First in Europe: INA Seeks Envision Sustainability Verification

İstanbul New Airport (INA) aims to become the first and largest infrastructure project outside North America to obtain Envision® sustainability verification. The Envision system rates sustainable infrastructure projects across the full range of environmental, social, and economic impacts. It measures sustainable infrastructure in five categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Natural World, Resource Allocation, and Climate and Risk. These key areas contribute to the positive social, economic, and environmental impacts on a community.

With a vision of INA as one of the world’s top aviation hubs, the airport project strives to set an example not only as an innovative infrastructure project but also as a driving force that makes significant contributions to Turkey’s sustainable development. It will follow all internationally recognized sustainability practices, particularly those related to the environment, biodiversity, ground improvement, local employment, human rights, stakeholder relations, and supply chain and subcontracting networks.

İGA completed an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Study for INA in 2015 according to International Finance Corporation (IFC) standards and the Equator Principles. Through the reporting process for Envision, İGA has already vastly improved its sustainability practices, thereby creating a model for others to follow. For today’s world, sustainability is key for development, and many infrastructure projects are working to adopt sustainability practices.

“With Envision, we have the best-possible partner on board,” says Ülkü Özeren, Director of Environment and Sustainability. “Sustainability is important to us. We constantly strive for the best. The verification process will help us build an exemplary airport that will further enhance the development of Turkey.” John Stanton, CEO at Envision, adds, “We are delighted to see interest in Envision expand to Europe and globally. And we are looking forward to reviewing the sustainability of such a large, high-profile project as İstanbul New Airport with the Envision system.”