Conference Themes


The conference theme for the 2016 Airports Going Green Conference is Sustainable Encounters. To set the stakes the conference will start with “setting the scene” providing a wide view on what’s happening in the world and in the aviation industry: which global trends are we facing. Sustainability is the way to go. 

The themes discussed during the conference will be Emissions, Purpose Over Profit, Passenger Journey and Circular Economy. The approach of each of these themes is inspired by Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” - meaning that the deepening of each theme starts with a keynote speaker elaborating on the importance and essence of the theme. In the workshops we will zoom in on ‘how’ and ‘what’ and provide tangible outcomes that the participants can take back to their own organization.


A large negative impact of the aviation industry are emissions as a result of the use of kerosene. Although airports do not use kerosene themselves, airports do have an important facilitating role. Airports have to take their role as a game changer to inspire the industry to go from fossil resources to cleaner and more sustainable alternatives.

Passenger Journey

Technological and social changes are creating a passenger journey that is subject to change. From check-in procedures to self-driving cars, technological changes are influencing the travel experience and airport services. Passengers are looking for meaningful places, products and services they can remember. 

Purpose Over Profit

The essence of purpose over profit is creating a business model as an answer to social challenges. Purpose driven organizations have a competitive advantage and are creating better results over those organizations that purely focus on financial profits. Stimulating long lasting, sustainable value and positive impact is the new profit to be made. 

Circular Economy

A Circular Economy is an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. It aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles. We need to shift the take-make-waste paradigm. Our planet does not have endless resources and we can’t maintain it in its current state. The only way we can break the chain is by changing the way we do business.