Istanbul’s New Airport to Seek Envision Verification

January 11, 2018
PHOTO: Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure
PHOTO: Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

The Istanbul New Airport in Turkey aims to become the first and largest infrastructure project outside North America to obtain Envision sustainability verification. The airport project strives to contribute to Turkey’s sustainable development even with a vision as one of the world’s top aviation hubs.

To the north of Istanbul, the airport will be constructed over an area of 76.5 million square meters. The first phase will bring the opening of three runways and a terminal with a 90-million-passenger capacity in 2018. Once all phases are complete, the project will operate to more than 350 destinations, with two terminals, six runways, and an annual passenger capacity of 200 million travelers.

IGA, the company responsible for constructing and operating the project, targeted verification as an essential guide for development of the Istanbul New Airport. To follow sustainability practices, the project will focus on areas related to the environment, biodiversity, ground improvement, local employment, supply chain and subcontracting network, human rights, and stakeholder relations.

PHOTO: Nordic-Grimshaw-Haptic/Produced by MIR

PHOTO: Nordic – Office of Architecture/Grimshaw Architects/Haptic Architects/Produced by MIR

Through the Envision verification process, IGA has practiced more sustainably and has, moreover, achieved a sustainability culture within its organization. As a leading company with sustainable projects, IGA also sets high standards for communication strategies in its market and creates a model for others to follow.

The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Learn more about Envision and ISI at

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