Green innovation projects in Europe
SEA has long been present and actively involved in the Environmental Strategy Committee and the Technical and Operational Safety Committee of ACI Europe, the European airports' association.
Over the last few years, we have strengthened our presence in Europe by promoting partnerships with primary airport, territorial and scientific entities focused on energy management, water management and the evolution of maintenance philosophies and procedures, as well as control systems for airport infrastructures.
This contributes to set up the necessary international dimension of exchange and comparison of best practices in the management of environmental issues.
Our international environmental design efforts have focused on the following topics:
- energy (two projects completed and one in progress);
- water (an active project);
- sustainable mobility (project being defined);
- safety and security (an active project on speech recognition and a project on video surveillance).
In 2016, the DREAM (Distributed Renewable resources Exploitation in electric grids through Advanced heterarchical Management) project was successfully completed, www.dream-smartgrid.eu/.
The following projects are currently in progress:
- WATERNOMICS ICT for Water Resources, Efficiency, http://waternomics.eu/, which aims to improve the management of water distribution networks to reduce fuel consumption and rationalize flow rates and operating pressures. The water footprint governance will involve an approach that will initially be highly geared towards measurements and controls (both dynamic and in real time) of consumption by types and users. Aimed at rationalizing consumption, this approach will provide real-time water usage and availability information to end users and decision-makers. Improvement of management aimed at achieving significant reductions in consumption will be implemented later, through a complex action on plant components. SEA has provided the project with a test area in Milan Linate Airport where it can implement, test and validate the solution developed by the project.
- OCTAVE (Objective Control for TAlker VErification), https://www.octave-project.eu/ is focused on security, aimed at implementing a Trusted Biometric Authentication Service (TBAS) that uses voice recognition to allow access to sensitive areas that are not subject to monitoring, to facilities and to online services. The project, launched in June 2015, will last 26 months. For this project too, SEA provides the international consortium with an area to test the management of accesses: the Linate sanitation platform, which is accessible to aircraft cleaners and other entities operating on behalf of SEA.