Data Sharing and New Waste Bins in Athens
Enhancing Sustainability at Athens International Airport: A Glimpse into 2024 Projects
Athens International Airport (AIA) has two projects in the pipeline aimed at reducing carbon emissions and optimizing waste management.
Project 1: Mobility Data Sharing – Access to the Stargate Databox
One of the key projects is the implementation of the “Mobility Data Sharing” initiative, with a focus on providing access to the Stargate Databox. The primary goal of this project is to revolutionize the mobility patterns of AIA employees by promoting greener and more sustainable modes of transportation. The overarching objective is to reduce Scope 3 emissions and enhance local air quality within the airport vicinity.
The Stargate Mobility Platform plays a pivotal role in achieving this goal by offering tools to manage and evaluate the potential for modal shift among employees. The project explores modal shifts towards existing public transport, planned new public transport facilities/lines, and carpooling options. Additionally, the project assesses how facilities and infrastructure transformation influences employees’ modal shift decisions, considering factors such as public transport accessibility, parking arrangements, and access lanes.
By leveraging the capabilities of the Stargate Databox, AIA aims to create a more sustainable transportation ecosystem for its workforce, contributing to a reduction in the airport’s overall environmental footprint.
Project 2: Installation of Waste Bins for Liquids at Screening Areas
AIA is also addressing the environmental impact of plastic waste generated at screening areas with the “Installation of Waste Bins for Liquids” project. Annually, a significant volume of plastic bottles with liquids is collected from the Main Terminal and Satellite Terminal Buildings, prior to the screening areas. This type of waste poses challenges to waste collection trucks using mechanical compaction systems, leading to inefficiencies and increased operational costs.
The primary objective of this project is to substantially reduce the total weight of waste collected from screening areas by providing passengers with dedicated bins for liquid disposal. The initial schedule involves installing five waste bins strategically placed in screening areas, encouraging passengers to empty their liquid containers responsibly.
By facilitating the proper disposal of liquids, AIA aims to address the issues associated with the weight and handling of liquid waste, ultimately contributing to more efficient waste management practices and a reduction in operational costs.