Christchurch Airport in New Zealand has become the first airport in the world to achieve Level 4 Transformation of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

The airport claimed that it has been continuously working and aligning its carbon management strategy with global climate objectives.

To mark the airport industry’s ongoing commitment to ‘Build Back Better’, ACI recently introduced two more levels of accreditation in its global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, namely Level 4 Transformation and Level 4+ Transition.

Before upgrading to Level 4 Transformation, Christchurch Airport was previously accredited at Level 2 Reduction of Airport Carbon Accreditation.

The airport stated that it has taken concrete actions and transformed its operations to achieve a reduction in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

It also addressed larger emissions in its carbon footprint at all its major on-site and off-site operational sources.

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Christchurch Airport CEO Malcolm Johns said: “Achieving Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation is a giant leap for our airport community. We are very proud to be the first airport in New Zealand and in the world to reach this accreditation. As regional airport, we set a good example for our regional peers and for the airport industry as a whole.

“We show that small is big when you are bold enough to set the bar higher on climate actions and to deliver on ambitious environmental goals. We will continue to work diligently to build a more sustainable aviation in strong cooperation with our business partners.’’

ACI Asia-Pacific director general Stefano Baronci said: ‘’We are thrilled to see Christchurch Airport becoming the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region and in the world accredited at Level 4 Transformation of Airport Carbon Accreditation. This achievement demonstrates the airport’s firm commitment to invest in a more sustainable future for aviation and for the region it serves.

“Without a doubt, it is a remarkable milestone at a time of unprecedented challenges for aviation. For airports, it is essential to recover from Covid-19 in a more agile and sustainable way and Christchurch Airport is clearly leading the way in working towards decarbonisation. We hope other airports in the region will follow Christchurch Airport’s leadership.’’

This week, ACI partnered with Bureau Veritas, which specialises in testing, inspection and certification, to launch an Airport Health Measures Audit programme for proper implementation of health and safety measures.