Green and Digital Sustainability: The Challenge of Italian Airports
Assaeroporti organized November 23rd, a conference on the role of Italian airports in the green and digital transition of transportation. The conference entitled “Italian Airports – The Green and Digital Challenge,” took place at the headquarters of Unioncamere and Air Tech Italy was one of the participants.
Incentivizing and accelerating green and digital investments by airports will be key to ensure the full reconciliation of air transportation with the environment and at the same time safeguard the competitiveness of the sector, which is decisive for the country’s development, was the outset of the conference which welcomed several high level speakers including Hon. Galeazzo Bignami, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport.
Stefano Palear, University Professor at Bergamo University presented a study highlighting how airport operators will be able to cut more than 58,281 tons of CO2 emissions per year and how each ton saved, requires an investment of 649 euros. Although airports contribute for only 5 percent of the total emissions of the aviation sector in Italy, they play a central role in promoting sustainable actions. The report presented, also showed the level of digitalization at Italian airports. The percentage of airports with digital maturity above the medium level is 38 percent which means that a lot still needs to be done to further increase the degree of digitization of airports, with the most obvious effect being on operational management activities and technologies.
Carlo Borgomeo President Assaeroporti stressed the importance of having the right public policies in place to support the efforts of airport operators. According to him it is essential to identify appropriate forms of support both in the short term, such as the use of any remaining resources from the PNRR, and of a structural nature, such as tax credits.
Adapting the regulatory framework to new evolving sustainability and mobility paradigms, including energy communities, will be crucial.
Find the slides of the presentation here.