Airport Carbon Accreditation

EVS Airport Carbon Accreditation

Airport Carbon Accreditation is notably the only institutionally endorsed, carbon management certification standard for airports. The program recognizes your efforts to manage and reduce carbon emissions accordingly.  Further, it allows you to reduce costs through effective carbon emissions management.

Airport carbon accreditation likewise sets a leading example of corporate leadership in responsible business practices. Additionally, this program is the only industry specific, performance based, voluntary, pan-European and institutionally endorsed label.

ACI Europe gives four levels of certification achieved through independent verification in its progress to move to carbon neutral operations.  Participation demonstrates leadership in addressing climate change. Moreover, it conveys the key message that airports are in fact dealing with their environmental impacts.  The airport carbon accreditation is a unique tool for engaging airports on the path to improve sustainability and ultimately carbon neutrality.

EVS will certainly help you get there.  Let us verify your efforts and get you on the right track to efficient carbon emission management.  Accredit your airport today and get the unique recognition you truly deserve.

Levels of certification

To clarify, three levels will make up the entire process:

Level 1: MAPPING - How to achieve it? What is it?

In the first place, the “Mapping” step of Airport Carbon Accreditation requires carbon footprint measurement.

To achieve this level of accreditation, an airport has to:

Initially determine its “operational boundary” and the emissions sources within that boundary. Then, Identify, which are Scope 1 and Scope 2 sources, as, defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Collect data and calculate the annual carbon emissions for the previous year for those sources.

Another key point is to compile a carbon footprint report.

Finally, engage an independent third party to verify the report before submission. This is to ensure that the carbon footprint calculation is in accordance with ISO14064 and accreditation requirements.

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To begin with, an airport must initially know how much carbon it emits on a yearly basis. Moreover, identify from which sources these emissions come from in order to plan how to limit them. Therefore, as a first step, an airport needs to measure its carbon emissions, also known as its carbon footprint. An airport can of course measure its own footprint, assisted by the accreditation guidance or get support from a specialist.

Level 2: REDUCTION - How to achieve it? What is it?

The “Reduction” step of Airport Carbon Accreditation in essence requires carbon management and progress towards a reduced carbon footprint.

To achieve this level of accreditation, an airport has to:

First, fulfill all the requirements of “Mapping“.

Second, provide evidence of effective carbon management procedures.

Third, show that a reduction in the carbon footprint has indeed occurred by analyzing the carbon emissions data of consecutive years.

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Once an airport has measured its carbon footprint, it can then work towards reducing its carbon emissions. The process of carbon management thus involves a diverse range of measures.

Level 3: OPTIMIZATION - What is it?

The “Optimization” step of Airport Carbon Accreditation specifically requires third party engagement in order to achieve carbon footprint reduction. Third parties include airlines and various service providers. In particular independent ground handlers, catering companies, air traffic control and others working on the airport site. It also involves engagement on surface access modes (road, rail) with authorities and users.

How to achieve it?

To achieve this level of accreditation, an airport has to:

Fulfill all the requirements of “Mapping” and “Reduction“.

Widen the scope of its carbon footprint to include for instance a range of Scope 3 emissions (GHG Protocol).

The emissions measured in Scope 3 include namely:

  • landing and take-off cycle emissions
  • surface access to the airport for passengers and staff
  • emission such as those of staff business travel
  • any other Scope 3 emissions the airport chooses to include

Presentation of evidence such as the engagement with third party operators to reduce wider airport-based carbon emissions.

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Airports rely on cooperation with airlines and service providers on the airport site, such as ground handling and catering companies. However, these services also emit carbon, making engagement with the providers essential for an overall reduction in the carbon footprint.

Level 3+: NEUTRALITY - What is it?

As a final point, the “Neutrality” step of Airport Carbon Accreditation essentially requires neutralizing remaining direct carbon emissions by offsetting.

How to achieve it?

To achieve this level of accreditation, an airport has to:

Fulfill all requirements of “Mapping“, “Reduction” and “Optimization“.

Offset its remaining carbon emissions such as Scope 1 and 2 (GHG Protocol). This will show its commitment to achieve carbon neutral operations. In particular involving all direct and indirect emissions over which the airport has control, using internationally recognized offsets.

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Carbon neutrality is when the net carbon dioxide emissions over an entire year are in fact zero.  In other words, the airport absorbs the same amount of carbon dioxide as it produces. Achieving carbon neutrality for an airport is certainly in almost all cases impossible without external help. For this reason, airports, among many other industries, look to carbon offsetting as the final part of the solution. Carbon offsetting is providing funds or resources to other projects that reduce carbon dioxide. In other words, make up for the emissions that one is not able to eliminate. For example, an airport could pay for a wind energy facility that replaces a coal-fired power plant.