Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino renew as carbon neutral!

16 January 2019

Both airports serving the capital of Italy, Rome, reached the highest level in Airport Carbon Accreditation - carbon neutrality!

Budapest Airport - the sole airport on top of Climate Action in their region

16 January 2019

Budapest Airport is still the only carbon neutral airport in Central and Eastern Europe! We are delighted to confirm that the airport has secured a renewal of their Level 3+ Neutrality certificate within Airport Carbon Accreditation, as one of the 40 airports in Europe, run by a carbon neutral operator. 

Budapest Airport received the carbon neutral accreditation for 2019 as well, primarily due to a series of energy-saving measures. Among other things, the company achieved that electric vehicles are used in more and more areas also by other companies operating at the airport, enhanced the heat insulation of several hangars and other buildings, and optimized its water network and water consumption. In addition, Budapest Airport also purchased so-called carbon credits produced by a Chinese wind power station project, thereby contributing to the international struggle against climate change.  Learn more here

New arrival in China!

15 January 2019

ACI Asia-Pacific airports have been particularly active taking Climate Action within Airport Carbon Accreditation these past couple of weeks! This time we are welcoming a new airport in China. Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport in the province of Henan joined the programme at Level 1 Mapping. 恭喜!

Frankfurt Airport renews their Level 3

15 January 2019

Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport in Germany, but also one of the greenest runways to land on or fly away from in the country! Taking climate action at the second to highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation, Frankfurt Airport just renewed their Level 3 Optimisation certificate. Our compliments!

Puerto Vallarta Airport renews their Level 2 accreditation

09 January 2019

It's always a reason to celebrate when Puerto Vallarta International Airport, the 1st airport to ever join the programme in Latin America & the Caribbean, renews its accreditation! We are delighted to confirm that the airport, implemented by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, has met all the necessary requirements to renew at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Let's keep on reducing the carbon intensity of airport operations! 

Brazil's Salvador Bahia Intl Airport joins the programme

09 January 2019

Brazil's Salvador Bahia International Airport is the 19th Latin American airport to become accredited in the programme! The airport operated by VINCI Airports fulfilled all the necessary requirements to enter the programme at Level 1 Mapping. Congratulations to everyone involved! 

4 new accredited airports in India!

09 January 2019

Four new airports have joined the programme straight off the bat in 2019! Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata; Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar; Lal Bhadaur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi and the Trivandrum International Airport have successfully completed the first step of instituting an environment policy and carbon mapping - Level 1 of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Congratulations to their operator, Airports Authority of India, for staying true to their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development! 

Read more about this achievement here.  

Hermes Airports achieve Level 3 for the first time

08 January 2019

Just one year after achieving Level 2 of Airport Carbon Accreditation, Cypriot airports: Larnaka and Pafos have once again upgraded their carbon management! Hermes Airports, the company operating both airports, has received two certificates for LCA and PFO, for their extensive work to reduce the emissions from their operations and engage stakeholders working at their premises to do the same. Congratulations! 

Read more about their work here.  

French VINCI Airports maintain their carbon accreditation

13 December 2018

VINCI Airports company is very committed to fostering Climate Action. All the airports that join the network are actually obliged to start addressing their carbon emissions - a resolution worth a special applause!Seven French airports of the group have just secured a successful renewal at Level 1 Mapping of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Félicitations to: Ancenis Airport, Chambéry Savoie Mont Blanc Airport, Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport, Grenoble Alpes Isère Airport, Nantes Atlantique Airport, Poitiers-Biard Airport and Saint-Nazaire Montoir Airport! 

The community of climate-smart airports welcomes Pisco Airport!

12 December 2018

Pisco Airport, implemented by Aeropuertos del Perú (AdP), is the first one in Peru to become Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 1 Mapping.

As part of its commitment to caring for the environment, AdP managed to quantify, verify and accredit the carbon footprint of Pisco International Airport, becoming the first air terminal in Peru to obtain Level 1 accreditation. This is the first step in the process of reducing greenhouse gas emissions produced by AdP in the development of its airport activities. For AdP, the improvement of infrastructure and the modernization of airports must be accompanied by sustainable environmental practices, under this premise it decided to implement this accreditation at the International Airport of Pisco, because it is the first terminal of its network of airports to have concluded the modernization process. Congratulations on joining the programme! 

Salalah is actively reducing its CO2 emissions from now on!

11 December 2018

It has only been one year since Salalah Airport, implemented by Oman Airport Management Company, joined the programme, and the airport is already going higher with their carbon management! Salalah joins its busier colleague, Muscat Airport, in being recognised at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation for actively reducing their CO2 emissions. Congratulations!  

Kansai Airports Group gears up their Climate Action

07 December 2018

Kansai Airports Group (Japanese part of the wider network of VINCI Airports) have secured a higher level of certification - Level 3 Optimisation - for Kansai (KIX) and Osaka (ITAMI) International Airports. That's not all! Another airport in Japan was recognised for their carbon management efforts! Kobe Airport (KOBE) has successfully entered the programme, directly at Level 2 Reduction. Congratulations! The group developed a new environmental plan called One Eco-Airport Plan for the three airports (KIX, ITAMI and KOBE) in April 2018, along with its four basic policies: Response to climate change, Resource usage, Harmonious coexistence and Environmental management. Based on the plan and policies, the group has been carrying out a number of activities aimed at protecting the environment. These accreditation certificates are a testimony to the group’s relentless efforts to reduce the carbon footprint at the airports.Kansai Airports Group is committed to further accelerating its efforts to reduce environmental impact in pursuit of a harmonious coexistence between the airports and their surrounding environment, through continued cooperation with airport-based operators and close communication with local communities.

Lapland Airports move up to the next level of CO2 management

05 December 2018

In one big stride for more advanced CO2 management, the whole group of Finavia's airports in Lapland upgraded their Airport Carbon Accreditation to Level 3 Optimisation. Rovaniemi, Kittilä, Ivalo, Kemi-Tornio, Kuusamo and Enontekiö Airports have just been recognised for achieving CO2 reductions and for motivating their business partners to join their efforts for Climate. Would you like an example of their cooperation with business partners to foster lower levels of CO2 from their operations? They now work with Neste to provide renewable fuels to their carriers! Read more here.

Rome Fiumicino achieves a successful renewal at Level 3+

03 December 2018

Aeroporti di Roma, the company implementing Rome Fiumicino Airport joined Airport Carbon Accreditation as early as 2011! As years go by, the busiest airport in Italy is only getting more and more engaged in Climate Action within the programme. They have just secured a successful re-certification at the highest level - 3+ Neutrality for another consecutive year! Would you like to find out more about their environment work? Check out these fabulous info-graphics.  

Narita is the first in Japan to achieve Level 3 Optimisation!

29 November 2018

Narita Airport has established itself as an "Eco-Airport" through recycling and environmental awareness from a global perspective. In that capacity, it sets an Eco-Airport Master Plan in place and works with airlines and other airport stakeholders to reduce the impact on the environment and address global environment issues. Participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program is one of Narita Airport's environmental initiatives under its Eco-Airport Master Plan. Narita had already acquired Level 2, Reduction in recognition of its systematic reduction of carbon emissions from NAA and its subsidiary companies. Achieving a higher level of accreditation is evidence of Narita's firm commitment. This recognizes NAA's airport-wide reduction program for monitoring carbon emissions from aircraft, motor vehicles, employee transport and other sources across the airport and taking the framework for accelerating cooperation with airport stakeholders. The above initiatives helped Narita become the first and only airport in Japan to ever reach this high in carbon management maturity. Congratulations to everyone involved in this fantastic achievement!  

Farewells and new beginnings in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Advisory Board

26 November 2018

It is time to bid farewell to Professor Callum Thomas from the Manchester Metropolitan University, who has decided to step down from the Airport Carbon Accreditation Advisory Board, having participated in it from its very beginning. He has followed the development of the programme over the span of the last (almost) 10 years and had a hand in its success through the invaluable input that he brought to the Advisory Board. As he retires, we invited him to share his perspective with us in a unique interview, that you can read here

His seat will be taken up by his long-time co-worker and a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University – Christopher Paling. His expertise is in airport management of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of a changing climate. In addition to his research and advisory roles, Chris teaches environmental science and sustainability on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and guest lectures at other universities, with a focus on aviation. He is also lead tutor on the three environmental courses offered by ACI World. Upon joining the Airport Carbon Accreditation Advisory Board he commented:

I have been an advocate of Airport Carbon Accreditation since its inception. I worked for an airport operator in the programme’s early years and led accreditation to level 3. I returned to academia in 2012, where my research is currently focused on airport carbon emissions accounting and management. It is a privilege to take over from my colleague Professor Callum Thomas. I look forward to my new role on the Advisory Board and playing my part in the development and continued success of Airport Carbon Accreditation. The challenge of climate change has never been greater and our response never more important.

The coveted 0 net emissions

26 November 2018

The number of carbon neutral airports is rising steadily. Since the last edition of AirportCO2 News, another 4 airports reached net zero emissions from their operations. Under Airport Carbon Accreditation, carbon neutrality, as this state is commonly referred to, is when the net carbon dioxide emissions under direct control by the airport operator over an entire year is zero. This is usually achieved if the airport reduces its emissions as much as possible and compensates for any residual emissions through the purchase of carbon offsets. Thanks to their work to achieve this, the total number of airports at the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation has risen to 48. 

Chapeau! First carbon neutral group in France

It seems like Côte d’Azur Airports are on a quest to gather all the firsts regarding carbon neutrality in France. The busiest airport in their group, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport was one of the first French airports to join the programme, and 5 years later, in 2016, became the first French airport to achieve Level 3+ Neutrality. 

Now, with the successful upgrades of Cannes-Mandelieu and Saint Tropez airports, the entire group has become the first carbon neutral network of airports in the home country of Voltaire. Since 2015, the group’s airports have significantly reduced their CO2 emissions, thanks to the successful partnership with the Electricité de France (EDF) Group and the signing of a guaranteed 100% French hydraulic electricity purchase contract, which has led to a reduction of 30 to 50% of their total emissions, depending on the airport.

In the future, Nice Côte d'Azur Airport has also decided to convert its fleet of professional vehicles to electric. Its service vehicles will thus be completely renewed by 2020. The airports of Cannes-Mandelieu and Saint Tropez will follow in Nice Airport’s footsteps shortly after.

In order to compensate for the remaining emissions, the airport group offset 1,961 tonnes of CO2 by purchasing Gold Standard carbon credits from the following projects:

-              Africompost in Togo, Cameroun and Madagascar, reducing greenhouse gas emissions through a systematic and controlled treatment of organic waste,

-              Landfill gas project in Santa Marta, Chili, using emissions from the landfill to produce electricity,

-              Rwanda Borehole Project, avoiding greenhouse gas emissions associated to traditional ways of water purification by rehabilitating boreholes.

Norway says ‘No way!’ to carbon

Avinor, the company managing most of Norway’s airports, has recently become well-known for its far-reaching strides in the development of electric planes to serve regional flights between its airports. The group’s CEO Dag Falk-Petersen and Norway’s Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen carried out a successful maiden flight of a two-seater electric plane, while asserting that electric passenger flights on short distances could kick off as early as 2025. In fact, Avinor’s goal is for all Norwegian short-haul aviation to be electrified by 2040 and the company is already playing an active role in achieving this goal. Avinor has established a long-term project for the introduction of electric aircraft in Norwegian aviation. The project is supported by the government, and the other project partners are Widerøe, S.A.S. and the climate foundation ZERO.

Back on the ground, the group is also focused on its ambitious objective to achieve “no fossil greenhouse gas emission from own controllable activities by 2020”. Thanks to their extensive work to reduce and compensate for their carbon footprint, two more airports in Norway have joined the carbon neutral ranks within Airport Carbon Accreditation. Oslo and Trondheim airports which have participated in the programme almost since Day 1 and joined directly at Level 3+ Neutrality, were followed by the upgrading of Bergen and Stavanger in year 9. 

As for the large majority of airports, Avinor’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the LTO cycle, i.e. emissions from aircraft below 3,000 feet that are landing, taxiing and taking off at the airport. These emissions can be significantly reduced if sustainable aviation fuels are phased in. Under commission from Avinor, SAS, Norwegian and the Federation of Norwegian Aviation Industries (NHO luftfart), the consultancy Rambøll has studied whether it is possible to establish commercially profitable Norwegian production of sustainable biofuels for aviation. The report concludes that synthetic biofuels could be produced in Norway at competitive prices by 2025. Until then, the group has put imported jet biofuels on offer. At its two busiest airports – Oslo and Bergen – a special blend of jet fuel mixed with biofuels is made available to all aircraft. This development was funneled by the recent decision of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment to oblige the aviation fuel industry to mix 0.5 percent advanced biofuel into jet fuel from 2020 onwards. Up until now, Norway is the first and only country to push for such legislation, which strongly supports the development of the biofuel market. Avinor’s airports stay ahead of the curve in driving this praiseworthy initiative.  

Better guidance on offsetting

Level 3+ Neutrality is the most ambitious accreditation level. To achieve this status an airport must first reduce its scope 1 and 2 emissions as much as possible. Then the airport must offset residual emissions that cannot be reduced, alongside scope 3 emissions from staff business travel. 

The credibility of the carbon neutrality status therefore depends on the quality of the offset credits used. To help airports select offsets of high quality, in 2017 ACI EUROPE commissioned a review of offsetting instruments and project types. The study was carried out by the consultancy Ecofys. The findings have been reviewed by the programme Task Force and Advisory Board, which have decided to introduce a more comprehensive guidance on offsetting for Airport Carbon Accreditation, addressing aspects such as offset programmes, project types and vintage. A dedicated guidance document is under development and expected to be completed by end 2018. 


Malmö Airport logs in another milestone towards more sustainable operations

23 November 2018

Malmö Airport, implemented by Swedavia, has just renewed its Neutrality certificate within Airport Carbon Accreditation for the next 3 years! Airports can apply for such a prolonged renewal only if they have achieved a quantified emissions reduction on at least one Scope 3 emissions source, i.e. successfully contributed to reducing the carbon footprint of their partners. And while their certificates are valid for three years, these airports still have, to submit a full carbon footprint on an annual basis, demonstrate emissions reductions and offset their residual emissions. Congratulations to everyone at the airport, pushing CO2 neutral airport operations ahead!

The only accredited airport in Mexico renews at Level 1

21 November 2018

Tijuana International Airport is the one & only accredited airport in Mexico, with a freshly booked renewal of its Airport Carbon Accreditation certification!  Currently at Level 1 Mapping, the airport is preparing a sound carbon inventory base to start reducing its emissions! Congratulations on your renewal. 

Riga Airport recognised for CO2 inventory

21 November 2018

Latvia's capital city is served by a climate-smart airport too! Riga International Airport just renewed at Level 1 Mapping of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Would you like to find out more about their climate action efforts? Here is a useful link