Archive for June, 2009

Athens Airport Press Release

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

 Athens International Airport to participate in Airport Carbon Accreditation

Athens International Airport announced its commitment to participate in Airport Carbon Accreditation at the launch of the new voluntary carbon emissions management programme at the 19th ACI EUROPE Annual Congress (Manchester, June 15-16). Thirty-one airports, including AIA, have already stated their intention to join the programme which comprises 4 levels of accreditation: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality.

Airport Carbon Accreditation will be administered by WSP Environmental, a leading consultancy firm specialising in climate change and carbon management, and overseen by an independent advisory board made up of representatives of the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference), EUROCONTROL, and the European Commission.

Dr. Yiannis Paraschis, President, ACI EUROPE and CEO of Athens International Airport, said during the ACI EUROPE Congress: In launching Airport Carbon Accreditation, we are turning our commitment to reduce carbon emissions into concrete action. Airport Carbon Accreditation is a genuinely demanding, scientifically robust and institutionally-endorsed programme. The fact that we are doing this in the midst of the worst ever trading conditions speaks volumes about how serious we are about taking on the challenge of climate change.?

Athens International Airport, a key contributor in the creation and design of the programme, has committed since the very first moment; In Athens, since 2008, we have been implementing an Annual Climate Change Corporate Action Plan, which includes 10 specific initiatives this year, as part of our systematic effort to reduce carbon emissions from our operations?.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE commented ?Until now, there hasn’t been a common framework for mapping and reducing carbon emissions on the airport site ?which is a uniquely complicated space. The 31 airports signing up today to Airport Carbon Accreditation account for 26% of passenger traffic in Europe ?no small beginning.? He added ?For ACI EUROPE today is the culmination of two years of hard work. This is about collectively engaging the European airport community to play its part in addressing the impact of aviation on climate change, alongside the persistent efforts of airlines and other industry partners.?

   
The full list of airports participating in Airport Carbon Accreditation follows:

Paris Airport  (Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly) in France

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands

Athens International Airport in Greece

Avinor (Oslo, Trondheim/V?rnes and Alesund/Vigra airports) in Norway

Dublin Airport Authority (Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports) in Ireland

Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia

Fraport (Frankfurt Airport) in Germany

LFV (Goteborg, Landvetter, Kiruna, Lulea, Malmo, Ronneby, Stockholm-

Arlanda, Stockholm-Bromma, Umea, Visby and Are Ostersund airports) in

Sweden

Manchester Airport Group (Manchester, East Midlands, Bournemouth and

Humberside airports) in the UK

SEA Milan Airports (Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports) in Italy

TAV (Istanbul Ataturk International, Ankara Esenboga International and

Izmir Adnan Menderes International airports) in Turkey

Note:

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has estimated that aviation’s total CO2 emissions account for 2% of global CO2 emissions. While airport operations account for just 5% of this figure, European airports are keen to tackle their greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, several individual airports operators have already achieved carbon neutrality while several others have committed to achieving neutrality within the next few years.

   
For further information about Airport Carbon Accreditation

AIA Press Office: tel. 210 (+30) 3537227, 210 (+30) 353722),

ACI EUROPE (Airports Council International)

 ACI EUROPE is the European region of Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide professional association of airport operators. ACI EUROPE represents some 440 airports in 45 European countries. Member airports handle 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe, welcoming over a billion passengers each year.

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Athens Acropolis New Museum

Sunday, June 21st, 2009
Greece’s New Acropolis Museum opens to visitors

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The new Acropolis Museum opened its gates Sunday to hundreds of visitors eager to explore its vast collection of sculptures and artifacts from ancient Greece.

The museum holds more than 4,000 ancient works, including some of the best surviving classical sculptures that once adorned the Acropolis.

The public opening came a day after a lavish ceremony attended by foreign dignitaries including European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura, and foreign heads of state and government.

Conspicuously, there were no government officials from Britain, which has repeatedly refused to repatriate dozens of 2,500-year-old sculptures from the Parthenon temple that are held in the British Museum.

About 200 visitors had lined up early before the official opening on Sunday, even though they had all pre-booked their tickets online. The first week — with the exception of a few tickets available for Friday — is already completely sold out through Internet sales.

Chryssa Salamanou, from Athens, was first through the doors onto the museum grounds, along with her husband and child.

“We felt that today, with our child, we had to be the first ones here to admire the masterpieces which finally found such a worthy, such an important home,” she said.

Paige Moore, a visitor from Houston, Texas, said she was very excited to see the museum on the first day.

“I’ve been waiting for the last couple of months to come. And so I timed it just so I could come to this,” Moore said.

Once inside, visitors were impressed both by the exhibits and the layout of the ultramodern building, which includes a glass hall designed to showcase all the surviving Parthenon sculptures in their original alignment.

The Greek government hopes that the euro130 million ($180 million) concrete and glass museum will reinforce the case for the return of the sculptures pried off the Parthenon in the 19th century by British diplomat Lord Elgin and currently displayed in London’s British Museum.

The museum’s top floor displays the section of the frieze that Elgin’s agents left behind, joined to plaster casts of the 90-odd works in London. The display is deliberately set to reinforce the fact that there are missing pieces.

Entry to the museum is set at a nominal charge of euro1 ($1.40) until the end of the year, when it will increase to euro5. According to the museum’s management, a typical visit could take up to three hours, not including possible stops for food and refreshments.

The Associated Press