New arrivals and advancing airports

March 18, 2019

Keeping up with the continuous flow of new entries and upgrades within the programme isn’t easy! Let’s take stock of what has changed since the last edition of AirportCO2 news. 

Here is a short rundown of the latest key figures. There are now 263 airports active in the programme worldwide. Europe has still the biggest share – 139 airports are at one of the 4 available levels. Airports in Asia-Pacific have accounted for most of the growth in the past months and consequently their total number racked up to 54. North American airports’ count is 39, and Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa have 20 and 11 accredited airports respectively. 

Warm welcome to the newbies

Since November 2018, 14 new airports have become accredited for the first time. 

Asia-Pacific has led with 7 airports joining the programme in the region. India welcomes four new participants, as Airports Authority of India accredits 4 of its airports: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata; Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar; Lal Bhadaur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi and Trivandrum International Airport. Two new airports joined in China: Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport both joined at Level 1 Mapping. In Japan, Kobe Airport became accredited at Level 2 Reduction directly. 

Latin American airports welcomed three newcomers: Pisco Airport in Peru, Salvador Bahia International Airport in Brazil joined at Level 1 Mapping, while Cibao International Airport in the Dominican Republic made it directly to Level 2. 

There was also growth in Europe, where two airports joined and one re-entered the programme. La Réunion Roland Garros Airport became accredited directly at Level 2. Luxembourg Airport joined and Cornwall Airport Newquay re-joined at Level 1. 

Kelowna International Airport joined the programme at Level 1 Mapping and is the newest participant in the programme in North America. 

The recently opened Blaise Diagne Airport in Dakar, Senegal, joined the programme at Level 1 Mapping as the 11th accredited airport in Africa and the 1st one in Senegal. Congratulations!

The sky is not the limit

12 airports in different regions scaled new heights in their carbon management efforts. Oman’s Salalah Airport, French airports: Dinard Bretagne, Rennes Bretagne, and Nouméa La Tontouta Airport in New Caledonia, Australia’s Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne Airports, Nadi Airport in Fiji and Tasmanian Hobart Airport have all something in common – they managed to successfully move up to Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation in the past quarter. From this level on, these airports are actively reducing their emissions! 

Another 7 airports have put measures in place to activate the entire airport community to cut carbon. At Level 3, airports are required to engage with the companies and institutions working at the airport to come up with climate-smart strategies and implement them across the board. Narita, Kansai and Osaka Airports in Japan and Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan have now been certified in this regard. So have Larnaka and Pafos Airports serving Cyprus, in Europe and Ottawa-Macdonald Cartier International Airport serving Ottawa in Canada.   

49 carbon neutrals worldwide, 40 in Europe 

Airports in Europe are now 40% ready to deliver on their pledge to reach 100 carbon neutral airports by 2030, as Naples International Airport becomes the 40th carbon neutral airport. Congratulations to everyone involved! For more information about the actions they took to become carbon neutral, click here (Italian & English).