At this year’s Global Sustainable Aviation
Summit which took place in Geneva earlier this week, ACI Europe
and ACI Asia Pacific reported on the on-going work airports are
doing to reduce their carbon emissions through Airport Carbon
In a joint statement, Olivier Jankovec, Director
General ACI Europe and Patti Chau, Regional Director ACI Asia
Pacific said, “We now have 96 airports certified in 4 continents
under Airport Carbon Accreditation - and we expect more in the
months ahead. With the programme focused on continuous improvement
in reducing CO2 emissions, it is also great to see so many
participating airports advancing year after year towards carbon
neutrality. These airports are truly leaders in terms of
addressing our industry’s impact on Climate Change. The
announcement that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Europe’s 4th busiest
airport, has just achieved carbon neutrality is big news, as it is
the largest airport to have reached this level of certification.
It shows what can be done in less than 5 years, when CO2 reduction
is deemed a top priority and embedded in corporate culture.”
In Europe, the last months have seen the first
time accreditations of Venice Airport, Treviso Airport, Naples
Airport and Groningen Airport Eelde, leading to a total of 80
European airports certified under Airport Carbon Accreditation.
Several established participants in the
programme have also succeeded in moving up a level of
certification. Apart from news of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
achieving carbon neutrality, Eindhoven Airport (also a member of
the Schiphol Group) became the first carbon neutral airport in the
Benelux earlier this year. Athens International Airport, Hamburg
Airport and Farnborough Airport have all succeeded in moving up
another level of certification to level 3, ‘Optimisation’.
Meanwhile, Cork Airport and Rome Ciampino Airport also succeeded
in their attempts to reach the ‘Reduction’ level.
In Asia, there have also been several new
additions and upgrades within Airport Carbon Accreditation.
Sharjah International Airport in the UAE has recently become
certified at the ‘Mapping’ level. Kaohsiung Airport in Taiwan has
entered the programme at the ‘Reduction’ level, while Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi Airport has upgraded to that level as well. Incheon
International Airport in South Korea has joined Kempegowda
International Airport and Indira Gandhi International Airport,
which both earned the 'Optimisation' certification - the highest
certification without using offsets.
How it Works
Initially launched in Europe in June 2009,
Airport Carbon Accreditation expanded to Asia Pacific in November
2011 and Africa in June 2013.
The institutionally endorsed programme
independently assesses and recognises airports’ efforts to manage
and reduce their CO2 emissions. It certifies airports at 4
different levels of accreditation (Mapping, Reduction,
Optimisation and Neutrality).
Activities undertaken by airport operators to
reduce their emissions, include investments in heating and
lighting efficiency technology, electric, hybrid or gas-powered
vehicles, public transport incentive schemes and less corporate
travel. Airports implementing programmes such as
Airport-Collaborative Decision-Making (A-CDM) and Continuous
Descent Operations (CDO) also help engage others to lower their
emissions on the airport site.
On 17 June, the final results of the CO2
reduction achieved for Year 5 will be announced at the 23rd ACI
Europe Annual Assembly, Congress & Exhibition which will be hosted by FRAPORT (Frankfurt Airport) - the very
first airport to become certified by the programme.
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