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.
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.’’
LATEST PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENTS
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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 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.