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Published on : Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) today applauded two North American airports that achieved certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation and one North American airport that advanced its current certification as part of the program. Since ACI-NA joined the program in 2014, 12 North American airports have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation program in an effort to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions through independent assessment and verification. The newest participating airports were recognized for their leadership at the 2016 Airports@Work Conference in Austin, TX.
“As North American airport participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program grows, ACI-NA applauds the significant steps airports are taking to be leaders in environmental stewardship,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “I applaud San Francisco, Winnipeg, and Honolulu for their commitment to lowering their carbon footprints and becoming better partners in the global aviation system. By achieving the ambitious goals of Airport Carbon Accreditation, these airports are setting our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability.”
San Francisco International Airport, which attained Level Three Optimization certification, and Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, which attained Level One Mapping certification, are the newest North American airports to join Airport Carbon Accreditation. Through additional work completed by Honolulu International Airport, the airport has also advanced from Level One Mapping certification to Level Two Reduction certification.
ACI-NA joined Airport Carbon Accreditation and recognized Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as the first North American airport to attain certification in 2014. Since ACI-NA joined the program, 12 North American airports have joined more than 150 global airports in attaining certification, including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Montréal – Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, Portland International Airport, Portland Hillsboro Airport, Portland Troutdale Airport, Victoria International Airport, Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, Denver International Airport, Honolulu International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.
Additionally, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the first North American airport to renew its participation in the program. Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport is the first North American airport to achieve Level Three Optimization certification.
Airport Carbon Accreditation is a rigorous, third party administered program that has received recognition from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as an example of positive industry engagement for addressing climate change. As part of Airport Carbon Accreditation, airports commit to reducing their emissions by making investments in heating and lighting efficiency technologies, electric, hybrid or gas-powered vehicles, public transport incentive schemes, less corporate travel, goal setting, and stakeholder engagement to encourage further emissions reductions.