Airports Council International (ACI) has launched a new website detailing the key figures from its first annual report on the progress made by its Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) initiative.
The report shows that 125 airports achieved ACA status between June 2014 and June 2015, a 22% increase in uptake on the previous year. These airports represent 27.5% of all global air traffic and cater for 1.7 billion passengers annually.
The ACA program certifies airports at four different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management. This includes mapping, reduction, optimization and neutrality. It is independently administered, institutionally endorsed and has won praise from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union (EU).
Patti Chau, regional director, ACI Asia-Pacific, and Angela Gittens, director general, ACI World, said, “These airports are reporting on their carbon management activities every year and they have mobilized on this of their own accord.
“Most promisingly, 22 airports advanced up a level of the program in the past year, making further progress in the way they manage their carbon emissions. In the past year, these airports have succeeded in reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 212,460 tons of CO2. That’s equivalent to the annual CO2 sequestered by 1,495 acres of forest.”
To visit the ACA microsite click here.