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

New arrivals & upgrades: the more, the merrier!

21 November 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 downThree 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 neutralityA 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 topThere 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. 

Is your airport ready for the changing climate?

21 November 2018

It’s been a banner year for extreme climate events. Given the recent rise in frequency of extreme adverse weather conditions around the globe, the efforts of airports to adapt to the changing climate become critical. To bring it to their attention, at this year’s Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva, ACI World launched a new policy brief - Airports’ Resilience and Adaptation to a Changing Climate - that stresses the importance of airport resilience and encourages airports to develop climate change adaptation plans.  

This policy brief follows the adoption of a resolution by ACI members (ACI Resolution 3/2018 on resilience and adaptation to climate change) at the World Annual General Assembly in Brussels in June 2018, recognising the potential impact of climate change on airport infrastructure and operations.  It addresses many of the resolution’s intentions by supporting airport operators in understanding the risks related to more adverse weather events and changing climate patterns. It also encourages airports to conduct risk assessments to identify vulnerabilities of their existing and new infrastructure and operations and define adaptation plans accordingly. 

The brief includes case studies from airports in Norway, Australia, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Amsterdam and Singapore and thus supports exchange of good practices between ACI members. It also provides recommendations, and an extensive rundown of climate stressors and their related potential impacts on infrastructure and operations, as well as a non-exhaustive list of airports that have already started to work on resilience and adaptation to climate change.

Improving operational resilience and adapting to the predicted effects of climate change has been a priority for airports around the world for quite some time but recent events have brought this into even sharper focus,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World.

It is well understood that climate change could have far-reaching effects and airports are certainly not immune to them. The aim of this policy brief is to provide airports with practical information, advice and real-life examples that they can use to examine their own practices. Each airport can then make decisions on how they may introduce, improve, or adapt their own procedures and resilience plans that best suit their infrastructure and local conditions.

Download the brief here


Brussels Airport partners strengthen environmental cooperation through EUROCONTROL’s Collaborative Environmental Management

21 November 2018

We are here to assure you that airports that reach the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation, do not rest on their laurels! On the contrary, they continue to seek out ways to improve their environmental performance. The recent developments at Brussels Airport (which first joined the programme in 2010 and achieved carbon neutral status in June this year), confirm just that! 

Based on EUROCONTROL’s Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM) specifications, Belgocontrol and Brussels Airport Company have signed a cooperation agreement with Brussels Airlines, TUI Fly and DHL Express, on undertaking joint initiatives that further reduce the environmental impact of aviation activities. By signing this document, the five partners formalise their long-standing cooperation on environmental issues. By joining forces and aligning all environmental efforts, the partners aim to accelerate projects and achieve more in the fields of carbon and noise reduction as well as local air quality. That is why, specialists from the various companies and organisations will meet at regular intervals to launch joint research and environmentally-friendly initiatives. 

The ‘collaborative environmental management’ concept (CEM) was developed over a number of years by EUROCONTROL with the close involvement of ACI EUROPE and other industry stakeholders. It was launched jointly by both organisations at the 9th ACI Airport Exchange in Paris on 4 November 2014 and adopted by ACI EUROPE as Recommended Practice in October 2014. The concept outlines a working arrangement for operational stakeholders to devise common solutions to environmental challenges at and around airports. To find out what is ‘collaborative environmental management’ watch this video from EUROCONTROL. The specifications of CEM have recently been updated and gathered in a new document (link to download). 


North American airports on top of their carbon management

21 November 2018

At the recent ACI-NA Annual Conference in Nashville, the 39 North American airports engaged in Climate Action within Airport Carbon Accreditation joined the stage to pick up their well-earned certificates.  

Airports strive to be good partners within their communities and in the global aviation system by promoting sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “One of the chief ways North American airports can lower their carbon footprint is by participating in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program. I applaud the 39 airports that are leading our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.

For 2018, 20 airports renewed their Airport Carbon Accreditation, while 6 airports upgraded to the next level. Notably, Austin-Bergstrom International, Greater Moncton International, Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Tampa International Airport upgraded to Level 2 Reduction. San Diego International Airport and Vancouver International Airport went for Level 3, going beyond individual reduction efforts and engaging their partners to participate in their work towards more sustainable operations.

Twelve airports have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme since 2017, including, Charlottetown Airport, Dallas Love Field Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, New York Stewart International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Teterboro Airport, Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport, Regina International Airport, and Tampa’s three General Aviation airports.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport remains the only North American airport to achieve carbon neutral certification, and is the first to achieve a three-year certification as a carbon neutral airport. 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. Hence, even bigger kudos for this excellent achievement to everyone involved at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport!


Global results announced in Geneva: over 347,000 tonnes CO2 saved by the accredited airports

21 November 2018

Speaking at this year’s Global Sustainable Aviation Summit organised by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) in Geneva, ACI EUROPE’s Director General Olivier Jankovec spelled out the latest results of the Global airport community’s Climate Action within the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The announcement was all the more noteworthy, as it covered Year 9 of the programme (May 2017 – May 2018) - the strongest reporting period in terms of participation figures and carbon performance of airports since the programme’s inception. 

At the time of the announcement, 246 airports were using the programme’s framework to manage and reduce their carbon footprint. These airports collectively managed to reduce their carbon emissions by -347,026 tonnes or -5.3% between May 2017 and May 2018. Check out this animation, to get a visual grip on these numbers. 

Year 9 was equally a breakthrough in terms of participation growth, with 51 new accreditations representing a 25% increase on last year’s results. For the first time, the highest level of accreditation, Level 3+ Neutrality, was achieved by at least one airport in every world region, thanks to the successful upgrade of Galapagos Ecological Airport in Latin America & the Caribbean to this level. 

More information about the above milestones and airports’ climate action in Year 9, is available in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Annual Report 2017-2018 (link to download). Compared to the previous years, this report follows a new structure focused on outlining the key achievements and developments in a concise and visual way, the most significant global and regional trends, and representative case studies. In addition, the publication provides new performance information, for instance, on offsetting instruments and project types opted for by the 3+ accredited airports, and the uptake of carbon reduction opportunities among the Airport Carbon Accreditation participants. We very much encourage you to check out the report for yourself! 


Ankara Esenboğa International Airport maintains 0 net CO2 emissions

19 November 2018

Ankara Esenboğa International Airport has succeeded at maintaining their carbon neutral status within Airport Carbon Accreditation! On top of many carbon-cutting initiatives implemented by the airport, which earned it the title of the first carbon neutral airport in Turkey, Ankara Esenboğa Airport (TAV Airports) has launched an application that enables passengers to offset the carbon emissions which result from their flights. 

The passengers can calculate the carbon footprint of their flights and offset it by supporting a project which both reduces carbon emissions and contributes to sustainable development. Check out the tool here. Thumbs up for this great initiative!  

Vienna Airport recognised for their CO2 reduction & business partners engagement

16 November 2018

Last year's upgrader to Level 3 Optimisation - Vienna Airport just renewed its certification! The airport's flagship CO2 reduction project is an immense solar plant, generating more than 500,000 kWh of solar electricity each year. It's one of the largest photo-voltaic facilities in the whole Austria! Read more about their work to protect the environment here, or join us in congratulating the whole team at Vienna Airport for their Climate Action!  

Czech capital airport keeps emissions in check

15 November 2018

Did you know that Prague Airport - Letiště Praha works together with its business partners to reduce the CO2 footprint of their operations? We proudly announce that the airport just renewed at Level 3 Optimisation of Airport Carbon Accreditation