The carbon standard for the airport industry goes global

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Cancun: Ahead of this year’s United Nations COP20 Conference Of the Parties on the issue of Climate Change, taking place in Lima in early December, a key development in the airport industry’s efforts to address their carbon emissions, was announced in Cancun this week - on the occasion of the 23rd ACI Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Annual Conference and General Assembly.

Puerto Vallarta International Airport (Mexico) has just become the 111th airport in the programme and the first to become certified in Latin-America & Caribbean.

Having already achieved significant results in 5 continents, the launch of Airport Carbon Accreditation in Latin America & Caribbean (in partnership with ACI-LAC) marks the decisive moment that the programme has become the global standard for carbon management at airports.

At the launch of the programme during the ACI-LAC Annual Conference in Cancun on Tuesday afternoon, Javier Martinez, Director General ACI-LAC commented “As an ambitious industry, we want to do our part to lower our carbon footprint in the global aviation system. It is our privilege to be the bridge that makes Airport Carbon Accreditation a truly global programme from today, and we look forward to being a bigger part of its success in the coming years.”

Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI Europe commented “We are delighted to see Airport Carbon Accreditation become available to members of ACI-LAC today. It’s a big moment for the programme, as it demonstrates the momentum the airport industry’s climate change commitment has gained over the past 7 years and that the demand for this kind of tool is now genuinely global.”

They added “Many industries talk about their commitments. A significant part of the global airport industry is already actively addressing its carbon emissions – and they have mobilised on this, of their accord. They are proactively reporting on their carbon reduction activities every year and the number of airports is constantly growing too. An impressive 1.48 billion air passengers now travel through airports certified at one of the 4 levels of the programme.”

Airport Carbon Accreditation is now live across the world and the 111 airports certified by the programme welcome 25.9% of global air passenger traffic annually.

In addition, airports which have firmly committed to apply in the coming months for certification at one of the 4 levels of the programme include Aéroports de Montreal, Denver International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Portland International Airport in North America, Libreville Airport and Abidjan Airport in Africa and Galapagos Airport and Quito Airport in Latin America & Caribbean