Indian and Singapore airports latest in the Asia-Pacific region to become Airport Carbon Accredited
Bangalore's new Terminal 1 expansion is due to open in early 2013 (graphic: BIAL)
Tue 12 June 2012 – Three more airports from the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific region have become Airport Carbon Accredited. Singapore Changi and Mumbai International airports have been accredited at the first Mapping level, and Bangalore International has achieved the second Reduction level. Certificates were awarded to the airports at the recent ACI Asia-Pacific Annual Conference in Singapore. Abu Dhabi International became the first airport in the region to be accredited when the European airport carbon reduction programme, which launched in 2009, was extended in November 2011. ACI Asia-Pacific says it has received an overwhelming response from airports in the region looking to sign up to the programme.
“I would like to congratulate the three airports on their achievements in managing and reducing their carbon emissions,” said Patti Chau, Regional Director, ACI Asia-Pacific. “I am proud that our airport members have taken bold steps in environmental protection and that we are one of the first industries determined to reduce our environmental footprint.
“More airports in the region are applying to the programme, which demonstrates the industry’s commitment to drive and work together with our business partners to improve the aviation industry’s environmental performance.”
Level 1 Mapping requires an airport to determine emissions sources within its operational boundary, calculate the annual carbon emissions and then compile a carbon footprint report. The reports have to be independently verified in accordance with ISO 14064 (Greenhouse Gas Accounting).
In addition to this, Level 2 Reduction requires the airport company to provide evidence of effective carbon management procedures and show that reduction targets have been achieved.
The programme, backed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), is administered by international consultancy WSP Environment & Energy, which enforces the accreditation criteria for airports on an annual basis, and is overseen by an independent advisory board.
In March, Mumbai became the first Indian airport, and only the second in Asia, to receive ISO 14064-1:2006 certification. Even before guidelines issued last January by India’s Director General of Civil Aviation to help airports assess their own carbon emissions footprint and prepare a reduction strategy, Mumbai International said it had voluntarily initiated a mapping process and claims it was the first to submit data on energy consumption by facilities and offices at the airport.
Last week, to coincide with World Environment Day, Bangalore – or more correctly Bengaluru – International Airport (BIAL) was presented with the Karnataka State Environmental Award for 2012. The award went to BIAL for its carbon mapping and reduction efforts and the airport’s overall approach towards environmental initiatives.
“As part of its commitment to making Bengaluru International Airport a ‘green’ airport, BIAL has taken several steps in the last few years, including water conservation and management,” said Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director. “These initiatives have been recognised and awarded at various industry forums. BIAL is dedicated to adopting such best practices and set benchmarks across all functions at the airport.”