Atkins, IATA create carbon-measuring tools for airports

Croatia’s Split Airport opened its new terminal in 2019 (SPQST/CC BY-SA 4.0)
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has teamed up with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to create digital tools for airports to estimate the embodied carbon in new structures.

Developed by architects, airport planners, structural engineers, and carbon experts, the tools can be used for new terminal buildings, runways, and multi-storey car parks to help development teams understand and mitigate their carbon footprints.

Atkins and IATA said they’re the first early-stage embodied carbon assessment tools specifically for airports. Most current tools measure carbon in general buildings, and at a later stage in the design, they said.

“These tools allow clients to confidently explore the vital conversations around embodied carbon reduction as airports respond to the complex challenges that surround the sector’s net zero goals,” said Andy Yates, Atkins’ technical director for aviation infrastructure.

IATA senior vice president Nick Careen said decarbonising aviation was the industry’s “greatest challenge” and that “reaching net zero by 2050 will require collective efforts from the entire industry supply chain and from policymakers”.

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