Global airport industry climate action surpasses 200 airports milestone

October 19, 2017

– 201 airports across the world now certified at one of the 4 levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation

– These airports welcomed over 2.8 billion passengers a year – that’s 39.6% of global air passengers

– Latest global CO2 reduction by airport industry announced: -202,184 tonnes of CO2

– 35 airports are carbon neutral

Mauritius, 19
October 2017
: At this year’s ACI World & Africa
Annual General Assembly (WAGA) hosted by Airports of Mauritius Co, the global
airport industry issued an update on the progress it has been making in
addressing its CO2 emissions, through the independent and voluntary
global certification programme, Airport Carbon Accreditation.  
As is customary at this time of year, Airports Council
International also released the annual report for Airport Carbon
(covering the period May 2016 to May 2017), showing how the
global airport industry° is delivering on its commitment to lower its
own CO2 emissions, made in 2007*.


Angela Gittens,
Director General, ACI World
“This past year has seen continued engagement from airports – with 36 new
applications to Airport Carbon Accreditation and more airports reaching a
higher level of certification within the programme. As a result, we are able to
announce that we now have 201 airports participating in Airport Carbon
Accreditation. These airports welcome over 39.6% of global air passenger
To put that into context, that means more than 2.
8 billion passengers now travel through airports certified at one of the 4 levels of
the programme.”


Earlier this
week, Townsville Airport in Queensland, Australia became the 200th
airport to enter the programme, certified at Level 2 Reduction.


She added
“From May 2016 to May 2017, accredited airports succeeded in collectively
reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 202,184 tonnes of
that’s equivalent to the CO2 emitted during the lifecycle of over
2.1 million iPhones.


Svenningsen, who heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in Bonn,
“People are aware of the public conversation about Climate Change between
governments and the work underway to forge and implement policies that support
a sustainable future, but effective climate action also relies enormously on an
innovative and proactive private sector – and
Airport Carbon Accreditation
is a really good example of that. By providing a clear, yet ambitious framework
that accommodates the multi-speed nature of airports’ efforts across the world,
this is actively encouraging and stimulating a collective effort by the Global
airport industry – one that is also engaging other aviation stakeholders to get
involved as well. Something other industries and sectors would do well to try
to foster.”


More African Airports on Board

Participation growth in the African continent has been
particularly remarkable – going from 3 airports in the programme a year ago, to
now 10 accredited airports. These airports welcome 28% of African air
passenger traffic
. An additional 6 US airports also became certified
for the first time, and US airports were also major contributors to the overall
reduction of CO2 emissions achieved last year – with Dallas Fort Worth
becoming the first airport in the Americas reaching carbon neutral status.
These achievements reflect the continued commitment of US airports to
addressing climate change, despite the withdrawal of the US from the Paris


A number of airports received their certificates at a
dedicated Airport Carbon Accreditation ceremony during this year’s WAGA
in Mauritius:

ACSA (Airports
Company of South Africa) received 4 certificates – each at Level 1 Mapping
for Cape Town International (Cape Town), King Shaka International
(Durban), O.R. Tambo International (Johannesburg) and Port Elizabeth International
(Port Elizabeth) airports.


ONDA (Moroccan Airports Authority) collected two Level 1
certificates for 2 of tis airports: Casablanca Mohammed V
International and Marrakech Menara Airport


From Latin America there were also Level 1 Mapping
certificates presented to Guayaquil International Airport and
Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo


The final airport to be certified at Level 1 Mapping
was Sir Seewosagur Ramgoolan International Airport in Mauritius – the host
of this year’s WAGA.


Meanwhile, at Level 2 Reduction, there were 2
certifications: Libreville Leon Mba International Airport and Quito
International Airport. 



Aeria’s Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport – the airport of Abidjan
– also received its Level 3+ Neutrality certificate, distinguishing
itself as the very first African airport to achieve carbon neutral status.


With 4 different levels of accreditation
covering all stages of carbon management (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation
and Neutrality), Airport Carbon Accreditation
is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed¹ and has
the support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC), United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO), US Federal Aviation Administration and the
European Commission (EC).