7 levels of accreditation

Level 5

Aviation is under increasing pressure from a growing public and institutional awareness of the urgency of climate change and the narrow window of opportunity that remains to keep the 1.5 or even 2 degree warming target alive and achievable. Airport Carbon Accreditation needs to evolve in step with this growing pressure and boost its ability to facilitate and guide the airport industry’s ambition to reach Net Zero CO₂ emissions. Against this backdrop, the Airport Carbon Accreditation Task Force has been tasked with creating an additional Level 5 to align the programme’s framework with the commitments made by airports globally. This new level certifies that an airport has reached and is maintaining a Net Zero carbon balance on Scopes 1 and 2, and has addressed Scope 3 emissions sources that it can significantly influence on the pathway to Net Zero.

What is it?

Level 5 is the topmost level in Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, setting high standards for airports to significantly reduce their absolute carbon emissions. In addition, airports at this level must collaborate with their entire ecosystem, including employees, suppliers, business partners, airlines, and other companies and third parties active on the airport site, to significantly contribute to emissions reduction, aligning with the broader Net Zero commitments of the sector. Regular monitoring and assessment are essential to measure progress and ensure transparency.

How to achieve it?

To achieve this level of accreditation an airport must:

  • Submit a verified carbon footprint for Scope 1 and 2 emissions and all relevant categories of Scope 3 emissions as per requirements of the GHG Protocol Scope 3 Guidance
  • Reach and maintain ≥ 90% absolute CO₂ emissions reductions in Scope 1 and 2, and commit to Net Zero in Scope 3 by 2050 or sooner
  • Apply credible carbon removals for the residual emissions
  • Develop a Carbon Management Plan (CMP) outlining the steps to achieve emissions targets,
  • Develop a Stakeholder Partnership Plan to achieve Net Zero for Scope 3 emissions by engaging with the value chain and actively drive third parties at the airport towards delivering emissions reductions themselves with regular milestones in line with their sectors Net Zero frameworks and commitments