Rome’s airports lead Airport Carbon Accreditation in Europe

Bernie Baldwin

The operator anticipates it will achieve overall net zero for CO2 emissions by 2030.

Aeroporti di Roma has become the first airport operator within Europe to achieve the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation programme: Level 4+ “Transition”.

In attaining that Level 4+, the company, which operates both Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, has reduced its CO2 emissions in line with global climate goals, influencing other parties active within the airport site to achieve effective reductions, and compensating for their residual emissions with reliable carbon credits. Only Dallas Fort Worth airport in the US and Delhi Indira Gandhi in India have achieved this accreditation level so far, while New Zealand’s Christchurch International Airport is currently just behind this at Level 4 “Transformation”.

Getting to Level 4+ is in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement and furthermore Aeroporti di Roma plans to eliminate all of its CO2 emissions and thus achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2030. This would place the two airports 20 years ahead of IATA’s aviation industry target for global climate neutrality objectives.

According to ACI, Aeroporti di Roma will contribute to emissions reduction at the airports by: making sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to airlines by 2024; promoting electric mobility at the airports by installing 500 charging stations for electric vehicles and completely renewing its own vehicle fleet; building large photovoltaic plants at the airport to achieve a total capacity of 60 MW; and joining the EP100 of The Climate Group’s global initiative on the smarter use of energy, with the commitment to increase its overall energy productivity by 150% in the next five years.

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