Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport in France has reached Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This successful upgrade recognises the airport's extensive work to reduce the CO2 emissions under their control. Learn more about their climate mitigation work here (in French).
Congratulations are in order to Bristol Airport for achieving a fabulous upgrade within Airport Carbon Accreditation. The British airport has met all the requirements to attain Level 3+ 'Neutrality'! Bristol Airport had set a target of carbon neutral operations by 2025, but has achieved this target four years ahead of schedule. It is a major step forward in the Airport’s next aim to achieve net zero operations by 2030, where emissions will be reduced as much as technology allows, with any small remainder being removed from the atmosphere.Learn more about their achievement here.
King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has received first-time Airport Carbon Accreditation certification at Level 1 'Mapping'.
Riyadh Airports Company (RAC), the airport operator, said that the accreditation underlines its commitment to address the climate change challenges as well as minimise carbon emissions that supports Saudi Arabia’s goals for carbon neutrality by 2060, as well as sustainable development. Read more in the airport's Press Release.
We are delighted to confirm that ten airports implemented by DHMI joined Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 1 of the framework. Their accreditation comes shortly after Gaziantep and Erzurum airports, also part of the DHMI group, received their certificates.
Congratulations on this excellent achievement!
Learn more (in Turkish) here.
Full list of newly accredited airports: Adiyaman Airport Balıkesir Kocaseyit Airport Bursa Yenişehir Airport Çanakkale Airport Erzincan Yıldırım Akbulut AirportKapadokya AirportKahramanmaraş AirportSinop AirportSivas Nuri Demirağ AirportŞırnak Şerafettin Elçi Airport
We are delighted to share the news that Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport joined Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 1 'Mapping'.
CLJ is also committed to reaching Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2050, as part of the European airport industry pledge spearheaded by ACI EUROPE.
Learn more about Cluj Airport's work here (in Romanian).
Aalborg Airport has met all the necessary requirements to join Airport Carbon Accreditation straight off at Level 2. With the second level being reserved to airport operators that are already on the path of achieving tangible CO2 reductions, this achievement testifies to Aalborg Airport’s advanced level of carbon management maturity.
Olivier Jankovec, ACI EUROPE Director General said : "I would like to commend Aalborg Airport for joining Airport Carbon Accreditation directly at Level 2 ‘Reduction’. This achievement recognises the ongoing efforts of the airport team to decarbonise through various CO2-reducing initiatives. By advancing electrification, switching to more energy-efficient systems and operations as well as opting for greener equipment, the airport is contributing to a more sustainable future of air transport today."
Over many years, Aalborg Airport has successfully made changes and implementations, with the intention to lower CO2 emissions within its direct control. Examples of concrete improvements carried out by Aalborg Airport include:
Moving further and aiming even higher, Aalborg Airport has implemented a slew of innovative projects in 2021, including:
Learn more about the airport’s work here.
Milano Malpensa Airport has achieved Level 4+ ‘Transition’ of Airport Carbon Accreditation, following in the footsteps of its sister airport Milano Linate, which received this recognition earlier this year.
The successful accreditation of both airports, brought about by operator SEA Group, is a continuation of the group’s long standing engagement in climate action. Both airports were part of the trailblazing group that joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in its first year of existence. Illustrative of their leadership role in climate action, SEA Milano airports’ entry to the programme was at Level 3 ‘Optimisation’.
Attaining Level 4+ represents a step change in the carbon management of an airport. It requires setup of a long-term goal and strategy oriented towards absolute emissions reductions, including an emissions trajectory and interim milestones. Milano Malpensa Airport’s actions to realise tangible reductions of their own CO2 emissions are now aligned with the Paris Agreement. SEA Group has also included broader emissions in their carbon footprint that include all the significant operational sources on- and off-site. The airport has also demonstrated evidence of actively engaging and leading their operational stakeholders towards delivering emissions reductions. Looking to the future, SEA Group is actively supporting aviation’s decarbonisation through investment in a portfolio of projects developing Sustainable Aviation Fuel, producing green hydrogen and setting up infrastructure for electric aircraft.
A snapshot of initiatives implemented by the airport to progress towards these ambitious goals includes:
Armando Brunini, CEO SEA Group said: “After the important “4+ Transition” recognition obtained by Milano Linate airport, one of the few European airports to be awarded, we are proud that few months later, Milano Malpensa airport has also achieved this significant goal. SEA, which manages both Milano airports, is committed to achieving Net Zero CO2 in 2030 and now more than ever we are focusing our efforts on contributing to decarbonisation. A path of attention to environmental sustainability, started a decade ago, has led us to undertake new initiatives and to invest today in innovative projects all with a focus on environmental protection: from electricity to hydrogen, to new solutions for the conservation of biodiversity in the areas surrounding the Malpensa airport.”
Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE said: ‘’I am delighted at the news of Milano Malpensa’s excellent achievement of Level 4+ ‘Transition’ within Airport Carbon Accreditation. Once again SEA Group has shown its commitment to mitigating climate change by embracing the new ambitious level of the programme. Today’s news builds on years of hard work and perseverance in achieving a lowering of emissions since the very first year of Airport Carbon Accreditation’s operation. Hats off to the team that made it possible, especially given the current circumstances. Let us not forget that decarbonisation requires significant investment on the part of an airport, therefore continued climate action in the face of the COVID-19 crisis should be met with all the more praise!”
LATEST PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENTSDespite the continued difficulties faced by the global airport industry in light of the pandemic, its commitment to decarbonisation remains resolute. This is illustrated by the growing Airport Carbon Accreditation participation across the world, most recently recording 373 accredited airports. The latest airports to join the programme are:- Europe: Limoges-Bellegarde Airport (Level 1); Aalborg Airport (Level 2); 10 DHMI airports: Adiyaman Airport, Balıkesir Kocaseyit Airport, Bursa Yenişehir Airport, Çanakkale Airport, Erzincan Yıldırım Akbulut Airport, Kapadokya Airport, Kahramanmaraş Airport, Sinop Airport, Sivas Nuri Demirağ Airport, Şırnak Şerafettin Elçi Airport (Level 1); Cluj Avram Iancu Airport (Level 1);- Asia-Pacific: Hamilton Airport (Level 1)- Latin America & the Caribbean: Montego Bay Sangster Airport (Level 1); Rio de Janeiro/Galeão International Airport (Level 1)Progress has also been achieved through airports moving to higher levels of accreditation. In Asia-Pacific, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has upgraded to Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ and Palmerston North Airport in New Zealand reached Level 2 ‘Reduction’. In Europe, Bologna Airport earned Level 3 accreditation.
Hamilton Airport has taken the first big step in its commitment to reducing carbon emissions with the achievement of Level 1, Mapping accreditation under the globally recognised Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The airport has benefited from the mentorship of Christchurch Airport via the new initiative of pairing experienced airports with potential newcomers to Airport Carbon Accreditation.
Learn more about Hamilton Airport's achievement here.
Congratulations to Sangster International Airport for joining Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 1 Mapping! Kudos for joining the collective climate action of airports around the world. Learn more about MBJ's environmental efforts here.
Turkey's airport network DHMİ has just achieved first time accreditation for Erzurum Airport! Erzurum is now busy with mapping their carbon footprint at Level 1 of Airport Carbon Accreditation, joining Gaziantep Airport that got accredited earlier this year. Congratulations!
London Luton Airport has achieved Level 3 'Optimisation' of Airport Carbon Accreditation in just 18 months after joining the programme. LTN reduced direct CO2 emissions by over 30%, despite a 23% increase in passenger numbers between 2016 and 2019.
Congratulations to the team that had a hand in this excellent achievement!
Find out more about their CO2-reducing initiatives here.
Bologna Airport has just achieved Level 3 'Optimisation' of Airport Carbon Accreditation. The Italian airport has spared no effort to reduce its impact on the planet. In particular, over the last 5 years BLQ reduced CO2 emissions under its control by 38.8%.
Learn more in their Press Release.
Worldwide carbon management standard for airports, Airport Carbon Accreditation, releases global and regional CO2 reduction results by accredited airports. The savings made are comparable to emissions from the full lifecycle of almost 5 million smartphones.
Cancun, 23 November 2021: As the global airport industry convenes in Cancun, Mexico for the 31st ACI LAC World Annual General Assembly, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme published first carbon performance results for the reporting period May 2019 to May 2021 - two years heavily marked by the COVID-19 crisis.
In spite of the devastation suffered by the industry at large, the collective carbon management of airports in Years 11 and 121 of the programme yielded a reduction of 347,718 tonnes of CO2 (-5.5%) within the emissions under direct control of airport operators (i.e. Scope 1 and 2 as per GHG Protocol). This amount of CO2 can be compared to the full lifecycle emissions of 4,967,400 iPhones2. The following absolute emissions savings achieved by airports in their respective regions contributed to this result3:
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, despite the dire financial and operational conditions, 67 new airports joined the global effort to mitigate carbon emissions and thus became certified under Airport Carbon Accreditation. Currently, there are 362 airports addressing carbon emissions across the six levels of the programme.
Olivier Jankovec, ACI EUROPE Director General said: “There is no more ruthless test for an industry’s pledges to address its environmental footprint than being exposed to a crisis. When we look at the COVID-19 crisis, the magnitude of challenges it presents for the aviation industry and airports in particular is historical. Faced with terrible odds, it would have been easy to say, “We cannot do this right now. We need to put out one fire first, before we can address the next one”, but this is exactly the opposite of what I have witnessed so far. The shift in the aviation industry’s commitment and indeed delivery of climate action is palpable.”
He added: “I am proud to note that airports are not sitting on the sidelines of this momentum, waiting for the bigger emitters in the sector to move first. Airports have always been and are today a powerhouse of decarbonisation - and today’s announcement is another case in point for this claim. We are addressing our slice of the problem right now while making sure that we will be reliable partners for the entire eco-system in its drive to transform in the future. It is a defining moment for our industry and seeing the ambition and the perseverance that is shining through airports’ efforts in driving CO2 emissions down is a source of hope in this difficult time.”
1 Due to the extraordinary conditions faced in 2020, special provisions were applied to all accredited airports, including the merge of programme Years 11 and 12, which implied the extension of accreditation validity by one year. While the reporting period is May 2019 - May 2021, each airport submitted only one 12-months-carbon footprint in this timeframe. Therefore, the reduction was achieved within one year, but reported at different moments in a two-year-period.2 This equivalent was calculated based on this recent article quoting the lifecycle emissions of smartphones. In this case, iPhone 12 emissions were used as comparator (70kg CO2e). This figure should not be treated as scientifically confirmed information, as it’s drawn for visualisation purposes only. Please note that CO2 equivalents by their nature are an indicative tools, as emissions vary based on many factors, including usage patterns, geographic location, quality of energy and processes at production facilities, etc.3 Additional carbon performance data as well as a comprehensive overview of other programme developments and airport case studies for the period 2019-2021 will be published in the forthcoming Airport Carbon Accreditation Annual Report, planned for Q1 2022.
Italy’s Milan Linate Airport and Japan’s Kansai Airports Group achieve the highest levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation as ACI presents latest advances towards Net Zero CO2 on stage at COP26 in Glasgow
10 November 2021, Glasgow – On the occasion of the COP26 side-event co-hosted by ACI World and ACI EUROPE, the global airport industry marked progress towards Net Zero CO2. In particular, the highest levels of the worldwide carbon standard for airports, Airport Carbon Accreditation, were achieved by Italy’s Milan Linate Airport and three Japanese airports operated by Kansai Airports Group – Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport and Kobe Airport. The programme is recording a continuous upward trend in new airport entries, with the current total of 357 accredited airports. This clearly demonstrates that whilst the industry continues to grapple with the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, with only a meagre recovery registered, its determination to pursue decarbonisation remains unchallenged.
Galvanised relationship with the UNFCCC
ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme has enjoyed a fruitful working cooperation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat starting from the historic COP21, and extending henceforth, based on their shared goal of promoting ambitious climate action. This long-standing relationship has once again been celebrated at at COP26 and the side-event led by ACI in the UN’s Climate Action Hub entitled: “Sustainable Connectivity? Meet the Net Zero airport of the future”.
Highlighting the importance of airport climate action, Niclas Sveningsen, Manager, Global Climate Action, UNFCCC said: “COP26 is a crucial stepping stone towards fully enabling the Paris Agreement. The contribution of real-life climate action towards Net Zero, such as ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation, is invaluable to support the realisation of the goals of the Paris Agreement and for the success of COP26. For several years now, even during the global Pandemic, I have seen ACI tirelessly moving forward by engaging, inspiring and evolving their support to climate action in airports. This is a good example of leadership.”
Transformation and Transition bringing airports closer to Net Zero
A year on from the addition of Level 4 Transformation and Level 4+ Transition to the Airport Carbon Accreditation framework, which marked a new dynamic in the ambition level of the programme, a number of airports across all world regions have risen to the challenge and achieved this highest currently available climate accolade. The obligations set forward by these certification levels include alignment of airports’ carbon reduction targets with the emissions pathways derived by the IPCC from the Paris Agreement objectives, submission of an extended carbon footprint, as well as providing proof of more effective and goal-oriented stakeholder engagement to promote carbon reduction across the entire airport ecosystem. The most recent upgrades to these levels were made by:
In a first step towards comprehensive carbon management, Avignon-Provence Airport implemented by Société AÉROPORT AVIGNON PROVENCE has entered Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 1 'Mapping'! Congratulations to the team that made it possible, because climate action is first and foremost about teamwork!
Read more about their commitments to environmental sustainability here (in FR).
Aeroport de Strasbourg in France is engaging in climate actions at Level 1 'Mapping' of Airport Carbon Accreditation!
Achieving certification within Airport Carbon Accreditation is the first step towards realising Strasbourg Airport's commitments to reduce and control its emissions, so as to be in line with the global objectives of combating climate change.
In line with its strong environmental policy developed over the years, Strasbourg Airport's objective is to attain Level 3 of the programme by 2025.
Brussels, 4 October 2021 - The challenge of sustainability in aviation can only be addressed with responsibility and effectively if it is understood in its full complexity. By attributing aircraft CO2 emissions to airports, the Airport Tracker is both factually incorrect and misleading.
Of course, Airports facilitate air transport and contribute to develop the air connectivity that brings people and businesses together, ensures the delivery of essential supplies and supports millions of livelihoods across the Globe. This is their key societal role. But airports are not the source nor do they have control over aircraft emissions.
Conversely, airports have direct control over those CO2 emissions that are generated on the ground by their facilities and equipment. Since 2009, they have been working to reduce these CO2 emissions through Airport Carbon Accreditation. They have also committed to achieve net zero for these emissions by 2050 at the latest. 10 Swedish airports operated by Swedavia have already achieved that goal with an additional 80 airports in Europe set to do so by 2030.
The Airport Tracker is also a static tool which ignores the ambition, commitment and efforts of European aviation to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. This work is on-going, jointly led by all main industry stakeholders represented by A4E, ERA, ASD, ACI EUROPE and CANSO, under the DESTINATION 2050 roadmap.
With DESTINATION 2050, the European aviation sector fully acknowledges its impact on climate change and shows it is working tirelessly and concretely to mitigate it. It is disappointing that T&E, ODI and ICCT have chosen to disregard this.
We call on T&E, ODI and ICCT to engage constructively with us to address the challenge of sustainable aviation, so as to both protect our planet and safeguard the societal benefits of air connectivity. This is a common challenge which requires all involved – industry, governments, civil society, consumers and citizens to work together cooperatively.
Learn more: www.destination2050.eu
Bahrain International Airport is scaling new heights within Airport Carbon Accreditation! The airport has landed a successful upgrade to Level 3 'Optimisation', having proven CO2 reduction from own operations, as well as establishing effective cooperation with business partners to kick start their respective climate efforts.Congratulations!
Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur has achieved Level 4+ ‘Transition’ of Airport Carbon Accreditation, the first airport group in France to do so. The successful accreditation at the new highest level of the renowned CO2 reduction programme for Nice Côte d’Azur, Cannes Mandelieu and Saint-Tropez airports is a continuation of the group’s long standing engagement in climate action. Nice Airport became the first carbon neutral airport in France in 2016, joined by Cannes and Saint-Tropez airports in 2018. The group has been active in the programme since 2011. Today’s achievement is inextricably linked to and supports the group’s commitment to achieve Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2030.
Attaining Level 4+ represents a step change in the carbon management of an airport. It requires setup of a long-term goal and strategy oriented towards absolute emissions reductions, including an emissions trajectory and interim milestones. Côte d’Azur airports’ actions to realise tangible reductions of their own CO2 emissions are now aligned with the Paris Agreement (global warming limited to below 2°C and ideally 1.5°C). The group has also included broader emissions in their carbon footprint that include all the significant operational sources on- and off-site. The airports have also demonstrated evidence of actively engaging and leading their operational stakeholders towards delivering emissions reductions.
A snapshot of initiatives implemented by the airports to progress towards their ambitious goal includes:• Investment in hydrogen systems for engines which reduce air pollutant and CO2 emissions from ground vehicles• Switching from gas-powered boilers to temperate water loop in Terminal 1 at Nice Airport slashing 700 T eq. CO2 per year• Innovative partnerships with chosen stakeholders enabling joint action to advance decarbonisation across the entire airport site. Franck Goldnadel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur said: “Receiving the Level 4+ Airport Carbon Accreditation is not just a medal or a greenwashing operation. It represents the international recognition of a sincere commitment and an ambitious and unprecedented action plan. When we reduce the absolute value of our direct emissions, we help to protect our region. This involves taking numerous actions, being innovative and looking for solutions that help to reconcile air transport with air quality requirements on a daily basis. In the future, low-emission aeroplanes will take off and land at totally neutral airports.”
Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE said: ‘’Hats off to the team at Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur for this stellar achievement. The French airport group has always been an early mover within Airport Carbon Accreditation. I’ve been thrilled to witness the group’s continued climate efforts over the years, scaling new heights thanks to consistent hard work and dedication to the highest environmental standards. As testament to that, Nice Airport was the first airport to achieve carbon neutrality in France in 2016, followed shortly by Cannes and Saint Tropez airports.”
He added: “Today’s accreditation of the entire group at Level 4+ is both the pinnacle of their carbon management prowess and a very tangible step on the way to achieving Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2030. It’s an extremely demanding objective that the airport group has chosen to embrace. I commend the group’s efforts and achievements, especially in light of this self-imposed 2030 deadline, demonstrating not just commitment but concrete action to tackle carbon emissions – and thus contributing to a more sustainable future for aviation and for the region they serve.”
LATEST PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENTS
Despite the continued difficulties faced by the global airport industry in light of the pandemic, its commitment to fighting climate change remains resolute. This is illustrated by the growing Airport Carbon Accreditation participation across the world, most recently recording 352 accredited airports. The latest airports to join the programme are: • North America: King County International Airport (Level 1) in the US• Europe: Strasbourg Airport (Level 1), Paris-Beauvais Airport (Level 1), Montpellier Méditerranée Airport (Level 2), Lille Airport (Level 1), Avignon-Provenance Airport (Level 1) in France, Gaziantep Airport (Level 1) in Turkey.Progress has also been achieved through airports moving to higher levels of accreditation. In Asia-Pacific, Bahrain Airport has upgraded to Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ and Perth Airport in Australia reached Level 2 ‘Reduction’. In Europe, Zagreb Airport earned Level 3 accreditation, the first airport in Croatia to do so. Charlottetown Airport in Canada upgraded to Level 2 ‘Reduction’.
To date, the following airports have achieved the highest levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation:• Level 4 ‘Transformation’: Christchurch Airport in New Zealand• Level 4+ ‘Transition’: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in the US, Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport in India, Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino Airports in Italy, Rotterdam The Hague Airport in the Netherlands, Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur group including Nice Côte d'Azur, Cannes Mandelieu and Saint-Tropez airports in France.
Zagreb Airport is Croatia's first to reach Level 3 'Optimisation' within Airport Carbon Accreditation. This upgrade reflects the airport's successful efforts to reduce its own emissions and to influence its business partners to engage in climate action too.
In recent years, Zagreb Airport has introduced a wide range of energy management measures that have enabled it to monitor and reduce total energy consumption, such as the installation of efficient LED lighting, reconstruction of low voltage in substation 2, boiler room reconstruction, reconstruction and modernization of heating/cooling substation in the administration building, and the production of hot water using solar collectors. Thanks to all these activities, carbon emissions at the airport were reduced by 4% between 2017 and 2019, despite a significant increase in passengers in that period.
The plan is to build a photovoltaic power plant that will directly convert solar energy into electricity and replace existing vehicles and equipment in an environmentally friendly way.
Learn more on Zagreb Airport's website.