Five airports from Indonesia and Thailand newly accredited into industry carbon programme
Representatives from Airports of Thailand and PT (Persero) Angkasa Pura II receive their certificates
Wed 29 Oct 2014 – Five airports from the Asia-Pacific region have been newly accredited under the airport industry’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. Indonesia’s Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International and four airports in Thailand – Chiang Mai, Don Mueang, Hat Yai and Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai – join 21 other airports that have been accredited so far in the region. The programme was first launched by ACI Europe in 2009 and extended to include ACI Asia-Pacific members in November 2011. The five new airports have been accredited at the first Mapping level, in which they are required to determine emissions within their operational boundary, calculate their annual carbon emissions, compile a carbon footprint report and have it independently verified. Last month, the programme received a further boost when it was extended to North America (see story).
“I wish to congratulate the airport operators of the five newly accredited airports for their efforts in carbon management and commitment to operating their airports in an environmentally sustainable manner,” said ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director Patti Chau. The five airports were presented with their accreditation certificates at an ACI Asia-Pacific seminar in Bali last week.
Added Chau: “The programme has really engaged and motivated airports across our region and in just three years, we already have 21 airports accredited. As well as welcoming new airports into the programme, we look forward to witnessing accredited airports move up through the levels. Together we will create a low-carbon airport industry.”
The programme now comprises 109 airport certified at one of the four levels – Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality. In Europe, 86 airports are now accredited, 17 of which are at the highest carbon neutrality level. Of the 21 Asia-Pacific airports accredited, which represent 17.8% of the total passenger traffic in the region, five have reached the third Optimisation level – Hong Kong, Seoul Incheon, New Delhi Indira Gandhi, Bengaluru Kempegowda and Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi.
Airport Carbon Accreditation is institutionally endorsed by ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) and Eurocontrol, and is overseen by an independent advisory board made up of representatives from ECAC, Eurocontrol, ICAO, UNEP, Manchester Metropolitan University and the European Commission.