Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACI)
|Name of initiative||Airport Carbon Accreditation|
|Secretariat|| Mrs. Marina Bylinsky
Manager: Environmental Strategy & Intermodality ACI EUROPE (Airports Council International) 10, Rue Montoyer (box No 9), 1000 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32 2 552 09 74 Email: Marina.Bylinsky@aci-europe.org Focal Point: Panagiotis Karamanos Email: Karamanosp1@gmail.com
|Organisational structure||The program is led by Airports Council International (ACI) and is is endorsed or supported by UNFCCC, UNEP, ICAO, FAA, European Commission, etc. Airport Carbon Accreditation is managed by ACI EUROPE which is also overseeing the overall programme development, in collaboration with other ACI regions. The administration of the programme (e.g. processing of airport applications, helpdesk) is being performed by an independent third party, the leading environmental consultancy WSP.|
|Name of lead organisation||Airport Council International (ACI) Europe developed the Initiative|
|Type of lead organisation||Network/Consortium/Partnership|
|Location/Nationality of lead organisation||EU|
|Description||The aim of Airport Carbon Accreditation is to encourage and enable airports to implement best practices in carbon management, with the ultimate objective of becoming carbon neutral. Airports can participate at four progressively stringent levels of accreditation: 1. Mapping; 2. Reduction; 3. Optimisation; and 3+. Neutrality. Today it is the only global carbon management standard for airports.|
|Objectives||Member airports are committed to reduce carbon emissions from their operations, with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral. As of May 2019, there are 274 accredited airports, accounting for more than 43% of global air passenger traffic in 68 countries across the world. In addition, there is a long-term commitment for 100 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030.|
|Activities|| - Certification of airports according to four levels of accreditation
- Availability of Guidance Document for Accreditation and dedicated Guidance Document for Offsetting - Compilation of carbon performance results and presentation of best practices in the Annual Report - Regular updates and publication of communication material about the programme, including brochure, and e-newsletter - Support to related communication activities by airports - Airport Carbon Emission Reporting Tool (ACERT) developed by ACI - Series of workshops, presentations, etc.
|One or two success stories achieved|| A number of success stories and best practices are presented in the Annual Reports. See: http://www.airportcarbonaccredited.org/library/annual-reports.html
Shown at the CIP main page: “Airport Carbon Accreditation was launched in June 2009 in Europe. In its inaugural year (2009-2010) the number of airports participating in the programme was 17. In its sixth programme year (2014-2015), Airport Carbon Accreditation reached global status. The programme was extended to North America and Latin America & the Caribbean, thus covering all five ACI regions, as an increasing number of ACI member airports publicly reported on how they are managing their carbon emissions. The total number of accredited airports as of May 2019 was 274, representing more than 43% of world air passenger traffic.”
Monitoring and Impacts
|Function of initiative||Implementation, Political dialogue, Capacity building|
|Activity of initiative||Norms and standard setting, Technical operational implementation (ex-post), Goal setting (ex-ante), Awareness raising and outreach, Training and education|
Technical operational implementation (ex-post) — Total Mitigation
Goal setting (ex-ante) — Stakeholders who have committed to the goals
|Goals|| Airport Carbon Accreditation was developed and launched by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe in 2009. As of late 2014, Airport Carbon Accreditation had expanded world-wide to all ACI regions. Today it is the only global carbon management standard for airports. The objective of the initiative is to reduce carbon emissions and achieve best practice in carbon management from operations fully within the control of the airports, with the ultimate target of becoming carbon neutral.
Long-term commitment: 100 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030.
As of May 2019, 274 airports have been accredited in total and these airports represent more than 43% of the world’s passenger traffic. As of May 2019, 50 airports worldwide are carbon neutral, including 41 in Europe, 6 in Asia-pacific, 1 in North America, 1 in Africa and 1 in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2018/2019 accredited airports reduced CO2 emissions under their direct control by 322,297 tons compared to the average emissions of the 3 previous years. At COP21, a partnership has been concluded between the UNFCCC and ACI, with the promotion of Airport Carbon Accreditation being one of its objectives. By aiming at increasing the number of Airport Carbon Accredited airports in all regions, the programme will continue promoting climate action and in particular efforts to reach carbon neutrality by airports.
|Comments on indicators and goals||Airports must comply with the requirements at each level of accreditation. Goals and reduction targets are set by the airports and reviewed/verified by the programme Administrator and approved verifiers.|
|How will goals be achieved||Airport set specific timelines for the achievement of the goals and develop a Carbon Management Plan where they specify the actions that will be implemented, timeline, responsibilities, etc. for goal achievement.|
|Have you changed or strenghtened your goals||Airports can gradually move at higher and more stringent levels of accreditation, where neutrality (Level 3+) is the highest level.|
|Progress towards the goals|| Over the last year a number of developments have materialized including:
• As of May 2019, 274 airports have been accredited in total representing more than 43% of the world’s passenger traffic. • Overall, 50 airports have achieved carbon neutrality across the world. • Introduction of new Guidance Document on Offsetting. • Delivery of a series of workshops and meetings on the programme’s requirements. • In 2018/2019 accredited airports reduced CO2 emissions under their direct control by 322,297 tons compared to the average emissions of the 3 previous years. Scope 1 and 2 emissions per passenger decreased to 1.81 kg CO2 in 2018/2019, a 4.3% reduction in comparison to the 3-year rolling average.
|How are you tracking progress of your initiative||Airports need to register and submit detailed information through a dedicated website in order to become accredited. Consequently, there is detailed information about participation levels, objectives, achievements, etc. per airport, region, size, level of accreditation and other parameters. This includes quantitative carbon performance results of accredited airports. Furthermore, airport compliance with the programme requirements must be independently verified by accredited verifiers. The annual report provides details about the impact of Airport Carbon Accreditation (See: http://www.airportcarbonaccredited.org/library/annual-reports.html). The administration of the programme (e.g. processing of airport applications, helpdesk) is being performed by an independent third party, the leading environmental consultancy WSP.|
|Available reporting|| Regularly updated website with newsletter: http://www.airportcarbonaccredited.org and http://www.airportCO2.org
Annual report: http://www.airportcarbonaccredited.org/library/annual-reports.html also in the annual reports fromPPMC: http://www.ppmc-transport.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017-MPGCA-Transport-Initiatives-Report_Final.pdf Press releases: http://www.airportcarbonaccredited.org/library/press-releases.html Programme brochure: http://www.airportcarbonaccredited.org/library/brochures.html
|Business organisations||0||Airports Council International.|
|Research and educational organisations||0|
|Regional / state / county actors||0|
|City / municipal actors||0|
|Number of members in the years|| |
|Have only national states as participators||No|
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Not only have national states as participators