Initiatives such as the switch to 100% renewable energy, testing the first fully electric airport shuttle bus with boost charging and the introduction of an autonomous power and air conditioning supply system for business air travel, have led to the gateway achieiving Level 4 Neutrality status in ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
Operator, the Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (ACA) Group, had previously stated that its goal was to achieve carbon neutrality by 2018, so the airport has achieved the milestone two years earlier than expected.
Level 4+ means that the airport management has committed, after several years of reducing its emissions, to continue those efforts and offset any residual emissions to allow all operations under the airport's control to become carbon neutral.
The airport says that the accolade rewards its efforts to be more energy efficient and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
It joined the independent Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in 2011.
The scheme, introduced by ACI Europe in 2009 before going global, helps airports measure their carbon footprint and take initiatives to drastically cut their greenhouse gases at four different levels of accreditation (mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality.