IATA to Expand Environmental Assessment Certification to Airports and Ground Service Providers

posted on 9th November 2022 by Eddie Saunders
IATA to Expand Environmental Assessment Certification to Airports and Ground Service Providers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched the IATA Environmental Assessment for Airports and Ground Service Providers (IEnvA for Airports and GSPs).

Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is the first participant in the expanded IEnvA and will play a leadership role as the value chain aligns to ensure a sustainable future for air transport.

IEnvA for Airports and GSPs is an expansion of the successful IEnvA for Airlines. IEnvA programs enable participants to build robust environmental management plans with continual performance improvements.

Some 50 airlines are part of the IEnvA program, with 34 of them fully certified while the others are in the process.

“IEnvA has a solid track record of improving the environmental performance of airlines. As the aviation industry committed to improving sustainability, including achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the expansion of IEnvA to airports and GSPs is critical,” said Sebastian Mikosz, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Environment and Sustainability.

“With Edmonton International Airport’s pioneering participation in the expanded program, we have a clear signal that the industry’s sustainability commitments are being actioned in a systematic results-oriented approach across the value chain.”

“This is a significant milestone for airports around the world, and we are proud to be a part of the movement towards a sustainable future for aviation” said Myron Keehn, VP, Air Service, Business Development, ESG and Stakeholder Relations, Edmonton International Airport.

“IATA’s Environmental Assessment Program has supported the sustainability narrative across the aviation industry, and we are excited to be the first airport involved in expanding this program as we continue to prioritize ESG, innovation and forward-thinking solutions to airport operations and strategic partnerships.”

IEnvA is an Environmental Management System based on standards and best practices that were built in collaboration with airlines, airports, ground service providers, IATA and sustainability experts. It complies with ISO14001 (Environmental Management) requirements, and uses IATA’s decade’s long expertise with safety auditing (IOSA) for oversight, governance and quality control.