Report on the East Asia Airports Alliance (EAAA)
Joint Declaration on "Green Airport" Initiatives Relay Efforts
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
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.
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.
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
|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.