Tracking the green transition of airports in Puglia, Albania, and Montenegro: this is the purpose of the website dedicated to the SOLAR cooperation project, launched a few days ago.
SOLAR (Sustainable reduction Of carbon footprint Level in AiRports) is a project financed with €688,500 by the INTERREG Italy-Albania-Montenegro 2014-2020 Program. The Apulia Region launched SOLAR with the Molise Region and the airport authorities of Montenegro and Albania.
SOLAR was launched in response to the need for airports to reduce their impact on the environment. Issues such as noise, soil and biodiversity loss, and greenhouse gas emissions are the main challenges facing the aviation industry today.
Therefore, SOLAR supports the environmental sustainability of airports through the exchange of best practices and cooperation among Mediterranean countries. The project contributes to the international “Airport Carbon Accreditation” program.
Airport Carbon Accreditation is a certification promoted by ACI Europe (the European association of airport operators), which offers a strategic framework of actions aimed at airport management companies that intend to pursue “carbon neutrality” objectives, i.e., the neutralization of CO2 emissions.
The program includes several actions to neutralize CO2 emissions: energy efficiency programs, the use of alternative energy sources and the eventual balancing of any residual emissions, the reduction of impacts related to noise, soil and biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions, and the use of plastics.
The SOLAR website will publish updates, dedicated communication materials, information about the partners involved, and the results as they are achieved in the different phases of implementation. The project is scheduled to end in December 2022.