ALIGHT – A Lighthouse for the introduction of sustainable aviation solutions for the future, is a smart airport project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, which will address the global need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air emissions in order to adapt to climate change and promote a sustainable future.
Two sustainable solution concepts
It will do so through the development and demonstration of two sustainable solution concepts to be implemented in Copenhagen Airport (the Lighthouse airport). Firstly the supply, implementation, integration and smart use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and secondly the development, integration and implementation of smart energy system (including renewable energy sources, energy storage and energy management).
Share best practices
The main objectives of this project are establishing a close cooperation with similar activities and projects in Europe, share best practices and contribute to a bold vision for smart airports 2050 as part of a smart cities, developing a replication toolbox, including best practice handbooks and a bold vision for future airports, providing input for tailoring of best practice and transfer to fellow airports and involving relevant stakeholders and keep them updated through targeted dissemination activities.
Achieving environmental targets
In addition, ALIGHT will contribute to achieving environmental targets set by national governments, the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and the Paris agreement. Throughout the project, alternative fuels and measurements towards zero carbon airport operation will be implemented.
The ALIGHT consortium represents all the necessary competencies and disciplines to make the project a success. The strong partnership counts 16 partners from 9 different countries, including small, large and new European airports. Copenhagen airport is the Lighthouse and project manager of ALIGHT, in addition there are other participating airports, partners from industry, research and universities, as well as the global airline association IATA, which are all working hard and collaborative towards zero-emission aviation.