Birmingham Airport’s climate efforts have been recognised with Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ directly upon entering the programme. This great achievement testifies to the British airport’s advanced carbon management practices, which encompass working with business partners to deliver third party CO2 reductions. The airport is invested in delivering tangible CO2 reductions on the way to net zero operations – their ultimate goal for 2033.
Find out more in their Press Release.
The international airport of Palermo, Falcone Borsellino has met all the requirements to upgrade to Level 3 'Optimisation' of Airport Carbon Accreditation. At this level, the airport is going beyond CO2 reductions within its own purview, moving on to engage with third parties active at the airport site in climate efforts.
The airport's own reduction achievements remain impressive. As of December 31, 2022, Gesap, the company operating Palermo Airport, has managed to reduce emissions per passenger from 0.67 to 0.53 kilograms of CO2. This result exceeded expectations set in the airport's in the "Carbon Management Plan 2021-2023".
This has been possible thanks to a series of technical, management and training/informative interventions, among which stand out the construction of photovoltaic plants for the production of green energy, and energy efficiency interventions for lighting plants, the installation inside the parking lot of columns for EV charging, the partial replacement of the corporate vehicle park with electric power powered vehicles, the development of an energy management system certified in accordance with the Iso 50001 standard and various environmental protection training and awareness initiatives aimed not only at Gesap staff, but at all airport users.
Congratulations to the 9 airports operated by ASUR in Mexico, which have been confirmed as reaching Level-2 ‘Reduction’ under the Airport Carbon Accreditation . ASUR joined the Program in October 2021, with Level 1 accreditation, and their airports continue on their decarbonization journey with this progression through a reduction in controlled emissions.
ASUR includes nine airports in southeast Mexico, including Cancun Airport, the most important tourist destination in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, but also Villahermosa, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Merida, Bahias de Huatulco, Tapachula, Cozumel and Minatitlan.
To achieve Level 2 accreditation, each airport in the group demonstrated a degree of mitigation of its carbon emissions, when compared against the 2018 baseline. As part of the accreditation process, they undertook an objective review of CO2 emissions from the airport and set targets. The scope of the undertakings ranged from the development of a solid waste system, through to communication between the group’s airports on their accreditation actions.
The reduction has been made possible due to new energy efficiency measures in each of the terminal buildings, such as the use of LED technology for indoor and outdoor lighting and the installation of more efficient air conditioning equipment with a smaller environmental impact.
The airports work to raise awareness among employees, passengers and partners of their decarbonization actions, and constantly look for innovative solutions that contribute to environmental protection.
Learn more ASUR’s journey here.
We congratulate them for this new achievement!
We are delighted to announce that Romania’s Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport has reached Level 2 ’Reduction’ of Airport Carbon Accreditation, having successfully delivered on its requirements, including a reduction target, a management plan and annual CO2 reductions.
Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport joined the program in November 2021, having fulfilled all the requirements of Level 1 ‘Mapping’. Their brand new accreditation at Level 2 recognizes the efforts made by the airport to deliver tangible CO2 reductions in the past year. Thanks to the accreditation process, the airport team were able to objectively understand the current status of CO2 emissions at the airport, set targets and start reducing them!
Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport is dedicated to sustainability and is working with industry partners and institutions to deliver a more climate-friendly air transport sector. For instance, as part of the OLGA project (hOListic Green Airport), under the auspices of the EU Green Deal, Cluj Airport is working on several environmental factors, including increasing the energy efficiency, improving the air quality, reducing the CO2 emissions and protecting the biodiversity. Three international airports and their local stakeholders are involved in the project together with Cluj Airport - Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Milan Malpensa and Zagreb. OLGA partners will seek to solve the challenge of significantly reducing the environmental impact of the air transportation sector as a whole.
Find out more about Cluj Airport’s carbon management here and read more about the OLGA project here. Congratulations on the successful upgrade within Airport Carbon Accreditation!
In a worldwide first, VINCI Airports obtained Level 4+ Transition for the entire airport system in Portugal, including Lisbon, Porto and Faro airports.
This certification recognises that airports have fully accounted and reported direct and indirect CO2 emissions related to their activities and operations, have significantly reduced their direct emissions, offset their residual direct emissions and started to reduce their indirect emissions. Level 4+ also recognises that airports have set carbon emission reduction targets consistent with a sub-2°C warming scenario under the Paris Agreement.
Portugal thus becomes the first country in the European Union and indeed globally to have its entire airport system (10 airports) certified at the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This unprecedented performance is based on the exemplary deployment of VINCI Airports' decarbonisation plan by Portuguese airports, which have already reduced their direct emissions by 35% since 2018.
Find out more here.
14 March 2023 – Airports Council International (ACI) today released the annual airport climate action results for Airport Carbon Accreditation, the global carbon standard for airports founded and managed by ACI EUROPE on behalf of airports worldwide.
The past reporting year, running from May 2021 to May 2022, ended with 395 airports spanning 79 countries engaging in carbon management and reduction at one of the six programme levels. The 91 new accreditations reported this year represent the highest growth since Airport Carbon Accreditation’s inception in 2009. Airports have also made great strides in progressing to more stringent levels of accreditation – 86 airports upgraded to a higher level of the programme during the year, with 89 having now achieved advanced levels of carbon management.
Highlighted amongst the programme’s achievements is the sheer diversity of airports now certified. They include airports of all sizes: top global hubs such as London-Heathrow, Istanbul, Doha Hamad International, Singapore-Changi and Dallas Fort Worth are amongst the accredited rollcall, along with capital gateways in all continents such as Abidjan, Athens, Amman, Phnom Penh, Quito and San Jose. Equally, smaller airports serving remote areas, island nations and popular tourism destinations as diverse as Galapagos, Kelowna, Puerto Vallarta, Enfidha Hammamet, Trondheim and Sunshine Coast are proudly counted in their number.
The reporting period covers a timeframe when many airports were facing the profound impact of sluggish and fragile post-Covid traffic recovery on airports’ financial and operational health. In this context, the results achieved serve to reconfirm the unwavering determination of the airport industry to mitigate its impact on the climate.
Delivering tangible carbon savings
The latest carbon reduction and compensation results achieved are equally record-breaking. In the period covered, accredited airports succeeded in collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their control by 549,643 tonnes, a reduction of -8.1%. This is the largest reduction ever achieved through the programme. In addition, 898,821 tonnes of CO2e were compensated with high quality carbon credits, in line with ACI EUROPE’s Offsetting Guidance1 based on a qualitative assessment of the compensation mechanisms and offset types available on the market.
Niclas Svenningsen, Manager for Programmes Coordination at the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) said: “The results announced today speak volumes of the global airport industry’s commitment to fighting climate change. Against the backdrop of worsening climate impacts and the window of opportunity to keep the warming below 1.5°C rapidly closing, we need all parts of our global economy to act now. Airports have clearly understood this message and are on the front line of climate mitigation within their spheres of influence and lending their impetus to other industry actors. I commend each and every airport engaged in this collective effort to advance the decarbonisation of the airport industry globally.”
Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, said: “The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is at the heart of what decarbonising an industry like aviation must be about: aspirational yet deeply practical and actionable, charting not only achievements today but the way forwards for tomorrow. Airports know well the role they play in their communities and the expectations that air passengers have with regard to our shared responsibility for the climate and environment. The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme provides a framework for measurable progress and demonstrable results. We are intensely proud of the achievements to date, and the appetite for continued change.”
Alignment with the Paris Agreement
The latest addition to the programme framework, Levels 4 (Transition) and 4+ (Transformation), require airports to align their carbon management and reduction trajectory with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, according to which global warming should be limited to below 2⁰C and ideally 1.5⁰C. Their launch back in July 2019 marked a step-change in the programme’s ambition level, laying the ground to accompany airports of all sizes and locations to reach Net Zero CO2.
The number of airports accredited at these levels reached 322 in the reporting period, pointing to the airport community’s readiness to pursue full decarbonisation in line with, or in some cases even more rapidly than the timelines enshrined in the global climate goals.
The 2021-2022 Airport Carbon Accreditation Annual Report can be downloaded here.
1 https://www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org/component/attachments/?task=download&id=1892 Level 4 airports: Christchurch International, EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, Faro, Flores, Horta, Kansai International, Kobe, Lisbon, Madeira, Marseille Provence, Osaka International, Ponta Delgada, Porto, Porto Santo, San Francisco International, Santa MariaLevel 4+ airports: Cannes-Mandelieu, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Eindhoven, Göteborg Landvetter, Heathrow, Indira Gandhi International, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Nice Côte d’Azur, Queen Alia International, Rome-Ciampino, Rome-Fiumicino, Rotterdam The Hague, Saint-Tropez, Stockholm Arlanda, Venice
Antananarivo and Nosy Be airports have become the first airports in Magascar to join the collective climate action movement of airports. Implemented by Ravinala Airports Madagascar, the two international airports of the country have met the requirements of Level 1 Mapping of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Congratulations!
The carbon management and reduction practices at Limoges Airport have earned them a successful upgrade to Level 2 'Reduction' of Airport Carbon Accreditation.
The French airport has completed a comprehensive carbon emissions inventory and moved ahead with CO2 reductions on its basis.
We are delighted to share the news that Melbourne Airport in Australia has gone ahead and secured a successful upgrade to Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 3 'Optimisation'!
At this level, the airport is busy reducing CO2 emissions in its direct control and rallying its business partners to join in the climate effort. This way, Melbourne Airport acts as a local engine for third party carbon reductions!
Find out more about Melbourne Airport's exemplary sustainability strategy and initiatives at this link.
Exciting news! Four airports in Corsica have just achieved Level 2 Reduction of the global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, demonstrating their commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
Implemented by CCI d'Ajaccio et de la Corse-du-Sud, Ajaccio Napoléon Bonaparte, Bastia Poretta, Calvi Sainte-Catherine and Figari Sud Corse Airports are now actively contributing to the global effort to create a more sustainable future for aviation.
The latest airport to join the global carbon standard Airport Carbon Accreditation is Courchevel Altiport in the French Alps.
The airport's unique location at 2007 meters altitude with severe winters and heavy snowfall made for additional reasons to pursue carbon management, notably through better isolation of buildings and energy savings.
The airport's advanced climate strategy has earned them accreditation directly at Level 2 'Reduction' of the framework. At this level, airports are required to provide evidence of tangible CO2 reductions.
We are delighted to confirm that Tallinn Airport in Estonia has just upgraded to Level 3 'Optimisation' of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Tallinn Airport's advanced carbon management includes far reaching stakeholder engagement action plan, activating the airport's business partners to get on board with climate action.
Tallinn Airport's ultimate plan is to become a carbon netural airport in 2030. In order to achieve its environmental aims, the airport continues to establish solar parks at airports throughout Estonia, makes increasing use of battery-powered equipment, monitors ground and rain water levels and noise pollution, helps raise awareness among passengers, employees and partners and constantly looks for innovative new solutions that contribute to environmental protection.
Find out more here.
Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport achieved Level 3 'Optimisation' of Airport Carbon Accreditation, as only the third airport in the African region and the first airport in Senegal. The airport has been recognised for its efforts to reduce its own carbon footprint, while taking steps to engage the companies active within its perimeter to bring about tangible CO2 reductions.
Find out more about the airport's environmental work here.
Belgium's Liège Airport has met all the stringent requirements to achieve an early upgrade to Level 3 'Optimisation' of Airport Carbon Accreditation.
Level 3 is a recognition awarded to airports with advanced carbon management strategy and implementation. At this level, Liège Airport is not only actively pursuing emissions reductions from sources under its direct control, but also engaging and driving their business community to engage in meaningful climate action.
Find out more about the airport's environmental policy and actions here.
Dalaman Airport in south-west Turkey is the latest to join the global collective climate action effort by airports. YDA joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme directly at its second level - Level 2 'Reduction'. To achieve this accreditation, the airport is required to provide evidence of carbon reduction as a result of a binding executive commitment to climate action. Congratulations to everyone involved!
We are delighted to share the news that Italy's Naples International Airport implemented by Napoli Salerno Airports Gesac achieved the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation.
Naples Airport met all the stringent requirements to achieve Level 4+ 'Transition', preparing a sound basis for reaching Net Zero CO2 emissions in the near future.
Aligned with global climate goals such as the Paris Agreement, Naples Airport's carbon management is now firmly focused on absolute emissions reductions and effective partnerships with business partners oriented towards greater sustainability across the entire airport site.
Congratulations for the huge team effort, crowned with a well-deserved success, to all the team at Naples Airport!
Mumbai International Airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, achieved Level 4+ 'Transition' of Airport Carbon Accreditation. It's the third airport in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve this high level of carbon management maturity.
The airport is aiming net zero emissions on its ambitious CO2 management pathway.
Italy's Alghero Airport has just joined the collective airport climate action within Airport Carbon Accreditation. The airport achieved Level 1 'Mapping', kickstarting their journey towards carbon-free operations.
Find out more here (in Italian).
Italy's Torino Airport has met all the necessary requirements to upgrade to Level 3 of Airport Carbon Accreditation.
This level requires the airport to engage in the preparation of stakeholders’ engagement plan, and extending the airport's emissions reduction process to the different actors operating at the airport (airlines, handlers, subconcessionaires, passengers, employees, partners and territorial realities).
All Level 2 'Reduction' accreditation requirements (achieved by Torino Airport in 2021) remain binding, starting with the carbon reduction implementation plan. Over the past five years, Torino Airport has reduced CO2 emissions under its direct control by 34 percent, totaling more than 3,000 tons.
For the coming years, Torino Airport is already working on additional projects aimed at neutralising CO2 emissions.
Find out more here.
Maastricht Aachen Airport has achieved the Level 2 'Reduction' accreditation from the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
Maastricht Aachen Airport is actively committed to reducing its CO2 emissions. In recent years, the airport replaced overall lighting with LED, started generating green energy and electrified some of its equipment such as the power generators (ground power units), a baggage conveyor and luggage trolley tractors.
Roel Ubaghs, manager Sustainability & Innovation: "This accreditation is a great recognition for the first steps we have taken as an airport. But we still have a long way to go. In the coming years, for example, we will electrify more vehicles and equipment, switch completely to green energy sources and minimise our consumption of natural gas. The goal is to reduce our emissions to the absolute minimum. We will compensate for the remaining emissions, resulting in a net zero. To this end, we as an airport have drawn up a policy equipped with a plan on how we will actually realise this 'net-zero' ground operation."
Bastiaan de Bruijne, ACI EUROPE General Counsel said: “I commend Maastricht Aachen Airport for their double achievement: entering the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme and becoming directly accredited at its second level. The ‘Reduction’ level is all about kick-starting real-life emissions reductions from within the airport’s direct control and testifies to the airport’s advanced carbon management strategy. I look forward to witnessing Maastricht Aachen Airport’s journey towards ridding its operations of carbon as part of the programme.”
Find out more about Maastricht Aachen Airport here.