Ronneby Airport renews its Neutrality certificate

17 July 2018

Swedavia's Ronneby Airport continues its work on mitigating emissions from its operations! The airport has just renewed at Level 3+ Neutrality for another year. Congratulations!


First airport becomes accredited in New Zealand!

17 July 2018

 

A first in New Zealand!!! Christchurch Airport became accredited directly at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation! The airport was recognised for its carbon management work, which includes a commitment to transition of their vehicle fleet to 100% electric by 2030. Read more about their work on sustainability here.  


Bologna Airport renews at Level 2 Reduction

16 July 2018

Bologna Airport is deeply invested in reducing its CO2 footprint! The airport just renewed at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Congrats on your renewal! 


Australia's Parafield Airport renews its Optimisation certificate

16 July 2018

Parafield Airport has just renewed its Airport Carbon Accreditation at the second highest level! Australia's fifth busiest airport is reducing its carbon emissions and engaging its business partners to do the same! Congrats on your renewal! 


Paris airports renew at Level 3 Optimisation

12 July 2018

The trinity of Paris airports: Paris - Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris - Orly (ORY) and Paris - Le Bourget (LBG) just renewed their certificates at Level 3 Optimisation of Airport Carbon Accreditation
For them, to reduce emissions means primarily to innovate! Example? Watch this video: 
 


Europe’s airports throw their weight behind emissions reduction

11 July 2018

At this year’s ACI EUROPE & World Annual General Assembly in Brussels, the European region of ACI has released the latest information concerning the collective climate action by airports in their region. 

4 NEW CO2 NEUTRAL AIRPORTS

During a special Airport Carbon Accreditation ceremony, dedicated to airports who recently became carbon neutral within the programme, it was announced that 4 more airports in the region upgraded to Level 3+ Neutrality. Brussels, London Stansted, Rome Ciampino and Treviso Airports were recognized with carbon neutral status, thanks to their extensive work to mitigate their carbon footprint. 

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 joined the other two airports owned by Manchester Airports Group, Manchester and East Midlands, in becoming carbon neutral, making it the first carbon neutral airport group in the United Kingdom. 

Rome Ciampino is the second airport operated by Aeroporti di Roma to become CO2 neutral. Ciampino joined its sibling, Rome Fiumicino Airport, who has been carbon neutral since Year 6 of the programme.

Treviso Airport also received its Level 3+ Neutrality certificate. The Italian regional airport has a carbon neutral sibling as well. Venice Airport operated by SAVE S.p.A. has been at the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation since 2014.

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.

7.6% REDUCTION

In the past reporting year (May 2017 – May 2018), the 133 accredited airports in Europe succeeded at collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 163,277 tonnes compared to their average emissions of the three previous years. That’s equivalent to the CO2 emitted by the production & shipping of more than 385 million avocados to your table. Now that’s a massive heap! This reduction figure amounts to a 7.6% overall emissions reduction achieved by Europe’s airports at all levels of accreditation. Click here to watch our animation visualizing these numbers. 

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

For all the latest key figures, including details of the accredited airports in each region, their action and the difference the programme is making, check out the interactive maps, case studies & programme results on www.AirportCO2.org. 


1st General Aviation airport joins carbon neutral rank

11 July 2018

 
TAG Farnborough Airport is the first business aviation airport in the world to achieve carbon neutrality within Airport Carbon Accreditation
Over the past decade, TAG Farnborough Airport has reduced carbon emissions over which it has direct control by 42 per cent or 2,183 tonnes (2008 carbon emissions: 5,242 tonnes) and over the past 5 years alone has invested over £1 million into energy efficiency projects.
 
Attaining carbon neutral status is the culmination of over a decade’s work by TAG Farnborough Airport’s environmental team, headed by Miles Thomas.  A host of projects with a focus on energy efficiency, staff accountability and awareness training, driven by the airport’s ISO14001 certification, have been key contributory factors in achieving carbon neutrality. 
Projects have included upgrading to LED lighting across the airport site which at the airport tower alone saved 15 per cent (13,902 kwh) of total electricity consumption in the first two months.  This year TAG Farnborough Airport committed to REGO (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin) energy supply which will see the airport’s annual footprint reduced by a further 2,000 tonnes and help to support the renewable energy sector.
 
Sustainable travel across the TAG Farnborough Airport site has also helped to minimise liquid fuel use and a network of 20 electric vehicle (EV) chargers has enabled the use of electric vehicles from small ground handling trucks to a Tesla Model S.  A bicycle fleet is also available for staff to enable footprint free travel between buildings.
TAG Farnborough Airport has offset residual emissions (over which the airport has direct control) through a credible and certified offsetting project. In conjunction with Carbon Footprint Ltd, 2017 carbon emissions were off-set through school tree planting projects in the local area paired with a conservation project in the Amazon rainforest (Florestal Santa Maria Project) which protects trees in one of the most biodiverse places in the world. TAG Farnborough Airport worked with twelve local schools and charity organisations, planting 3,500 trees with assistance from staff and children.
 
Looking to the future, projects with the aim of further reducing carbon emissions will include the total re-fit of the airfield ground lighting system, replacing the old tungsten fittings with LED lighting.


Québec actively reduces its CO2

11 July 2018

Climate action undertaken by airports in the North American region continues to step ahead. For instance, Canada’s Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport achieved a successful upgrade to Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation. We bring you their 3 most impactful initiatives that helped them start actively reducing their CO2 footprint. 

1. The airport is effectively recovering heat from the screw chiller and uses it to supply the hot water loop. 

This measure considerably reduces the amount of natural gas used for heating since heat released by the condensers of the screw chillers is injected into the hot water system when there is a cooling request together with a heating request (decrease of 586 tonnes CO2).

2. The heat is also recovered from stale air produced by heat wheels. 

This measure makes it possible to capture the heat of the exhaust air and transmit it to the fresh air entering the terminal. Not only do the heat wheels recover the sensible heat, but they also recover latent heat, the humidity in the air, which saves heating and humidification. This measure allows for a decrease of 228 tonnes of CO2.

3. The airport is also using geothermal energy. 

Geothermal. It is important to point out that geothermal energy, including the heat recovery of screw coolers, allows to substitute about 85% of the required heating energy and 78% of the cooling energy. Thanks to this measure the airport can save up to 356 tonnes of CO2 per year.

We keep our fingers crossed for other ambitious projects aimed at CO2 reductions carried out by Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. 


New entries & successful upgrades

11 July 2018

 
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.
 
New CO2-neutrals
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. 
 
Let’s reduce! 
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. 
 
To keep up to date with the latest developments in the programme, please visit our results website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Eco-Innovation Award

11 July 2018

 
The Eco-Innovation Award forms part of ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards, given out every year during the association’s General Assembly, Congress & Exhibition. The decision on which airport will become the next Eco-Innovator is settled by the independent Advisory Board of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. This Award specifically recognises airports’ outstanding environmental performance, in particular, innovative approaches to environmental management.
 
This year’s Eco-Innovation Award went to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (currently Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 3+ Neutrality, the highest level of accreditation within the programme) for the comprehensiveness and systemic nature of its approach to environmental management, both in terms of topics covered (noise, air quality, climate change, waste, etc.) and stakeholders addressed. The judges noted that, in addition to its already achieved carbon neutral status under Airport Carbon Accreditation, the airport also aims to achieve climate neutrality for aircraft emissions up to 3000 feet. Another reason for recognition was the degree of innovation shown, for instance, through the implementation of circular economy principles and the use of renewable energy.
 
We are particularly smitten by Schiphol’s wind energy initiative. From 1 January 2018, Schiphol is running entirely on renewable electricity generated in the Netherlands. 
Jos Nijhuis, CEO of Royal Schiphol Group, said: ‘A full transition to sustainable energy has been a long-standing wish for us. We want to make sure that every innovation we make is more durable than what we already have. On one hand, we are committed to taking this position as a major organisation, especially within the transport sector. On the other hand, we are convinced that we can only make a positive contribution to the future if we add sustainability to our economic added-value”. 
 
Have a look at “Schiphol is fully powered by Dutch wind” video here
 
Congratulations to the entire team at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for this great achievement! 


Verona Airport renews at Level 2 Reduction

10 July 2018

Verona Airport has a clear objective: to minimize the impact of the airport’s activities or, to be more precise, the infrastructure under the airport's control, on the environment and, in particular, on the climate! Find out how they work towards achieving this goal here

Verona Airport has just renewed its accreditation at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation.  


Antalya Airport secures a 3-yearly renewal at Level 3+ Neutrality

10 July 2018

TAV Fraport Antalya Airport has a very strategic approach to reducing its carbon footprint, which in turn won them a successful 3-yearly renewal at Level 3+ Neutrality of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Curious about their actions? Hop to the following webpage to discover them!  


Bristol Airport takes carbon management to next level

09 July 2018

 
Bristol Airport’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint have been recognised with Level 2 Reduction accreditation of Airport Carbon Accreditation.
Bristol Airport became the 23rd airport in Europe to achieve accreditation at the Mapping level in 2015. This entailed measuring energy use over a nine-year period and committing to a Carbon Management Plan to reduce carbon emissions across its 196 hectare site. This has seen solar photovoltaic panels installed on the terminal, air source heat pumps used to heat the building, and LED lighting fitted throughout, as well as ongoing engagement with colleagues to encourage energy saving. 

Level two accreditation recognises the results delivered by these and other initiatives, which saw carbon emissions per passenger reduce by 28 per cent between 2014 and 2017. Absolute emissions have fallen by more than six per cent despite major developments including two terminal extensions, the most recent of which added 9,000 square metres to the building. 

James Shearman, Head of Sustainability at Bristol Airport, said:

“Achieving level two accreditation demonstrates our continued commitment to reducing Bristol Airport’s carbon footprint. It is an important step on the journey towards carbon neutrality, which is our ultimate long-term goal.”

The next level in the four-stage process is optimisation, which requires airports to widen the scope of its carbon footprint to include third-party emissions, such as those generated in the landing and take-off cycle of aircraft. The final stage in the accreditation process is carbon neutrality, which Bristol Airport aims to achieve by 2030.

A consultation on Bristol Airport’s Master Plan runs until 6 July, considering how the Airport can meet future demand for air travel to and from the South West and South Wales. As part of this process, the Airport has set out a Charter for Future Growth which includes commitments to publish a Sustainable Growth Strategy with detailed objectives, targets and an action plan.


Åre Östersund Airport renews at Level 3+ for another 3 years!

09 July 2018

Swedavia's Åre Östersund Airport is proficient at managing its CO2 emissions! The airport is on a 3-yearly renewal track at Level 3+ Neutrality of Airport Carbon Accreditation & they just renewed! Congratulations on your well-deserved renewal.  


Athens International Airport maintains CO2-neutral status!

05 July 2018

Sustainability is very much ingrained in Athens International Airport's DNA! An immense 8MW photo-voltaic plant, an extensive support for and cooperation with companies settled at the airport to forge emissions reductions, the use of Internet of Things technology for environmental monitoring - this is just a sample of initiatives taken up by Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", CO2-neutral airport since 2017.


We don't play favourites with our accredited airports, but you rock, Athens Airport


Oslo Airport renews at the highest level of accreditation

05 July 2018

Avinor's Oslo Airport is at the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation and has just renewed their certificate for another year! 

Learn more about Oslo Airport's climate action here.  


EuroAirport joins the programme!

04 July 2018

 
EuroAirport has just been awarded with Level 2 Reduction accreditation in recognition of its policy to reduce its carbon footprint. The Airport Carbon Accreditation certification acknowledged EuroAirport’s efforts to reduce its own CO2 emissions and its commitment to achieve the target of 20% less CO2 emissions per traffic unit by 2022 compared to 2015 (reference year). EuroAirport’s CO2 emissions are directly linked to its infrastructure and the services it provides for its customers, including buildings, energy production and distribution as well as vehicle consumption. Reducing its environmental footprint is one of EuroAirport's prime objectives and covers various aspects such as limiting noise, controlling emissions with a special emphasis on air pollutants, developing waste sorting systems and promoting low energy standards in new building and modernisation projects. EuroAirport’s development strategy, “EuroAirport 2030”, concerns the three key business segments of the airport: passenger traffic, air freight and industrial activities (maintenance and refurbishment of private aircraft). It is based on the principle of sustainable development made up of the three interdependent components: economy, society and environment. EuroAirport’s goal is to develop its operations while striking a balance between economic, social and ecological aspects. 


Trondheim Airport Værnes maintains its carbon neutral status

03 July 2018

We don't have to say it twice: Norway's airports are top of the notch in environmental management! Avinor's Trondheim Airport Værnes has just renewed its carbon neutral status. Keep it up!


Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport renews its Level 3+ certificate

03 July 2018

 

Aéroports de Lyon maintains its significant level of control over Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport’s environmental impact while it continues to develop and strengthen its activity. After obtaining its certification in May 2017, Lyon Saint Exupéry managed to secure the renewal for the year 2018 , within the global standard for the management of greenhouse gas emissions.

In order to develop sustainability, for the past ten years, Aéroports de Lyon has produced drastic energy savings. Since 2007, its electricity consumption has stabilised in spite of growth in terms of the number of passengers welcomed (+ 40% 2007/2017) and also in terms of infrastructure, with the new 70 000m² Terminal 1,  which covers twice the initial surface area of the airport.

These savings are associated with other actions such as the construction of the 100% HQE Terminal 1,  as well as the implementation of an Inter-Company Travel Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Aside from containing the environmental impact of its own activities, Aéroports de Lyon is in the process of training other companies on the Lyon-Saint Exupéry platform how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is one of the conditions to obtain the ultimate certification.

These efforts are reflected in the results obtained, with an average 9% decrease of CO2 emissions from 2012 to 2016 (equivalent to  6879 tonnes of CO2) with just 6236 tonnes of CO2 emitted. These emissions are fully offset by the support of projects implemented by GERES, which are aimed at spreading low-carbon solutions that truly improve the living conditions of local populations. These include projects such as bioclimatic solutions for housing in Afghanistan and the deployment of improved cooking stoves in Cambodia.

All of these actions allowed Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport in 2018 to maintain the carbon neutrality of its activities as well as the renewal of its Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 3+ certificate. They form part of the AirPact environmental policy, initiated in 2016 by VINCI Airports, the manager of Aéroports de Lyon together with with Caisse des Dépôts and Crédit Agricole Assurances.

For Tanguy Bertolus, Chairman of the Management Board of Aéroports de Lyon: "This certification is remarkable because, out of the 133 European airports in the programme, only 33, such as Lyon, have reached the maximum level of certification; a global standard for the management of greenhouse gas emissions from airports. Aéroports de Lyon would like to thank the VINCI Airports AirPact programme, an Aéroports de Lyon concession holder since 2016. Actions are already underway on the four pillars of AIRPACT for the next two years, and are as follows:

-          the reintegration of the ISO 14001 standard in 2019

-          obtaining the Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 1 for Lyon-Bron airport from 2020 and maintaining the Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 3+ certification for Lyon Saint-Exupéry

-          a 20% reduction in energy intensity between 2013 and 2020 by committing to the ISO 50001 (Energy Management System) approach

-          the formalisation of the Biodiversity strategy based on the results of our global fauna-flora diagnosis in order to reconcile security and biodiversity."

 


Spain's Alicante Elche Airport joins the programme

02 July 2018

Alicante Elche Airport started Mapping its carbon emissions within Airport Carbon Accreditation. This latest accreditation rounds up the number of Aena's airports engaged in the programme to 8. Spanish airports are hard at work to address their carbon emissions!