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Geneva and Galápagos Airports become carbon neutral

211 ones in the world certified at one of the 4 levels of ACA

While aircraft operators are preparing for the implementation of Corsia, ICAO’s global market-based measure to address emissions from international aviation, the new year has kicked off with renewed efforts by the global airport industry towards addressing its CO2 emissions, through the independent and voluntary global programme, Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA).

In addition to reducing their carbon footprint through energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy, these airports invested in carbon offsets funding biomass and cook stoves projects, purchased under the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Gold Standard.

With 4 different levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management (Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality), ACA is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and has the support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Commission (EC).

In Africa, there are now 10 airports certified at one of the 4 levels of the Airport Carbon Accreditation, 41 in Asia-Pacific, 118 in Europe, 8 in Latin-America & Caribbean and 34 in North America.

As usual, the carbon reduction achieved in Europe during Year 9 (June 2017 to May 2018), will be announced during this year’s ACI EUROPE Annual Assembly, Congress & Exhibition in Brussels from 18-20 June 2018. The global annual results will be announced in October 2018.


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