Reducing carbon and increasing airport sustainability

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December 6, 2023

Global carbon standard launches its new pinnacle at COP28, certifying airports for achieving net zero carbon balance

Ten frontrunner airports certified at the new Level 5 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, having achieved net zero for...

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April 17, 2024

San Luis Obispo Regional Airport joins the programme at Level 2

We are delighted to announce that San Luis Obispo Regional Airport in the United States, has successfully entered the Airport...

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April 16, 2024

Quito International Airport sets regional milestone by achieving Level 4+ Transition in Airport Carbon Accreditation

We are thrilled to announce that Quito International Airport in Ecuador, has successfully upgraded to Level 4+ Transition within the...

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Accredited airports
by world region

78
Airports certified in North-America
78
Airports certified in Latin-America & Caribbean
290
Airports certified in Europe
26
Airports certified in Africa
83
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