Medilytix Bureau: One of the prominent challenges of the 21st century is how to make aviation sustainability a reality in the face of the industry’s high global footprints. In this modern world, transportation by air has become a necessary evil as more and more people and industries rely on it, creating a dilemma between the economy and the environment.
The aviation sector, if it were a country, would be one of the top 10 carbon-polluting nations in the world. To put that in perspective, the top 10 countries together emit more than two-thirds of all the carbon emitted each year. It is also one of the highest and fastest growing sources of individual emissions. A single international trip taken by one person emits more carbon than someone living in Paraguay for a year.
Ground operations, mainly performed at the airport, form a major aspect of the sector. Airports act as the interface between landside access to airspace and airside access to the ground. Further, airports are not just transport hubs anymore; they are full-fledged industrial hubs, becoming bustling centres of businesses, hotels, and other transport connectivity. It is no surprise that areas in and around airports are fast developing and expanding, now being referred to as’ airport metropolises’. This is quickly becoming a problem, as the number of emissions from ground operations is being researched to be as lethal, if not more, as it has an additional and more direct impact on local air quality. Creating sustainable airports, therefore, has become essential to creating a more sustainable aviation sector.

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