Amman airport wins carbon accreditation
Amman, June 27, 2013
Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) recently won the Airport Carbon Accreditation launched by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.
The accreditation recognises the airport’s commitment in determining its CO2 and other greenhouse gas emission sources at its ‘operational boundary’, as well as in engaging a third party to verify the airport’s annual carbon footprint.
QAIA is the second airport in the Middle East to become Airport Carbon Accredited following Abu Dhabi International Airport’s accreditation.
Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only institutionally-endorsed, carbon management certification standard for airports. It is a certification standard aimed at encouraging airports to tackle climate change through carbon management and developing a common framework for reducing their carbon emissions through measurable goal posts.
The programme sets an innovative example of corporate leadership and responsible business practice in airport carbon emissions management and reduction.
“It is estimated that airport activities account for up to 5 per cent of total aviation emissions, and we take our responsibility to the local community and the environment very seriously. This certification is evidence that Queen Alia International Airport is actively coordinating and streamlining its activities related to environmental protection,” said Kjeld Binger, CEO of Airport International Group (AIG), the Jordanian company responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA.
“We are committed to the accreditation process, and will continue to work towards higher levels until we finally achieve and maintain zero net carbon emissions.”
Patti Chau, regional director of ACI Asia-Pacific, said, “It is encouraging to see the second airport accredited in the Middle East, which not only signifies the region’s growing interest in the programme, but which also demonstrates the determination of the airports in their efforts to attain environmental sustainability.” – TradeArabia News Service