From the SDGs: Relevant targets

11.2) By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.

11.5) By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations.

11.6) By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.

From the SDGs: Aviation-relevant indicators

11.2.1) Proportion of population that has convenient access to public transport, by sex, age and persons with disabilities.

11.5.2) Direct disaster economic loss in relation to global GDP, including disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.

11.6.1) Proportion of urban solid waste regularly collected and with adequate final discharge out of total urban solid waste generated, by cities.

11.6.2) Annual mean levels of fine particulate matter (e.g. PM2.5 and PM10) in cities (population weighted).

Did you know?

17,370 unique city-pair routes are served by the world’s airlines, connecting urban and rural communities.

Relevance to aviation

Aviation-related infrastructure is a major part of urban and rural communities worldwide and contributes to the connectivity of populations through integrated transport links. More work is needed on multimodal transport development.

Examples of action

  • The Port of Seattle collaborates with airlines, service providers, and the local community to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
  • Manchester Airport has developed an overarching Sustainable Development Plan, with a significant section concentrating on access to the airport. By encouraging more use of public transport from the city to the airport to support a transport network that is efficient, convenient, reliable and safe.
  • Artisans d’Angkor is a social enterprise run by the operator of Cambodian airports, VINCI airports, aimed at keeping alive Khmer culture and supporting local craftsmen.
  • Heathrow supports the sustainability of the city of London through its commitment to its sustainable transport plan.
  • Emirates Airlines runs a sustainable transport system in Dubai for airport staff and crew.

How governments can assist

  • Reinforce efforts toward minimising the environmental effects from civil aviation activities, including measures to address aircraft noise and engine emissions embracing ICAO balanced approach methodology of land-use planning, technological and operational improvements.
  • Promote public transport access to airports and aviation work sites.