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 programme administered by WSP Environment & Energy, 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. In November 2011, Airport Carbon Accreditation was extended to Asia-Pacific, in cooperation with ACI Asia-Pacific.
Airports must have carbon footprints independently verified in accordance with ISO14064 (Greenhouse Gas Accounting). Evidence of this must be provided to the administrator 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 over 400 airports in 46 European countries, accounting for over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe. ACI EUROPE member airports welcome over 1.5 billion passengers, 18 million metric tonnes of cargo and more than 20 million aircraft movements every year. www.aci-europe.org
About ACI ASIA-PACIFICACI 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
About WSP Environment & Energy
WSP Environment & Energy is one of the world’s largest environmental consultancy firms employing over 1,000 staff globally to provide innovative solutions to environment-related business issues. WSP Environment & Energy leads the field in carbon and climate change advice. In addition to concept and scheme design for Masdar, the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city and the development of climate change strategies for leading global companies, WSP Environment & Energy is helping organisations to move beyond mitigation measures to climate change adaptation.