Published on January 25th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


Belfast International Obtains Airport Carbon Accreditation

Belfast International Airport has entered the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program by reaching level 2 Reduction for its initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint. ACA is the only global, airport-specific program that certifies airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their carbon emissions. This accreditation illustrates the efficiency of VINCI Airports’ environmental action plan in Belfast airport. Since joining VINCI Airports network, Belfast airport has achieved a 20 % decrease of its direct carbon emissions, with key actions including LED relamping of the airport terminal and improvement of the management of energy consumption.

VINCI Airports’ environmental strategy, the first global action plan in the airports industry, establishes preventive and corrective measures aimed at developing sustainable and environmentally responsible approaches to air transportation. 100% of airports from VINCI Airports network are already in the ACA programme. ACA is a program of Airports Council International. The accreditation recognizes efforts in these 6 levels: mapping, reduction, optimization, neutrality, transformation, and transition. VINCI Airports is one of the worlds leading private airport operators with 53 airports in 12 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Commenting on behalf of Belfast International Airport, its Managing Director, Graham Keddie said “The airport team have been focused and dedicated on the comprehensive management and mitigation of our carbon footprint. We are delighted to have achieved this accreditation and are committed to working towards the next levels.”

Also commenting was ACI EUROPE Director General, Olivier Jankovec who added, “I would like to warmly congratulate all of the team at Belfast International Airport and indeed VINCI Airports for their work and this great achievement that sees Belfast International Airport join Airport Carbon Accreditation directly at Level 2 ‘Reduction’. The demands of Level 2 certification are rigorous, requiring strategic engagement and diligent work from the airport operator to effectively reduce CO2 emissions from the daily operations of the airport. I commend their excellent efforts and look forward to witness BFS airport’s progress within Airport Carbon Accreditation, the industry’s global standard for carbon management.”

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