On June 16, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) announced its application to become Airport Carbon Accredited at the launch of the carbon emissions programme during the 19th ACI Europe Annual Congress in Manchester, UK. The voluntary Airport Carbon Accreditation programme will assess and recognize airports’ efforts to manage and reduce CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions within their direct control. It will also take into account collaborative efforts with airlines, air traffic controllers, ground handlers and others on the airport site. The launch sees 31 European airports applying for Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) and more applicants are expected in the months ahead.
Comprised of four levels of accreditation – mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality – ACA will be administered by leading consultancy WSP Environmental and overseen by an independent advisory board made up of representatives of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), Eurocontrol, and the European Commission.
Fraport Executive Board Vice Chairman Dr Stefan Schulte said: “In signing our launch declaration, Frankfurt Airport has reaffirmed its commitment to the challenge of climate change. Airport Carbon Accreditation will validate our efforts and give more voice to the actions Fraport is undertaking to minimize FRA’s impact on the environment. We are proud to be a founding member of the vital Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.”