ACI Europe has announced that Brussels Airport, London Stansted, Rome Ciampino and Italian regional airport Treviso have joined Europe’s group of carbon-neutral airports.

In 2017, the European airport industry committed to making 100 airports carbon neutral by 2030. The latest additions bring the total to 34.

ACI Europe also issued an update on the progress it has been making in addressing its CO2 emissions through the Airport Carbon Accreditation independent and voluntary global certification programme.

A carbon neutral airport is required to cut CO2 emissions under its direct control under the programme, Scope 1 and 2, to the extent possible and offset residual emissions.

“From June 2017 to May 2018, accredited airports in Europe succeeded in collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 163,277 tonnes of CO2.”

ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec said: “We are very excited to announce the certification of four new carbon neutral airports in three European countries today. In total, we now have 133 airports participating in Airport Carbon Accreditation.

“These airports welcome over 65% of European air passenger traffic. From June 2017 to May 2018, accredited airports in Europe succeeded in collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 163,277 tonnes of CO2, a reduction of 7.6%.”

Airport Carbon Accreditation programme has four different levels of accreditation that cover all stages of carbon management such as mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality of carbon emission.

It has been the supported by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the International Civil Aviation Organisation, United Nation Environment Programme, US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Commission.

UNFCCC Secretariat, Climate Neutral Now initiative head Niclas Svenningsen said: “With the addition of Brussels, London Stansted, Rome Ciampino and Treviso today, they are now a third of the way there, all through voluntary action by airport operators.

“Airports are one part of the air transport supply chain, but their example is powerful. I congratulate today’s newly certified carbon neutral airports and urge others to consider what they can do to be the next ones.”