Global climate action effort now counts over 250 airports, 49 operated by carbon neutral companies

22 January 2019

• 259 airports now actively engaged in addressing their impact on Climate change

• Airport operators of 49 airports worldwide are carbon neutral

• Naples Airport become the 40th in Europe to run by a carbon neutral airport operator

22 January 2019:  Following last month’s COP24 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, Airports Council International today provided an update on the latest developments among the community of 259 airports currently in the global carbon management standard, Airport Carbon Accreditation

Niclas Svenningsen, who heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in Bonn, Germany commented “Following the conclusions of the IPCC Special Report and COP24, the need to address the escalating threat of Climate change is ever more urgent – that means all hands on deck. This isn’t a time for cynicism - it is a time for raising awareness and driving collaborative action. The airport industry’s work through the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is an example of global private sector engagement in climate action – now with 259 airports on board. 167 of those are actively reducing their emissions, 102 of them have also engaged others on the airport site to get involved and 49 are running carbon neutral airport operations. I invite people to find out more about their local airport’s involvement and ambitions – mobility is a fundamental part of life, so let’s try to make it as efficient & ecological as possible.” 

The latest airport operator to become carbon neutral is Aeroporto di Napoli in Italy. After gradually making its way through the different levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation, demonstrating the CO2 reduction it has made on-site and the engagement of aviation partners, it has invested in Gold Standard offsets to address its remaining residual emissions.  

Armando Brunini, CEO of Aeroporto di Napoli said “Running an airport is a complex business – there are lots of stakeholders and many collaborations and partnerships that need to be fostered and maintained, if real efficiency gains are to be achieved. Our journey to this moment - from initially mapping our carbon emission sources, to reducing our emissions, engaging other companies on the airport site to get involved and now becoming carbon neutral – have benefited from the framework, guidance and rigour of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. We in the airport business compete with each other on so many fronts: attracting airlines to set up new routes, attracting passengers, being the first to embrace the latest innovation and more. With Climate change now an urgent priority, it’s only fitting that we should seek to exceed expectations on this too – as a way of motivating even more climate action within the airport industry and the wider air transport sector.” 


With 4 different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality), Airport Carbon Accreditation is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed¹ and has the support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Commission (EC).   


The following airports recently moved up to Level 3 ‘Optimisation’, by stepping up their activities from reducing their own carbon emissions, to also engaging other companies on the airport site to reduce their emissions: Narita International Airport, Kansai & Osaka Airports (Japan), Taoyuan International Airport (Taiwan), Quito Mariscal Sucre Airport (Ecuador), Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport (Romania), Larnaca & Paphos Airports (Cyprus) and Lapland Airports (Enontekio, Ivalo, Kemi Tornio, Kittila, Kuusamo and Rovaneimi in Finland). 

Airports recently successfully moved up to Level 2 ‘Reduction’ include Noumea la Tontouta (New Caledonia), Salahah Airport (Oman) as well as Dinard Bretagne and Rennes Bretagne (France) as these airports progressed from moving mapping their carbon emissions, to actively reducing them. 


Around the world, several airports have become Airport Carbon Accredited for the first time. Kobe Airport in Japan at Level 2 ‘Reduction’; Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport in China at Level 1 ‘Mapping’ and the 4 airports of the Airports Authority of India also at Level 1 ‘Mapping’ (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport; Bhubaneswar Biji Patnail Airport; Varanasi Lal Bhadaur Shastri Airport and Trivandrum International Airport). In Europe, La Réunion Roland Garros Airport joined at Level 2 Reduction and Cornwall Airport Newquay in the UK rejoined the programme at Level 1 Mapping. 

In the Americas Kelowna International Airport, Pisco Airport and Salvador Bahia International all became accredited for the first time at Level 1 Mapping. 

To reduce their carbon emissions, airport operators need to consider the full extent of the emissions sources under their direct control. Investment in more energy efficient lighting, heating, switching to hybrid or electric ground vehicles, onsite renewables, energy management tools and employee behavioural change all have a part to play. The possibilities become even more diverse when airport operators engage other stakeholders on the airport site as well (Level 3 of the programme), with initiatives such as Airport-Collaborative Decision-Making (A-CDM), Continuous Descent Operations and Time-Based Separation lowering airline-associated carbon emissions and better intermodal access and electric or hybrid taxis offering passengers cleaner transport solutions to/from the airport

Carbon neutral airports at Level 3+ of the programme have to provide evidence of undertaking all the actions required by the programme (mapping their emisisons, reducing them and engaging others on the airport site), before investing in responsible carbon offsets. The 44 carbon neutral airports during Year 9 of the programme (May 2017 to May 2018) offset 672,000 tonnes of CO2 in residual emissions. To help airport operators select high quality offsets, a dedicated guidance document on offsetting has just been released by the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. 



Dublin & Cork airports continue to reduce their emissions!

21 January 2019

Dublin and Cork airports have successfully renewed their accreditation at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This means that each airport has compiled an independently verified carbon footprint and succeeded in reducing their overall emissions and carbon footprint over the past number of years. Keep up the good work! 

1st airport to ever get accredited in Turkey renews!

18 January 2019

Turkey's first Airport Carbon Accredited airport back in 2010, just renewed their certificate at the highest level of the programme. Congratulations to Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport for their successful renewal at Level 3+ Neutrality. Carbon management at its best! 

Montréal Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport renews their Level 3 accreditation

18 January 2019

We are delighted to confirm that Montréal Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport, operated by Aéroport de Montréal, achieved a successful renewal at the second to highest level of carbon management within the Airport Carbon Accreditation framework. The airport is engaged in many carbon-reducing initiatives, including an award-winning thermal plant, an energy efficiency showcase. Read more about their work here

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.