How it all began
In June 2008, the Annual Assembly of ACI EUROPE adopted a landmark resolution on Climate Change in which 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. In the first year of its tenure, 17 of the most advanced airports in terms of environmental management joined the initiative. In the following years, the programme snowballed and spread into other world regions, highlighting the global airport industry’s readiness to get on board with climate action.
The first region to join ACI EUROPE’s initiative was Asia-Pacific in November 2011. Airport Carbon Accreditation has been further extended to airports in the African region in June 2013. In September 2014, Airport Carbon Accreditation took off in North America. The programme has reached its current global span in November 2014 with its extension to airports in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Airport climate action moving forward
Through its agile structure and governing philosophy of continuous improvement, Airport Carbon Accreditation has proven an effective and forward-facing tool supporting airports of all sizes and locations in reducing their impact on the climate. In the context of rising societal and political pressure to address emissions from all sectors of our economy, across-the-board airport climate action will remain pivotal in supporting aviation’s decarbonisation. Airport Carbon Accreditation will continue to evolve and strive to serve airports even better in this endeavour. This leadership position has one again come to the fore in 2020, when Airport Carbon Accreditation introduced two new and more ambitious levels of carbon management into its framework amidst the catastrophic effect of the global pandemic of COVID-19 on aviation.
Check out which airports are part of the programme here.
Find out more about who’s behind the programme here.