March 15, 2013
While a lot of attention gets focused on the emissions from aviation released by aircraft in the skies above us, it must also be remembered that a lot of good work is taking place on the ground too – particularly at airports. One of the projects that we are very proud of is led by our colleagues at Airports Council International Europe. Airport Carbon Accreditation was launched in 2009 and has since grown to be what I consider a gold-standard carbon management certification programme for airports.
Airports across Europe have been leading the way and Airport Carbon Accreditation has now started rolling out in Asia-Pacific as well, with six airports there already taking part and another two to be announced shortly. ACI Europe yesterday announced that 71 airports in Europe are accredited at one of the four available levels of certification: ‘Mapping’; ‘Reduction’; ‘Optimisation’; and ‘Neutrality’. Impressively, the accredited airports represent more than 56% of European passenger traffic. The step-by-step process provides airports with a common framework for active carbon management with measurable goal posts.
While the total carbon emissions reduced through Airport Carbon Accreditation will be announced at the ACI annual meeting in June, I can tell you it is an impressive figure. You can view a full list of the airports accredited in Europe and the levels of their accreditation here.
I also think it is a significant achievement that the programme has been endorsed by ECAC and EUROCONTROL and received support from the European Commission and ICAO.