New arrivals & upgrades: the more, the merrier!

November 21, 2018

Currently, there are 249 airports certified at one of the 4 levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation. They span over the 5 ACI regions in the following order of magnitude. Europe’s airports are the largest group with 136 airports engaged in the programme. Asia-Pacific is the second biggest region in terms of participation, where 47 airports address their carbon emissions. There are 39 accredited, climate-smart airports in North America, 17 and 10 in Latin America & the Caribbean and Africa respectively. Here is what happened between the last edition of AirportCO2 News, released in June this year, and now.
The gladly received newcomers 
A total of 11 new airports from across the globe achieved Airport Carbon Accreditation in the intervening time. North America welcomed Charlottetown Airport, Regina International Airport and 3 General Aviation airports owned by Tampa Group: Tampa Executive, Peter O. Knight and Plant City Airports, which all received recognition for Mapping their respective carbon footprints. 3 new airports joined the programme in the Asia-Pacific region. China gained two climate smart airports, with Shenzhen Bao’an and Haikou Meilan International Airports getting accredited at Level 1 Mapping. The reach of airport climate action has extended to new areas, with a first airport to ever become part of the programme in New Zealand: Christchurch Airport made a successful entry at Level 2 Reduction. There was a first in the Latin America and the Caribbean region as well: Belo Horizonte International Airport in Brazil started Mapping its emissions as the first airport in that country. The European region welcomed Torino Airport in Italy and Monaco Heliport’s successful accreditations, both at Level 1 of the programme.  
Getting these emissions down
Three airports have been recognised for the first time for actively reducing their carbon emissions, all in the North American region. Austin Bergstrom, Tampa International and Halifax Stanfield International Airports upgraded to Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation
One step away from carbon neutrality
A total of 6 airports in different regions ramped up their carbon management all the way to Level 3 Optimisation. In Europe, Pristina International and Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airports secured this second to highest level of accreditation. Two North American airports scored equally high: San Diego and Vancouver International Airports joined the Level 3 ranks. Malaysia’s main international airport: Kuala Lumpur International Airport, matched the aforementioned airports’ achievement. Lastly, Mariscal Sucre International Airport serving Quito, Ecuador, became the second airport in the Latin America & the Caribbean region to reach Level 3 Optimisation. Congratulations! 
All the way to the top
There were four new airports that reached the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation, all in Europe. France’s Cannes-Mandelieu and Saint Tropez Airports joined Nice Côte d’Azur at Level 3+ Neutrality, earning them the title of the first carbon neutral airport group in France. 
Norway’s Bergen and Stavanger airports secured the carbon neutral status, joining two other airports within their network, that were already carbon neutral since Year 1 of the programme: Oslo and Trondheim Airports. 
Three of the currently 48 carbon neutral airports in the world took a 3-yearly renewal home: Stockholm Arlanda and Visby Airports in Sweden and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in the USA.