no longer keep this off their main agenda and need to take action now.

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  • 1. Aviationthe way we see itGreen AirportsCreating sustainable airportsSustainability is becoming increasingly important. Not as part of thehype, but as a must-have. Sustainability will become just as importantas any other field of business. As a result, airports can no longer keepsustainability off their main agenda and need to take action.

2. Attempts to reduce aviation carbon Taking advantage of the sustainability in all areas of theemissions have focused on airlines disadvantagebusiness and communicating themand aircrafts. However, non-aviation Often, sustainable investments areclearly, we believe that airports canemissions, such as those generated seen as goodwill investments or capitalise on this emerging trend andby ground operations, can make up amandatory investments that are of ensure that they are the preferredrelatively large part of total aviation- little business value. At Capgemini choice for both passengers andrelated emissions. In addition,we believe that all sustainabilityairlines.inefficiencies in airport design can investments should lead to valuekeep airplanes circling in the skies creation for the airport. An effectivelyCapgeminis Green Airports initiativeoverhead or idling on the ground.run airport, in addition to improving not only aims to create a sustainableMany of the Western worlds main its environmental impact, is likely toairport on environmental aspects,airports were built almost 70 years agoprove more attractive for passengersbut also on economical aspects. Allwhen sustainability was not generallyand airlines. Traditional thinkinginvestments should have a positiveconsidered as part of the design sees airports as little more than a business case, and it should beconcept. Consequently those airports stepping stone for travelling to andpossible to place them in one of theare amongst the worst environmentalfrom a destination. However, today, quadrants shown in Figure 1. If this isoffenders. due to increased competition andnot possible, different options need to emphasis on an airports facilities be pursued. Sustainability must not beThrough the Green Airports and image, airports are beginning seen as a disadvantage that only costsinitiative, Capgemini can assist to be considered as a destination resources, but as an opportunity toairports in embracing opportunitieson their own. By visibly embracingrealize unknown benefits.and managing risks derived fromeconomic, environmental and socialdevelopments. Figure 1: Creating value through sustainabilityIt can be expected that the demandfor air transport will increase. Toaccommodate this demand airportsneed to grow, otherwise they are Increasingexposed to the risk of airlines movingGrowing opportunities awarenessMaximise advantagetheir operations to other airports.RevenueGeneration:Intangible Value Creation:However, the growth of an airport is New areas of growthInnovation Disclosure & Enhanced reputationBetter access to finance Clean technologiesBenefitsBenefitslimited by many factors, including New products & services Stakeholderengagement Preferred partnerIncreased employee loyaltyphysical space, noise pollution, qualityDirect financial impactIndirect value creationof life in the surrounding areas, and Increased productivity License to operateMinimise damageResource efficiencyenvironmental allowances. In addition, Decreased waste Benefits Cost Reduction Risk Mitigation Benefits Compliance Improved risk management Recovery of by productsmany airports face serious imageValue chain performanceGovernance & risk managementproblems in the community, whichIncreasing need for Governments &constitutes another limiting factor. sustainabilityRegulationsPutting sustainability high on thecorporate agenda, and taking thenecessary steps, may provide the Adapted by Capgemini from D.S. Esty, A.S. Winston (2006), Green to Goldairport the necessary license to operateand possibly a license to grow. 3. the way we see itSustainability Circle 1 Vision on sustainability6 Monitor & ReportingTo develop a sustainable operationThe first step is to create a corporate Once an airport commits itself tothat combines business and social vision on sustainability, which helps becoming a green airport, it shouldresponsibility objectives, the airportto focus activities and report progress be open about its activities andcommunity needs to determine keyof activities to the outside world. A progress. An airport needs to allowareas for emission reduction as well as multidisciplinary team should bethe outside world to see how it ismonitoring closely and reporting on created to ensure that the initiative isimproving itself, which will createCO2 emissions. Airports should also implemented smoothly and with input additional momentum for furtherencourage passengers to contribute by from all divisions. achievements. Consistent and regularsetting objectives and informing them monitoring and reporting shouldon how to be sustainable and bring2 KPIs and boundaries be done to ensure that the airporttheir individual CO2 footprints down. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) remains on top of sustainability issues.make it possible to measure the vision.At Capgemini we believe thatSetting boundaries that determineall airports can deploy a six-stepwhere the airports responsibility startsapproach to developing a sustainableand ends contributes to the ability tooperation. Figure 2 depicts this six- measure values. Figure 2 The Sustainability Circlestep approach as the SustainabilityCircle. Although the Circle suggests3Sustainability footprint 6that all activities should be done in a Developing a sustainability footprint1sequential manner, some overlap and provides the starting point forMonitor & Reportingannual repetition of the various stepsidentifying areas in which benefitsVision on sustainabilitywill take place. Below, the steps are can be realized. The initial yearsbriefly discussed.footprint should be used as a basis for5The road tocomparison for the following years. Airport 2 Implemen- Sustainability tationKPIs and4 Strategy boundariesInvestigate possible improvement 4 3opportunities by presenting a businesscase to determine whether valueStrategy Sustainabilityfootprintis created by implementing thatparticular solution. Based on thesebusiness cases a sustainability strategycan be created and the appropriatesolutions can be selected by industryexperts.5 ImplementationThe selected solutions need tobe implemented in the mostefficient manner, possibly with aproject manager overseeing theimplementation. This may takemonths or even years, dependingon the time needed to implement allsolutions. 4. the way we see itimprove the performance of theirExamples of solutions processes as well as their reactionSolutions to reduce emissions can times, leading to increased air trafficbe found in all areas. An example without a compromise on air quality.is a flight track monitoring system Additionally, this can reduce delaysto classify noise burden caused byand optimize the distribution ofboth aircrafts and aircraft handling. resources.Another example is the usage ofLED lighting, which has replacedAct proactivelytraditional lighting to reduce lightBy acting now, before legislation forcespollution as well as reduce CO2 mandatory changes and becauseemissions and energy costs. Also heat solutions may be time-consuming,recycling systems, heat exchangersproactive airports can demonstrateand heat pumps are known examples their dedication to the environmentof implemented solutions. and their surroundings. This willinevitably lead to stronger supportAt Capgemini, we believe that from the community and stakeholders,Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) which is necessary if an airport is tocan also contribute to reducing compete, operate and grow in todaysemissions by tackling the current volatile marketplace.fragmentized and uncoordinatedoperations common at many airports. More information:The process of CDM involvesHikmat Mahawat Khan MSc MBAstreamlining IT systems, improvingPrincipal Consultantefficiency of the sequencing processHikmat.mahawatkhan@capgemini.comthrough evaluating software solutions,+31.(0)6.15.03.09.46improving take off predictabilityand establishing disaster recoveryXander de Jong MScSenior Consultantand business contingency plansXander.de.jong@capgemini.comfor all IT and information sharing+31.(0)6.45.898.158platforms at an airport. Through CDMimplementation airports are able to About Capgemini and the Collaborative Business ExperienceWith around more than solutions that fit their needs and 115,000 people in 40 drive the results they want. A countries, Capgemini is onedeeply multicultural organization,of the worlds foremost providers Capgemini has developed its ownof consulting, technology and way of working, the Collaborativeoutsourcing services. The Group Business ExperienceTM, and draws onreported 2010 global revenues ofRightshore, its worldwide deliveryEUR 8.7 billion. Together withmodel.its clients, Capgemini creates anddelivers business and technologyLearn more about us atwww.capgemini.comRightshore is a trademark belonging to CapgeminiThe information contained in this document is proprietary. Copyright 2012 Capgemini. All rights reserved.

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