The launch of Airport Carbon Accreditation at the 19th ACI Europe Annual Congress in Manchester yesterday (Tuesday, June 16th) marks a significant step towards European airport carbon neutrality, it has been claimed.
By developing the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, the Airports International Council is fulfilling a pledge made last year to establish a framework for the reduction of carbon emissions among its members.
Airports will be assessed on the actions they are taking to improve their environmental performance, while the programme will also check on airports’ efforts to achieve carbon efficiency savings through collaboration with airlines, air traffic controllers and ground handlers.
"In launching Airport Carbon Accreditation today, we are turning our commitment to reduce carbon emissions into concrete action," commented Dr Yiannis Paraschis, president of ACI Europe and CEO of Athens International Airport.
"The fact that we are doing this in the midst of the worst ever trading conditions speaks volumes about how serious we are about taking on the challenge of climate change."
Hubs signed up to the initiative include Dubrovnik, Frankfurt and Manchester airports.
ACI Europe revealed recently that it expected demand for cheap flights to lead to an "airport capacity crunch" by 2030.