Airport carbon programme continues to grow as industry sees climate as an increasing concern

Following its tenth year since launch, the airport industry’s four-level carbon accreditation programme now has participation by 288 airports worldwide, with 61 airports at the highest carbon neutral level. The reporting year to May 2019 ended with 274 airports accredited, an increase of 16% over the previous year, which collectively reduced carbon emissions by 322,297 tonnes or 4.9% on the previous year.


The 50 carbon neutral airports in the reporting year offset over 700,000 tonnes of CO2 to balance out their residual emissions. Following ACI Europe’s commitment earlier this year for all European airports to reach net-zero emission operations by 2050, the UK’s Birmingham Airport has revealed its goal of reaching the target by 2033. Meanwhile, climate change and its impacts has been identified by the industry as a foremost and increasing concern.


“Airports have been hard at work to deliver tangible CO2 reductions through the programme,” commented Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World. “It has been a decade since its launch and it keeps on growing – both in the number of airports coming on board and in the level of ambition for carbon management.”