Istanbul Airport becomes the first airport in Turkey to achieve Level 4 Transformation

December 13, 2023

We are delighted to announce that iGA Istanbul Airport has become the first airport in Turkey to achieve Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Istanbul Airport, which joined the programme in 2021, has developed a long-term target for absolute carbon emissions reduction, aligning with the IPCC’s 1.5°C pathway of reaching net zero carbon by 2050.

At Level 4, the airport’s carbon management strategy is now fully aligned with the ambition of the Paris Agreement. In addition, IST needed to deliver a more detailed mapping of carbon emissions, including more sources from Scope 3. Level 4 requires airports to not only map those emissions, but also put in place an effective Stakeholder Partnership Plan to actively drive third-party emissions reductions.

Remarkably, Istanbul Airport has recorded a 21% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions since 2019, advancing from Level 1 to now Level 4 within Airport Carbon Accreditation. Its significant achievements in reducing its carbon footprint include meeting 35% of its water consumption needs through reclaimed water, implementing a Lighting Automation System, and installing solar panels with the aim of sourcing all its electricity from renewable energy. Additionally, the airport initiated a 5,000-hectare afforestation project in 2019 as part of its sustainability pledge, resulting in the planting of 2,695,500 trees between 2019 and 2022.

Furthermore, the establishment of the iGA Hub programme highlights Istanbul Airport’s commitment to fostering initiatives in civil aviation and airport management, within the scope of social sustainability. The iGA Hub, a collaborative effort between Istanbul Airport and İTÜ ARI Teknokent, is specifically designed to support entrepreneurs focusing on innovative technological developments in aviation.

Selahattin Bilgen, Acting CEO at Istanbul Airport said: “As iGA Istanbul Airport, we are constantly working to provide our passengers with a safe and comfortable travel experience, and we continue to contribute to our country’s efforts to building a sustainable future. In light of our goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, we plan to be the first airport to start generating all of its electricity consumption through renewable energy sources with our project named İGA GES, which we will launch in the first quarter of 2024 and plan to complete by the end of that year. We also contribute to the development of environmental awareness in our country with our zero-waste projects.”

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, congratulated Istanbul Airport for its achievement and added: “Istanbul Airport was certified under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme just two years ago, and their progress in reaching Level 4 from Level 1 has been remarkable. I commend the entire Istanbul Airport team for their efforts towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050”.

Find out Istanbul Airport’s Press Release here.