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At COP 22 in Marrakech, a High-Level Event on Accelerating Climate Action was held to highlight outcomes from the Action Events throughout the conference and culminated with the launching of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action; a new framework to catalyse and support climate action.

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Airport Carbon Accreditation

Support airports to reduce their CO2 emissions, with the ultimate objective of becoming carbon-neutral

List of participants will be added in due course

Lead Organisations

Airport Council International (ACI) Europe developed the Initiative

Objectives

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: 50 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030.

Roadmap and work plan

Since COP21, 20 more airports have been accredited based on their carbon management performance. As of May 2016, 157 airports have been accredited in total and these airports represent 33% of the world’s passenger traffic. 21 airports have now achieved carbon neutrality.

In 2014/2015 accredited airports reduced CO2 emissions under their direct control by 212,000 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.

Progress

Since COP 21 a number of developments have materialized including:
• Accreditation of 23 more airports since January 2016. As of September 2016, 170 airports have been accredited in total representing more than 36% of the world’s passenger traffic.
• Accreditation of the first airports in North America and Asia as carbon neutral (i.e., Dallas Forth Worth Airport and New Delhi Airport). Overall, 26 airports have achieved carbon neutrality across the world.
• Revision of the Guidance Document (i.e., the manual that explains the step by step process and requirements of accreditation).
• Delivery of a series of workshops and meetings on the programme’s requirements.
• In 2015/2016 accredited airports reduced CO2 emissions under their direct control by 206,000 tons compared to the average emissions of the 3 previous years. Emissions per passenger have decreased by 7% from 2.26 kg CO2 in 2014/2015 to 2.10 kg CO2 in 2015/2016.

Quantitative Impact

Adaptation

Not applicable

Finance

In 2015/2016 accredited airports reduced CO2 emissions under their direct control by 206,000 tons compared to the average emissions of the 3 previous years. Emissions per passenger have decreased by 7% from 2.26 kg CO2 in 2014/2015 to 2.10 kg CO2 in 2015/2016.

Mitigation

The level of finance depends on each airport and the level of accreditation. No such information is collected by the programme.

Contact

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, 1600 Rene-Levesque Blvd. West, 16th Floor, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H 1P9, T +1 514-340-0046, and Dr. Panagiotis Karamanos, Senior Advisor, Airport Carbon Accreditation. 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: Marina.Bylinsky@aci-europe.org

Mobile (India): +91 9987985322, Mobile (Greece): +30 694515

Karamanosp1@gmail.com; Marina.Bylinsky@aci-europe.org

http://www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org/