The 12th EAAA Annual Meeting
The 12th EAAA Annual Meeting was held on 9-10 October 2013 at Kansai International Airport, Japan. Participants from Macau International Airport Company Limited (CAM) including: Chairman of the Executive Committee – Dr. Deng Jun, Deputy Chief of Executive Office & Chief of Corporate Communication and Policy Research Office – Ms. Vicki Mou, Deputy Director of Infrastructure Development Department – Mr. Sandro Kou and Officer of Corporate Communication and Policy Research Office – Ms. Kaz Ng.
The meeting was organized by New Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd. and the theme this year is “New Strategy for Environmentally Sustainable Airport" on which each airport’s executives conducted a presentation on the topic, sharing their current environmental measures and also their future green airport plans. All members give an effort of being an environmentally friendly airport by different approaches.
Chairman of the Executive Committee – Dr. Deng Jun expressed at the meeting that Macau International Airport is the only airport in the city in the Alliance. She has been facing environmental challenges and cope with the changes positively with advanced techniques and facilities, implementation of new environmental protection scheme, striving to achieve international environmental standard for sustainable development.
1) The 4 strategy objectives of MIA: Airport in the city, Green airport, Virtual airport and Cultural airport. MIA has always seen "Green" as one of the most important part of our airport. Macau is a small but a highly dense city, 1) MIA pay high attention to environmental pollution in very early stage at the airport development. From choosing the location and design of the airport were all carefully decided. The airport chose to build on an artificial island to keep the environmental influence to minimum.
3) In line with the environmental policy of Macao Government, MIA has subsidies on energy saving equipment including replacing airport lightings to LED lights, energy saving air-conditions system, food waste recycling program and developing on use of recycled water etc.
4) MIA subsidizes to hybrid and electronic vehicles for energy saving. It can provide electricity and pre-air conditioning at times of parking to minimize the engine start off time and carbon emission.
5) Short, medium and long term goals are set In our strategic planning; we aim to achieve significant reduction on energy consumption, water consumption and carbon emission in 3 years. We aim to achieve international environmental standards and widely use of renewal energy in 5 years. Lastly, we aim to ensure the environmental management policy is available to all airport users including passengers, staff, operators, constructors and general public in 10 years.
During the meeting, all the members also signed an agreement on “Green Airport Relay Declaration”. This is a further development on the “Green Airport Declaration” signed on the 8th EAAA Annual Meeting in 2009. The relay will allow member airports to improve their awareness of environment problems and exchange information on their environmental initiatives with each other. The declaration also helped to accelerate voluntary environmental improvements such as building up common strategies, disseminating information on best practices to all airport stakeholders namely airlines, concession operators, government agencies and communities, etc., in order to encourage them to carry out environmentally regulated activities; setting up systematic approaches to heighten environmental awareness and promote environmental responsibility in daily life; and so on.
Notably, CEO of Thai AirAsia -Mr. Tassapon Bijleveld and Professor of Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo - Mr. Hiroshi Ohashi were invited to attend the meeting and delivered a special guest speech on aviation economic development. Participants shared ideas and discussion on the topic afterwards.
The 13 EAAA airport members include: China’s Capital Airports Holding Company, Shanghai Airport Authority, Guangdong Airport Authority, Airport Authority Hong Kong, Macau International Airport Co., Ltd. and Dalian International Airport; Japan's Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd., Narita International Airport Corporation, Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd., New Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd. and Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation; South Korea's Incheon International Airport Corporation and Korea Airport Corporation.