International Solar Alliance Joins Hands with Airports Council to Deploy More Solar Panels Across Airports Worldwide
Through this comprehensive approach, the signatories aim to drive the widespread adoption of solar energy in airports, fostering sustainability and environmental stewardship in the aviation industry.
August 07, 2023. By Nivedita Ojha
ISA and ACI will work together to develop joint projects that promote solar at airports and make them more viable. ISA, with its international expertise, will support policy choices that accelerate solar development. ACI will bring in best practices for adoption by airports across the globe.
Director General of ISA, Dr Ajay Mathur, speaking about the collaboration, added, “To strengthen the partnership, the signatories will explore collaborating with various partners, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), on developing solar projects for airports. Our focus will be two-pronged: engage with ISA Member Countries to support establishing robust national and regional policies and frameworks. In addition, explore a joint publication of a guidance document of best practices for airport solarisation. We foresee this document as a comprehensive resource, sharing valuable insights and recommendations for the successful implementation of solar projects.”
Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General of ACI World, stated, “The transition to net zero carbon emissions for aviation requires the rapid uptake of renewable energy through a mix of different pathways. The memorandum of cooperation with ISA will help ACI members improve and reduce their carbon footprint as well as dependency on fossil fuels. Airports are ideal locations for solar infrastructures due to their large, flat, and unobstructed surfaces, and this partnership will be key to supporting them in their energy transformation. Additional assistance will be provided to Small Island Developing States and other developing countries so that they are able to leverage the rights tools and solutions for setting up effective solar projects. This collaboration is one more step forward in achieving our long-term carbon goal by 2050.”
Joint exploration and identification of pilot projects for solar installations are also key components of the collaboration. By working together, the signatories can assess the feasibility of setting up solar projects in identified airports and conducting joint preparations and assessments. This cooperative effort extends to supporting implementation by adopting appropriate business models based on best practices, relevant information, research, and experience.
The collaboration remains open to other mutually agreed-upon activities, ensuring flexibility and adaptability to emerging opportunities and challenges.Through this comprehensive approach, the signatories aim to drive the widespread adoption of solar energy in airports, fostering sustainability and environmental stewardship in the aviation industry.
The International Solar Alliance is an international organisation with 116 Member and Signatory countries. It works with governments to ease solar deployment and promote solar power as a sustainable transition to a carbon-neutral future. ISA’s mission is to unlock USD 1 trillion of investments in solar by 2030 while reducing technology and its financing costs.
Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, is a federated organization comprising ACI World, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE, ACI Latin America and the Caribbean and ACI North America. As of January 2023, ACI serves 712 members, operating 1925 airports in 171 countries.
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