Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACI)

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Name of initiative Airport Carbon Accreditation
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2009
End year
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: Focal Point: Panagiotis Karamanos Email:

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 Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Geographical coverage Global
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 February 2019, there are 262 accredited airports, accounting for more than 43% of global air passenger traffic (i.e., 3.6 billion passengers per year) in over 70 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:

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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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
Value (MtCO2e/yr)347026
Goal setting (ex-ante) — Stakeholders who have committed to the goals
Value (#)100
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 February 2019, 262 airports have been accredited in total and these airports represent 43.6% of the world’s passenger traffic. As of February 2019, 49 airports worldwide are carbon neutral, including 40 in Europe, 6 in Asia-pacific, 1 in North America, 1 in Africa and 1 in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2017/2018 accredited airports reduced CO2 emissions under their direct control by 347,026 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 February 2019, 262 airports have been accredited in total representing more than 43% of the world’s passenger traffic. • Accreditation of the first airport in Latin America and the Caribbean as carbon neutral (i.e., Galapagos Airport). Overall, 49 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 2017/2018 accredited airports reduced CO2 emissions under their direct control by 347,026 tons compared to the average emissions of the 3 previous years. Scope 1 and 2 emissions per passenger decreased to 1.95 kg CO2 in 2017/2018, a 14.8% 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. The annual report provides details about the impact of Airport Carbon Accreditation (See: 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: and

Annual report: also in the annual reports fromPPMC: Press releases: Programme brochure:


Participants Number Names
Members 97  
Companies 96 Charlottetown Airport (Canada),Kelowna International Airport (Canada),Edmonton International Airport (Canada),Fredericton International Airport (Canada),Plant City Airport (USA),Tampa Executive Airport (USA),Peter O. Knight Airport (USA),Indianapolis Airport Authority (USA),Regina Airport Authority (Canada),Saskatoon Airport Authority (Canada),Victoria Airport Authority (Canada),Winnipeg Airports Authority (Canada),San José Juan Santamaria International Airport (Costa Rica),Pisco Airport (Peru),Belo Horizonte International Airport (Brazil),Curaçao International Airport (Netherlands),Tijuana International Airport (Mexico),Los Mochis International Airport (Mexico),Hermosillo Airport (Mexico),Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (Chile),Puerto Plata Airport (Dominican Republic),Santo Domingo Airport (Dominican Republic),Samaná El Catey International Airport (Dominican Republic),La Isabela International Airport (Dominican Republic),María Montez International Airport (Dominican Republic),Arroyo Barril Airport (Dominican Republic),Salvador Bahia International Airport (Brazil),Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport Kolkata (India),Biju Patnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar (India),Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport Varanasi (India),Trivandrum International Airport (India)

Henan Airport Group (China),Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (China),HNA Airport Group Co. (China),Haikou Meilan International Airport (China),Palmerston North Airport (New Zealand),Sichuan Province Airport Group Co. (China),Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (China),Siem Reap International Airport (Cambodia),Phnom Penh International Airport (Cambodia),Sihanouk International Airport (Cambodia),King Shaka International Airport (South Africa),Port Elizabeth International Airport (South Africa),George Airport (South Africa),Dakar Blaise Diagne Airport (Senegal),Marrakech Menara Airport (Morocco),Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport (Morocco),Menorca Airport (Spain),Santiago Airport (Spain),Alicante-Elche Airport (Spain),Kristiansand Airport (Norway),Bucharest Baneasa - Aurel Vlaicu International Airport (Romania),Monaco International Heliport (Monaco),Newquay Cornwall Airport (United Kingdom),Dubrovnik Airport (Croatia),Annecy Airport (France),Auxerre Airport (France),Bourges Airport (France),Castellón Airport (France),Châlon Champforgeuil Airport (France),Cherbourg Maupertus Airport (France),Dijon Bourgogne Airport (France),Le Havre Octeville Airport (France),Mayotte Airport (France),Nîmes Alès Camargue Cévenne Airport (France),Reims Airport (France),Saint Martin Grand Case Airport (France),Tarbes Lourdes Pyrénées Airport (France),Tours Val de Loire Airport (France),Troyes Airport (France),Toulouse Francazal Airport (France),Vannes Golfe du Morbihan Airport (France),Varna Airport (Bulgaria).

Business organisations 1 Airports Council International (Switzerland).
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 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