At present, there are 239 airports around the world accredited at one of the 4 levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Europe’s airports are the biggest group with 135 airports engaged in the programme. Asia-Pacific is the second biggest region in terms of participation, where 44 certfied airports address their carbon emissions. There are 34 climate-smart accredited airports in North America, 16 and 10 in Latin America & the Caribbean and Africa respectively. Here is what happened between the last edition of AirportCO2 News and now.
3-yearly renewal track
A slew of airports that are already at the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation, brought their participation in the programme to a whole new level. London Gatwick, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji, Are Ostersund and Antalya airports entered the 3-yearly renewal track at Level 3+. 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, on an annual basis, to submit a full carbon footprint, demonstrate emissions reductions and offset their residual emissions. Ufff, in short, it’s quite a feat to have it made! Now, the only down side of this arrangement is that you won’t be hearing from us regarding their renewals until 2021.
A total of 5 European air gateways ramped up their carbon management all the way to Level 3+ Neutrality. The successful upgraders are: Brussels, Rome Ciampino, London Stansted, Treviso and TAG Farnborough Airports. This brings the number of carbon neutral airports worldwide to 44.
North America, Asia-Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean and Europe welcomed new airports at Level 2 Reduction. Québec City Jean Lesage International, Abu Dhabi, Guayaquil (pictured), Liège, Lanzarote and Bristol airports have demonstrated that they are actively reducing their carbon emissions.
Airports at Reduction Level welcomed a new arrival: Basel-Mulhouse Airport was directly recognised with a Level 2 certificate upon joining. Aena on top of upgrading Lanzarote Airport to Level 2, brought two more airports from their network on board of the programme: Santiago and Alicante-Elche airports started Mapping their carbon emissions with the help of the Airport Carbon Accreditation framework.