Since 2009, Stockholm Arlanda has been awarded the highest mark each year in a European programme that assesses the environmental impact of airports. This year’s climate audit was carried out early in the summer by an external auditor, and Stockholm Arlanda once again achieved the highest level, 3+.
“I am very pleased and proud that Stockholm Arlanda can again corroborate the airport’s ambitious work to tackle climate change. It is a challenge for all our operations to continuously reduce their carbon dioxide emissions – and we have once again succeeded,” says Lena Wennberg, Stockholm Arlanda’s environmental manager.
The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme was instituted in 2009. Stockholm Arlanda Airport was then the first airport to be accredited at the highest level, one of four levels of certification. Today all ten Swedavia airports are accredited at level 3+, out of a total of 20 airports around the world.
The organisations behind the programme are Airport Council International (ACI) Europe, a consortium of 440 airports in Europe, and WSP Environmental, which is a global analysis and technology company that provides consulting services for sustainable social development.
“Stockholm Arlanda is already seen as a role model by many international analysts in terms of their carbon footprint, and ACI Europe often spotlights us as the best example of what can be achieved if people really want it. And now we will continue the work to reduce the emissions that are still being produced,” says Lena Wennberg.
To be accredited at the highest level in the programme, every step on the scale needs to be attained. The basic requirements are a report on the airport’s carbon dioxide emissions that the airport has control over but also the emission sources that the airport can influence. All emission sources are then verified under ISO 14064 (Greenhouse Gas Accounting) by an independent auditor. The airport must also demonstrate that it has effective carbon dioxide management and has reduced emissions.
To attain level 3, the airport is required to involve other companies operating at the airport, such as ground handling companies, catering firms and mass transit operators. Level 3+ means that the airport is completely climate-neutral in terms of emissions from its own operations.