Carbon-cutting efforts at Port Authority airports awarded new accreditation

20 June 2019

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey airports generated 111,937 tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, which was an 11% drop compared to 2014. 
These efforts secured a successful renewal & upgrade to Level 3 Optimisation of Airport Carbon Accreditation of all 5 of their airports. This means they are only one step short of carbon neutrality.
A special shoutout to John F. Kennedy International AirportNewark Liberty International AirportLaGuardia Airport, Teterboro AirportStewart International Airport. 
Read more about their work in support of Paris Agreement here.   

Oslo Airport achieves Neutrality status renewal

18 June 2019

There are two objectives that drive CO2 management at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, implemented by AVINOR: no fossil greenhouse gas emissions from own controllable activities & 70% share of public transport access by 2020. Thanks to their hard work, they are on track to achieve this! As part of these efforts, Oslo has now renewed their certificate at the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation 3+ Neutrality. Read more about their climate mitigation here.  

Lithuanian Airports boost their efforts to reduce their impact on the climate

11 June 2019

Lithuanian Airports are hard at work to manage their CO2 emissions. In recognition of their efforts, Vilnius Airport has moved up to Level 2 'Reduction' of Airport Carbon Accreditation, while Palanga Airport and Kaunas Airport have become accredited for the first time at Level 1 'Mapping'! 
Vilnius Airport is currently the only one in the Baltic States to have achieved Level 2 of the programme. Read more.

10 years on top of CO2 management - Umea Airport

04 June 2019

Swedavia's Umeå Airport has just achieved a successful 3-yearly renewal at the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Umeå was also one of the first carbon neutral airports in the world accredited by the programme. 10 years on, they are still as committed to carbon management as in the very beginning of this journey. Congratulations!  

CO2 reduction recognition for Indianapolis International Airport

03 June 2019

Did you know that Indianapolis International Airport is home to the largest solar farm on any airport property in the world? 183 acres on IND airport property currently house 87,478 solar panels, enough energy to power 3,675 average American homes per year.
We are delighted to confirm that this CO2-reducing airport has just renewed their Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate! 
Read more about their sustainability work here.

Longreach Airport achieves Level 2 'Reduction'

03 June 2019

Environmental sustainability will be an even stronger focus at Longreach Airport following the awarding of Level 2 accreditation under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The airport was recognised for achieving significant reduction of CO2 levels. For example, Longreach Airport installed 396 solar panels on the roof of the terminal building in 2016, offsetting about 95 per cent of the airport’s electricity usage during daylight hours. Read more about the actions that led to their upgrade here.  

Treviso Airport renews its Level 3+ accreditation

29 May 2019

It all starts with an ambitious commitment. Italy's Treviso Airport pledged to reduce its emissions by 60% by 2030 compared to 2012 as base year. Already carbon neutral within Airport Carbon Accreditation, the airport continues to work hard to curb its climate impact. Congratulations to the team at Treviso, working hard to bring in new CO2 reduction levels, in order to achieve Level 3+ renewal!

Ten Portuguese airports achieve successful renewal

27 May 2019

Portuguese airports form a strong group among the accredited airports, with ten of them being busy with reducing their CO2. We are delighted to confirm that all ten managed to secure a renewal at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation

Congratulations to the teams at Faro Airport, Lisbon Portela Airport, Porto Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, Ponta Delgada Joao Paulo II Airport, Madeira Airport, Horta Airport, Santa Maria Airport, Flores Airport, Porto Santo Airport and Beja Airport. 

VINCI Airports is now the largest airport network of accredited airports, currently counting 36 accredited airports. There are two carbon neutral airports within the group: Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport in France; and London Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom.  

Succesful CO2 reduction at Bogota El Dorado International Airport

16 May 2019

Bogota El Dorado International Airport achieved a successful upgrade to Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. The air terminal received the certification in recognition for reducing its emissions by 5% compared to 2017 and by 25% with respect to the average of the last three years. This was possible thanks to the implementation of strategies included in the airport's carbon management plan that includes energy savings based on improvements in air conditioning, ventilation and lighting systems, and the renewal of vehicles at the service of the operation. 

Read more (in Spanish) by following this link.  

Venice Airport - another year of carbon neutral operations

15 May 2019

Renewing at the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation involves consistent hard work towards minimising the airport's CO2 footprint & following the path of more sustainable airport operations. Congratulations to Venice Marco Polo Airport for having achieved Level 3+ Neutrality for another year! Read more about their environment-minded work on the dedicated website (in Italian)

New reductions confirmed at Guayaquil Airport

07 May 2019

Ecuador's Aeropuerto de Guayaquil Jose Joaquin de Olmedo has just been recertified for reducing its CO2 emissions within Airport Carbon Accreditation! In order to achieve Level 2 'Reduction' for another year, the airport had to demonstrate the achievement of new CO2 reductions. Keep up the great work! 

Sharjah Airport renews at Level 3 'Optimisation'

02 May 2019

It's been one year since Sharjah Airport became the first airport in the United Arab Emirates to achieve Level 3 'Optimisation' of Airport Carbon Accreditation, and we are delighted to note that they haven't lost their throttle on CO2 management! The airport renewed their accreditation at the second to highest level of the programme, in recognition of their great efforts to mitigate CO2 emissions from their operations and motivating their business partners to do the same! 

South African airports run the show!

26 April 2019

We are delighted to announce several great strides made by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on their path towards the long-term goal of carbon neutrality of their network's operations (which they are planning to reach by 2025). 

A fifth airport operated by the company joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation community. George Airport, Africa's first solar-powered airport has successfully joined at Level 1 'Mapping'. The airport is already a seasoned CO2 manager, as 50% of their energy needs is supplied through their own, 200m2 photo-voltaic plant, consisting of 3000 solar panels. Keep up the great work! 

Two airports, including Africa's biggest and busiest airport - O.R. Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport have been recognised for effectively reducing CO2 emissions from their operations with an upgrade to Level 2 'Reduction' of the programme. 

Port Elizabeth International Airport and King Shaka International Airport achieved successful renewal at Level 1 Mapping of Airport Carbon Accreditation.  

Congratulations to everyone involved for your work to reduce carbon intensity of the group's operations! 

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Texas reached its 2020 carbon reduction goal two years ahead of schedule.

24 April 2019

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport achieved the target of a 5.4% reduction in carbon emissions per passenger in fiscal year 2018 – which covers October 2017 through to September 2018 – and since 2010, has reduced 83% of emissions per passenger.
The airport adds it also achieved an overall 27% reduction in electricity costs since 2010 while the number of passengers increased by 22% over the same period.
It was also the first airport in North America to achieve carbon neutral status and was granted a three-year Airport Carbon Accreditation last year through 2021. Carbon neutrality occurs when the net carbon dioxide emissions over an entire year is zero, meaning the airport absorbs or offsets the same amount of carbon dioxide as it produces.
The achievement is recognised and accredited by Airport Carbon Accreditation, an international organisation that monitors the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions.
Some of the measures implemented by DFW include the installation of highly efficient plumbing fixtures across terminals and office buildings which helped lower customer water usage, its transition to 100% renewable electricity and its transportation fleet using 36% renewable natural gas (RNG).
The airport also diverted 180,000 tons of waste from landfill last year through recycling – it has set a goal for a 90% landfill diversion rate as part of its Zero Waste Programme.
It installed 12 new charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) at one of its terminals in FY18, increasing the total number to 25, with more being planned for this year.
Robert Horton, VP Environmental Affairs told ELN: “Our initial goal was to reduce our CO2 emissions per passenger by 15% by 2020. We were able to achieve this goal two years ahead of schedule and as such we’ve been able to drive more efficient operations, offset the impact of our growth and reduce our emissions per passenger.
“We recognise that environmental improvement is an economic, social and business imperative for the airport and for the community we serve. Sustainability touches everyone and we look at our sustainability goals not just as expectations we need to meet but an important responsibility.”

Sydney Airport's hard work on slashing CO2 earns successful renewal

11 April 2019

Australia's Sydney Airport has just been re-accredited at Level 3 Optimisation, a recognition for reducing CO2 emissions from their own operations and motivating their business partners to get active with it as well. Sydney reached this level of carbon management maturity for the first time in 2016 and since then achieved successful renewal each year. Thanks to their many environment-minded initiatives, Sydney Airport has already delivered a 25.6% reduction in carbon emissions per passenger since 2010. Find out more about their actions here

TAG Farnborough reaches net zero emissions again this year!

09 April 2019

Last year, TAG Farnborough Airport became the very first business aviation airport to ever reach carbon neutrality. We are delighted to confirm that the airport has just reached a successful renewal at Level 3+ of Airport Carbon Accreditation, topping the list of the best carbon managers in its class for another year! Keep up the great work! 

Bulgaria's busiest airport renews its accreditation

08 April 2019

Sofia International Airport, serving the capital city of Bulgaria, has just successfully renewed its Airport Carbon Accreditation. The airport is at Level 2 Reduction which means a continuous effort to reduce its CO2 footprint! An example of initiative? Since 2017, an electric bus connects the terminals of the airport, providing the passengers with emissions-free transfer. Well done! 

Global carbon standard for airport operators marks 10 years

04 April 2019

  • 2019 marks 10 years since the launch of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme
  • 264 airports now actively engaged in addressing their impact on Climate change
  • Over 100 airports are encouraging other companies on the airport site to lower their CO2
  • Airport operators of 49 airports worldwide are carbon neutral
04 April 2019:  As this year’s ACI Asia-Pacific & World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) takes place in Hong Kong, Airports Council International provided an update on the latest developments among the community of 264 airports currently in the global carbon management standard, Airport Carbon Accreditation.
Initially launched in Europe in 2009, the independent annual certification programme has since gone on to become the global standard for airport operators seeking to address their carbon footprint. 
Niclas Svenningsen, who heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in Bonn, Germany commented “In terms of pure scale, Climate change is a daunting challenge – people’s reactions range from intense anxiety to jaded cynicism. The best response is to try to do something about it – starting by taking responsibility for what you control, for what you deal with. For this reason, I congratulate ACI on a decade of Airport Carbon Accreditation. It is an inspiring example of an industry that proactively sought to make a positive change – and now with 264 airports on board – it is succeeding in doing that. I invite people to find out more about their local airport’s involvement and ambitions – mobility is a fundamental part of life, so let’s try to make it as efficient & ecological as possible.”
Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World said “The global airport industry is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and, in 2009, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme was launched in Europe to empower airport operators with a detailed, multi-step path to carbon neutrality. We are delighted that the programme quickly gathered global momentum which is a reflection of how airport operators think local and global. Running an airport is a complex business and airport operators are one piece of this puzzle with many stakeholders on the airport site. Working relationships need to be fostered and maintained and airport operators are addressing their direct carbon emissions, but also engaging partners to address theirs.”
On the occasion of the ACI Asia-Pacific and World Annual General Assembly, 19 of the 54 accredited airports in the region were presented with their certificates**, including 8 airports at Level 1 ‘Mapping’, 6 airports at Level 2 ‘Reduction’ and 5 airports at Level 3 ‘Optimisation’, the highest level possible without using carbon offsets. Airport Carbon Accreditation has been live in Asia-Pacific since November 2010 and the 54 accredited airports in the region welcome 37.3% of annual passenger traffic.
With 4 different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality), Airport Carbon Accreditation is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed¹ and has the support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Commission (EC). 
To reduce their carbon emissions, airport operators need to consider the full extent of the emissions sources under their direct control. Investment in more energy efficient lighting, heating, switching to hybrid or electric ground vehicles, onsite renewables, energy management tools and employee behavioural change all have a part to play. The possibilities become even more diverse when airport operators engage other stakeholders on the airport site as well (Levels 3 and 3+ of the programme), with initiatives such as Airport-Collaborative Decision-Making (A-CDM), support to Continuous Descent Operations and Time-Based Separation lowering airline-associated carbon emissions and better intermodal access through electric or hybrid taxis offering passengers cleaner transport solutions to/from the airport.
Carbon neutral airports at Level 3+ of the programme have to provide evidence of undertaking all the actions required by the programme (mapping their emissions, reducing them and engaging others on the airport site), before investing in responsible carbon offsets. The 44 carbon neutral airports during Year 9 of the programme (May 2017 to May 2018) offset 672,000 tonnes of CO2 in residual emissions. As part of the evolving nature of the programme, a dedicated guidance document on offsetting has recently been released, to help airport operators select high quality offsets.

Airport Carbon Accreditation marks its 10th anniversary in Hong Kong

03 April 2019

All is set to start celebrating the first decade of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme! The 10th anniversary was marked for the first time today at the ACI World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) in Hong Kong, hosted by Hong Kong International Airport. 

Earlier today, at this gathering of more than 800 aviation industry leaders, Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World, pushed the button kicking off what will be a series of anniversary moments this year. In a speech addressing the assembly, she recounted the 10 years of the programme’s progress that led to its current, fully global span. The continuous growth the programme has experienced shows the commitment and value airports put on mitigating their impact on the climate. There is still a lot to do, but one thing you can count on is that the programme will continue to put carbon management to the core of the airport business for decades to come.

There are now 264 accredited airports worldwide, welcoming 43% of global air passenger traffic, spanning across 71 countries, including carbon neutral airports in every single region of the world. Their common goal is to address their carbon emissions, a daunting task that calls for a collaborative approach, provided to them through the framework of Airport Carbon Accreditation.  

This year’s ACI WAGA has gathered a notable number of climate-smart airports from the Asia-Pacific region. The representation of 19 airports out of the total 54 accredited airports in the region joined the stage today to receive their well-deserved Airport Carbon Accredited certificates. Watch the ceremony here.

And this is only the beginning… As is fitting for a truly global programme, we will mark the 10th anniversary in various different regions of the world over the course of the year. Watch this space! 

When we started this journey in 2009, we didn’t know how many airports would embrace the concept of voluntary carbon emissions reduction on an annual basis. In the first year, there were 17 airports accredited. With 264 airports currently accredited worldwide, the momentum has been extraordinary. There is still more to do – and we are regularly looking how the programme can be improved.  Thank you to all the airports, verifiers and the wider AirportCO2 community for their continuing engagement and support for the programme.


Hobart Airport moves up a level!

02 April 2019

Tasmania’s Hobart Airport has stepped up its climate efforts! The airport has just been recognised for their work to reduce carbon emissions from their operations with a Level 2 Reduction certificate of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This is all the more important for the state of Tasmania, belonging to the group of small island states, more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Well done to everyone involved at the airport.