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More European airports go ‘green’

Several new airports have been added into the ACI Europe-endorsed Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Several new airports have been added into the ACI Europe-endorsed Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

A number of major European airports have now achieved certification within the programme for the first very time, including Geneva and Rome-Leonardo da Vinci (both at the ‘Optimisation’ level) and Nice Côte d’Azur airports (at ‘Mapping’ level).

The climate change initiative, Airport Carbon Accreditation, is an institutionally endorsed programme that independently assesses and recognises airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions.

It certifies airports at four different levels of accreditation including ‘Mapping’; ‘Reduction’;  ‘Optimisation’; and ‘Neutrality’.

Recent renewals within the programme include Stockholm-Arlanda and Bromma airports in Sweden at the ‘Neutrality’ level, alongside Avinor’s Trondheim Airport and Italy’s Milan-Linate and Milan-Malpensa airports.

Meanwhile, London Heathrow Airport, the busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic, has just achieved the ‘Optimisation’ level of certification for the second year running.

Other airports which have successfully renewed at the ‘Reduction’ level include Athens International Airport, Brussels Airport, Farnborough Airport, Kristiansand Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly.

Finally, Ankara-Esenboga Airport, Bologna Airport, Istanbul-Ataturk and Shannon Airport have retained their status at the ‘Mapping’ level.

Olivier Jankovec, director general ACI Europe, said: “Accredited airports now number 46 and span 17 countries.

“Those airports also account for 49% of European passenger traffic.

“Their focus on lowering their carbon footprint is making serious headway, as the number of airports certified at each of the various levels of the programme attests.

“While other industries are still only coming up with ideas and commitments, airports are charging ahead, making a tangible difference.”

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