San José Juan Santamaria International Airport
Why did your airport decide to become accredited at Level 1?
AERIS is committed to the sustainable development of San José airport (SJO), in accordance with the environmental policies of Costa Rica. Given that the country has made a public commitment to seek carbon neutrality by 2021, we decided to support this national strategy, starting with level 1.
It is also a beneficial strategy to set the example for other airport operators so they can go forward with this or similar certifications, starting with their carbon footprint inventory. We also wanted to be in the first 10 airports to be accredited in the region.
What benefits does accreditation bring to your airport?
Accreditation allows us to be recognized in the region, by reiterating our commitment to the construction and operation of airports in a sustainable manner and in accordance with the country’s environmental objective for carbon neutrality. Furthermore, accreditation is consistent with the vision of our company, as it seeks to be established as a leading airport in Latin America, based on the administration of a secure and financially strong airport, which creates value and is environmentally responsible.
What would you recommend to other airports that are developing their carbon footprint?
Developing the carbon footprint is important to contribute to the efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the capacity of companies to face the effects of climate change in key sectors. A key recommendation is to establish a system that organizes all the data. In addition, it is important to involve all the stakeholders in the relevant processes, which is achievable only if the whole organization practices this principle on a daily basis. For example, the accreditation of the airport led to a change of the environmental policy of AERIS to reflect this commitment.
What are your future carbon management plans?
In terms of carbon management plans we have already started to implement energy saving measures, such as improved lighting systems and air conditioning. These efforts are now also evident in the new domestic terminal, which is already LEED certified.