Adelaide and Parafield Airports have become the first Australian capital city airports to get recognition from the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme for managing and reducing carbon emissions.
Receiving Level 1 accreditation in June 2013, operator Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) has now achieved Level 2 accreditation for successfully decreasing its carbon footprint. AAL operates both the airports.
Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent, voluntary programme administered by WSP Environment and Energy, an international consultancy appointed by ACI Europe for the enforcement of the accreditation criteria for airports on an annual basis.
AAL managing director Mark Young was quoted by The Australian as saying: "For the past six years, we have been assessing our carbon footprint associated with activities such as our terminal operations, use of plant and vehicles and staff travel."
Adelaide Airport implemented certain changes to its ways of operation such as office and terminal lighting upgrades, running an extensive staff awareness campaign to improve energy 'habits' and reducing electricity used throughout the airport's facilities.
The airport has also developed a five-year sustainability strategy and carbon management plan, which chalked down certain initiatives to further reduce the airport's carbon footprint.
A number of green initiatives already implemented by the airport include solar power, energy reduction in the main terminal and stormwater recycling.
ACI Europe first launched the accreditation programme in 2009, which was extended to ACI Asia-Pacific in November 2011, ACI Africa in June 2013 and ACI North America in September this year.
Image: Adelaide and Parafield Airports have become the first Australian capital city airports to receive the accreditation. Photo: courtesy of Stuart Miles on freedigitalphotos.net.