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

2013-06-27, kl. 14:08

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

The fact that Åre Östersund Airport has been certified at the highest level for the second year in a row means among other things that the airport is completely climate-neutral in terms of carbon dioxide emissions from its own operations. The highest level of certification is also proof that Åre Östersund Airport works pro-actively 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 the pro-active, focused environmental work we carry out at the airport and at Swedavia,” says Susanne Norman, airport director.

Reduced energy use and more environmentally-friendly vehicles

In 2012 Åre Östersund Airport worked with a focus on reducing its energy use, introducing among other things car engine heaters that can be controlled via a mobile phone, better control of its heating and ventilation systems and a switch to LED lighting. A review of the vehicle fleet has been carried out, with a shift to more environmentally-friendly vehicles underway, while airport employees are being trained in fuel-efficient driving.

For Swedavia and its airports, the ACA work provides a clear structure for and monitoring of their climate work, which motivates people and puts pressure on operations so that carbon dioxide emissions are continuously taken into consideration in all matters. 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 climate-smart airports,” Ms Norman 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.