The accreditation is the result of the successful mapping of all CO2 emissions at the three airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
According to operator, Cambodia Airports, the carbon footprint obtained can now be used as a starting point to "control, reduce and ultimately neutralise the airports’ impact on their environment."
ACI's global carbon management programme has four levels of certification: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality.
Prior to the recent audits, Cambodia Airports says that it had started deploying initiatives matching the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme that included streamlining electricity use at the airports’ facilities, phasing out old vehicles and the sorting and recycling of waste.
Emmanuel Menanteau, CEO of Cambodia Airports, says: “Environmental challenges need to be addressed now with a systematic set of concrete actions.
"For Cambodia's airports, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme charts a clear path and allows us to measure our improvements.
"Being in the vanguard for heritage protection following preventive archeological excavations we had conducted at Siem Reap Airport, Cambodia Airports is seeking leadership for environmental protection.”
ACI Asia-Pacific's regional director, Patti Chau, believes that Cambodia Airports' decision to join ACA demonstrates its environmental credentials.
She says: “I wish to congratulate Cambodia Airports for its effort in attaining Airport Carbon Accreditation for the three airports in Cambodia at Mapping Level.
"This is a strong demonstration of Cambodia Airports’ commitment to environment protection and we look forward to witnessing these three accredited airports moving up through the levels and ultimately becoming carbon-neutral airports.
"Airport Carbon Accreditation in Asia-Pacific is stepping into the fifth year and I am pleased to the see the programme gaining recognition. ”
The milestone is also significant for VINCI Airports, which today becomes the first global airport operator to commit all of its airports to the Airports Carbon Accreditation programme.
In addition to Cambodia, VINCI Airports operates gateways in Portugal and France.