Pristina International Airport scales new heights in CO2 management

17 August 2018

BIG NEWS from Kosovo! 
Pristina International Airport has just reached a whole new level of carbon management! 
The airport was recognised for reducing its CO2 and engaging its partners (companies working at the airport site) to start reducing their emissions as well!! 
Welcome at Level 3 Optimisation of Airport Carbon Accreditation, one step away from carbon neutrality. 

Visby Airport secures 3-yearly renewal at Level 3+!

17 August 2018

Visby Airport's operations are now completely fossil fuel free! Carbon emissions have decreased from around 300 tonnes to zero in the space of 10 years as a result of efficiency measures and replacing all fossil fuel-powered vehicles – from fire trucks to snow removal equipment. Energy consumption has also fallen steadily over the period and the airport’s energy is provided by renewable electricity.
No wonder that the airport has just achieved a successful 3-yearly renewal at Level 3+Neutrality of Airport Carbon Accreditation!!

Milan Bergamo Airport renews at Level 2 Reduction

17 August 2018

Italy's 3rd busiest airport is also busy with reducing CO2 emissions! Milan-Bergamo Airport just renewed its Level 2 Reduction certificate within Airport Carbon Accreditation. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

New arrival! Charlottetown Airport is Mapping its CO2

07 August 2018

Charlottetown Airport, located on the Prince Edward Island in Canada, has just been recognised for Mapping its CO2 emissions with an Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate! The airport is off to a great start with their carbon management. Charlottetown is the 242nd accredited airport worldwide and the 35th in the region of North America. 
Read more in their Press Release

Italy's Cagliari Airport renews its accreditation

01 August 2018

Cagliari Airport has just renewed its certificate for Mapping their CO2 emissions within Airport Carbon Accreditation! Congratulations on your renewal!

Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru renews at Level 3+ Neutrality

31 July 2018

Good climate news from India. The country's third busiest airport, Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru renews at Level 3+ Neutrality of Airport Carbon Accreditation. Congratulations! 

Hamad International Airport renews at Level 3 Optimisation

30 July 2018

Hamad International Airport in Doha just renewed its accreditation at the second to highest level of the programme. Congratulations on your new Level 3 Optimisation certificate! 

Stockholm Arlanda Airport achieves a 3-yearly renewal at Level 3+

18 July 2018

The busiest airport of Sweden is also one of the best-of-class airports in terms of carbon management. Stockholm Arlanda Airport just achieved a successful renewal at Level 3+ Neutrality for the next 3 years! Swedavia, which owns and operates Stockholm Arlanda, has cut its emissions of fossil carbon dioxide at the airport by more than half over the past seven years. The airport’s buildings are warmed up with district heating from biofuel, and all electricity purchased is produced from renewable sources, such as biofuel, solar, wind and hydropower. The airport is also gradually replacing its fleet of vehicles with environmentally sustainable vehicles. 

Read more about their extensive work to mitigate the impact of their operations on the climate here.  

Macau International Airport renews at Level 2 Reduction

18 July 2018

We are delighted to confirm that Macau International Airport renewed its Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate at Level 2 Reduction for another year! Congratulations on your renewal :). 

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. 


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.


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 

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.