Global results announced in Geneva: over 347,000 tonnes CO2 saved by the accredited airports

November 21, 2018

Speaking at this year’s Global Sustainable Aviation Summit organised by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) in Geneva, ACI EUROPE’s Director General Olivier Jankovec spelled out the latest results of the Global airport community’s Climate Action within the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The announcement was all the more noteworthy, as it covered Year 9 of the programme (May 2017 – May 2018) – the strongest reporting period in terms of participation figures and carbon performance of airports since the programme’s inception. 

At the time of the announcement, 246 airports were using the programme’s framework to manage and reduce their carbon footprint. These airports collectively managed to reduce their carbon emissions by -347,026 tonnes or -5.3% between May 2017 and May 2018. Check out this animation, to get a visual grip on these numbers. 

Year 9 was equally a breakthrough in terms of participation growth, with 51 new accreditations representing a 25% increase on last year’s results. For the first time, the highest level of accreditation, Level 3+ Neutrality, was achieved by at least one airport in every world region, thanks to the successful upgrade of Galapagos Ecological Airport in Latin America & the Caribbean to this level. 

More information about the above milestones and airports’ climate action in Year 9, is available in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Annual Report 2017-2018 (link to download). Compared to the previous years, this report follows a new structure focused on outlining the key achievements and developments in a concise and visual way, the most significant global and regional trends, and representative case studies. In addition, the publication provides new performance information, for instance, on offsetting instruments and project types opted for by the 3+ accredited airports, and the uptake of carbon reduction opportunities among the Airport Carbon Accreditation participants. We very much encourage you to check out the report for yourself!