Airports’ CO2 reduction and 4 new carbon neutral airports announced in Europe

20 June 2018

Brussels, London Stansted, Rome Ciampino and Treviso become carbon neutral
Latest CO2 reduction by European airport industry announced: -163,277 tonnes of CO2
133 airports in Europe are now certified at one of the 4 levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation
Those airports welcome over 65% of European passenger traffic last year 

Brussels, 20 June 2018: At this year’s ACI Europe & World Annual General Assembly (WAGA) taking place in Brussels, the European region of ACI today announced 4 new carbon neutral airports in Europe and issued an update on the progress it has been making in addressing its CO2 emissions, through the independent and voluntary global certification programme, Airport Carbon Accreditation.  

Reaching carbon neutrality under Airport Carbon Accreditation means that an airport has reduced the emissions under its direct control (Scope 1 & 2) as much as it was possible and has offset the remaining residual emissions.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE commented “We are very excited to announce the certification of 4 new carbon neutral airports in 3 European countries today. In total, we now have 133 airports participating in Airport Carbon Accreditation. These airports welcome over 65% of European air passenger traffic. From June 2017 to May 2018, accredited airports in Europe succeeded in collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 163,277 tonnes of CO2 - a reduction of 7.6%.” 

The latest European airports to become carbon neutral at the dedicated Airport Carbon Accreditation ceremony during this year’s WAGA in Brussels were:

- Brussels Airport - having joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in 2010, it has invested significantly across the range of its emissions sources and implemented a comprehensive sustainability strategy – gradually ascending the levels of the programme to become carbon neutral today.

- London Stansted - the airport joined its MAG siblings Manchester and East Midlands in becoming carbon neutral, making it the first carbon neutral airport group in the UK.

- Rome Ciampino - as the second airport operated by Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), Ciampino joined Rome Fiumicino in becoming carbon neutral as well.

- Treviso - the Italian regional airport - also received its Level 3+ Neutrality certificate.

The European airport industry last year committed to have 100 carbon neutral airports by 2030. These latest additions bring the list of carbon neutral airports in Europe to 34.

Niclas Svenningsen, who heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in Bonn, Germany commented “It is heartening to see the momentum of Europe’s airport industry towards delivering on their pledge to have 100 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030. With the addition of Brussels, London Stansted, Rome Ciampino and Treviso today, they are now a third of the way there – all through voluntary action by airport operators. At the UNFCCC, we regularly underline that genuine progress on climate action relies on a proactive approach by industry and society at large, not just governments. Airports are one part of the air transport supply chain, but their example is powerful. I congratulate today’s newly certified carbon neutral airports and urge others to consider what they can do to be the next ones.

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 Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Commission (EC). 
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For all the latest key figures, including details of the accredited airports in each world region, their actions and the difference the programme is making, check out the interactive maps, case studies & programme results on www.AirportCO2.org. 

The Global reduction achieved by airports in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme will be announced at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva on 2 & 3 October 2018.


Hamburg Airport renews at Level 3 Optimisation

18 June 2018

We are delighted to confirm that Hamburg Airport has renewed its Airport Carbon Accreditation and the high Level 3 Optimisation! The airport is not only reducing its own carbon emissions, but also working with other stakeholders to engage them in their climate action. Congratulations on your renewal! 


All 10 Portuguese airports renew their accreditation

11 June 2018

We are delighted to share the news, that all of the 10 airports in Portugal engaged in Climate Action within Airport Carbon Accreditation just renewed their certificates. Implemented by ANA Aeroportos de Portugal and VINCI Airports, here are the high-achievers: Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Beja, Ponta Delgada, Horta, Santa Maria, Flores, Porto Santo and Madeira! All these airports are actively reducing their carbon emissions at Level 2 Reduction. 


Bogota El Dorado International Airport renews at Level 1 Mapping

06 June 2018

Colombia's only accredited airport - El Dorado International Airport - just renewed its certificate at Level 1 Mapping for another year. Congrats and keep going! 


World Environment Day 2018 - 5 ways airports are fighting plastic waste

05 June 2018

Today is World Environment Day! This year’s theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. And while this an effort that falls outside of the climate action we usually talk about here, we still wanted to bring your attention to the ways in which airports are showing commitment to this noble goal.
Here are 5 examples of initiatives put in place by our Airport Carbon Accredited airports, that aim to kick plastic waste to the curb.  
 
1. Staying committed to the 4R principle (Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Replace)
 
As part of this commitment, Montréal Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport has set a goal of achieving recovery of 50% of all waste materials generated at the airport. To that end, multi-material recovery bins have been installed in public areas as well as administrative offices throughout Montréal-Trudeau airport, enabling collection and recycling of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal. We also hail the idea of installing water bottle filling stations after security! Passengers can now fill up their reusable bottles after having passed the scrutiny of the checkpoint staff. 
Learn more here
Recap: Montréal Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport is at Level 3 Optimisation of Airport Carbon Accreditation
 
2. Opening a recycling center on site
 
Athens International Airport is encouraging its employees to recycle more. The airport has created different points on the airport site where employees can recycle materials from their day-to-day work, as well as bring recyclables from home; including plastic, paper and even e-waste. Athens Airport has plans in store to use Internet of Things technology to motivate their employees even more. 
Learn more here.
Recap: Athens International Airport is carbon neutral.
 
3. Banning the use of plastic straws
 
You’ve surely seen the video in which a plastic straw is being painfully removed from the nose of a sea turtle. If you haven’t, here is a link that might change the way you look at this sipping gear.  London City Airport was the first airport in the UK to implement a full ban on plastic straws in their food and beverage outlets.  
Read more here
Recap: London City Airport is at Level 3 Optimisation. 
 
4. Handing out re-usable cups to staff
 
In a bid to reduce the use of disposable coffee cups at London Stansted Airport, re-usable beakers were handed out to Manchester Airports Group staff. This was just one initiative in a whole week dedicated to highlighting the need to recycle across the business. 
Read about it here
Recap: London Stansted Airport is at Level 3 Optimisation.  
 
5. Installing waste recycling machines
 
Passengers at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad received an option to either make a donation or claim a discount coupon in return for submitting their empty plastic water bottles/bags/metal cans into the crushing machines installed at the airport. The project has been taken up under the airport’s signature #PassengerisPrime programme to inspire people to contribute towards environmental sustenance.
Find out more about this initiative here
Recap: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad is carbon neutral 

This is just a sample selection of initiatives carried out by airports around the world. Next time you pass through an airport, make sure to help them in these efforts
Happy World Environment Day! 
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José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Ecuador upgrades to Level 2 Reduction

24 May 2018

We are pleased to announce that José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador, has performed all the necessary steps to upgrade to Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. The airport is now officially actively reducing its CO2 emissions, as one of only 3 airports in the Latin America & the Caribbean region, who reached this level of carbon management maturity. Congratulations! 


Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport upgrades to Level 2 Reduction

23 May 2018

The effort made by Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions has been recognized with Level 2 certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. Congratulations on this amazing achievement! 

"This certification recognizes the effort we are making to efficiently manage our atmospheric emissions and reduce the environmental impact of our activities. We are proud to be one of only four airports in Canada and sixteen in North America to obtain Level 2 certification," says Gaëtan Gagné, YQB's president and CEO. "Our goal is to improve our environmental performance on an ongoing basis and to become a leader in the airport industry," he adds. 

Read more: https://www.aeroportdequebec.com/en/about/press-releases/YQB-obtains-level-2-certification-ACA


Dublin and Cork Airports renew their accreditation

22 May 2018

We are delighted to report that Dublin and Cork Airports, implemented by daa plc, have just renewed their Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 2 Reduction for another year! Read more about their sustainability initiatives here: https://www.daa.ie/our-company/sustainability/ 


Keflavik Airport renews its accreditation

17 May 2018

Keflavik International Airport is actively monitoring its greenhouse gas emissions and annually submits their Green Accounting to the Environment Agency of Iceland.
This is why they are at Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 1 Mapping.
Read Isavia's Climate Action Pledge HERE.


San José Juan Santamaria Airport in Costa Rica joins the programme

07 May 2018

Recently, Latin American and Caribbean airports are increasing their efforts towards more sustainable operations. The participant numbers in the region almost doubled in the past months. On the back of this trend, it is with great pleasure that we note San José Juan Santamaria International Airport's adhesion to Airport Carbon Accreditation. It is the first airport in Costa Rica to address its carbon emissions. Kudos! 


Greater Moncton Romeo Leblanc International Airport secures an early upgrade!

07 May 2018

We are proud to announce that Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport is now actively reducing their CO2 emissions, having secured an early upgrade to Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation!
Read more about their environmental engagement here: 
http://cyqm.ca/about/environment/environmental-programs/


Vilnius Airport renews at Level 1 Mapping

07 May 2018

Lithuania's busiest airport, Vilnius Airport just renewed its Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 1 Mapping. Well done and keep up the good work! 


Budapest and Queen Alia International Airports become carbon neutral

02 May 2018


Budapest is the first carbon neutral airport in Central & Eastern Europe
Amman Queen Alia becomes the first carbon neutral airport in the Middle East
39 of the 237 airports in the global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme are carbon neutral – these 39 airports welcomed 8.3% of global air passengers last year.

2 May 2018:  Following the release last week of the International Transport Forum’s new report “Transport CO2 and the Paris Climate Agreement” urging more action on decarbonising transport, today Airports Council International provides an update on the latest developments among the community of 237 airports in the global carbon management standard, Airport Carbon Accreditation.
 
  
In the past week, there have been two big announcements in different ACI regions – in Europe, Hungary’s Budapest Airport reached Level 3+ of the programme, carbon neutrality and in Asia-Pacific, Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan also became carbon neutral. Reaching carbon neutrality under Airport Carbon Accreditation means that an airport has reduced the emissions under its direct control (Scope 1 & 2) as much as it was possible and has offset the remaining residual emissions.
 
 
 
Niclas Svenningsen, who heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in Bonn, Germany commented “These latest carbon neutral airports Budapest and Queen Alia provide yet more encouraging news of how a good idea – such as well-structured voluntary climate action by industry – can cross the world and stimulate others to step up to the challenge. Meaningful climate action really depends on that proactive spirit and it is heartening to see how engaged the airport industry is in climate action – specifically to address its own emissions in the equation.”

Budapest Airport is the 30th carbon neutral airport in Europe - an important milestone on the road to delivering the industry’s commitment to have 100 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030. 

Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport said “We strive to be forward-looking at Budapest Airport and we bring that to every facet of what we do – from technical operations to communications, from environment to security. I am particularly proud of how engaged the personnel working for the airport have been from our first accreditation at Level 1 in early 2014, through to reducing our CO2, collaborating with other companies on our airport site, all leading up to this achievement today. But rest assured, we remain very motivated – we will keep looking for the next innovations in sustainability.”

Kjeld Binger, CEO of Airport International Group (operator of Queen Alia International) commented, “We at Airport International Group are committed to safeguarding the Airport environment, and ultimately that of the Kingdom as a whole, a fact which makes this milestone achievement all the more impactful. We are pleased to become the first carbon neutral airport in the Middle East and this accomplishment could not have been achieved without our Airport International Group employees, in addition to our business partners and their dedicated staff. Therefore, we extend our sincere gratitude to them for their efforts, which reflect the resolve of the Jordanian people, and of this, we are extraordinarily proud.”
 

 
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS
Around the world, there has also been a lot of other developments across the 4 levels of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, starting with Europe:

In one big step, 17 airports operated by EDEIS Group became Airport Carbon Accredited: Annecy Airport, Auxerre Airport, Bourges Airport, Castellón Airport, Châlon Champforgeuil Airport, Cherbourg Maupertus Airport, Dijon Bourgogne Airport, Le Havre Octeville Airport, Mayotte Airport, Nîmes Alès Camargue Cévenne Airport, Reims Airport, Saint Martin Grand Case Airport, Tarbes Lourdes Pyrénées Airport, Tours Val de Loire Airport, Troyes Airport, Toulouse Francazal Airport and Vannes Golfe du Morbihan Airport. The arrival of these airports into the programme means that France has now become the country with the highest number of accredited airports worldwide - a total of 39

Asia-Pacific - In recent months, the Asia-Pacific region has also experienced an impressive surge in new entries and upgrades. A total of 6 new airports joined the ranks of airports addressing their CO2, bringing the total number in the region to 44 airports:

Longreach Airport, Melbourne Airport, Noumea ‘La Tontouta’ Airport and Mount Isa Airport all entered the programme at Level 1 Mapping. Singapore’s Changi Airport made a great return to the programme after a few years of absence, achieving direct accreditation at Level 3 Optimisation. Narita Airport in Japan entered the programme directly at Level 2 Reduction. Sharjah International Airport achieved Level 3 Optimisation for the first time. 

Latin America & the Caribbean
In the past 6 months, the number of accredited airports in the Latin America & the Caribbean region has more than doubled, thanks to the successful accreditation of 8 new airports, giving a total participation of 14 airports in the region. 6 of the new entrants are located in the Dominican Republic and are owned by VINCI airports: Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Samaná El Catey, La Isabela, María Montez and Arroyo Barril Airports. The two most recent entrants are: Curaçao International Airport and San José International Airport in Costa Rica.  

North America
A new airport also recently joined the ranks in the North American region: Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport embarked on its carbon management strategy, entering the programme at Level 1 Mapping. This brings the total number of accredited airports there to 34.

Some airports are moving up through the levels of the programme, as demonstrated by Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport which obtained an early upgrade to Level 2 Reduction. Portland Hillsboro returned to Level 2, rounding up all airports owned by Port of Portland at this level of accreditation.

With 4 different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality), Airport Carbon Accreditation is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed 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). 


Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport renews its accreditation

20 April 2018

Canada's Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport just renewed their Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate at Level 1 Mapping for another year! To find out more about the airport's Climate Action, have a look at the following website: http://www.waa.ca/waa/environment/climate

We keep our fingers crossed for your continued efforts to manage your CO2 emissions!  


Marseille Provence Airport renews its accreditation

13 April 2018

One of France’s 39 accredited airports has just renewed their accreditation. We are delighted to announce that Marseille Provence Airport has been awarded with a certificate for actively reducing their CO2 emissions for another year! Keep up the great work.


Tasmania's Hobart Airport renews at Level 1 Mapping

11 April 2018

Hobart International Airport just renewed their accreditation at Level 1 Mapping! Thank you for your continued engagement in Climate Action. 


Libreville keeps on reducing!

10 April 2018

The main airport of Gabon - Libreville International Airport keeps on reducing their CO2 emissions within Airport Carbon Accreditation. The airport has just been re-certified at Level 2 Reduction. Congratulations! 


Halifax Stanfield Airport renews at Level 1 Mapping

10 April 2018

Canada's Halifax Stanfield Airport just renewed its Airport Carbon Accreditation! The airport was recognised for Mapping their carbon footprint. Well done! 


17 airports from Group EDEIS join the programme!

05 April 2018

In one remarkable stride towards more sustainable air travel, 17 airports implemented by Group EDEIS joined Airport Carbon Accreditation. They were recognised for Mapping their carbon footprint. Here is the full list of airports in question:

  • Annecy Airport
  • Auxerre Airport
  • Bourges Airport
  • Castellón Airport
  • Châlon Champforgeuil Airport
  • Cherbourg  Maupertus Airport
  • Dijon Bourgogne Airport
  • Le Havre Octeville Airport
  • Mayotte Airport 
  • Nîmes Alès Camargue Cévenne Airport
  • Reims Airport
  • Saint Martin Grand Case Airport
  • Tarbes Lourdes Pyrénées Airport
  • Tours Val de Loire Airport
  • Troyes Airport
  • Toulouse Francazal Airport
  • Vannes Golfe du Morbihan Airport 
Congratulations!! This brings the total number of accredited airports in France to... 55.


Sofia Airport upgraded to Level 2 Reduction

03 April 2018

Bulgaria's busiest airport ramps up their Climate Action! Sofia Airport became accredited Level 2 Reduction for actively reducing their CO2 emissions within Airport Carbon Accreditation. Want to learn more about their Environmental Policy? Have a look here