Airport Carbon Accreditation ?

“In June 2008, the annual assembly of ACI EUROPE adopted a landmark resolution on Climate Change when its member airports committed to reduce carbon emissions from their operations, with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral. One year later, at the 2009 annual assembly, ACI EUROPE launched Airport Carbon Accreditation, allowing the assessment and recognition of participating airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their CO₂ emissions.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent, voluntary programme administered by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international consultancy appointed by ACI EUROPE to enforce the accreditation criteria for airports on an annual basis. The administration of the programme is overseen by an Advisory Board. As of November 2011, Airport Carbon Accreditation has been extended to airports in the Asia-Pacific region, in cooperation with ACI Asia-Pacific.

Airports applying to become accredited must have their carbon footprints independently verified in accordance with ISO14064 (Greenhouse Gas Accounting). Evidence of this must be provided to the programme administrator (WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff) together with all claims regarding carbon management processes which must also be independently verified.

The definitions of emissions footprints used by Airport Carbon Accreditation follow the principles of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) “Greenhouse Gas Protocol” Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. When considering the emissions from aircraft within the airport perimeter and on final approach and initial departure, Airport Carbon Accreditation uses the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) definition of the Landing-Take Off cycle and requires airports to comply with these definitions.”

About ACI Europe

ACI EUROPE is the European region of Airports Council International, the only global association of airport operators. Based in Brussels, Belgium, ACI EUROPE represents close to 500 airports in 45 European countries, accounting for over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe. ACI EUROPE member airports welcome over 1.8 billion passengers, 18.4 million metric tonnes of cargo and 21.2 million aircraft movements every year. www.aci-europe.org


ACI Asia-Pacific is the Asia-Pacific region of Airports Council International and has 96 members operating over 510 airports in 42 countries. In 2010, airports in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions handled 1.5 billion passengers, 37.7 million tonnes of cargo and 13.6 million aircraft movements. www.aci-asiapac.aero




ACI-Africa is the African region of Airports Council International. ACI-Africa was established as a region of ACI in 1991, in conformity with ACI rules. ACI-Africa is self-governing under its own regional internal rules and it is comprised of ACI regular and partner members located in Africa. The ACI African region is comprised of 54 regular members operating over 249 airports in 47 countries. www.aci-africa.aero

About WSP 

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is the independent Administrator of Airport Carbon Accreditation. As such, it accredits the airports under the programme, provides administrative and secretariat services and advises applicant airports through the accreditation process. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is one of the world’s leading professional services firms. Amongst others, it provides services to transform the built environment and restore the natural one, and expertise ranging from environmental / climate remediation, to urban and transport planning, to designing and implementing sustainable transport networks and strategies, to airport sustainability, carbon management and energy planning and management.