Airports Council International (ACI) has today (March 26) announced that several airports are expected to apply for certification at one of four levels of its Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program over the coming months. This includes Denver and San Francisco international airports in North America; Libreville and Abidjan airports in Africa; and Galapagos and Quito airports in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The details were announced as part of an ACA report listing the progress of airports in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The program certifies airports at four different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management (mapping, reduction, optimization and neutrality).
It is independently administered, institutionally endorsed and has won praise from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nation Environment Panel (UNEP) and the European Union (EU). In the past 12 months, ACA status has been earned by a total of 122 airports across the world.
Angela Gittens, director general for ACI World, said, “These airports are reporting on their carbon management activities every year and they have mobilized on this of their own accord.
“An impressive 1.67 billion air passengers now travel through airports certified at one of the four levels of the program – equivalent to 26.5% of global air passenger traffic. Most promisingly, we are seeing a lot of airports moving up the levels of the program [and] making real progress in the way they manage their carbon footprints.”