ICAO is pushing for greater sustainability in the world of airport planning and design following the release of a new report entitled Water Management at Airports.
The report notes that due to a mixture of growing demand, urbanisation and climate change some regions are increasingly experiencing water scarcity and the problem is likely to get worse.
It adds: “In addition, competition between various water uses is increasing as demand intensifies, potentially leading to conflicts.
“Airports need to consider water in three primary ways. The first is supply, the water entering the airport facility and whether there are ways that the airport can reduce its demand for water.
“Secondly, handling capacity, airports experience water events such as flooding, drainage issues, erosion and other impacts.
“Thirdly, disposal, airports need to ensure water leaving the airport facility is clean and is safe for the surrounding environment. Airport systems manage these processes in various ways.”
ICAO council president Salvatore Sciacchitano said: “The pace of innovation in all aspects of aviation is unparalleled, and ICAO has been helping drive the green recovery of aviation by promoting an ambitious decarbonization path for the sector including the promotion of pioneering efforts to support the development of airport infrastructure projects.”