Two more airports in Europe become carbon neutral

May 31, 2017

– Gatwick Airport and
Lyon-Saint Exupéry become the latest carbon neutral airports in Europe

– There are now 27 carbon
neutral airports in Europe, 4 in Asia and 1 in North America

– The 27 carbon neutral
airports in Europe welcome 18.9% of European air passenger traffic

Brussels: As many events take place this week as
part of EU Green Week, the European airport industry provides an update
on its commitment to have 50 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030. Today
we announce the latest airports to achieve that goal: Gatwick Airport in
the UK and Lyon-Saint Exupéry in France which
have both reached carbon neutral status (Level 3+), certified by
the independent carbon management programme Airport Carbon Accreditation¹.

, who heads the Climate
Neutral Now
initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Secretariat in Bonn, Germany commented «This is
certainly a significant moment for Gatwick, as the first carbon neutral London
airport and also for Lyon-Saint Exupéry, as the second French airport to become
carbon neutral – and we congratulate them on all of the work that they have
undertaken to get here. We are also encouraged to see that the European airport
industry is already past the half-way mark in its commitment to having 50
carbon neutral airports by 2030 – this is promising progress and we hope that
other industries are taking note. » 

This brings
the total number of carbon neutral airports in Europe to 27 – a
movement that began when Swedavia’s Stockholm-Arlanda airport achieved
certification as the first carbon neutral airport in the world in November
2009. Across the 4 available levels of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme,
there are currently a total of 116 airports in Europe, working to address
their CO2 emissions. These airports welcome 64.9% of European
passenger traffic.


Late last week, Aéroports de Lyon – the operator of
Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport –
announced that it has reached carbon neutral
status (Level 3+) within Airport Carbon Accreditation, having initially
entered the programme at the ‘Mapping’ level (Level 1) in 2013 and worked its
way up through the levels in the intervening years, culminating its efforts
with a variety of activities ranging from direct reduction of its CO2,
switching to cleaner sources of energy, engaging 20 companies on its airport
site to lower their CO2 and investing in carbon offsets for the
remaining CO2 emissions under the airport operator’s control*.

Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE
commented “Lyon
Saint-Exupéry plays an invaluable role in its region and the whole of France.
Its latest achievement of becoming carbon neutral speaks volumes about its
commitment to sustainability and it is something that all of the team there can
be justifiably proud of.» 


Today, Gatwick
announces it too has reached carbon neutral status. With the
diverse activities the airport operator has undertaken, it has actively r
educed its annual carbon emissions from
fuel and energy, ultimately achieving a 2.6% drop in annual energy consumption
per passenger.  The airport has also engaged others on the site to lower
their CO2, it uses
100% renewable energy (since 2013) and has invested in carbon offsets**.

Reacting to
today’s announcement from London, Jankovec commented «London is
Europe’s most popular destination by air and it is great to see Gatwick moving
up to Level 3+ of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme – and becoming the
second busiest carbon neutral airport in Europe. I congratulate Stewart Wingate
and all the hardworking team at Gatwick on this significant moment in the
‘Decade of Change’ strategy and the extraordinary range of initiatives and
activities they have undertaken to address the CO2 emissions at the

Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick said “We consider sustainability as
critical to our future as a successful airport and the news that we are now a
carbon neutral airport shows just how far we have come since independent
ownership in 2009. Our Decade of Change strategy is really driving our
sustainability performance and today’s results show that we are successfully
balancing growth with a reduced environmental footprint, while also
contributing to the community and thriving local and national economies.

The CO2 reduction achieved by European
airports during Year 8 (June 2016 to May 2017), will be announced during the 27th
ACI EUROPE Annual Assembly, Congress & Exhibition in Paris
next month.
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