Airport operating company PT Angkasa Pura-I Services and Marketing Director Devi W. Suradji remarked at the ACI Asia Pacific Office in Hong Kong on Friday that a team of ACI reviewed Adi Sumarmo Airport at the end of August 2018 to make it an Airport Excellence (APEX) pilot project.
A leading organization that regulates airports in the world, ACI earlier only had standardized best practices through APEX in the area of security and safety.
In 2018, ACI is compiling APEX for environmental programs and selecting Adi Sumarno Airport as the first pilot project in the Asia Pacific and second in the world apart from the Airport in Ecuador.
"When the team from ACI visited Solo, we received consultations on what we have and have not implemented. The ACI also received input from the development of the Adi Sumarno Airport," Suradji noted.
Currently, Angkasa Pura-I is awaiting the complete results of recommendations from ACI for the development of environmentally friendly airport.
"The airport in Solo has been evaluated for seven days. We are waiting for recommendations from them," he added.
According to Suradji, the airport development effort to serve as an environmentally friendly infrastructure is becoming a major topic of the world aviation industry.
It is not easy to implement an environmentally friendly airport. One of the most basic aspects that necessitates attention is the use of aircraft fuel avtur that has a high carbon content.
However, development of the airport into an environmentally friendly location must continue, he noted.
Angkasa Pura-I, which manages 13 airports in the central and eastern regions of Indonesia, also plans to apply environmentally friendly principles in the development of airports.
Various authorities across the world are preparing solutions to deal with the adverse impacts of airport activities on the environment, such as high carbon emissions, noise pollution, garbage, and water.
"The airport that looks clean is not necessarily environmentally friendly, while the airport that looks green is not necessarily sustainable," Suradji added.
Reporting by Indra Arief Pribadi
Editing by Otniel Tamindael, Andi Abdussalam