Green Airports Recognition 2024: Biodiversity and Nature-Based Solutions

June 18, 2024

The 19th ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East Regional Assembly, held in May 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, celebrated sustainability by honouring airports from the region with the Green Airports Recognition Awards. Now in its eighth year, this programme continues to set the benchmark for environmental best practices in the aviation industry by recognising the exceptional efforts of ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East airport members. This year, the theme was Biodiversity and Nature-Based Solutions, highlighting the industry’s commitment to preserving natural ecosystems in and around airport premises.

Participating airports had the unique opportunity to showcase their environmental initiatives, sharing their successes with peers across the region. Such initiatives may include wetland restoration and creation, balancing wildlife species with airport operations, preventing wildlife trafficking, ecosystem restoration, and carbon removal through natural means. Airports that excel in these areas can earn Platinum, Gold, or Silver recognition across various size categories, with the top submissions featured in the esteemed Green Airports Recognition publication.

Among the recognised airports this year were:

  • Hong Kong International Airport, which is at Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation, was awarded for the implementation of marine ecology and fisheries enhancement measures. The project, which involved deploying artificial reefs, significantly benefitted marine habitats and fisheries resources, leading to a fivefold increase in recorded marine species.
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport in India, at Level 4+ Transition of our programme, was recognised for its ‘Center of Excellence – Biodiversity Center’. This centre contributes significantly to environmental conservation, carbon offsetting, public education, aesthetic enhancement, and research innovation.
  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines, that joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 1 Mapping in March 2024, was recognised for its Coastal Clean-Up project. This marine preservation commitment involved collecting 18 tons of solid waste in consecutive clean-up events from April to May 2023. The initiative restored mangrove areas, serving as feeding grounds for migratory birds and reducing plastic pollution in the sanctuary’s ecosystem.

By adopting and promoting these innovative practices, airports are not only enhancing their operational efficiency but also contributing to the global effort to combat climate change.

For more information on the Green Airports Recognition initiative and the outstanding projects by recognised airports, visit  the dedicated page here.