The global carbon standard for airports, Airport Carbon Accreditation, has announced that 12 airports in the EU have vowed to continue operating based on global climate goals, the Airports Council International (ACI) has revealed.
FREMONT, CA: According to Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACI), Basel-Mulhouse airport in France and Switzerland, Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter airports in Sweden, as well as nine airports in Portugal, have joined the list of 14 airports that have chosen the program, which aims to meet the EU's carbon emission goals. The Airport Carbon Accreditation program's standards include aligning carbon management with the Paris Agreement, including other emission sources in an airport's carbon footprint, and emphasizing stakeholder participation in a successful partnership to achieve such goals.
Swedish airports have achieved some of the finest achievements, with those that reached Level 4+ 'Transition' operating fossil-free as of 2020, setting a new record. By 2025, the country wants all ground activities to be fossil-free. Like other airports, such as Basel-Mulhouse Airport in Switzerland, it has already satisfied the essential standards to upgrade to Level 4, and it has even pushed the timetable forward, to 2030 rather than 2050. Portugal's airports, on the other hand, have been approved at Level 2 'Reduction,' and two more are nearing the fourth level of program adaption. The new level of accreditation indicates that airports in Portugal are consistently decreasing CO2 emissions through projects like renewable electricity, fleet electrification, and LED deployment, as well as forming effective partnerships to ensure emissions reductions.
Airports occupy a unique position within the air transport eco-system, serving as the sector's ground presence and connecting a global industry to the local communities it serves. Because of their unique location, it is in their DNA to serve as platforms for more environmentally responsible, smarter, and climate-friendly operations and solutions. ACI Europe’s Director-General congratulated all the twelve airports on their outstanding performance.
The following airports are included in this program:
● Faro, Flores, Madeira, Horta, Lisbon, Porto, Porto Santo, Santa Maria, and Porto Santo are all located in the Portuguese province of Faro.
● In Italy, there are four airports: Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Rome Ciampino, and Leonardo da Vinci-Rome-Diumicino.
● In France, the Côte d'Azur includes Cannes-Mandeliu, Saint Tropez, and Nice.
● The Netherlands' Rotterdam and The Hague
● Sweden's Göteborg Landvetter and Stockholm-Arlanda airports