Airport Carbon Accreditation News

Issue: 6

Summer 2013

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Welcome to the sixth edition of  our update on Airport Carbon Accreditation  News, the newsletter of the only institutionally-endorsed tool for mapping and reducing the CO2 emissions at airports. By participating in the carbon management programme, airports are demonstrating their commitment to carbon reduction, placing their environmental activities under the assessment of Airport Carbon Accreditation, its administrator, WSP Environment & Energy and the independent Advisory Board which oversees this programme.

We begin our newsletter by bringing you up to speed on the latest developments of the programme over the last few months - these include the recently announced results for Year 4, the extension of the programme to Africa, the new Online Application Tool, the launch of the revamped website and the new Airport Carbon Accreditation brochure. Secondly, we take a look at the Airport Carbon Accreditation's participation in the European campaign to promote climate change called a 'World you Like. With a climate you like'. We then highlight the most recent certifications and renewals in the programme (some fantastic progress here). We also look at the Eco-Innovation award winner, which was announced at the 9th ACI EUROPE Best Airport Award Winners, during the ACI EUROPE & WORLD Annual Congress & Exhibition. We conclude our update, with a look at some very interesting environmental innovations undertaken by certified airport operators which caught our eye over the last while. Year4

Year 4 Results & Annual Report 2012 - 2013


Airport Carbon Accreditation passed the Year 4 milestone since the last issue of Airport Carbon Accreditation News and what an eventful and successful year it has been!


Airport Carbon Accreditation - June 2013
Airport Carbon Accreditation - June 2013


In year  4 of the programme, certified airports saw a total reduction of 170,164 tonnes of CO2 achieved. In the twelve months fom June 2012 to May 2013, Airport Carbon Accredited status has been earned by a total of 75 airports in 22 countries in Europe and 9 airports in 6 countries in Asia-Pacific. All the airports now certified by Airport Carbon Accreditation collectively represent 22% of global air passenger traffic. 



For more detail on accredited airports' achievements during Year 4, we have produced the Airport Carbon Accreditation Annual Report. This report outlines some of the background to the development of Airport Carbon Accreditation, the programme requirements and the benefits of participation. It also presents data on the aggregate emissions of accredited airports, and showcases examples of best practice in the field of carbon management alongside airports' experiences of the accreditation process alongside airports' experiences of the accreditation process.


To download the Annual Report please click hereLaunch

Launch of the Programme in Africa


Year 5 of the programme has kicked off with the official extension of the programme to Africa, following the certification of the first African airport, Enfidha-Hammamet International in Tunisia, operated by TAV Airports. The airport which was built by TAV Airports with a €500 million investment and put into operation in December 2009, Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport is one of the country's most important tourism destinations. The airport has the most advanced technologies in energy efficiency, waste management and water management. 


We at ACI EUROPE, ACI ASIA-PACIFIC and ACI AFRICA are all very excited with the extension of the programme into Africa and we look forward to welcoming more African airports over the coming months!


Pictured at the certification ceremony of Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport on 11 June are Mr. Ali Tounsi (Secretary General, ACI AFRICA) presenting the "Mapping" certificate to Ms. Eda Bildiricioglu (Operations Services Manager, TAV)


For more information about the launch of the programme to the African region of ACI, click here.Application

The Online Application Tool


Airport Carbon Accreditation has recently launched an Online Tool with a simplified and intuitive process for renewals and upgrades, to ease the application process for airport and third party verifiers. The new tool is aimed at making application more accessable, more cost efective and less time consuming for airports. It will replace the paper application form as of the 1 October 2013, however, up to this date there will be a short period of overlap.


An airport is able to:

  • Calculate their participation fee
  • Input all data and information required for a particular level of application, with the added confidence of an automatic check that the information being provided is of the correct type
  • View previous applications submitted using the tool
  • View the requirements of other levels of the programme
  • Submit to the verifier for comment
  • Review and submit to the programme administrator 

For more information about the new Online Tool click on this

New Airport Carbon Accreditation Website


We are delighted to bring you our new Airport Carbon Accreditation website which just went live last week! The new website is more user friendly for all, while providing you with everything you need to know about the programme and keeping you up to date on all the recent news and airport accreditations / renewals.


The new website can be accessed herebrochure

New Airport Carbon Accreditation Brochure


We are delighted to bring you the new Airport Carbon Accreditation brochure. In this updated edition of the brochure, you will find useful information about the programme, why your airport should apply, how to become Airport Carbon certified and how your airport plays a vital role in making a difference.


It also provides both airport and institutional support about the programme.  


To view the new brochure click here.contest

World You Like Contest


Earlier this year, Commissioner Connie Hedegaard launched an EU campaign to combat climate change and promote a low carbon society ''A World ou Like. With a climate you like.'' Run by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action, it is a campaign about innovation to achieve a low carbon society.


As part of the campaign, there is a contest in which businesses, NGOs and local authorities can participate by showcasing their climate-friendly solutions. As well as being a partner of the campaign, Airport Carbon Accreditation is also one of the 269 initiatives participating in the contest.




As part of the contest, there is a public vote - which has been relaunched as of this morning (1 August) and will be open until 6 September.


We therefore urge you all to take a moment to VOTE for Airport Carbon Accreditation. Voting is easy and requires no registration. To vote, please click here. Please note that everyone can vote once per day, until the 6 September.


We need your support so please VOTE for the airport industry's groundbreaking work in this area and help spread the word!



Latest Accreditations & Renewals


Airport Carbon Accreditation has gone from strength to strength in recent times with more airports reducing their CO2 than ever before.  This year saw great development in new accreditations and upgrades across all regions. In total for Year 4 there were 22 new airports who became accredited for the first time. There were also 11 upgrades and 53 renewals.

In Asia-Pacific, strong growth was seen particularly in India, where there are now 4 airports accredited. Hong Kong Airport became the first in the region to be accredited at Level 3 Optimisation and the accreditation of Bangkok Airport saw participation rise to 9 airports, or 8.4% of the region's passenger traffic. There was also the upgrade of Mumbai airport and two other renewals.



In Europe, 16 airports were accredited, increasing the proportion of Europe's passengers passing through accredited airports to 58.6%. Europe also saw its first entire airport group (Swedavia) becoming accredited at the highest level, Neutrality. In year 4, 10 European airports upgraded to a higher level.



We at ACI are very proud of what the programme has achieved in a relatively short period of time. To date, there are 76 accredited airports across 23 countries certified in Europe, 12 airports across 7 countries in Asia-Pacific certified and 1 airport in 1 country in Africa accredited. Recently, we welcomed 3 new airports from Australia, 1 new airport in Europe and a new airport from the Middle East onto the programme. 

Undoubtedly, airports of all sizes across all regions are now engaged in a real efficiency drive to reduce CO2 emissions that is making a real difference to the industry's carbon footprint.


Eco-Innovation Award


This year's much coveted Eco-Innovation Award went to Athens International Airport, as part of the 9th ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards, which took place during the joint ACI EUROPE/WORLD Annual Congress & Exhibition in Istanbul, between the 10-12 June.


The Eco-Innovation award is awarded to the airport which makes the best efforts to recognise and reduce its environmental impact. The judging panel of the Eco-Innovation Award is comprised of members of Airport Carbon Accreditation's independent advisory board and this year's award was the 4th of its kind to be presented to a European airport.


Athens International Airport scored highest on criteria such as stakeholder engagement, staff training and innovation.



The award was presented on 10 June in Istanbul to Dr.Yiannis N.Paraschis (CEO, Athens International Airport) by Mr. Frank Brenner (Director General, EUROCONTROL)



ACI EUROPE would like to say a sincere well done to all at Athens International Airport in supporting important environmental initiatives and making them a key strategic priority at the airport. Keep up the good work!


For more information about the ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards including the Eco-innovation Award please click here. Spotlight

Spotlight: Interesting Airport Initiatives

Dublin and Cork airports: In December 2012, DAA purchased nine electric Renault Kangoo mini vans for use at Dublin and Cork airports, making the company one of the largest electric fleet operators in the country. DAA's decision to opt for the nine electric vehicles will result in CO2 savings of more than 200,000kg over the lifetime of the vehicles, which is equivalent to planting more than 6,000 trees.


DAA's decision to opt for electric vehicles followed its participation in a programme supported by ESB ecars, which allowed the company to test drive a Kangoo Z.E. for a month to check its capabilities in a major international airport.


The new electric vehicles will be used on a daily basis in both airside and landside locations by DAA maintenance crews, and staff from its car park and terminal services departments.




For more information, check out DAA's page on this initiative here.


TAV airports: In January 2013, TAV signed an agreement pledging to make its buildings energy efficient. The initiative embarked upon the purpose of drawing attention to the extensive use of energy in buildings and reducing the amount of energy utilisation. The declaration written by the Business Council for Sustainable Growth of Turkey (BCSD Turkey) was signed by 15 corporations in Turkey.


The companies put forward five main commitments as to analyse the existing circumstances, determine the reduction objectives, form a corporate policy on the energy efficiency, prepare a specific strategy and a program to achieve these goals, report the operations and organise events to raise awareness. 





For more information on this, click here.


Hong Kong International Airport: Since 2010, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been actively engaging in an ongoing  "Carbon Reduction Programme". The well equiped project's pledge is to reduce its airport wide carbon emissions by 25% per workload unit by 2015 from 2008 levels. 


Some of the environmental airport initiatives include energy savings, renewable energy and waste management. HKIA has pro-actively engaged with the whole airport community and its stakeholders to get involved in achieving lower carbon reductions across the airport campus. 




For more information, check out HKIA's Carbon Reduction Programmes here.


London City Airport: In June 2013, London City Airport installed solar powered lighting systems at runway entry points. The two runway guard lights, commonly known as Wig-Wags, represent a 10,000 pound investment in a bid to reduce energy consumption and provide a continous, 24 hour LED warning system. The units can run for 120 days without re-charging. 





For more information, check out this initiative here.

In this issue

The Online Application Tool  


New Airport Carbon Accreditation Website


New Airport Carbon Accreditation Brochure    


The World You Like Contest   


Latest Accreditations & Renewals   


Eco-Innovation Award  


 Spotlight: Interesting Airport Initiatives