July 12, 2024
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ACI marks the milestone of the 500 airports with the Carbon Footprint Accreditation

More than 500 airports are now actively engaged in addressing their global climate impact

The International Council of Airports of Latin America and the Caribbean joins the global celebration of an important sustainability milestone for the airport industry. More than 500 airports around the world are now certified under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program – the independent framework that guides airports on the path to more sustainable operations. ACI-LAC has 71 airports actively committed to climate action under the auspices of this global carbon standard for airports.

“I am very pleased to announce that the Airport Carbon Accreditation program has reached a momentous milestone with the accreditation of 500 airports around the world. This achievement represents a significant step in our joint efforts to tackle climate change and create a sustainable future for aviation. I would like to especially congratulate and single out the airports in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region for their outstanding commitment, with 71 airports having achieved accreditation. Their dedication and leadership in adopting sustainable practices are a setting a great example for the global aviation community Together, we are shaping a more sustainable and resilient future for our industry.” commented Dr. Rafael Echevarne – General Director of ACI-LAC

Recent achievements in this region include:

Airports that received a higher level in their certifications:

Grand Case-L’Espérance Airport (SFG) – Upgrade to Level 3 “Optimization”
Minatitlán International Airport (MTT) – Upgrade to Level 2 “Reduction”
Huatulco Bays International Airport (HUX) – Upgrade to Level 2 “Reduction”
Airport Cancun International (CUN) – Upgrade to Level 2 “Reduction”
Cozumel International Airport (CZM) – Upgrade to Level 2 “Reduction”
Merida International Airport (MID) – Upgrade to Level 2 “Reduction”
Oaxaca International Airport (OAX). ) – Ascension to Level 2 “Reduction”
Tapachula International Airport (TAP) – Ascension to Level 2 “Reduction”
Veracruz International Airport (VER) – Ascension to Level 2 “Reduction”
Villahermosa International Airport (VSA) – Upgrade to Level 2 “Reduction”

New airports in the ACA program:

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) – Level 1 “Mapping”

Among the airports in the Latin American and Caribbean region that lead sustainable practices with the highest levels of accreditation are:

Cibao International Airport (STI) – Level 3+ “Neutrality”
Galapagos Ecological Airport (GPS) – Level 3+ “Neutrality”
Mariscal Sucre International (UIO) – Level 3+ “Neutrality”
Niclas Svenningsen, Director of Program Coordination at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) stated: “The collective impact of 500 airports around the world working towards a common goal of carbon reduction is a force to be reckoned with. against the backdrop of alarming scientific reports from the IPCC and the real changes to the planet’s climate that we are all witnessing, we need to decarbonise as soon as possible, or face to the daunting externalities of a runaway increase in emissions It is encouraging to see the large number of airports on five continents participating in airport carbon accreditation.We need more initiatives of this size and scope to guide us through this difficult time of transformation.”

Source: ACI-LAC

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