Athens International Airport has become the 25th airport in Europe and the 28th airport in the world to achieve carbon neutral status (Level 3+) certified by the independent carbon management programme in the (ACI)’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
At the COP21 climate conference held in Paris in December 2015, the airport industry committed to have 50 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030, and it’s on its way to achieving that goal. The first airport to achieve the carbon neutral status in the world was the Swedavia’s Stockholm-Arlanda airport in November 2009 and currently, 180 airports are sorting out their CO2 emissions.
Head of the Climate Neutral Now Initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in Bonn, Germany- Niclas Svenningsen said “The news that Athens International Airport has become carbon neutral through Airport Carbon Accreditation is a great way to kick off 2017.”
“The ambitious efforts of a growing number of carbon neutral airports are a testament to how seriously this industry is working on addressing its direct impact on climate change.”
“With 25 European airports now carbon neutral, the airport industry is already halfway towards meeting its pledge at COP21. We look forward to more progress in the year ahead.”
Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI Europe, said: “I am delighted for Athens International Airport (AIA). Since its inception, AIA has been an ambitious and worthy addition to the European airport network – one that is always looking to innovate and push the boundaries of excellence in all aspects of airport management and efficiency.”
Dr Yiannis Paraschis, CEO of Athens International Airport, said: “By achieving carbon neutrality, Athens International Airport continues to tangibly demonstrate its commitment to the fight against climate change”, he says
“We are proud to be among leading airports, not only as a major economic engine, but also through our reduced ecological footprint thanks to the environmental awareness and complementary efforts of our colleagues and partners across the airport community.