Kerrie Mather, the airport's managing director and CEO, enthuses: “This is a fantastic result that recognises our continued work with airlines, tenants, business partners and airport staff to map and then reduce our overall airport carbon footprint.
“This recognition reflects our efforts to implement key environmental initiatives across our operations, as well as engage with our stakeholders on how we can support their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
“Sydney Airport has already delivered a 25.6% reduction in carbon emissions per passenger since 2010, well ahead of our target date.
"We’ve also achieved an absolute reduction of 8% – a great result given the growth of our business since 2010.”
Airport Carbon Accreditation recognises and accredits the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions, with four levels of certification: 'Mapping', 'Reduction', 'Optimisation' and 'Neutrality'.
To achieve Level 3, Optimisation – Sydney Airport was required to:
• Measure emissions from the landing and take-off cycle, electricity usage, ground transport and staff business travel;
• Provide evidence of stakeholder engagement;
• Meet level one and two accreditation requirements; and
• Show a reduction in its carbon footprint by analysing the carbon emissions data of three consecutive years
ACI Asia-Pacific's regional director, Patti Chau, notes: “The programme is the only institutionally-endorsed, carbon management certification standard for airports.
“Sydney Airport’s achievement is no small feat. It is a demonstration of the airport’s commitment in operating the airport in an environmentally sustainable manner together with its business partners, with the willingness to go the extra mile.
“We look forward to working closely with the airport on their journey towards carbon neutrality.”
In addition to achieving Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation, Sydney Airport has implemented a range of environmental initiatives such as a A$5 million investment in environmentally friendly ground transport, including Australia’s first electric airport buses (pictured above), and investing significantly to reduce water usage across the airport including development of a recycled water treatment plant.
It was the first Australian airport to release a Sustainability Report in line with GRI G4 reporting requirements and is working with Conservation Volunteers Australia to deliver environmentally beneficial outcomes across the local community, including a bush regeneration programme at Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation is an international and industry recognised certification programme designed to assess and recognise airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their carbon emissions.
It is the only industry-specific, performance-based, voluntary and institutionally-endorsed accreditation label designed specifically for airports.