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Airport sustainability and corporate social responsibility

ByChristopher Paling, Callum Thomas

This chapter considers the concept of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) as it applies to airports European perspective. It describes the variety of environmental issues arising from their operation. It identifies that proactive and effective environmental management is key to enabling airport growth. Airports provide accessibility for city regions to the rest of the world and support economic development. Airports Council International, the global industry body representing airports, established its carbon accreditation for airports in recognition of the fact that all sectors of the aviation industry needed to work together to prevent climate change. Sustainability requires that the airport operator continually achieves an appropriate balance between commercial, environmental and operational objectives. The audience for airport CSR reporting ranges from shareholders, for whom financial return is paramount, service partners that need to understand and support the airport's sustainability strategy, through to investors and insurance bodies.