European funding for Brussels Airport’s project to accelerate sustainable transition

posted on 7th May 2021 by Eddie Saunders
European funding for Brussels Airport’s project to accelerate sustainable transition

The European Commission called for research and innovation projects that support the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Brussels Airport as project leader, together with 21 partners, submitted an ambitious plan with concrete projects to help the industry accelerate the sustainable transition.

From the 16 proposals the Commission received it selected Brussels Airport’s Stargate plan, which, after a final round of procedures, will be granted 24.8 million euros of funding.

This partnership, which brings together partner airports and other companies, government bodies as well as research and academic institutions, will be granted 24.8 million euros by the European Commission, after succesfully completing the Grant Preparation Agreement, to realise the Stargate project in the next 5 years.

“With the funding we will be granted by the European Commission, we, together with other partners, are even better placed to take on a pioneering role in the industry,” says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport.

“I’m very proud that the Commission chose the project led by Brussels Airport and of the praise we received. This motivates us even more to continue on the path to sustainability and accelerate our pace.

“Given the big climate challenges we have to meet, Stargate aims to achieve concrete results in the short and medium term that lead to deeply rooted change in the long term.

“”The development, coordination and realisation of these projects rest entirely with Brussels Airport as project leader.

“Concrete actions will first be implemented at Brussels Airport and when they prove a success, rolled out at the partner airports. In so doing, we hope to inspire other airports in Europe and beyond”.

One of the projects of the consortium is to develop a 3D-model for airports, that maps out the energy flows and operational processes, making it easier to calculate where improvements and adjustments are possible and required.

Another project consists of building a biofuel blending facility at Brussels Airport. Here, the ambition is to mix biofuel with kerosine and systematically increase the percentage of biofuel. Some of our airline partners will test its use, after which we will assess whether this can be rolled out on a larger scale.