Bristol Airport in the UK has secured the status of level 3+ carbon neutrality for its direct emissions from the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme.

This accreditation has been awarded by the Airports Council International (ACI).

The airport has been recognised for having carbon neutral operations for its direct Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

As part of the efforts, the airport minimised its direct greenhouse gas emissions in operations and adjusted the remainder through internationally recognised offsets.

Bristol Airport had originally aimed to reach carbon neutral operations by 2025 but ended up achieving this target four years before time.

In June this year, the UK-based airport revealed its plan to achieve net zero operations by 2030.

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For this, Bristol Airport committed to become a net zero airfield, with net zero infrastructure and fleet of vehicles.

Recently, the airport teamed up with easyJet to decarbonise its ground operations.

This trial, which is said to be the UK’s first such trial, resulted in a 97% reduction in carbon discharges using the daily data generated in September.

Under the trial, electric powered ground equipment were deployed instead of diesel.

Bristol Airport CEO Dave Lees said: “The achievement of the neutrality accreditation is another huge milestone in our commitment to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions.  This award supports our long-term strategy in reducing our carbon emissions and is another example of us demonstrating our commitment to addressing climate change.

“The airport will continue to work closely with stakeholders and business partners in the aviation industry to help reduce and drive down carbon emissions as we have set out or own target on all airport operations being net zero by 2030.

Last year, Bristol Airport submitted plans to the North Somerset Council to develop a new public transport interchange centre.