Paris Region Planning Agency (IAU Île-de-France): Sustainable Airport Areas

Paris Region Planning Agency (IAU Île-de-France): Sustainable Airport Areas

International airports and their surrounding areas are of increasingly strategic importance for the development of the metropolitan regions they serve. They are also evolving and becoming distinctive economic and urban places in their own right.

At the same time, airport activity has a significant impact on the surrounding environment and generates negative externalities such as air pollution, noise, traffic congestion or agricultural land consumption.

Airport areas also address specific challenges related to governance, socio-economic inclusion, transport and mobility, urban planning, marketing, etc.

In the face of all these challenges, more and more airport authorities and local decision makers feel the need to acquire and share best practices that may help them develop their airport areas in a more sustainable way.

The Metropolis initiative on “Sustainable Airport Areas" was launched in 2015 to answer those needs. As the project leader of the initiative, IAU was in charge of organizing three international workshops aimed at identifying and sharing recommendations and good practices on the key sustainability issues facing the planning, development and management of international airport areas.

The final outcome of this Metropolis Initiative is the publication of the present report. This report is organized in eight thematic chapters. Each chapter deals with one of the major challenges related to sustainable airport areas and proposes recommendations and best practices based on the collective work made by the participants in the three workshops, as well as on further research conducted by the IAU project team members. This report purports to provide practical guidance and recommendations to planners, developers and public decision makers committed to improving the sustainability of airport areas across the globe.

Article by Teodora Nikolova, Martin Hervouet, Vincent Gollain, Nicolas Boichon 
Photo credits: @ IAU