Reducing carbon and increasing airport sustainability

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May 6, 2024

Finnish airports achieve net zero carbon balance for emissions they control

Four Finnish regional airports forming part of the Lapland Airports Group: Ivalo, Kittilä, Kuusamo, Rovaniemi join global trailblazers certified at...

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July 19, 2024

Darwin International Airport joins directly at Level 3 Optimisation

We are delighted to announce that Darwin International Airport in Australia, has met all the necessary requirements to enter the...

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July 8, 2024

Port Hedland International Airport joins Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 2

We are excited to announce that Port Hedland International Airport in Australia, has met all the necessary requirements to enter...

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Accredited airports
by world region

81
Airports certified in North-America
85
Airports certified in Latin-America & Caribbean
291
Airports certified in Europe
34
Airports certified in Africa
84
Airports certified in Asia-Pacific

What is Airport Carbon Accreditation?

Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management certification programme for airports. It independently assesses and recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through 7 levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimisation’, ‘Neutrality’, ‘Transformation’, ‘Transition’ and ‘Level 5’.

Level 1: Mapping

Footprint measurement

Determine emissions sources within the operational boundary of the airport company.
Calculate the annual carbon emissions.
Compile a carbon footprint report.

Level 2: Reduction

Carbon management towards a reduced carbon footprint

All of the above plus:
Provide evidence of effective carbon management procedures.
Show quantified emissions reductions.

Level 3: Optimisation

Third party engagement in carbon footprint reduction

All of the above plus:
Widen the scope of carbon footprint to include third party emissions.
Engage third parties at and around the airport.

Level 3+: Neutrality

Carbon neutrality for direct emissions by offsetting

All of the above plus:
Offset remaining emissions for all emissions over which the airport has control with high quality carbon credits.

Level 4: Transformation

Transforming airport operations and those of its business partners to achieve absolute emissions reductions

Define a long-term carbon management strategy oriented towards absolute emissions reductions, aligned with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Demonstrate evidence of actively driving third parties towards delivering emissions reductions.

Level 4+: Transition

Compensation for residual emissions with reliable offsets

All of the above plus:
Offset the residual carbon emissions over which the airport has control, using internationally recognised offsets.

Level 5

Level 5 is the topmost level in Airport Carbon Accreditation programme

Maintaining a Net Zero balance on scopes 1 and 2 and actively addressing Scope 3 emissions, strengthening approach to 3rd party engagement, offset removals for residual emissions