European and international aspect of the environmental commitment

Internationally, SEA continues its commitment to identify and introduce the most advanced solutions to achieve the following objectives:

  • a high level of environmental sustainability in the short, medium and long-term, in airport processes;
  • efficient use of natural resources;
  • the control and reduction of environmental impacts on the soil and the atmosphere;
  • adequate level of innovative technologies in the airport sector, in terms of the environment and safety.
  • continual exchange of information with other European actors involved in innovation projects;
  • significant return (co-financing) on the actions introduced.

European projects in progress

SEA is involved in the works of the Committee for Environmental Strategies of ACI Europe.

In particular, as part of the ACI Europe Airport Carbon Accreditation initiative, in 2014 the Linate and Malpensa airports achieved for the 5th consecutive year level 3+ (Neutrality) accreditation, confirming the leading position of SEA in Europe, together with a limited number of European airport groups involved in the fight against climate change and the reduction of the CO2 emissions under their direct control/influence, in addition to the commitment of SEA with regard to the education of its stakeholders in relation to environmental issues.

Within the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission, the two European research projects CASCADE and S4ECoB concerning energy issues are proceeding well:

  • CASCADE project – Use of government/control mechanisms of technical systems/sensors and relative software application developments for achievement of significant energy savings. The project involves the use of the satellite B of Malpensa Airport as a test area (comparing it with satellite A), with the objective to improve the functioning cycles of the temperature control machines and the equipment regulation processes.
    SEA airport involved: Malpensa
    Duration: 36 months.
  • S4ECoB project – The project continues its scheduled activities. Development of a platform which integrates, within the public infrastructure environment, the existing heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and lighting systems, in order to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption, guaranteeing, in addition, optimal safety/security and comfort conditions.
    SEA airport involved: Linate
    Duration: 36 months.

In addition, two new three-year projects were also introduced, focused, respectively on energy/smart grid distribution and the advanced management of water resources:

  • DREAM - ICT for Energy-efficient Buildings and Spaces of Public Use - which proposes to strengthen the efficiency and the electricity distribution network through the development of a new operating and control approach, through the introduction of simulation functionality in support of the decision-making process and small scale real scenario tests. 
  • WATERNOMICS – ICT for Water Resource Management. The objective of the project (which will be operational in 2014) is to provide information in real time on the consumption and availability of water, to improve the quality of decisions in relation to the management and control of water and to increase the awareness of end-users in relation to this important natural resource.

In particular, for the safety/security aspects:

  • ADDPRIV – Automatic Data relevancy Discrimination for a Privacy-sensitive video surveillance. After an initial two years principally dedicated to the development and drawing up of specific algorithm techniques to be utilised to establish an automatic discrimination of data recorded on the video surveillance network related to suspect events, activities in 2013 concentrated on the more complex demonstration phase, during which that previously developed was implemented and validated within a real environment. The project is in its final phase and will conclude in the initial months of 2014.