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Nice Côte d'Azur Airport targets carbon neutrality by 2018

France’s Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (ACA) Group believes that its environmental efforts have made “a significant contribution to the efforts of European airports in the fight against global warming”.

Its bold claim is based on a host of ‘green’ initiatives at Nice Côte d’Azur, Cannes Mandelieu and Saint-Tropez airports that it refers to as “concrete action” under the umbrella of its “determined and responsible” Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.

The ACA Group joined ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in 2011 – Nice Côte d’Azur Airport currently enjoys Level 3 certification – and it reveals that it goal is goal is for all its gateways to be carbon neutral by 2018.

Its other key targets are to reduce the CO2 emissions of its airport infrastructure per passenger by 50% between 2010 and 2020.

And the airport operator has also pledged to use only electricity produced by 100% renewable sources at all its Côte d'Azur gateways from 2016.

The group notes that with the support of different stakeholders, CO2 emissions linked to electricity consumption per passenger at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has already declined by more than 30% over the last decade.

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This is primarily due to the fact that the airport has 100% used ‘green energy’ generated by hydro-electric power stations and supplied by Electricité de France (EDF) since January 1 this year.

The gateway currently uses 45GWh of energy annually, which is equivalent to a town with a population of 30,000 people.

Other green initiatives in place at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport include the introduction of a new electricity and air-conditioning system for business jets – reducing the need to use power heavy APUs – and the extended trial of an electric powered shuttle bus that has saved 1.25 tonnes of CO2 emissions since October 2014.

“Strong decisions taken in 2014 and 2015 show that it is quite possible to reconcile economic development objectives and environmental concerns, in particular with respect to cutting greenhouse gases,” says the ACA Group.

It notes that its green strategy is part of its commitment to passengers, local residents and the territory as its airports continue to grow and handle close to 12 million passengers this year.

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