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March

ACI releases the annual airport climate action results for Airport Carbon Accreditation programme for the period from May 2021 to May 2022, at the Passenger Terminal Expo & Conference in Amsterdam during a dedicated session to airport decarbonisation. The global community of airports certified by the programme has reduced more than half a million tonnes of CO2 during this period.

May

Airport Carbon Accreditation celebrates a significant milestone in the journey to decarbonise the airport industry, with over 500 airports worldwide certified under the programme.

December

ACI launches Level 5, the new topmost achievement level in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, at COP28 in Dubai. Ten frontrunner airports are certified at this new level, having achieved net zero for emissions under their control and affirming a strategic commitment to achieve decarbonisation across all scopes by 2050.

February

ACI publishes the Airport Carbon Accreditation Annual Report, covering the period from May 2019 to May 2021 304 airports were accredited globally, bringing about a reduction of 347,718 tonnes of CO2 (-5.5%) within the emissions under direct control of airport operators.

March

Airport Carbon Accreditation reaches a new milestone as over 200 European airports participate in the programme.

November

Airports are stepping up their climate efforts in line with the Paris Agreement, with 48 airports around the world already accredited at Level 4/4+.

February

ACI publishes the Airport Carbon Accreditation Interim Report for 2019-2021, showcasing that 334 airports globally are actively addressing their carbon emissions within the programme. The report highlights the continued climate action of the airport industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

April

Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports are the first in Europe to achieve Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 4+ Transition.

July

Rotterdam The Hague Airport is the first airport globally to join the programme directly at Level 4+ Transition.

November

At a side event co-hosted by ACI World and ACI EUROPE during COP26 in Glasgow, the global airport industry is showcasing its progress towards achieving Net Zero CO2 emissions.

November

At the 31st ACI LAC World Annual General Assembly in Mexico, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme publishes its first carbon performance results for the reporting period from May 2019 to May 2021 - two years heavily marked by the COVID-19 crisis. The collective carbon management of accredited airports in Years 11 and 12 of the programme yielded a reduction of 347,718 tonnes of CO2 (-5.5%) within the emissions under direct control of airport operators.

April

The airport industry reaffirms its commitment to climate action as aviation begins its initial steps towards recovery in the post-COVID-19 era. Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, Year 11 (2019-20) and Year 12 (2020-21) of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme have been merged. This merger aims to ease pressure on airport staff resources and reduce costs, exempting airports from paying the participation fee for accreditation in Year 12.

November

Level 4 Transformation and Level 4+ Transition are launched at ACI EUROPE’s Annual Congress, marking it the first major structural change to the programme since its inception in 2009. This significant development represents an important step forward in the continued progress towards airport decarbonisation.

Level 4 and Level 4+ require airports to align their carbon management strategies with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to include additional emissions sources, covering all significant operational emissions from third parties. These levels also demand enhanced stakeholder engagement, and the establishment of a long-term carbon reduction target aligned with the IPCC pathways and roadmap to achieve it.

November

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in the United States, and Indira Gandhi International Airport in India become the world's first airports to reach Level 4+ Transition.

Christchurch Airport in New Zealand achieves Level 4 Transformation in Airport Carbon Accreditation as the first globally.

January

The latest airport operator to become carbon neutral is Aeroporto di Napoli in Italy.

January

ACI EUROPE issues the first edition of Airport Carbon Accreditation Offsetting Guidance Document. ACI EUROPE commissioned a study on offsetting from the environmental consultancy Ecofys in 2017. A proposed list of eligible offset programmes was established and offset project types were attributed different degrees of confidence in their compliance with the quality criteria.

April

All is set to start celebrating the first decade of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme! The 10th anniversary was marked for the first time today at the ACI World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) in Hong Kong, hosted by Hong Kong International Airport.

April

On the occasion of the ACI Asia-Pacific and World Annual General Assembly, 18 of the 54 accredited airports in the region were presented with their certificates. Airport Carbon Accreditation has been live in Asia-Pacific since November 2010 and the 54 accredited airports in the region welcome 37.3% of annual passenger traffic.

January

There are now carbon neutral airports in every region of the world as Galapagos Ecological Airport in Latin America and the Caribbean achieves Level 3+ Neutrality of Airport Carbon Accreditation.

May

With the successful accreditation of Budapest Airport at Level 3+ Neutrality, Europe’s airports are now 30% ready to deliver on their carbon neutrality pledge!

January

Athens International Airport becomes the 25th carbon neutral airport in Europe!

April

Sunshine Coast International Airport becomes the first carbon neutral airport in Australia.

May

The city of London gets its first carbon neutral airport - London Gatwick Airport achieves Level 3+ Neutrality of Airport Carbon Accreditation!

June

At the 27th ACI EUROPE Annual Congress in Paris, the European airport industry renewed its commitment to reducing airports’ impact on Climate change, announcing it was doubling its carbon neutrality target for 2030.
During the COP21 climate negotiations in December 2015, the membership of the European airport association ACI EUROPE committed to having 50 carbon neutral airports by 2030. In June 2017, ACI EUROPE and the European airport industry committed to have 100 carbon neutral airports by 2030.

July

The African region of Airports Council International gained its first carbon neutral airport: Abidjan Félix Houphouët Boigny Airport in the Ivory Coast achieved Level 3+ Neutrality as the first airport in Africa!

October

The global climate action lead by airports within Airport Carbon Accreditation reached a new milestone: 200 accredited airports worldwide. The airport that made the mark was Townsville Airport in Australia, directly accredited at Level 2 Reduction.

November

Airport Carbon Accredited airports took part in COP23 in Bonn, Germany, in an airport-specific side-event: “Last call for boarding: airports, aviation and climate”. Participants included: Avinor, Adelaide Airport, Nadi Airport (Fiji), Lithuanian Airports and ACI EUROPE, WSP and Air Transport Action Group.

January

Airport Carbon Accreditation is featured in the first ever European Aviation Environmental Report, published by the European Commission, in very positive terms as one of the innovative initatives of the airport industry to tackle environmental challenges.

April

On the occasion of their 11th Regional Assembly, Conference & Exhibition in Gold Coast, Australia, ACI Asia-Pacific celebrated the 5th anniversary of their participation in Airport Carbon Accreditation. As of April 2016, there were 29 accredited airports, representing 24.1% of passenger traffic in the region.

May

We are the 33%. The 157 accredited airports worldwide represent one-third of the world air passenger traffic!

October

Two important events on the global arena of Climate Action mark October 2016. Firstly, the EU successfully ratifies the Paris Agreement. Then, Carbon Offsetting & Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is adopted at the 39th ICAO General Assembly in Montreal. This climate resolution is designed to offset CO₂ emissions from international flights exceeding the levels of 2020.

September

Delhi Airport becomes the 1st carbon neutral airport in Asia-Pacific region of ACI.

June

Our ''Life is about Movement" animation wins the Gold Totem in the "Businesses & Eco-Performances" category at the 4th Deauville Green Awards 2015.

July

To promote this year's results - the first year of the programme being global - we have created a special interactive website with stylised maps and key figures form this year's Annual Report. The website can be viewed on different devices (mobile, tablet, PC) and it also features our ''Life is about movement'' award-winning animation. Check it out: www.airportCO₂.org.

December

At the COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris, the European airport industry committed to increase the number of carbon neutral airports to 50 by 2030.

December

At the COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and ACI signed a partnership to further promote climate action by airports through Airport Carbon Accreditation. In addition, this partnership agreement commits ACI to supporting the UNFCCC ''Climate Neutral Now'' campaign.

May

Airport Carbon Accreditation is highly commended by OECD's International Transport Forum. The programme is named as one of two runner-ups for the ITF's Transport Achievement Award.

May

Bergen Airport becomes the 100th accredited airport. It has joined Airport Carbon Accreditation at the Reduction level.

June

102 airports in 4 continents are now actively addressing their CO₂ emissions, representing 23.6% of global air passenger traffic.

September

A ceremony taking place at the 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition of ACI-North America in Atlanta marks the launch of Airport Carbon Accreditation in North America, in partnership with ACI-NA. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport becomes the very first airport certified in North America.

November

Airport Carbon Accreditation becomes global with its extension to airports in Latin America & the Caribbean. The launch in LAC is announced on the occasion of the 23rd ACI-LAC Annual Conference & Exhibition in Cancun. Puerto Vallarta Airport becomes the 111th airport in the programme and the very first accredited airport in Latin America & the Caribbean.

November

After 5 years, Airport Carbon Accreditation goes global with 111 airports currently certified, accounting for 25.9% of global air passenger traffic.

March

Hong Kong International Airport becomes the very first airport in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve the ‘Optimisation’ level of certification.

June

Another landmark occurs this time in Istanbul, as Airport Carbon Accreditation is extended to Africa, in partnership with ACI AFRICA. Enfidha Hammammet Airport becomes the very first African airport certified by the programme.

July

Airports within the programme now account for 22% of global air passenger traffic!

November

Airport Carbon Accreditation is named one of the top 3 low carbon projects for Europe out of 269 entries in the context of the European Commission's 'World You Like' contest. The contest results were announced at the annual global Sustainia Awards ceremony in Copenhagen.

January

The momentum keeps building in Europe, with certified airports now welcoming 52% of Europe’s air passengers each year!

October

Swedavia becomes the very first national airport group to achieve full carbon neutrality across its suite of 10 airports.

Winter

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) & Aeroportos de Portugal (ANA) achieve accreditation for all their airports.

Spring

43 airports in 18 countries, accounting for over 43% of European passenger traffic are now Airport Carbon Accredited.

November

Airport Carbon Accreditation is extended to airports in the Asia-Pacific region, in partnership with ACI ASIA-PACIFIC and with the support of ACI WORLD. Abu Dhabi International Airport becomes the first airport certified, in the Asia-Pacific region.

October, London, Heathrow

London-Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe becomes accredited at the 'Optimisation' level.

June, Milan, Italy

20th ACI EUROPE Annual Congress announces that in its first year, the programme has achieved a reduction of over 411,000 tonnes of CO₂.

October, Bruges, Belgium

The 'Bruges Declaration' resulting from the EU Aviation Summit explicitly refers to Airport Carbon Accreditation as the example of an industry-led carbon management initiative to be encouraged.

Autumn

European Commission Vice President in charge of Transport, Siim Kallas participates in the accreditation ceremonies of Brussels Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports, commending the programme.

Spring

The 18th ACI EUROPE Annual Congress sees Europe’s airports commit to reducing their CO₂ emissions, with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral. ACI EUROPE commits to developing a tool.

June, Manchester, UK

Launch of Airport Carbon Accreditation at the 19th ACI EUROPE Annual Congress with over 30 of airports committing to become accredited within the first year.

September

Frankfurt Airport becomes the very first airport to become Airport Carbon Accredited, achieving the 'Reduction' level.

November

Stockholm Arlanda Airport becomes the first airport to achieve the highest level of accreditation: 'Neutrality'.