Level 4 ‘Transformation’

At Level 4 ‘Transformation’ of Airport Carbon Accreditation, airports are required to align their carbon management ambition with the global climate goals and transform their operations with absolute emissions reductions in mind, while also strengthening their stakeholder engagement.


How to achieve it?

  • Set out a policy commitment to absolute emissions reduction
  • Include additional (to Level 3) Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions into its carbon footprint
  • Formulate a long-term absolute carbon emissions reduction target. The target amount and date shall be aligned with the IPCC 1.5°C or 2°C pathways
  • Develop a Carbon Management Plan to achieve the target. The airport shall define its trajectory to achieve its carbon emissions reduction target and the actions it expects to implement to remain on that trajectory
  • Development of a Stakeholder Partnership Plan. The Stakeholder Partnership Plan shall demonstrate that the airport actively drives third parties at the airport towards delivering emissions reductions themselves, either through their own reduction plans or through measures initiated by the airport operator

More information
In order to achieve Level 4, an airport is required to set an absolute emissions reduction target that includes all Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions as a minimum (i.e., an airport operator target scope). If an airport chooses to do so, it may also incorporate one or more sources of Scope 3 emissions in its target and thus partially or entirely cover the airport as a system (i.e., a third-party-inclusive target scope).

The Application Manual presents in detail the requirements for carbon footprinting, the definition of targets and trajectories as well as stakeholder partnership.