The 20th accredited airport in Latin America & the Caribbean is…

18 March 2019

Cibao International Airport (AIC) in the Dominican Republic is the latest to join the growing community of climate-smart airports in the Latin American & the Caribbean region. The airport became directly accredited at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation, a notable success as it’s the first airport in the country to obtain it. 

The Dominican Republic has now 7 accredited airports, as the six other accredited airports implemented by AERODOM/ VINCI Airports have recently renewed their certification at Level 1 Mapping.

Cibao Airport’s successful accreditation has been accomplished through the implementation of a series of actions aimed at reducing the consumption of fossil fuels, and moreover, at achieving a greater independence from the consumption of electricity from the grid. This has been possible thanks to the execution of energy efficiency measures and, above all, to the operation and expansion of a 3 MW photovoltaic plant set on auto-consumption, a project in which Cibao International Airport has been a pioneer in the national airport industry. The energy generated by this solar installation will cover 80% of the airport’s needs. 

The airport’s General Manager Teófilo Gómez said that the airport’s accreditation shows the efforts being made by the air transport to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. He also said he felt proud that AIC became the first airport in the country to reach Level 2 of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Gómez confirmed the commitment of this airport to advance to the next level of accreditation and continue contributing to the mitigation of climate change in a concrete and effective manner. 

The effects caused by climate change affect the Dominican Republic significantly, making the country very vulnerable to this phenomenon. Among the notable and immediate effects are the exacerbation of hydroclimatic phenomena such as hurricanes and tropical storms, which have serious consequences for the people and ecosystems. Likewise, it should be noted that the very serious and imminent disappearance of coral reefs due to the increase in ocean temperature will have unfortunate consequences in marine ecosystems and therefore, in human activity.

In this context, as part of the Paris Agreement, the Dominican Republic has committed to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases to 25% by 2030 compared to 2010, as a contribution to the global objective of the Agreement of limiting the global increase in temperature below 2 ° C, ideally to 1.5 ° C with respect to pre-industrial levels.

Cibao International Airport’s ambitious Climate Action is unquestionably tied to this effort. 

Read more about the inauguration of the 3MW solar plant at the airport here (in Spanish).