Global airport industry climate action surpasses 200 airports milestone

19 October 2017

- 201 airports across the world now certified at one of the 4 levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation

- These airports welcomed over 2.8 billion passengers a year – that’s 39.6% of global air passengers

- Latest global CO2 reduction by airport industry announced: -202,184 tonnes of CO2

- 35 airports are carbon neutral

Mauritius, 19 October 2017: At this year’s ACI World & Africa Annual General Assembly (WAGA) hosted by Airports of Mauritius Co, the global airport industry 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.  As is customary at this time of year, Airports Council International also released the annual report for Airport Carbon Accreditation (covering the period May 2016 to May 2017), showing how the global airport industry° is delivering on its commitment to lower its own CO2 emissions, made in 2007*.


Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World commented “This past year has seen continued engagement from airports - with 36 new applications to Airport Carbon Accreditation and more airports reaching a higher level of certification within the programme. As a result, we are able to announce that we now have 201 airports participating in Airport Carbon Accreditation. These airports welcome over 39.6% of global air passenger traffic. To put that into context, that means more than 2.8 billion passengers now travel through airports certified at one of the 4 levels of the programme.”


Earlier this week, Townsville Airport in Queensland, Australia became the 200th airport to enter the programme, certified at Level 2 Reduction.


She added “From May 2016 to May 2017, accredited airports succeeded in collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 202,184 tonnes of CO2 - that’s equivalent to the CO2 emitted during the lifecycle of over 2.1 million iPhones.


Niclas Svenningsen, who heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in Bonn, Germany commented “People are aware of the public conversation about Climate Change between governments and the work underway to forge and implement policies that support a sustainable future, but effective climate action also relies enormously on an innovative and proactive private sector – and Airport Carbon Accreditation is a really good example of that. By providing a clear, yet ambitious framework that accommodates the multi-speed nature of airports’ efforts across the world, this is actively encouraging and stimulating a collective effort by the Global airport industry – one that is also engaging other aviation stakeholders to get involved as well. Something other industries and sectors would do well to try to foster.”


More African Airports on Board

Participation growth in the African continent has been particularly remarkable – going from 3 airports in the programme a year ago, to now 10 accredited airports. These airports welcome 28% of African air passenger traffic. An additional 6 US airports also became certified for the first time, and US airports were also major contributors to the overall reduction of CO2 emissions achieved last year – with Dallas Fort Worth becoming the first airport in the Americas reaching carbon neutral status. These achievements reflect the continued commitment of US airports to addressing climate change, despite the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement.


A number of airports received their certificates at a dedicated Airport Carbon Accreditation ceremony during this year’s WAGA in Mauritius:

·         ACSA (Airports Company of South Africa) received 4 certificates – each at Level 1 Mapping for Cape Town International (Cape Town), King Shaka International (Durban), O.R. Tambo International (Johannesburg) and Port Elizabeth International (Port Elizabeth) airports.


·         ONDA (Moroccan Airports Authority) collected two Level 1 Mapping certificates for 2 of tis airports: Casablanca Mohammed V International and Marrakech Menara Airport.


·         From Latin America there were also Level 1 Mapping certificates presented to Guayaquil International Airport and Carrasco International Airport, Montevideo


·         The final airport to be certified at Level 1 Mapping was Sir Seewosagur Ramgoolan International Airport in Mauritius – the host of this year’s WAGA.


·         Meanwhile, at Level 2 Reduction, there were 2 certifications: Libreville Leon Mba International Airport and Quito International Airport. 



-          Aeria’s Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport – the airport of Abidjan – also received its Level 3+ Neutrality certificate, distinguishing itself as the very first African airport to achieve carbon neutral status.


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). 

Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport renews at Level 1 Mapping

18 October 2017

Kudos to our Canadian friends who just successfully renewed their Level 1 certification! We keep our fingers crossed for the successful progress of Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport within Airport Carbon Accreditation programme! 

San Francisco International Airport renews at Level 3 Optimisation

17 October 2017

"Being a leader in environmental affairs requires the engagement of the entire San Francisco International Airport community to achieve our sustainability goals.
Examples of this approach include: 
• Electric ground power and pre-conditioned air for parked aircraft, allowing airlines to use less jet fuel while on the ground
• Construction of the AirTrain, an electric-powered light rail system, eliminating over 600 daily bus trips
• Funding support to extend the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system directly into the airport
• Creation of a Clean Vehicle Policy to promote the use of low emission vehicles by ground transportation providers and airport departments
• Incentive programs for employees to use public transit for their commute to work
For SFO, achieving Level 3 of Airport Carbon Accreditation represents a significant step towards our goal to become carbon neutral."
Way to go SFO! Congrats on your renewal!

Denver International Airport renews at Level 2 Reduction

09 October 2017

Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the US in terms of land, and they are using it for... solar panels :). What is more, the airport just renewed at Level 2 Reduction. Keep up the great work! 

Adelaide Airport Airport renews at Level 3 Optimisation

06 October 2017

Airports that reach Level 3 are a source of inspiration in carbon mitigation initiatives for those around them. This is surely the case for Australia’s Adelaide Airport that just renewed their Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate for reducing their emissions and engaging others to do the same! Congrats!