The global airport industry issued an update on the progress it has been making in addressing its CO2 emissions, through the independent and voluntary global certification program, Airport Carbon Accreditation.
There are now 201 airports across the world certified at one of the 4 levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation, and 35 airports are carbon neutral. The airports in the program handled more than 2.8 billion passengers last year—equaling 39.6% of total global air passenger traffic, says Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World.
Gittens says that there were 36 new applications to Airport Carbon Accreditation and more airports reaching a higher level of certification within the program.
An additional 6 US airports also became certified for the first time, and US airports were also major contributors to the overall reduction of CO2 emissions achieved last year – with Dallas Fort Worth becoming the first airport in the Americas reaching carbon neutral status.