Published on October 9th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
Ireland West Achieves Level 1 Airport Carbon Accreditation
Ireland West Airport has announced it has achieved Level 1 Accreditation, ‘Mapping’, in recognition of the airport’s actions to address its CO2 emissions, as part of the Global industry’s response to the challenge of climate change. Airport Carbon Accreditation is the global standard for carbon management and emission reductions at airports. This certification programme, specifically designed for airports, has received widespread support and endorsements from both the EU and the UN agencies responsible for civil aviation (ICAO) and climate change (UNFCCC). Launched in June 2009, the programme has Six levels of accreditation: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation, Neutrality, Transformation and Transition
Participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme plays a significant role in the advancement of the airport’s overall Sustainability Strategy. Ireland West Airport’s accreditation at the ‘Mapping’ level means that the airport has mapped all of the CO2 emissions sources under its direct control, on the airport site and will now put in place the necessary processes to reduce those CO2 emissions. Airport Carbon Accreditation is an annual certification programme and consequently requires an ongoing commitment to sustainability and continuous improvements from year to year. At present, there are over 414 airports in over 70 countries globally which are Airport Carbon Accredited at various levels of the programme. Airports accredited to date handle 49.3% of global passenger traffic each year.
Commenting on the level 1 award the Managing Director of Ireland West Airport, Joe Gilmore said, “The airport is delighted to have achieved the level 1 accreditation award which has mapped out the airport’s carbon footprint, the first important step towards a sustainable future for the airport. Our aim is to continue to reduce carbon emissions at Ireland West Airport and to work to ensure that the airport can continue to grow sustainably into the future while protecting the environment and in turn minimising our climate impact. Our interim pledge is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and the airport will now proceed to level 2 ‘Reduction’ of the programme as we work collectively to support aviation’s green transformation and achieve a ‘net zero’ position by 2050.”
Also commenting was the Director General of ACI EUROPE, Olivier Jankovec who said: “Congratulations to Ireland West Airport for taking this significant step towards decarbonising the airport’s operations and infrastructure. Achieving Level 1 ‘Mapping’ is of critical importance for future progression to higher levels of carbon management and to playing an active role in the climate challenge. I look forward to cheering the Ireland West Airport team on in their journey to net zero.”