Young Innovators Challenge

Green Solutions in Aviation


Environmental protection has become the subject of intense debate. Climate change is accelerating which means time for drastic actions. We need to cut carbon emissions by managing our land and resources more efficiently.

The aviation industry accounts for more than 2 percent of the global total. This number is expected to grow with the continuous demand in air travel. Given the situation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has resolved to minimize the implications this may have on the global climate.

ICAO is an environmentally conscious organization; it serves as a multilateral platform for cooperation on international aviation environmental protection. It is continuously encouraging its member States to integrate their airport operations with the natural environment this way, to reduce environmental challenges across the globe.

Many ICAO Member States have agreed to concentrate their aviation environmental collaboration on three core areas: Climate change and aviation emissions, Aircraft noise, and Local air quality. Most airports have move towards greening their airport, such as investing in eco-friendly equipment, introducing greeneries around the airport’s terminals and many have joined hand in hand with key airport stakeholders to reduce airport’s carbon footprint.

Changi Airport in Singapore is highly known for taking big steps to go green. Some of its ecofriendly initiatives includes switching to LED lights and embracing recycling, introducing a fully electric fleet of baggage handling tractors in a bid to reduce the airport’s greenhouse gase missions and carbon footprint. With all these achievement Changi Airport has achieved level three of the Airport Carbon Accreditation.

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority would like to adopt the same practices at the Seychelles International Airport. In doing so, it is proposing to launch a national competition for youngsters. Through the competition, the authority is expected to collect green ideas that can be implemented at the airport.

What is the competition about?

The competition entitled ‘Young innovators for green solution in aviation’ will focus on green innovative solutions at the Seychelles International Airport or the Domestic Airport.

Students who are passionate about designing airport or aviation facilities that reduce climate impacts through green innovative measures should apply to participate in the competition.Participants need to present an eco-friendly project for the airport through amaquette/prototype to visualize their idea.

The proposed green innovative solutions should be safe, feasible, efficient, and reasonable for the Seychelles International Airport or other aviation facilities. It must meet any airport or aviation installation with the appropriate design standard.

Categories for entry
  1. The competition is open to all secondary and post- secondary schools in the country. Especially student, studying towards a qualification related to climate change, energy management, architecture, environmental science, engineering and so on.
  2. Secondary and post-secondary participants must submit a maquette (size 1 to 100 metres) or a prototype together with a power point presentation explaining their green solution. Presentation should be clear, straight to the point and presentable.
  3. Each school should participate as a group, the group should have up to 5 members.
  4. We accept a maximum of two entries per schools.
  5. Deadline to register: 22nd July 2022
  6. Deadline to submit maquette or prototype: 28th October 2022

Elements to consider when planning an eco-design of airport facilities
  • Sitting and AccessSitting and Access
  • Power Sources and Energy Conservation
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Aircraft ground energy system
  • Emissions Selection of Materials for the terminal building that minimize Greenhouse Gases and other emissions
  • Mode of transportation
  • Intermodal transportation system
  • Arrival and departure procedures
  • Air NAV Procedures for lower carbon emissions
  • Waste Management

Original ideas are highly recommended

Which airport facilities will be considered?
  • Terminal Buildings
  • Runways and Taxiways
  • Apron and Ground Handling facilities
  • Waste Management facilities
  • Control Tower
  • Parking lots
  • Hangers

How to apply?

Simply fill in the fields in the Registration Form below and click on Submit Registration.
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