Going global: airport CO2 efficiency programme now active in 3 continents


Istanbul, 12 June 2013: Four years on from the launch of Airport Carbon Accreditation, European airport trade body ACI EUROPE took a moment at its 23rd Annual Congress in Istanbul to give an update on the programme and make a special announcement, about its newly extended geographical reach.


The institutionally endorsed¹ programme independently assesses² and recognises airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions. It certifies airports at 4 different levels of accreditation (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality). In the past twelve months, Airport Carbon Accredited status has been earned by a total of 75 airports in 22 countries in Europe and 10 airports in 7 countries in Asia-Pacific*.

GETTING CLOSER TO GLOBAL REACHEarlier yesterday, a special agreement was signed with ACI Africa, extending the programme to African airports. Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport in Tunisia became the very first African airport to become certified.**

All the airports now certified by Airport Carbon Accreditation collectively represent 22% of global air passenger traffic.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI EUROPE commented “Year 4 of Airport Carbon Accreditation has been an epic year. We’d seen more airports reducing their CO2 than ever before, including an entire national airport group becoming carbon neutral. Our colleagues in Asia-Pacific have secured the participation of 10 airports in Asia-Pacific, including Hong Kong International Airport, certified at the ‘Optimisation’ level. And now Year 5 kicks off with the extension to Africa - that’s real momentum for such a young programme.”

On Airport Carbon Accreditation’s impact in Europe in particular, Jankovec added “In Europe alone, accredited airports welcome more than 900 million passengers each year and Year 4 has yielded a reduction of over 170,000 t C02 – enough energy to run 71,000 households for a year. This is concrete action that has produced effective, independently-verified results. Within and beyond Europe, airports of all sizes are now engaged in a real efficiency drive to reduce CO2 emissions that is making a real difference to the industry’s carbon footprint.”