Report on the East Asia Airports Alliance (EAAA)
Joint Declaration on "Green Airport" Initiatives Relay Efforts
"Eco-Festa 2014"

At the 12th East Asia Airports Alliance (EAAA)*1 Annual Conference held at Kansai International Airport in October 2013, members of the EAAA,13 members who operate international airports in Japan, China and South Korea, signed the Joint Declaration on “Green Airport” Initiatives Relay. According to this declaration, each of the member airports agreed to undertake initiatives to raise environmental awareness on a monthly basis by means of a relay. This relay began in January 2014 and Narita Airport, being responsible for the month of June, held an event dubbed "Eco-Festa 2014" to promote collaborative efforts by airport-related businesses as a whole to address environmental issues.

11 June 2014 (Wed)
Narita International Airport
Narita International Airport Eco-Airport Development and Planning Council *2

Details of the event

Focusing its attention on measures to alleviate aircraft noise as a landlocked airport, Narita hosted an environmental lecture and a tour of its environmental facilities.

1. Environmental lecture

Environmental lecture

Ms. Miwa Kobayashi of Boeing Japan KK gave a lecture on environmental measures from an aircraft manufacturer’s perspective, providing details on the development of the new B787 Dreamliner.
While speed was initially a key aspect in the development of this aircraft, she explained how their airline customers gradually started to place more emphasis on factors such as fuel efficiency, cabin environment and eco-friendliness.
She also presented a valuable documentary footage on the issues and challenges that were actually faced by the Boeing staff in the US.

2. Environmental facility tour

Noise mitigation embankments and wooded buffer zones have been constructed around the airport to alleviate the impact of noise generated by aircraft when using the runways. During the tour, participants went up to the very top of the embankment on the east side of Runway B to inspect the trees planted there for noise abatement.

Diagram of Noise Mitigation Embankment Cross Section: Distance of 600 meters from aircraft to noise impact point with a 100-meter deep, 10-meter high noise mitigation embankment covered in pasania, oak and other broadleaf evergreens as well as Japanese cypress and other conifers.

Furthermore, they visited the noise reduction hangar (NRH) which was built to reduce noise levels during aircraft engine testing. This was a valuable moment for many of those who took part because a hangar-type noise suppression facility equipped with special fixtures is very rare anywhere in the world.

Noise Reduction Hangar (NRH)

Feature of NRH

The NRH employs an upstream air intake system to introduce guided air from the ceiling.
The inner walls and ceilings are constructed of materials that have excellent sound absorbing and shielding properties.

Green Airport Relay Declaration Activity Schedule

Year Month EAAA Members Airports
2014 Jan New Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd. Kansai International Airport
Feb Shanghai Airport Authority Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Mar Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd. Chubu Centrair International Airport
Apr Macau International Airport Co., Ltd. Macau International Airport
May Korea Airports Corporation Gimpo International Airport
Jun Narita International Airport Corporation Narita International Airport
Jul Incheon International Airport Corporation Incheon International Airport
Aug Guangdong Airport Authority Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Sep Dalian International Airport Dalian International Airport
Oct Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd.
Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport)
Nov Capital Airports Holding Company Beijing Capital International Airport
Dec Airport Authority Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport

*1 East Asia Airports Alliance (EAAA)
EAAA was established in December 2001 with the goal of contributing to the development of airports and improvement in customer services through mutual cooperation based on a close relationship between airports in Japan, China and South Korea in the East Asian region where the greatest growth in demand for air travel is expected.
*2 Narita International Airport Eco-Airport Development and Planning Council
Narita International Airport Eco-Airport Development and Planning Council was established in January 2005 with the goal of promoting environmental initiatives throughout the airport. The council comprises 22 companies, 7 organizations, and 9 agencies including airlines and airfreight forwarder associations.