January 19, 2016
Brisbane - Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) continued efforts in managing its carbon emissions have been officially recognised by Airports Council International (ACI) with Brisbane Airport (BNE) now certified as Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 3 (Optimisation).
To achieve Level 3 Optimisation Accreditation, BAC successfully reduced the level of its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions, mapped the carbon footprint for the whole of Brisbane Airport, and demonstrated successful engagement with key stakeholders in ongoing efforts to improve the airport’s environmental sustainability.
Brisbane Airport is the 2nd Australian airport and the 8th airport in the Asia-Pacific region to reach this level.
The global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme certifies airports at four different levels of accreditation (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality). It is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and has won praise from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nation Environment Panel (UNEP) and the European Union (EU).
Julieanne Alroe, BAC CEO and Managing Director, said the airport’s sustainability strategy aimed to reach beyond a risk and compliance position.
“At Brisbane Airport we are committed to sustainability and putting in place programmes that help us manage and minimise long-term impacts of climate change and adverse environmental impacts from aviation and property development activities.
“Achieving Level 3 Optimisation Airport Carbon Accreditation is an achievement we’re very proud of and one that encourages us to continue our efforts to further reduce our carbon footprint,” Ms Alroe said.
Mrs. Patti Chau, Regional Director of ACI Asia-Pacific, said, “I wish to congratulate Brisbane Airport in becoming the second airport in Australia to attain Airport Carbon Accreditation Optimisation Level. The accreditation demonstrates Brisbane Airport’s strong commitment to environmental protection and ensuring sustainable growth. I look forward to seeing the airport’s future achievements on its journey towards carbon neutrality.”
Currently there are 151 airports certified at one of the four available levels of the programme. These airports welcome nearly a third of global air passenger traffic.