ACI praises Europe’s commitment to climate action ‘despite other crises’

By Charlotte Turner |

ACI Europe has revealed that 204 European airports are now engaged in climate action through one of the council’s six Airport Carbon Accreditation certifications.


The milestone 200 airports was reached during the 2022 ACI Europe Regional Airports’ Conference and Exhibition taking place in Palermo.


The latest airports to become accredited in the region are: Catania Fontanarossa (the 200th) at Level 2, Shannon at Level 1, Jersey at Level 1, Newcastle at Level 1 and Brussels South Charleroi at Level 2.


Europe boasts the highest levels of participation in Airport Carbon Accreditation since the programme’s inception in 2009, said ACI.



From the initial 17 accredited airports, the programme has enjoyed ‘robust year-on-year growth’ it said. European airports have also topped the ranking of the highest number of airports at the more advanced levels of accreditation – Level 3/3+ and 4/4+, with 77 airports currently holding accreditation at these levels.


Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe Director General.

Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe Director General.

Clara de La Torre, Deputy Director General, DG Climate Action, European Commission commented: “The climate emergency remains a top priority despite the other crises on the continent.


“Europe’s airports’ persistence and exemplary commitment to climate action is all the more noteworthy as the challenges we face right now affect their day-to-day operation and their future deeply.


“I would like to congratulate airports working their way up through multiple levels of certification under Airport Carbon Accreditation for their work to further decarbonisation of the European aviation sector.”



Olivier Jankovec, ACI Europe Director General said: “In these unprecedented times for our region, when positive news can be hard to come by, I am delighted by the progress made by Europe’s airports in addressing their impact on the climate.


“The past two years have been particularly daunting for our industry and it would have been easy to ‘postpone’ climate action until better times came around.


“Instead, what we have witnessed is a landslide engagement in Airport Carbon Accreditation, both in terms of new accreditations and upgrades to the most stringent levels of carbon management.


“Today’s milestone leaves no doubt that European airports are true leaders in decarbonisation, committed to addressing their emissions through thick and thin.”

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