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SFO and Winnipeg gain airport carbon accreditation certification

Aviation's voluntary carbon accreditation mitigation programme continues to grow in popularity in North America with San Francisco and Winnipeg the latest airports to be certified under the initiative.

San Francisco International Airport has attained Level Three Optimisation certification in ACI's Airport Carbon Acctediation programme while Winnipeg Richardson International Airport achieved Level One Mapping certification.

Meanwhile, Honolulu International Airport has also advanced from Level One Mapping certification to Level Two Reduction certification as the number of US and Canadian airports to become carbon accredited has risen to 12 since ACI-North America joined the scheme in 2014.

“As North American airport participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program grows, ACI-NA applauds the significant steps airports are taking to be leaders in environmental stewardship,” says ACI-NA's president and CEO, Kevin Burke. 

“I applaud San Francisco, Winnipeg, and Honolulu for their commitment to lowering their carbon footprints and becoming better partners in the global aviation system. 

"By achieving the ambitious goals of Airport Carbon Accreditation, these airports are setting our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.”

ACI-NA joined Airport Carbon Accreditation and recognised Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as the first North American airport to attain certification in 2014.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is a rigorous, third party administered program that has received recognition from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as an example of positive industry engagement for addressing climate change.   

As part of Airport Carbon Accreditation, airports commit to reducing their emissions by making investments in heating and lighting efficiency technologies, electric, hybrid or gas-powered vehicles, public transport incentive schemes, less corporate travel, goal setting, and stakeholder engagement to encourage further emissions reductions.

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