Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport achieves milestone as first in Africa to reach Level 4+ Transition

May 29, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, has successfully upgraded to Level 4+ Transition within the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, becoming the first airport in Africa to reach this advanced level of carbon management.

Operated by AERIA, with the technical support of EGIS Group, Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport joined the programme in 2015 and was the first in its region to reach Level 3+ Neutrality in 2017. To achieve Level 4+ Transition, the airport established an absolute emissions reduction target that covers all Scope 1 and 2 emissions, aligning its long-term carbon reduction strategy with the IPCC’s 2°C pathway. Additionally, it commits to offsetting any remaining Scope 1 and 2 emissions using internationally recognised carbon credits.

Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport has implemented several innovative measures to reduce its carbon footprint. These include regulating lighting and air conditioning systems in the international terminal, renovating apron lighting, and upgrading key facilities and infrastructure like the runway and passenger terminal. The airport has also developed, a trailblazing soil management and restoration project that uses digital technology to enhance soil carbon sequestration, tailoring solutions to the local environment and community needs. Ongoing technical studies around support four land restoration initiatives, including the vegetation restoration of runway strips across 83 hectares, the training of gardeners in agroecological practices, the restoration of 2.63 hectares of degraded mangrove, and the conversion of 810 tonnes of bio-waste into compost annually.

AERIA is also a member of a CO₂ committee hosted by The National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC), chaired by industry experts. This committee operates under the supervision of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), ensuring the effective implementation of the organisation’s strategies, including Document 9988 (Guidance on the Development of States’ Action Plan on CO₂ Emissions Reduction Activities) among others.

Ali Tounsi, Secretary General of ACI Africa,  commented on Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport’s achievement: ” Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport, to be the first African airport to achieve the Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 4+, and to be among the selected few airports in this category worldwide, is indeed a very proud moment for ACI Africa and the African airport industry, in general. AERIA, the operator of this airport, has always been a role model for African airports on fostering sustainable development and accelerating decarbonisation. I have no doubt that AERIA will pursue their mission on this sustainability as I eagerly await the celebration of the ultimate milestone, that is Level 5!