On 16 June, 33 airports committed to participate in Airport Carbon Accreditation. Those participant airports
spread across 11 countries in various corners of Europe, account for 26% of European air passenger traffic.
Their commitment is currently being applied to the various scheme documentation and criteria involved in becoming
Airport Carbon Accredited. WSP Environment & Energy, as administrator of Airport Carbon Accreditation
is tracking the applications of each of these airports and providing advice and assistance.
So what's the update? Here are the latest developments....
On 18 September, Frankfurt Airport
was the first ever airport to become Airport Carbon Accredited, achieving the 'Reduction' level of accreditation for its efforts.
The airport, which is one of the busiest in Europe, achieved a reduction of about 42.000 tonnes of CO2, due to efficiencies put in place during the last three years.
Dr Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport AG commented
"We are delighted to be the first airport certified according to the stringent criteria of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This is a validation of our efforts and underscores the actions taken by Fraport to minimise our impact on climate change."
Following hot on the heels of Frankfurt's accreditation, on 28 September, Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (operated by TAV Izmir, an affiliate of TAV Airports Holding) in Turkey became the first airport to achieve the 'Mapping' level of accreditation.
The TAV Airports Holding President & CEO, M. Sani Şener
said, "As TAV Airports Holding we have carried out many projects centered around environmental awareness at our airports. Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, has been become Airport Carbon Accredited. Thus, all of our projects aimed at environmental awareness will be certified and recorded from now on. We aim to continue this participation with Istanbul Atatürk, Ankara Esenboğa and our other airports. At a time when global warming is threatening the earth we live on, we at TAV Airports aim to meet our responsibilities. Managing and reducing the carbon emissions under the direct control at our airports through step-be-step accreditation is the best way for us to advance this integral part of our environmental strategy."
Furthermore, Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport scooped an award at the Leaders in Aviation Awards, at this year's Doha Aviation Summit organized under the high patronage of His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Noami, Chairman of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority. The awards honor and award individuals and organizations across a range of categories in the aviation sector. Their recently achieved Airport Carbon Accredited status saw
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport take home the award for Green Initiative of the Year by an Airport.
Before the end of the year, we expect a number of other airports to receive their formal accreditation status, across the four different levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation. We continue to receive inquiries from airports all over Europe, as well as increasing interest from other parts of the world.
In other next edition of Airport Carbon Accreditation
News, we may even see a couple of new additions to our current list of 33 participants.