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Airport Regions Conference, Newsletter 79
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Dear ARC members and friends, 

Today's issue brings you news on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System, the new terminal at Charleroi Airport and Sweden's 1st biofuel-powered flight of an ATR aircraft. Besides this, with the planned new runway at Dublin Airport, new concerns arise regarding noise. In this sense, could noise mapping be a first step in the environmental noise management process? Gatwick pays special attention on noise as well, as it will now impose higher charges on noisier aircraft. Lastly, Uber focuses on a new initiative, taking into consideration noise pollution: Uber Elevate. 

We wish you a pleasant reading and a productive week!
 

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the ARC Secretariat
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Noise has become a forgotten pollutant, as people grow accustomed to trying to ignore it. But globalisation and rapid development is taking over the cities and regions, making world a noisier place. Could mapping noise in urban environments be the solution? This article takes the instance of the planned new runway at Dublin Airport to tackle noise mapping. 
 
Earlier this month, the European Commission took initiative to revise the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) in order to maintain the contribution of the aviation sector to the European climate objectives and to ensure the smooth implementation of the ICAO Global Market-Based Measure. Commissioner Bulc said that EU ” is now focused on getting the global scheme up an running”.
Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at Manchester University, says that more than half of the CO2 pollution that causes a large part of global warming comes from the 10% best-off people on the planet. If personal air travel would be reduced, then there would be a one-third cut in global emissions. 

AeroOps CEO makes a comparison between the airport and airlines services that are currently offered and the ones that were provided half a century ago. While discussing hub airports, competition and technology, his conclusion is that airports are usually never the first industry to adapt to change. The article gives tips on how airports and airlines can improve in order to influence passenger experience and expectations. 
A brand new terminal has been put into operation earlier this year at Charleroi Airport. To improve passenger experience, the airport has been very careful by installing new signs and providing additional staff on the spot. 
An ATR 72-600 of the Swedish carrier BRA (former Braathens Regional) took off from Stockholm-Bromma to Umeå fuelled at 45% with fossil-free used cooking oil, marking the first biofuel-powered flight of an ATR aircraft. In addition, Sweden is looking for new ways of producing biofuels and it currently explores different types of wood. 
More than half of Gatwick flights use A320s, but they can create a high-pitched whine on approach. A modification eliminates this noise and adapting all A320s using the airport is seen as a priority recommendation from the first independent review of arrivals published by Gatwick.
Do you sometimes have the blues for the Golden Age of airlines? Check out this selection of photos: from Elizabeth Taylor boarding on a plane to Boeing 747, the world’s largest jetliner. 

An advanced aircraft engineer from NASA joins Uber in its work on a flying car initiative known as Uber Elevate. Uber’s vision, as stated in its own white paper, is to respond to challenges like noise pollution, vehicle efficiency and limited battery life. 
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