Rome airports are the first in Europe to achieve carbon 4+ accreditation level

Airports Council International Europe (ACI) has announced that Rome Airport, operator of Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, has achieved the highest level, level 4+ ‘Transition’, of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program by becoming the first in Europe to achieve such results.

In a press release issued on April 8, ACI Europe explained that to achieve this recognition, airports must reduce their carbon dioxide emissions in line with global climate goals, encourage other participants to actively participate to achieve effective reductions. and offset the remaining emissions with a reliable carbon credit.

So far, only two other airports in the world, Dallas Fort Worth International in the United States and Delhi Indira Gandhi International in India, have achieved the same level of carbon management, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

According to ACI, Rome Airport has continuously reduced its carbon emissions since 2011 after receiving the first Airport Carbon accreditation certification.

To accelerate progress towards achieving their goals, Rome airport has defined a plan to eliminate and achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2030. If this goal is met, airports will have 20 years of life. ahead of the global climate curve. neutrality objectives.

“This great recognition testifies to our strong commitment to environmental issues and our desire to continue tenaciously in this direction, convinced of the need to increasingly integrate sustainability and innovation into our core business. Rome Airport CEO Marco Troncone said, commenting on the achievements of the airports.

Rome Airport contributes to the reduction of emissions from the various stakeholders operating at the airport through:

  • Provide sustainable aviation fuel to airlines by 2024.
  • Promote the airport’s electrical flexibility by installing around 500 charging stations for electric vehicles and renewing its fleet.
  • Build large photovoltaic panels at the airport that would reach a capacity of 60 MW.
  • Join The Climate Group’s global initiative EP-100 for better use of energy while aiming to increase energy production by 150% compared to 2016.

ACI Europe Managing Director Olivier Jankovec said decarbonisation is a costly pursuit for companies in the most difficult sectors, of which aviation is the main one.

“Overcoming these challenges and achieving the highest level of airport carbon accreditation at this time is an exceptional achievement on the part of airports in Rome. I would like to congratulate and thank with all my heart each person involved in this success ”, said Olivier Jankovec, congratulating Rome Airport for their achievement.

Earlier in March, ACI urged the European Commission to ensure that airports can use € 672.5 billion from the EU’s recovery and resilience program to fund their sustainability and digitization projects.

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