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The idea of a sustainable green recovery from the current global pandemic is one that has been backed by industry bodies worldwide, including IATA, ICAO and ACI. Speaking at the ATAG 2020 Global Sustainable Aviation Forum – Green Recovery event in September 2020, director general of ACI, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, said, “The recovery of the aviation industry will be a key driver of the global economic recovery. To ensure that aviation can continue to provide economic and social benefits, it is crucial that we pursue a green recovery and lay the foundation for a prosperous and sustainable industry for the long term.”
Airports have often led the way in developing buildings that embrace sustainability at their heart, using approaches such as renewable energies, water recycling, natural lighting and innovative ventilation to limit their impact on the environment. But one area that is gaining momentum at the moment is the use of green materials, which are not only sustainably sourced, but also circular in nature.