ACI-NA adopts carbon management programme

Continued success of ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme bodes well for industry at large ahead of UN Climate Summit

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Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) has launched the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in North America at its 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. At the same time, ACI-NA announced that Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has become the first airport in North America to achieve accreditation. Airport Carbon Accreditation—pioneered by ACI EUROPE in 2009 and since implemented to great effect at airports in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa—independently assesses and recognises airports’ efforts to measure, manage and reduce their CO2 emissions.

Just weeks ahead of the UN Climate Summit on 23 September, where UN Member States and leaders from public and private sectors will meet to discuss the pressing issue of climate change, this latest development underscores airports’ commitment to taking a leading role in ensuring the sustainability of the aviation industry.

ACI is a founding member of the cross-sector Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), whose members are collectively committed to meeting the following goals for international aviation where CO2 emissions are concerned:

•             Improving fleet fuel efficiency by 1.5 per cent per year through 2020;

•             Stabilising net emissions from 2020 through carbon-neutral growth, subject to concerted industry and governmental initiatives; and

•             Reducing net aviation carbon emissions 50 per cent by 2050, relative to 2005