Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) International Airport
Why did your airport decide to become accredited at Level 1?
SSR International Airport is the only gateway for air access to Mauritius, a small island state in the Indian Ocean. As many countries in its category, Mauritius is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The rising sea level and climate distortions are only a few of the impacts we are already experiencing. The airport as a key socioeconomic player has the responsibility of ensuring that it contributes to the national development in a sustainable manner. Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd (AML), together with Airport Terminal Operations Ltd (ATOL), embarked on this programme in 2017 in view of implementing the best practices in terms of carbon and energy management.
What benefits does accreditation bring to your airport?
Primarily, Airport Carbon Accreditation is a useful tool, which allows for the measurement and benchmarking of our present carbon emissions and consequently the development of more energy efficient projects. We are confident that investments related to the programme will be beneficial to SSR International Airport in the long term, as the carbon reduction in the airport’s carbon footprint will allow AML and ATOL to make substantial savings in energy and fuel consumption, while contributing to the global effort for environment preservation.
Also, accreditation has enhanced our airport profile. Since July 2017, SSR International Airport is the 10th International Airport in Africa to become accredited. Through public recognition, we are looking towards securing the firm commitment and engagement of our stakeholders in this important process. We believe that collective awareness and decision are the best means of making a difference and achieving meaningful results.
What would you recommend to other airports that are developing their carbon footprint?
Although the tasks involved in collecting the required data may seem tedious, the end result is surely worth the efforts. In this respect airports willing to embark on the programme should consider the following:
- Obtain high level commitment and engage the staff.
- Start early and be determined to achieve the set targets.
- Keep detailed records of fuel and energy consumption through bills, invoices and receipts.
- Clearly define boundaries and scopes of the carbon footprint.
- Follow the programme guidance document and use the ACERT tool, which is accessible on the ACI website, to quantify the carbon footprint.
What are your future carbon management plans?
We aim at conducting an energy audit of our airport facilities to identify the scope of energy efficiency improvement required and then reduce our carbon footprint mostly through implementation of low carbon technologies. Apart from having already initiated the process for attaining level 2 Reduction shortly, we are keeping in sight our long term objective of achieving carbon neutrality within the next 10 years.