St Helena Airport joins Airport Carbon Accreditation

22 January 2021

St Helena Airport joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, achieving Level 1 “Mapping” accreditation. St Helena Airport is the first British Overseas Territory airport to join the programme, and it commits the Airport to reduce its emissions, with the ultimate aim of achieving carbon neutrality.

Learn more in their Press Release

Oman Airports' Salalah moves up to Level 3 'Optimisation'

14 January 2021

Oman's Salalah Airport operated by Oman Airports has met all the requirements of Level 3 'Optimisation' and has been certified accordingly by Airport Carbon Accreditation. This successful upgrade is testament to Salalah Airport's active cooperation with its business partners to reduce emissions from its operations across the board! Well done!

Italy's Torino Airport upgrades to Level 2!

13 January 2021

Torino Airport, operated by SAGAT S.p.A., has successfully reached the next level of Airport Carbon Accreditation - Level 2 'Reduction'. The Italian gateway has implemented its Carbon Management Plan, which yielded a 10% emissions cut over the three-year period between 2017 and 2019. Congratulations on this excellent achievement! 

Learn more (Press Release in PDF) here

Riga Airport achieves Level 2 'Reduction'

07 January 2021

Demonstrating the reduction of carbon emissions and confirming its readiness to work sustainably, Riga Airport has been recognised at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This means that the airport has demonstrated a reduction in carbon emissions relative to the average emissions of the previous three years and has proven its readiness to work sustainably and continue to work purposefully to reduce carbon emissions.

Read more in their Press Release

Dublin Airport goes carbon neutral!

05 January 2021

Dublin Airport has become Ireland's first carbon neutral airport! In order to get there, Dublin Airport has introduced many climate solutions aimed at cutting down their energy use and other emission sources. The extensive effort of the entire airport community under the leadership of the airport authority has led to the successful upgrade to Level 3+ 'Neutrality' of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Congratulations! 

Learn more about the initiatives that led to this achievement in their Press Release

Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport joins Airport Carbon Accreditation

08 December 2020

Serbia's main gateway, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport operated by VINCI Airports has just joined Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 1 'Mapping. Congratulations! 

This certification is the first result of the new environmental strategy developed in Belgrade airport since it joined VINCI Airports’ network in 2018. By applying ACA certification on all its airports worldwide, VINCI Airports commits to decarbonizing aviation on a global level. The environmental strategy developed at Belgrade airport will also comply with VINCI Airports’ commitments to halve water consumption per passenger, zero pesticide use, zero waste to landfill and halve CO2 gross emissions by 2030 and reach zero net emissions by 2050.

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Christchurch Airport in New Zealand becomes world’s first airport to achieve Level 4 Transformation

24 November 2020

Christchurch Airport in New Zealand has taken a major step forward in its commitment to fight against climate change, becoming the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region and in the world to reach Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This high achievement is evidence of the airport’s continued efforts to align its carbon management strategy with the global climate goals. It also follows ACI’s recent announcement of the introduction of two further levels of accreditation in its global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme (Level 4 Transformation and Level 4+ Transition) to mark the industry’s ongoing commitment to ‘Build Back Better’.

Christchurch Airport, which was previously accredited at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation, has successfully upgraded to Level 4 Transformation, one of the highest levels of accreditation, by taking swift and concrete actions to transform its operations to achieve CO2 emissions reduction in alignment with the Paris Agreement (global warming limited to below 2°C and ideally 1.5°C). To attain this accreditation, Christchurch Airport has also addressed broader emissions in its carbon footprint that include all the significant operational sources on- and off-site. Furthermore, the airport has demonstrated evidence of actively engaging and leading its stakeholders towards delivering emissions reductions.

Speaking of this achievement, Malcolm Johns, CEO Christchurch Airport, commented: ‘’Achieving Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation is a giant leap for our airport community. We are very proud to be the first airport in New Zealand and in the world to reach this accreditation. As regional airport, we set a good example for our regional peers and for the airport industry as a whole. We show that small is big when you are bold enough to set the bar higher on climate actions and to deliver on ambitious environmental goals. We will continue to work diligently to build a more sustainable aviation in strong cooperation with our business partners.’’

Stefano Baronci, Director General ACI Asia-Pacific, said: ‘’We are thrilled to see Christchurch Airport becoming the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region and in the world accredited at Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This achievement demonstrates the airport’s firm commitment to invest in a more sustainable future for aviation and for the region it serves. Without a doubt, it is a remarkable milestone at a time of unprecedented challenges for aviation. For airports, it is essential to recover from COVID-19 in a more agile and sustainable way and Christchurch Airport is clearly leading the way in working towards decarbonisation. We hope other airports in the region will follow Christchurch Airport’s leadership.’’

Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE commented: ‘’Today’s announcement that Christchurch Airport has reached Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation underlines the airport’s strenuous efforts to decarbonise and to take its climate goals to the next level. We congratulate the airport on its achievement and on its firm steps towards creating a more sustainable journey. This recognition is also a clear signal that, despite the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, airports of all sizes and in various world regions are strengthening their commitment to build back better, to operate in a more sustainable way and to protect their local communities from climate change.’’

Airports reveal step-change in continued progress towards decarbonisation as new Airport Carbon Accreditation levels are announced

17 November 2020

Global standard for airport climate action shows increased ambition despite challenge of pandemic

17 November 2020 - ACI has today unveiled two further levels of achievement in its global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, marking the industry’s determination to ‘Build Back Better’ as it looks towards recovery. 

Introducing Level 4 Transformation and Level 4+ Transition

At ACI EUROPE’s Annual Congress, live-streamed from Brussels Airport, Olivier Jankovec announced the first major, structural change to the programme since its inception in 2009: two new accreditation levels - Level 4 Transformation and Level 4+ Transition

The introduction of these two new levels marks a shift in the ambition level of the programme. CO2 emissions reductions and continuous improvements have been at the core of Airport Carbon Accreditation since launch. Level 1 Mapping through to Level 3+ Neutrality do allow for flexibility in the magnitude of reductions achieved. 

By contrast, Levels 4 and 4+ set out further obligations - namely:

  • Alignment with the Paris Agreement: requiring airports to align their carbon management strategies and plans with the ambition of the Paris Agreement, according to which global warming should be limited to below 2⁰C and ideally 1.5⁰C. These objectives have been translated into emissions reduction scenarios by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and airports will have to define their reduction targets and associated emissions pathways accordingly.
  • Extended carbon footprint: additional emissions sources have to be included, notably covering all significant operational emissions from third parties, including airlines.
  • Enhanced stakeholder engagement: requirements related to stakeholder engagement are tightened, with effective partnerships oriented towards delivering emissions reductions coming to the fore.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, said: “The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme has always set the bar high in terms of our industry’s leadership and commitment to striving towards measurable change. We do not shy away from the role aviation plays in the climate emergency – it is one of the most difficult of industries to decarbonise. Yet in our connected, global world, working to a new paradigm following the crippling pandemic, our ambition to not only continue but to improve has never mattered more.”

“During the worst of the pandemic, airports around the world continued to achieve accreditation at all levels of the programme. In fact, since last March, 29 airports joined the programme for the first time and a further 22 achieved new levels of accreditation. We’re incredibly proud of their achievements. The introduction of these two further levels sets the bar yet higher. They bring the programme into line with the latest scientific and policy developments of recent years, and quite rightly reflect enhanced public expectations of the societal and environmental role we play. And already, airports are showing themselves able to step up.”

Praise for the programme from UNFCCC

The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, and the ambition represented by the new levels announced today, has been applauded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, said: “To achieve the deep transformation needed for sustainable development and stabilisation of global temperature, we must require commitments and participation from all sectors and levels of society. Airports have been severely hit by the Covid-19 crisis and yet, they are continuing their efforts to map and reduce their CO2 emissions year by year, as well as to engage their business partners in this endeavour. The programme went even further this year by introducing two new more ambitious levels, aligned with global climate goals. This is encouraging. I commend airports for this leadership; a signal that can set an example for others to follow with ambitious climate action.”

First accreditations at Level 4+ already achieved

At the ACI EUROPE Annual Congress today, it was announced that two airports have already reached Level 4+, the first in their respective regions to do so. Congratulations go to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in the United States, and to Indira Gandhi International Airport in India for their achievements.

Accepting their certification, Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport said, “This recognition is the latest example of DFW Airport’s commitment to serving our community and our world with a comprehensive, holistic approach to sustainability. We continue to look for innovative and meaningful ways to reduce the Airport’s carbon footprint with mindful and responsible practices and processes. We can and will do more thanks to the focus and hard work of everyone at DFW Airport.”

Mr. Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, DIAL, said, “Achievement of the Level 4+ accreditation is a testimony of our commitment towards ensuring sustainable development at IGIA. Going forward, we will continue to develop best in class infrastructure and provide services using innovative and sustainable technologies. With this achievement, we have set up new benchmark for other airports in this region to follow.”

Rebranded programme to reflect today’s ambition – and readiness for tomorrow

To reflect the enhanced Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, ACI EUROPE today unveiled a renewed, fresh branding for the programme. Visually striking and encompassing all the new levels, the family of Level identities works seamlessly across all media and locations. And, with the programme ambition firmly fixed on the ultimate goal of Net Zero CO2 emissions, it’s future proof too – expanding and adapting along with the programme itself.

Cambodia Airports recognised for deeper CO2 cuts!

27 October 2020

Cambodia’s 3 international airports have now been recognised for carbon reduction with level 2 of Airport Carbon Accreditation

The successful upgrade to level 2 results from the reduction of Scope 1 & 2 CO2 emissions at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Bravo Cambodia Airports and VINCI Airports! Learn more here.

ASUR Group achieves accreditation for 9 airports in their network!

23 October 2020

9 Mexican airports including Cancun Airport, implemented by Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) have successfully entered Airport Carbon Accreditation at level 1 'Mapping'!

This first step is meant to pave the way for ASUR Group's long-term ambitions to reach CO2 neutrality across its entire network.

We bid a warm welcome to Cancun Airport, Cozumel Airport, Huatulco Airport, Merida Airport, Minatitlan Airport, Oaxaca Airport, Tapachula Airport, Veracruz Airport, Villahermosa Airport.  

Find out more in the group's Press Release

Oman Airports achieves accreditation of Duqm Airport

19 October 2020

We are delighted to confirm that Oman Airports have just achieved level 1 'Mapping' of Airport Carbon Accreditation for operations at Duqm Airport. DQM joins the already accredited Muscat and Salalah Airports, both at level 2 'Reduction'! Thumbs up for keeping up with your commitment to environmentally friendly practices across the entire network of Omani airports.

Shenzhen Bao’an achieves Optimisation level!

30 September 2020

Mainland China has gained a second level 3 accredited airport in a span of three weeks! Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport has just upgraded to Optimisation level, having provided proof of tangible reduction of own emissions as well as demonstrated efforts to engage its business partners in this endeavour. Congratulations to the airport team working hard to achieve more sustainable operations at the busy Chinese hub! 

Stockholm Skavsta Airport joins Airport Carbon Accreditation

29 September 2020

Sweden's Stockholm Skavsta Airport has just joined Airport Carbon Accreditation at level 1 'Mapping'! Congratulations to the airport team working hard to keep up with the global environmental strategy led by VINCI Airports, their operator. Skavsta Airport joins the programme as the 315th airport in the world and the 37th airport in the VINCI network to become climate smart! Find out more here.

Level 3 unlocked by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport!

28 September 2020

We are delighted to confirm that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has taken its sustainability efforts one step further and achieved level 3 'Optimisation' of Airport Carbon Accreditation! Their extensive work to reduce the CO2 emissions within their control and enlist their business partners in the same endeavor have been recognised with an upgrade. Find out more about their CO2 reduction work here.

EuroAirport recertifies at level 2 'Reduction'

17 September 2020

EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg reconfirms its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions within its control!

Their renewal of level 2 'Reduction' certification comes at an extraordinarily daunting time for airports around the world, grappling with the slow-paced recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The airport serving the cities of Basel, Mulhouse and Freiburg continues its work to reduce its impact on the Climate through thick and thin. 
Find out more here

Big environmental success for Guangzhou Baiyun Intl Airport as it upgrades to level 3

03 September 2020

The main airport connecting Canton to the World has just achieved level 3 'Optimisation' of Airport Carbon Accreditation! Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the first airport in Mainland China to reach this high within the global carbon management programme for airports. The upgrade has been awarded in recognition of extensive efforts carried out by the Guangdong Airport Authority to reduce the airport's direct emissions and influence emissions reductions by its business partners. Congratulations! 

Sunshine Coast Airport awarded carbon neutral for fourth year

13 August 2020

Sunshine Coast Airport has been awarded carbon neutral status for the fourth year under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
The highest level of accreditation achievable under the scheme, Sunshine Coast Airport was the first airport in Australia to be recognised as carbon neutral in 2017, and remains the only airport in Australia to have achieved the Level 3+ certification.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, Sunshine Coast Airport will hold the accreditation for two years.
Sunshine Coast Airport Chief Executive Officer Andrew Brodie said it was welcomed good news, and a proud moment for the region.
“This award is a significant achievement for the Sunshine Coast, placing us with only five other airports in Asia-Pacific to currently hold the title,” Mr Brodie said.
“Our region is already renowned for its natural environment, with Noosa last year awarded UNESCO biosphere status for another 10 years.
“This award underlines our place at the forefront of industry standards, and we will continue to prioritise our commitment to waste management, recycling and energy reduction into the future.”
Sunshine Coast Airport’s achievements include:
– a reduction in C02 produced per passenger by 43% since 2012
– a 12% reduction in tonnes of C02 produced per passenger in the last reporting year
– a 10% reduction in fuel usage for airport operations
– waste reduction of 12% in the last reporting year.
Learn more about Sunshine Coast Airport's sustainability actions here.  

LUCKY 7 - Sharjah Airport becomes the 7th carbon neutral airport in Asia-Pacific

10 August 2020

We are delighted to announce Sharjah Airport Authoritys big environmental success! Sharjah Airport has joined the highest rank of the global carbon management programme for airports, Airport Carbon Accreditation. At level 3+ 'Neutrality', the airport has reduced emissions from sources under its control to a maximum and compensated for residual emissions with the purchase of responsible carbon credits. Congratulations to the team who's hard work to reign in emissions is now being celebrated!

Sharjah Airport's accreditation at level 3+ brought the total number of carbon neutral airports in Asia-Pacific to a lucky 7. Keep them coming!   

Airport industry reaffirms commitment to climate action as aviation takes first steps towards post-COVID-19 recovery

29 July 2020

As the aviation sector looks towards initial greenshoots of recovery, airports have renewed their commitment to climate action as a cornerstone of rebuilding an industry dealt a devastating blow by the global pandemic.
Through its Airport Carbon Accreditation programme first launched in 2009, the airport industry laid down the gold standard for carbon management in a sector which faces steep challenges in making a positive contribution to limiting climate change.
Eleven years later, with aviation reeling from losses in passenger traffic and revenues, airports worldwide are still showing unswerving determination to work towards sustainable air travel. Despite the economic crisis and a recovery to 2019 passenger traffic levels not foreseen until 2024, the airport industry recognises that timely action is key to reducing the risk of future global and regional crises due to climate change – which in turn will be crucial in strengthening airport
Continued commitment through the height of the crisis – 300 milestone reached
Underpinning the sustainability ambitions of the airport sector, during the height of the COVID-19 crisis a number of airports joined Airport Carbon Accreditation for the first time, and several more progressed further through the accreditation levels.
In fact, it was during the worst of the pandemic that the programme passed the milestone of 300 accredited airports worldwide. The global total now stands at 312 Carbon Accredited airports.
Empowering airports to invest for a sustainable future
In order to ensure that airports can maintain and grow their climate action in spite of the crisis and its impacts, the Airport Carbon Accreditation Advisory Board has approved a set of temporary adjustments to the programme requirements. Amongst others, these changes allow airports to benefit from a one year extension of their certification, a streamlined verification process and thus reduced overall costs of accreditation. In this way, airports are supported during the worst of the economic downturn and enabled to embed climate action into their recovery plans moving forwards.
“Build Back Better”
In addition to being an unquestionable moral obligation, climate action will be key in rebuilding that vital ingredient in the recovery of the sector – public trust. Investing in climate-friendly infrastructure, operational efficiencies and teaming up with partners throughout the aviation ecosystem for the benefit of our customers and local communities makes business sense as well as benefitting all our futures.
Niclas Svenningsen, Manager for Global Climate Action, UNFCCC said, “Looking to the post-COVID-19 future, we’re certainly going to see the acceleration of certain trends. With huge commitment and determination from the airport industry, their leadership in setting the path towards tangible reductions in climate footprint was already in place. Recovery from the pandemic is an opportunity to Build Back Better. Airports are voting for the future they want with their feet – by taking us beyond the 300 accredited airport milestone even at the height of the hit. This is an industry with an unshakable determination not to just play its part but to make a true difference”.


Airports joined since pandemic declared 11 March 2020:

Bram Fischer International Airport South Africa (Level 1); Chania International Airport Greece (Level 1); Edinburgh Airport United Kingdom (Level 2); George Best Belfast City Airport United Kingdom (Level 2); Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport Nigeria (Level 1); Leeds Bradford Airport United Kingdom (Level 1); Palermo Airport Falcone Borcellino Italy (Level 1); Queen Beatrix International Airport Aruba (Level 1); Queretaro Airport Mexico (Level 1); Samos International Airport Greece (Level 1); Kaohsiung International Airport Chinese Taipei (Level 3); Zvartnots International Airport Armenia (Level 1).

Airports upgraded since pandemic declared 11 March 2020:
Arroyo Barril Airport Dominican Republic (Level 2); Cibao International Airport Dominican Republic (Level 3); Durban King Shaka International Airport South Africa (Level 2); Enfidha-Hammamet Airport Tunisia (Level 3); Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport China (Level 2); La Isabela International Airport Dominican Republic (Level 2); Barahona International Airport Dominican Republic (Level 2); Nadi Airport Fiji (Level 3); Port Elizabeth National Airport South Africa (Level 2); Puerto Plata International Airport Dominican Republic (Level 2); Samana El Catey International Airport Dominican Republic (Level 2); Santo Domingo Airport Dominican Republic (Level 2); Sharjah International Airport United Arab Emirates (Level 3+).

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport upgrades to level 2 'Reduction'

17 July 2020

China's major airport in the South, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport has been recognised for CO2 reduction! The airport serving up to 69 million passengers a year has moved up to level 2 'Reduction' of Airport Carbon Accreditation. The upgrade comes as the crowning of the extensive effort of CAN's team to bring CO2 emissions down.