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Article from BTNews 7 AUGUST 2017

Istanbul’s eco-ambitions

The Istanbul New Airport project in Turkey aims to become the first and largest infrastructure project outside North America to obtain sustainability verification from the UK-based Envision system.

This rates sustainable infrastructure projects across the full range of environmental, social, and economic impacts, tying-in with the airport’s policy to be seen as a top aviation hub setting an example for other projects worldwide.

The facility will operate to more than 350 destinations with two terminals, six runways and an annual passenger capacity once all phases are complete of 200m, following “all internationally recognised sustainability practices” along the way.

These are related particularly to the environment, biodiversity, ground improvement, local employment, the supply chain and subcontracting network, human rights and stakeholder relations.

Director of environment and sustainability Ulku Ozeren said: “Sustainability is important to us. We constantly strive for the best and the verification process will help us build an exemplary airport which will further enhance Turkey’s development.”

Envision spokesman John Stanton added: “We are delighted to see interest in the system expand to Europe and globally. We are looking forward to reviewing the sustainability of such a large, high-profile project as the Istanbul New Airport.”

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