Seoul - Six Asia-Pacific airports were honored in Seoul as they were presented with Airport Carbon Accreditation Certificates at the ACI Asia-Pacific/ ACI World Annual General Assembly held today.

Airports receiving certificates today at the ceremony include:

* Level 3, Optimisation: Incheon Airport, Republic of Korea
* Level 2, Reduction: Kaohsiung International Airport, Chinese Taipei; Macau International Airport, Macau; Suvarnabumi Airport, Thailand
* Level 1, Mapping: Sharjah International Airport, United Arab Emirates Sydney Airport, Australia

In congratulating the accredited airports, Mrs. Patti Chau, Regional Director of ACI Asia-Pacific said, “Airport Carbon Accreditation was extended to the Asia-Pacific region of ACI in November 2011 from ACI Europe and recently it was also extended to the Africa region. Now sixteen airports are currently accredited and these airports are continuing their efforts in carbon emissions management and working towards carbon neutrality. I must congratulate these airports for they are willing to go above and beyond the norm in reducing and managing their carbon emissions.”

Airport Carbon Accreditation is institutionally-endorsed by ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) and EUROCONTROL (European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation) and is overseen by an independent Advisory Board including representatives of the European Commission, ECAC, EUROCONTROL, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme) and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Independently administered by leading global sustainability consultancy WSP, it has established itself as the airport industry’s global standard for carbon management.

In Europe, 82 airports in 24 countries are currently certified at one of the 4 available levels of certification (‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Neutrality’), including 16 that are carbon neutral. Combined with the certification of 16 airports in the Asia-Pacific region of ACI and 1 airport in ACI Africa’s region, the programme now comprises 99 certified airports, including some of the best-known and renowned airport brands in the world.

The sixteen Asia-Pacific airports currently certified by the programme are as follows:

* Level 3, Optimisation: Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong; Incheon Airport, Republic of Korea; Indira Gandhi International Airport, India; Kempegowda International Airport, India; Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, India.
* Level 2, Reduction: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, India; Kaohsiung International Airport, Chinese Taipei; Macau International Airport, Macau; Suvarnabumi Airport, Thailand.
* Level 1, Mapping: Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates; Adelaide Airport, Australia; Parafield Airport, Australia; Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan; Sharjah International Airport, United Arab Emirates; Sunshine Coast Airport, Australia; Sydney Airport, Australia.

These airports welcome over 315 million passengers a year, representing 18.5% of the total air passenger traffic in the region.

For more information about Airport Carbon Accreditation, visit http://www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org.