Yaron Cohen’s seminar video is now up!

The video for Yaron Cohen‘s seminar on June 9, 2015 is now available.

Organizational Constraints on Carbon Management in Airports



Airports are complex multi-stakeholder organizations that can be as challenging to manage as small cities, due to the high number of parties involved in their operation. Carbon emissions have begun to occupy an important place in airports’ environmental management plans in the recent years, as part of the overall attempts to reduce carbon emissions from air-travel. As a result of the high number of tenants involved in airports’ operation, collaborative carbon management is required in order to succeed achieving the carbon reduction goals.

My research focuses on airports from around the world, and their ways of managing carbon policies together with their tenants. In this talk I will present the preliminary findings from my survey that was distributed in collaboration with Airport Council International (ACI) to airports in different parts of the world. The purpose of this study is to assess barriers for collaborative carbon management in airports, as reflected in current and planned carbon policies.



Yaron Cohen is a Master of Science student at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is supervised by Dr. Milind Kandlikar and Dr. Jasenka Rakas (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – UC Berkeley). He has a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Interdisciplinary Center – Herlizya (Israel), as well as a LEED Green Associate credential.

Yaron’s research uses organizational GHG accounting tools, as well as other methods to understand how carbon emissions from air-travel are monitored and managed at an airport’s level, and what might be the implications of the current situation on a possible future solution to mitigate GHG emissions from air-travel. Other than airports and sustainable aviation, his research interests include green buildings, sustainable transportation planning at both the city and regional levels, and renewable energy.

Back in 2010 he attended the prestigious leadership program “The Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry” at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, where he took part in a project to develop a community engagement tool for a cement company. In addition, he used to work in business development for a small Israeli start-up company in the clean-energy sector.

Due to his interest in the world of aviation, Yaron enjoys plane-spotting (from time to time), as well as writing his blog “Airportonomy” about the relationship between airports, society, and the environment.
The blog’s address: http://airportonomy.com