Strasbourg Airport joins Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 1 'Mapping'

04 October 2021

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.

Joint statement from the DESTINATION 2050 Partners in response to the “Airport Tracker” app recently launched by T&E, ODI and ICCT

04 October 2021

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.

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Bahrain Airport upgrades to Level 3 'Optimisation'

30 September 2021

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!

PRESS RELEASE: Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur group obtains the highest climate accolade in global CO2 standard for airports

27 September 2021

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.”


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 upgrades to Level 3 'Optimisation'

18 August 2021

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

Rotterdam The Hague Airport is world’s first to achieve carbon accreditation straight in at new highest level

08 July 2021

Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTHA) in the Netherlands has achieved Level 4+ ‘Transition’ of Airport Carbon Accreditation, the only global carbon standard for airports. The successful first-time accreditation at the highest level of the renowned CO2 reduction programme is a worldwide first and a testament to RTHA’s exceptional carbon management strategy, fully aligned with global climate goals.

Attaining Level 4+ represents a step change in the carbon management of an airport, requiring setup of a long-term goal and strategy oriented towards absolute emissions reductions, including an emissions trajectory and interim milestones. RTHA’s actions to realise tangible CO2 emissions reductions of its own emissions are now aligned with the Paris Agreement (global warming limited to below 2°C and ideally 1.5°C). The airport has also included broader emissions in its carbon footprint that include all the significant operational sources on- and off-site. Furthermore, it has demonstrated evidence of actively engaging and leading its stakeholders towards delivering emissions reductions.

Amongst other activities, the airport’s actions include investment in 100% renewable energy powering their terminal and buildings, on-site solar power generation and a new contract for airport vehicles in 2021 with stringent sustainability requirements. The foundation Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport (RHIA) is also working with authorities, business and knowledge institutes to stimulate and trial innovations. Finally, the airport has compensated for residual emissions with CDM GOLD STANDARD credits which will provide clean sustainable electricity to local grid in rural India.

Level 4+ accreditation is a recognition of our efforts in recent years to weave sustainability into the airport's DNA and into our plans for the future,” said Michelle Samson, Strategy and Sustainability Advisor at RTHA. “As an airport, we want to reduce our impact on the environment and the climate and thus assume our social and environmental responsibility. We have a goal of becoming emission-free for all airport ground operations in 2030 and all land-related activities by 2045. With Level 4+, all steps towards achieving this objective have now been independently assessed and accredited.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE said: "We are thrilled to see Rotterdam The Hague Airport becoming the first airport in the world to join Airport Carbon Accreditation directly at the recently introduced Level 4+. This achievement demonstrates the airport’s firm commitment to invest in a more sustainable future for aviation and for the region it serves.

He added: “By setting the target to reach Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2045 and including third party emissions into the target scope, Rotterdam The Hague Airport is clearly leading the way in working towards decarbonisation. It is also aligning its strategy with the new EU climate goals. This recognition is also a clear signal that, despite the lasting impacts of the ongoing crisis, airports of all sizes are strengthening their commitment to operate in a more sustainable way and to protect their local communities from climate change.’’


Despite the difficulties faced by the global airport industry, its commitment to fighting climate change remains unchallenged. This is illustrated by the continued growth in Airport Carbon Accreditation participation across the world, most recently tallying 349 accredited airports. The latest airports to join the programme in each region are: • Perth Airport in Australia, Asia-Pacific (Level 1); • Kisumu International Airport, Eldoret International Airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport, Maya Maya International Airport in Kenya, Africa (all Level 1); • Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in France, Milas Bodrum Airport in Turkey, Oostende-Brugge International Airport and Antwerp International Airport in Belgium, Europe (all Level 1); • Trois-Rivières Airport and Fort McMurray International Airport in Canada, North America (all Level 1);• Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Costa Rica, Latin America & Caribbean (Level 2). Progress has also been achieved through airports moving to higher levels of accreditation. For instance, the latest airports to achieve carbon neutrality are Vancouver International Airport in Canada and Dublin Airport in Ireland.

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, Indira Gandhi International Airport in India, Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino Airports in Italy, Rotterdam The Hague Airport in the Netherlands.


Bulgaria's Varna and Burgas Airports achieve Level 2 'Reduction'

07 July 2021

Varna and Burgas Airports implemented by Fraport Bulgaria have successfuly upgraded to Level 2 'Reduction' of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Congratulations! 

Find out more about their actions to protect the climate here

Aéroport de Bordeaux in France is now Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 1 Mapping!

16 June 2021

We are delighted to share the news of Bordeaux Airport's successful accreditation at Level 1 'Mapping' of Airport Carbon Accreditation.

The airport is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030 through a number of biodiversity, water and waste projects. In order to reach this ambitious goal, it has announced an €8m program of investment in environmental projects as part of its resilience and recovery plans.

Find out more about the airport's environmental work here

Kenya Airports Authority achieves accreditation for four of its airports

10 June 2021

Kenya Airports Authority achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 1 'Mapping' for Jomo Kenyatta, Moi, Kisumu and Eldoret International Airports as the first in East and Central Africa.

In 2019, KAA launched its going green initiative with a goal of becoming the greenest airport operator in Africa by 2022. The initiative is in line with the authority’s 2018-2022 strategic plan which highlight’s environmental stewardship as one of its main strategic areas with a goal of obtaining ISO 14001-2015: Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard. 

Learn more from their Press Release

Guanacaste Airport achieves Level 2 ‘Reduction’ of Airport Carbon Accreditation

11 May 2021

Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) – also known as Guanacaste Airport, which has been a member of the VINCI Airports network since 2018 – has entered Airport Carbon Accreditation directly reaching Level 2 ‘Reduction’ for its actions to reduce its carbon footprint. 

Learn more in this article (International Airport Review). 

Milas Bodrum Airport achieves the first level of Airport Carbon Accreditation

06 May 2021

The gateway to the Turkish Riviera, Milas-Bodrum Airport obtained Level 1 ‘Mapping’ certification. It’s the sixth airport in TAV Airports’ portfolio to receive Airport Carbon Accreditation certification, the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management programme for airports.

TAV Milas-Bodrum GM Iclal Kayaoglu said “Minimizing the effects of our operations on the environment is a core ambition for us at TAV. We believe that contributing to efforts to counter climate change is our responsibility to future generations. Joining Airport Carbon Accreditation is a significant step in the right direction for Milas-Bodrum Airport, as the programme provides a solid framework to optimize and eventually eliminate emissions. Our aim is to become carbon neutral by 2030 at the latest.

ACI EUROPE Director General, Olivier Jankovec commented: “The successful accreditation of Milas Bodrum Airport within Airport Carbon Accreditation is a prime example of the airport industry’s unwavering commitment to addressing its emissions through thick and thin. In the midst of a devastating crisis, continued investment in decarbonisation is no small feat. I would like to congratulate everyone at TAV Airports who has had a hand in this excellent achievement. Well done!

As of May 2021, five other airports operated by TAV are Airport Carbon Accredited. Izmir, Ankara and Antalya airports hold Level 3+ ‘Neutrality’, Enfidha-Hammamet Airport is at Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ and Zagreb Airport at Level 2 ‘Reduction’.

TAV Airports, already part of the ACI Europe initiative to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 has recently committed to become carbon-neutral by 2030, as part of the Groupe ADP “Airports for Trust” covenant announced in January this year.


Palermo Airport in Italy successfully upgrades to Level 2 'Reduction'

22 April 2021

Italy's “Falcone Borsellino” Palermo International Airport has made a leap forward on the issue of environmental sustainability, obtaining Level 2 'Reduction' of Airport Carbon Accreditation in the most challenging of times for airports.The airport managed to reduce carbon emissions per passenger from 0.71 kg in 2018 to 0.67 kg CO2 in 2019. Their new ambitious target is to reach 0.60 kg of CO2 per passenger by 2023. 

Congratulations on your achievement and well done to everyone involved! 

Aena’s airports have taken further steps in their commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2026

13 April 2021

Aena’s airports engaged in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme have taken further steps in their commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2026. Two busiest hubs within the Spanish airport network - Madrid and Barcelona - move up a level in carbon management performance. Here is a breakdown of new developments:

- Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas and Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airports have upgraded to Level 3 – Optimisation

- César Manrique-Lanzarote, Malaga-Costa del Sol and Palma de Mallorca Airports have renewed at Level 2 - Reduction

- Alicante-Elche, Menorca and Santiago-Rosalía de Castro have renewed at Level 1 – Mapping.

Read their full Press Release (in Spanish) here.

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

08 April 2021

Aeroporti di Roma secures the highest climate accolade available within Airport Carbon Accreditation as it aims for net zero CO2 by 2030

Aeroporti di Roma, the operator of Rome’s Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, has achieved the highest level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme: Level 4+ “Transition”, the first in Europe to do so.

To achieve this recognition, airports are required to reduce their CO2 emissions in line with global climate goals, to influence other parties active within the airport site to achieve effective reductions, and to compensate for their residual emissions with reliable carbon credits. Only two other airports in the world have achieved this level of carbon management performance so far: Dallas Fort Worth International in the US and Delhi Indira Gandhi International in India, while Christchurch International Airport has reached Level 4 “Transformation”.

Since 2011, after obtaining the first Airport Carbon Accreditation certification, Aeroporti di Roma has continuously reduced carbon emissions under its control and driven broader reductions within the airport system through an engagement plan involving all stakeholders. Rome Fiumicino Airport has been a carbon neutral airport since 2013, and was joined shortly thereafter by Ciampino Airport.

In order to accelerate their progress to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement and achieve Level 4+, Aeroporti di Roma has set out a plan to eliminate all of its own CO2 emissions and thus achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2030. This ambitious target, when achieved, will set the airports 20 years ahead of the curve on the global climate neutrality objectives.

“This noteworthy recognition testifies to our strong commitment to environmental issues and to our willingness to continue tenaciously on this path, convinced of the need to increasingly integrate sustainability and innovation into our core business.” said the CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, Marco Troncone. “In view of the carbon-intensive nature of the aviation sector and to preserve the connectivity of the future, ADR's strategy is oriented towards the rapid decarbonisation of the airports it manages. In fact, we are aiming to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2030, long in advance of the European references for the sector, with a plan mainly aimed at renewable sources and electric mobility.”

Aeroporti di Roma specifically contributes to the reduction of the overall emissions of the various stakeholders operating at the airport by:• Making Sustainable Aviation Fuel available to airlines by 2024• Promoting electric mobility at the airport, with the installation of 500 charging stations for electric vehicles and completely renewing its own fleet• Building large photovoltaic plants at the airport for a total capacity of 60 MW• Joining the EP-100 of The Climate Group's global initiative on the smarter use of energy, with the ambitious commitment to increase its energy productivity by 150% by 2016.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with Aeroporti di Roma’s excellent achievement! When launching the new levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation last year, amid the direst of crises ever witnessed by the aviation sector, we were propelling an industry-wide ambition that was suddenly stripped of the vital resources to fulfill it. Decarbonisation is an especially costly endeavour for businesses in the so-called “hard-to-abate” sectors, of which aviation is a prime example. Moving past these challenges and reaching the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation at this time is an exceptional achievement on the part of Rome Airports. I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate and thank each person involved in this success.

He added: “The track record of our members, and our industry, illustrates that we lead the way in the airport decarbonisation worldwide. Through the ongoing ambition of our Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, further enhanced through the introduction of two new accreditation levels, our close involvement in the European aviation sector’s recent Destination 2050 roadmap, and our call for the EU to join us in a Pact for Sustainable Aviation this year, we continue to strive towards our climate goals in tangible and actionable ways. Our ambition remains undimmed.”

Hawke’s Bay Airport upgrades to Level 2!

15 March 2021

Hawke’s Bay Airport is taking big strides on its path to sustainability, becoming the first regional airport in New Zealand to gain a Level 2 certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Learn more (Press Release in PDF) here

Istanbul Airport joins Airport Carbon Accreditation

24 February 2021

Istanbul Airport, standing out with its state of the art technology and being an important global hub and a 5-star airport, has joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, achieving Level 1 “Mapping” accreditation.As Turkey's gateway to the world, Istanbul Airport was awarded an international certificate as a result of its efforts to manage and reduce its carbon footprints as part of its environment and sustainability program. Istanbul Airport, which has fulfilled its obligations within the framework of the Airport Carbon Accreditation commenced by Airport Council International Europe in 2009, has obtained a Level 1 ‘Mapping’ carbon management certificate, thereby joining the global community of climate-smart airports.Carbon Footprint Management at Istanbul AirportAt Istanbul Airport, where sustainability is at the heart of every operation, works carried in line with sustainability policy from design to the building phase and from the building stage to operation processes stand out. Istanbul Airport aims to reduce carbon emissions. In this regard, Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Procedure has been re-regulated to make it compatible with the requirements of ISO 14064-1 International Standard for Greenhouse Gas Calculation and Verification Management Systems and Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in order to calculate and report greenhouse gas emissions.Within the frame of the work completed, the sources of the greenhouse gas and the calculation methodologies have been identified at Istanbul Airport. All of the energy consumption data of the airport have been traceable and all of its greenhouse gas emissions have been computable since the date the airport was opened. Istanbul Airport takes actions such as remote monitoring and control, Tracking Energy Consumption via energy efficiency analysis system, Managing Energy From One Center, Mechanic Automation System practices, and efficient winter cooling practices to reduce carbon emissions. Besides, thanks to the greenhouse gas management system working in an integrated way with ISO 50001 Energy Management System, sources of greenhouse gas emissions are effectively-identified, and enhancement efforts are made on essential energy-consumption points. All systems are continuously checked with regular reviews, and sustainability is ensured.The Greenhouse Gas Emission Management System applications at the airport were audited by inspectors approved by Airport Council International, in line with the requirements of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme and Istanbul Airport obtained the "Level One ‘Mapping’ Carbon Management Certificate", which is of importance in the international arena. Level Two and higher-level certificates require a data history of at least three years. Upon fulfilling the requirement of 3 years of data history, we are aiming to continue the Level Three certification process, reduce the total carbon footprint of Istanbul Airport after the three-year period, and take a step for the Level Four certification process.“We are committed to reducing our impact on the climate”Kadri Samsunlu, the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of İGA Airport, who made a statement concerning the work carried directed at the reduction of carbon emissions at Istanbul airport and the "Level One Carbon Emission Certificate" awarded by Airport Council International, said, "The subject of sustainability is at the very heart of all of the processes at Istanbul Airport. While continuing our operations in line with our environmental and sustainability principles, we are also making the utmost effort to protect the balance of the climate. This international certificate, which we have been awarded, is an important indicator of our sensibility on the subject of carbon emissions. We currently do not have a data history of previous years when it comes to the carbon footprint. Therefore, we have been entitled to receive the "Level One Carbon Emission" certificate. But we have a long way to go. I have no doubt that we will receive the certificates of Levels 2, 3, and 4 upon accumulating three years of data history. As İGA, we are determined to minimize our impact on the climate by reducing our carbon footprint at Istanbul Airport. We optimize our energy consumptions which cause greenhouse gases through our effective energy management system and continually improve it through our productivity-related activities. Since its opening, we have accomplished bringing important aviation standards and aviation into life in a short time and our aim is to take the lead in the development and progress of the aviation industry from now on. We will continue our activities as a "climate-smart" airport, within the framework of our environmental and sustainability policies.""Became a reference among the global hubs"ACI EUROPE Director General Olivier Jankovec said: “It is my pleasure to congratulate Istanbul Airport for achieving Level 1 in Airport Carbon Accreditation "Carbon Resources Mapping! Ever since its opening 2 years ago, Istanbul airport has consistently delivered operational excellence and superior customer service, becoming in no time a reference amongst global hubs. Seeing the airport now joining Airport Carbon Accreditation is part of that drive for excellence – and the fact that this is happening amid the worst crisis ever experienced by the aviation sector should be met with praise. We all know that we cannot wait for the health crisis to abate to address the Climate Emergency. At the same time reducing carbon emissions comes at a cost that cannot be absorbed easily in normal circumstances, not to mention the current financial devastation faced by airports across Europe and beyond. Today’s news of Istanbul Airport's successful accreditation exemplifies the continued commitment to climate action by the airport industry – a commitment that the sector doesn’t take lightly and that shouldn’t be taken for granted.”

Newly published report highlights continued airport industry climate action amid COVID-19 pandemic

05 February 2021

334 airports globally actively addressing their carbon emissions within the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme

05 February 2021 - ACI has today published the brand new Airport Carbon Accreditation Interim Report 2019-2020, showcasing the latest results of and developments in the global carbon standard for airports.

Industry commitment intact, but uncertainty is mountingThe Report reveals robust participation growth across all world regions in the pandemic-stricken year, illustrating the extent of airport industry’s readiness to decarbonise in the toughest of conditions. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, 34 airports have become accredited for the first time and another 31 have progressed to a higher level of the programme. This trend is set to remain in 2021, driven by the long-lasting leadership of airports in CO2 management and reduction. However, as the financial situation of airports across the world deteriorates rapidly, the necessary investments to cut carbon are weighed against bare bones survival. This will be a factor of concern for further decarbonisation in the sector and should be considered as one of the grounds for urgent government aid.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, said: “As the industry that has been hardest hit by COVID-19, that will take the longest to recover and that is the hardest to decarbonise, aviation should be a prime beneficiary of State support to continue their work in this regard. The new Airport Carbon Accreditation Interim Report has delivered another case in point for airports’ proven track record on the path to decarbonisation. Even as resources dried up airports kept engaging. However, with the prospect of recovery almost as remote as at the beginning of the crisis, such commitment and engagement cannot be taken for granted. We all know we cannot wait for the health crisis to dissipate to address the accelerating Climate Emergency. Yet at the same time the relentless devastation suffered by the airport sector risks impeding their ability to act and Government help is both vital and urgent.”

Alignment with the Paris Agreement and cooperation with the UNFCCC The Report zooms in on one of last year’s main developments, aligning airport climate action with the ambition of the Paris Agreement. The introduction of two new accreditation levels - Level 4 Transformation and Level 4+ Transition has been documented through in-depth testimonies from the three trailblazing airports who already achieved these levels: Dallas Fort Worth International, Indira Gandhi International and Christchurch International. To further outline the rationale behind the new levels and the stepped up ambition of the programme, ACI has today released a brand new animation.

The programme’s expanded framework providing airports with the tools and knowledge to pursue carbon reductions in line with the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement, following the pathways laid out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has been applauded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Niclas Svennigsen, who heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the UNFCCC Secretariat said: “Airports have been severely hit by the Covid-19 crisis and yet, they are continuing their efforts to decarbonise and align with the global climate targets. Non-stakeholder climate action is an important part of our collective endeavour to cut emissions and limit the disastrous effects of climate change. The climate crisis has not gone on hold while we grapple with the pandemic, therefore we need to move faster and achieve deeper transformation of our industry and economy quicker. I commend airports for their leadership in this regard; a signal that can set an example for others to follow with ambitious climate action.”

View the Airport Carbon Accreditation Interim Report here.

St Helena Airport joins Airport Carbon Accreditation

22 January 2021

St Helena Airport joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, achieving Level 1 “Mapping” accreditation. St Helena Airport is the first British Overseas Territory airport to join the programme, and it commits the Airport to reduce its emissions, with the ultimate aim of achieving carbon neutrality.

Learn more in their Press Release

Oman Airports' Salalah moves up to Level 3 'Optimisation'

14 January 2021

Oman's Salalah Airport operated by Oman Airports has met all the requirements of Level 3 'Optimisation' and has been certified accordingly by Airport Carbon Accreditation. This successful upgrade is testament to Salalah Airport's active cooperation with its business partners to reduce emissions from its operations across the board! Well done!

Italy's Torino Airport upgrades to Level 2!

13 January 2021

Torino Airport, operated by SAGAT S.p.A., has successfully reached the next level of Airport Carbon Accreditation - Level 2 'Reduction'. The Italian gateway has implemented its Carbon Management Plan, which yielded a 10% emissions cut over the three-year period between 2017 and 2019. Congratulations on this excellent achievement! 

Learn more (Press Release in PDF) here