The voluntary climate change initiative Airport Carbon Accreditation was named as one of two runner-ups for the ITF’s Transport Achievement Award.
Announcing the results, José Viegas secretary general of the International Transport Forum – an inter-governmental organisation with 54 member countries – said: “The jury commends Airport Carbon Accreditation as a robust programme that clearly demonstrates widespread and progressive promotion of good practice.
“We want to acknowledge the success of the initiative in empowering airports across the globe to reduce their carbon emissions.”
ACI’s regional heads, Olivier Jankovec (director general, ACI Europe), Patti Chau (regional director, ACI Asia-Pacific), and Ali Tounsi (director general, ACI Africa, claim that the commendation recognises the huge strides airports have taken in recent years to reduce their impact on the environment.
A joint ACI statement, reads: “We are delighted that Airport Carbon Accreditation has been so highly commended by the ITF.
“We launched this programme nearly five years ago during the worst trading conditions, but our faith was quickly rewarded by solid uptake from airports all around Europe and beyond.
“This is a fantastic recognition for the 98 airports that are currently certified under the programme – for their on-going work to map, reduce, optimise and ultimately neutralise their carbon emissions.”
It adds: “As the face of aviation on the ground, airports are fully committed to addressing their carbon footprints – this is also part of being a good neighbour serving the economic & social needs of their communities.
“Airport Carbon Accreditation frames, supports and incentivises the collective work that airports are doing to make their operations more carbon efficient and their business more sustainable.”
ACA is institutionally-endorsed and has already won praise from ICAO, UNEP, the EU’s Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas, and EU Climate Action Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard.
Independently administered by leading global sustainability consultancy WSP, it has established itself as the airport industry’s global standard for carbon management.
In Europe, 82 airports in 24 countries are currently certified at one of the 4 available levels of certification (‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Neutrality’), including 14 that are carbon neutral.
Combined with the certification of 15 airports in the Asia-Pacific region of ACI and 1 airport in ACI Africa’s region, the programme now comprises 98 certified airports, including some of the best-known and renowned airport brands in the world.
In year four of the programme (June 2012 to May 2013), the collective reduction achieved was over 170,000 tonnes of CO2, enough energy to power 71,000 households for a year.