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Luleå Airport’s climate work certified at the highest level for the second year in a row

2013-06-25, kl. 09:30

Luleå Airport has now for the second year in a row had its climate work certified at the highest level, 3 +, under the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme.

With Luleå Airport receiving the highest level of certification for the second year, it means among other things that the airport is completely carbon-neutral in terms of carbon dioxide emissions from its own operations. The highest level is also proof that Luleå Airport works actively together with other companies at the airport to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions as well.

“We are very proud of this certification, which is confirmation of our active, goal-driven environmental work carried out both at the airport and at Swedavia,” says Ann-Christin Viklund, airport director.

Reduced energy use and more environmentally-friendly vehicles

In 2012 Luleå Airport worked with a focus on reducing energy use, in part by installing new car engine heaters that can be controlled via a mobile phone and by introducing better control of lighting, heating and ventilation systems. A review of the vehicle fleet was also carried out, and a switch to more environmentally-friendly vehicles is underway.

For Swedavia and its airports, the work for ACA certification provides a clear structure and monitoring of their climate work, which motivates operations and puts pressure on them to continue to take carbon dioxide emissions into account in every matter. As of last year, all ten Swedavia airports included in Sweden’s national basic infrastructure were certified at the highest level.

“This makes clear Swedavia’s role as a world leader in developing and operating climate-smart airports,” Ms Viklund adds.

Facts Airport Carbon Accreditation

Airport Carbon Accreditation certification is a European standard that measures and assesses how airports handle their carbon dioxide emissions. Certification is divided into four levels, and in order to be approved at the highest level the criteria for all the other levels must also be met. That means the airport must compile a carbon footprint report and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions that the airport can control. The work also entails engaging other companies at the airport, such as airlines, car rental companies and restaurants, in this climate work. The airport must also be climate-neutral in terms of carbon dioxide emissions from its own operations, which means that the emissions that have not yet been reduced are offset by Swedavia investing in projects that bind equivalent amounts of carbon dioxide in developing countries.

The trade organisations ACI (Airport Council International) Europe and ACI Asia-Pacific and  the consulting firm WSP Environment & Energy are behind the Airport Carbon Accreditation certification programme. The programme follows the international standards of the World Resources Institute (WRI)’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol.