Greener Transportation Infrastructure: Theoretical Concepts for the Environmental Evaluation of Airports

Greener Transportation Infrastructure: Theoretical Concepts for the Environmental Evaluation of Airports

Jean-Christophe Fann (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium & University of California, Berkeley, USA) and Jasenka Rakas (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-531-5.ch021
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Abstract

The presented methodology has two fundamental goals: first, to foster greener design practices among airport managers, planners, and designers, and second, to establish a dynamic dialogue between all airport stakeholders, while overcoming the shortcomings of traditional environmental impact assessments and thus ensuring capacity enhancement. The innovative aspects of the methodology are the combination of a flexible implementation strategy, the use of Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) with cost and utility functions, and a structured definition of environmental sustainability with customized evaluation parameters.
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Background

A review of industry practice and scholarly literature shows that there is currently no generic assessment procedure designed to accommodate the complexity and specificity of airport systems, nor to provide a platform for discussion among interested parties. Effective consideration of stakeholder concerns is central to the progress of the project and to avoiding possible litigation costs. An effective methodology should also be applicable to a broad range of project scales, from the minor remodeling of existing facilities to the complete development of new systems, covering most airport functional categories including but not limited to airside infrastructure, terminal buildings, cargo facilities, ground transportation and airport support equipment.

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