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The Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) has announced that ten Canadian and US airports have achieved certification under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Carried out through independent assessment and verification, the institutionally endorsed programme recognises efforts to manage and reduce the CO² emissions in airports.

It includes making investments in heating and lighting efficiency technology, electric, hybrid or gas-powered vehicles, public transport incentive schemes, less corporate travel, and stakeholder engagement to encourage further emissions reductions.

ACI-NA president and CEO Kevin M Burke said: "As North American airport participation in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme grows, ACI-NA applauds the significant steps airports are taking to be leaders in environmental stewardship.

"I applaud these early adopters who have committed to lowering their carbon footprints and becoming better partners in the global aviation system.

"By achieving the ambitious goals of Airport Carbon Accreditation, these airports are setting our industry on a path toward continued success in innovation and sustainability."

In 2014, five North American airports were recognised for their efforts to minimise carbon emissions which included Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, Portland International Airport, Portland Hillsboro Airport, Portland Troutdale Airport, and Victoria International Airport.

In addition, four airports including Dallas/Ft worth International Airport, Denver International Airport, Honolulu International Airport, and Toronto Pearson International Airport, attained certification this year.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme was launched by ACI-NA in 2014, marking a major development in carbon management.

Administered by Canadian firm WSP, the initiative is a part of the global airport industry’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

The programme has more than 125 airports participating in the efforts to manage and reduce CO² emissions in over 40 countries globally.

In 2013, a total of 108 airports across Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific earned airport carbon-accredited status.

Image: Airports take steps to manage and reduce their CO² emissions. Photo: courtesy of Joe Thomissen.