Bogota El Dorado International Airport
Why did your airport decide to become accredited at Level 1?
The decision of El Dorado International Airport is based on its commitment to sustainable development, efficiency in the use of resources and prevention of pollution. With this accreditation, El Dorado seeks to strengthen synergies and structure alliances with the internal and external interest groups, in order to offer first level infrastructure, services of the highest quality and operational efficiency. All this, addressed to comply with recognized international standards such as the Equator Principles, also to satisfy the goals established by the UNFCCC – COP21.
What benefits does accreditation bring to your airport?
Accreditation at level 1 strengthens the positioning of El Dorado as an airport with an integral and professional management that has as reference the most demanding international standards to measure its results.
The international recognition of the airport in terms of its infrastructure and the experience offered is complemented by the accreditation that places it at the forefront of sustainable management in Colombia and in the region, improving its image and reputation with its stakeholders, users and the community.
This accreditation is also the evidence of our commitment to greenhouse gas reduction and to all the obligations acquired with the banks that financed the construction of the project.
What would you recommend to other airports that are developing their carbon footprint?
The main recommendation is to promote a straightforward commitment of senior management to sustainability. In this way, this strategic approach can be transmitted to all stakeholders of the organization. Therefore, it is feasible to develop and implement clear policies regarding the efficient use of resources and the management of their social and environmental impact.
Furthermore, it is advisable to carry out benchmarking studies with other airports that have been accredited and that can be a guide to establish objectives, processes and realistic expectations from the early stages.
What are your future carbon management plans?
- Improve ongoing activities in terms of efficiency.
- Promote voluntary reforestation projects of native species with our strategic partners.
- Reach a recycle rate of 63% of the solid waste generated by the Airport for 2020.
- Promote the use of technologies supported by alternative energies such as photovoltaic cells.