Airports in Asia-Pacific and Middle East continue to reduce CO2 emissions
Between them, 64 airports from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East have reduced their carbon emissions by 162,623 tonnes (Scope 1 & 2), according to ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation Annual Report for 2021-2022.
This is equivalent to the CO2 emitted during the production of close to 24 million cotton t-shirts.
ACI Asia-Pacific’s director general, Stefano Baronci, noted: “There have been significant efforts to reduce the carbon footprint at airports, but the emissions levels will still increase due to a lack of clear solutions to decarbonise the industry and surging demand for air travel.
“The ACA programme is a great tool to encourage and enable airports to implement best practices in carbon management and achieve emissions reductions.
“The coming years will be more challenging as Asia-Pacific and Middle East traffic is expected to collectively grow by 2.6 times until 2041 from 2019 level of 3.4 billion.
“Airports are already doing good work in decarbonisation, but are expected to scale up their efforts to reach net zero goals by 2050. We look forward to see more airports join ACA and progressively make it to the top tier of the programme.”
Sixteen airports from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East upgraded to a higher level of accreditation within the reporting period.
These included Bahrain International Airport (BAH); Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU); Christchurch International Airport (CHC); Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL); Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH); Queen Alia International Airport (AMM); and Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SZX)