Is sustainable air travel (really) an illusion? Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we are currently facing. With global aviation being responsible for 2% of the global man-made CO2 and with the number of air passengers expected to double in the next 20 years, the harm to the environment from air travel is no secret.

However, one of the main sources of airport-related emissions is passenger and freight journeys to and from the airport. For this reason, in order to progress our ambitions towards carbon neutrality it is essential that we understand that sustainable air travel does not start in the air, it begins on the ground. So how can Transport Planners help to minimise the effect of aviation on the climate?

Kitti Zsobrak, Graduate Consultant at AECOM will provide participants with insights from her work on searching for ways to reduce car travel to Manchester Airport by adopting successful surface access design elements from the world’s most environmentally friendly airports.

Illustration:  Señor Salme