The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Atkins, a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Group, have together developed the first carbon-capture tool for use in airport terminals and the wider aviation industry.

The suite of digital tools is intended to assist airports in recognising and lessening the effects of carbon-producing operations.

The tool can assess the embodied carbon associated with the development of terminal buildings and aviation assets.

IATA Safety, Security and Operations senior vice-president Nick Careen said: “Our collaboration with Atkins on this innovative digital toolkit will help airports meet their own objectives by providing a crucial platform to evaluate and reduce carbon impacts for new airport developments.

“By facilitating dialogue around carbon mitigation from day one of an airport development project, together we are making headway towards net-zero aviation.”

The new digital toolkit is exclusive to the aviation industry and has been designed to provide carbon benchmarking for three airport assets, terminal buildings, runways, and multistorey car parks.

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The software comes at a time when the global aviation sector is experiencing recovery after the pandemic and is under increased pressure to meet its net-zero targets and decrease embodied carbon in the construction of new buildings.

Atkins’ technical director for aviation infrastructure Andy Yates said: “These tools allow clients to confidently explore the vital conversations around embodied carbon reduction as airports respond to the complex challenges that surround the sector’s net-zero goals.

“The tools have been developed by a multidisciplinary team including architecture, airport planning, and structural design as well as carbon experts, ensuring a solution that understands the complexity and multifaceted approach needed to assess embodied carbon.”