In an ambitious move towards a greener aviation industry, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Airports Council International (ACI) have inked a Memorandum of Cooperation aimed at increasing the deployment of solar energy across airports globally. The collaboration seeks to curb airport emissions, improve air quality, and promote sustainable practices.
Under this partnership, ISA, leveraging its international expertise, will extend support to expedite solar development through policy choices. ACI, on the other hand, will introduce best practices for adoption by airports worldwide.
Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General of ISA, expressed his vision for the partnership. He emphasized that the collaboration would involve engaging with ISA Member Countries to establish robust national and regional policies and frameworks. Additionally, the joint effort will result in the publication of a comprehensive guidance document detailing best practices for airport solarisation.
Mr. Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General of ACI World, highlighted the significance of this alliance in achieving the aviation industry’s net-zero carbon goal by 2050. He emphasized airports’ suitability for solar infrastructures due to their large, flat, and unobstructed surfaces, making them ideal candidates for sustainable energy transformation.
The cooperative initiative includes exchanging information on success stories and outcomes from existing projects, identifying pilot projects for solar installations, and exploring funding opportunities to support solar projects in airports. Furthermore, the collaboration entails knowledge sharing and capacity building in the field of solar energy for airports across different regions.
Both parties remain open to other mutually agreed-upon activities, ensuring flexibility and adaptability to emerging opportunities and challenges. Through this comprehensive approach, ISA and ACI aspire to drive the widespread adoption of solar energy, fostering sustainability and environmental stewardship in the aviation industry.
This groundbreaking collaboration represents a significant step forward in the global effort to make airports more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. By embracing solar energy, airports can lead the way in transforming the aviation sector into a more environmentally friendly and responsible industry.