The “Compartamos” program, developed by Quiport at Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport (AIMS); and the project of sustainable construction with bioclimatic design and innovative technology that takes advantage of natural resources (wind, light and water) executed by the Galapagos Ecological Airport (ECOGAL), were both acknowledged by the Green Airport Recognition program delivered by the Airports Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC).
The “Compartamos” program, carried out by Quiport, aims to generate strategic alliances between the different commercial operators and companies that operate in the AIMS in order to fight against climate change. This alliance allows them to manage used equipment and materials in good condition to be reused by educational, religious and community institutions near the airport, thus extending their useful life and preventing them from entering landfills and dumps. From the beginning of 2020 to July 2021, more than $68,000 thousand dollars in materials and equipment in good condition have been donated, thus avoiding an emission of around 160 tons of CO2.
Ramón Miró, President and General Director of Corporación Quiport, thanked ACI-LAC for the recognition received within the framework of the Green Airport Recognition program. “We are aware that there are many needs among the inhabitants of the parishes surrounding our operation. We developed the Compartamos program as a mechanism that involves the entire Mariscal Sucre International Airport community in search of opportunities to help solve some of the most pressing needs in the communities, turning the airport into a good neighbor involved in problems and in their solutions. I take this opportunity to congratulate both the Quiport team that has done a great job with this project, and also ACI-LAC for creating this recognition and therefore for giving it the importance that efforts of this nature deserve”, said Ramón Miró.
For its part, the ambitious project of ECOGAL allowed the construction of a completely sustainable space in a sensitive area declared Natural Heritage of Humanity. The bioclimatic design, the implementation of 100% recyclable ventilation systems, the use of innovative technologies to take advantage of natural lighting, the installation of a wastewater treatment plant, and the environmental strategies applied have allowed a significant reduction in the environmental impact and operating costs.
“More than 10 years ago we bet on a radical change and show that it can be sustainable and profitable at the same time, without affecting the safety and experience of the passenger. We are not wrong, and we can proudly say that we have paved the way for other airports to join the quest for sustainability. Thanks to ACI for this recognition," commented Jorge Rosillo, General Manager of the Galapagos Ecological Airport.
The Green Airport Recognition is an initiative created by the ACI-LAC Environment and Sustainability Committee with the aim of promoting the best environmental practices that seek to minimize the impact of airport activity on the environment and its surroundings. This initiative offers airports the possibility of sharing their most outstanding environmental and socio-environmental projects and programs.
To learn more about the 12 projects recognized by ACI-LAC in this edition, please go to: https://aci-lac.aero/es/recognition-of-the-airport-green