New entries & upgrades – taking the pulse

August 21, 2019

The programme has recorded 282 participating airports this summer. 46 airports are accredited in North America. A further 22 airports manage their carbon in Latin America & the Caribbean. Europe’s airports count 147 accredited airports among them. Asia-Pacific and Africa now have 55 and 12 accredited airports respectively. There have been 19 new entries since the last edition of AirportCO2 News and as many as 20 airports progressed higher in their level of accreditation. Would you like to know which ones? Read on! 
For starters 
Europe has been on a roll with 8 new airports coming on board at Level 1 ‘Mapping’. Varna and Burgas Airports in Bulgaria, Kaunas and Palanga Airports in Lithuania and Kefallinia, Mitilini, Rodos and Thessaloniki Airports in Greece all became accredited for the first time in the past months. 
There were 9 new accreditations in the Americas. Canada’s Fredericton and Saskatoon Airports joined at Level 1 ‘Mapping’ and all 5 General Aviation airports implemented by Indianapolis Airport Authority in the US started Mapping their emissions. Los Mochis International Airport in Mexico secured Level 1 accreditation as well, while Aguascalientes Airport achieved a direct accreditation at Level 2 ‘Reduction’. Congratulations! 
New Zealand’s Palmerston North Airport received Level 1 ‘Mapping’ accreditation for the first time and became the 55th accredited airport in Asia-Pacific. South Africa welcomed its fifth climate-smart airport in George Airport, which received recognition for Mapping its emissions. 
Reaching the highest level 
We are delighted to confirm that four European airports have recently gone all the way to Level 3+ ‘Neutrality’!  Larnaka and Pafos Airports in Cyprus, as well as Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport and Kosovo’s Prishtina International Airport have managed to reduce their emissions as much as possible and compensate for the remaining residual CO2 with responsibly-sourced carbon credits. These upgrades have brought the total number of carbon neutral airports worldwide to 53.  
Additionally, 4 airports that are already carbon neutral within the programme managed to secure a 3-yearly renewal. These airports are: the entire Manchester Airports Group (Manchester, London-Stansted and East Midlands Airports) in the UK, and Umea Airport in Sweden. 
Engaging the entire airport community 
Upgrading to Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ requires airports to present evidence of engaging other companies working within their perimeter (airlines, retailers, ground handlers, etc.) in the effort to reduce emissions, on top of their own CO2-curtailing initiatives. Collaboration and the ability to spread carbon-savvy behaviour across the board are key here! This big step has been achieved by a further five airports: LaGuardia and Teterboro Airports joined the other three airports operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at this level. One more North American airport managed to secure this upgrade – Greater Moncton Romeo LeBlanc International Airport in Canada. 
In Asia-Pacific and Europe respectively, the Level 3 carbon management recognition was granted to Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates and Marseille-Provence and Toulouse-Blagnac Airports in France. 
New at Level 2
A whopping 10 airports have rolled up their sleeves and started actively reducing their CO2 emissions within Airport Carbon Accreditation. In Asia-Pacific, Longreach and Mount Isa Airports secured their upgrade to Level 2 ‘Reduction’, which means that all four airports implemented by Queensland Airports Limited are now at this level of carbon management. The same recognition went to Shenzhen International Airport in China. 
Airports in South Africa upped their engagement in the programme, with two busiest airports in their network, Cape Town and OR Tambo International Airports, actively pursuing CO2 reduction. A successful upgrade to Level 2 ‘Reduction’ was also achieved by Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport, serving the island of Mauritius. 
Four European airports, Nantes-Atlantique Airport in France, Vilnius Airport in Lithuania, Malaga Costa del Sol Airport in Spain and Keflavik Airport in Iceland all recently became Level 2 Airport Carbon Accredited
Bogota El Dorado International Airport in Columbia is now actively reducing its CO2 emissions as well.
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