Adelaide airport recognised for carbon emission reduction

14 May 2015 (Last Updated May 14th, 2015 18:30)

Australia’s Adelaide Airport has been certified as Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 3 for its management and reduction of carbon emissions.

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Australia's Adelaide Airport has been certified as Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 3 for its management and reduction of carbon emissions.

The certification by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation programme makes Adelaide Airport the first in the country and the seventh airport in the Asia- Pacific region to reach this level.

The airport has been recognised both for its efforts to lower its carbon emissions and for its initiative to encourage its stakeholders to do the same.

A total of 123 airports have been certified at one of the four available levels in the programme.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is a global carbon management certification that assesses and accredits airports for reduction in their carbon emissions, with four levels of award, mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality.

Launched in 2009 by Airports Council International Europe, , Airport Carbon Accreditation is administered by international consultancy agency, WSP Environment and Energy.

Adelaide Airport managing director Mark Young said: "Adelaide Airport is now in rare company for our carbon reduction initiatives alongside the likes of Hong Kong and Incheon international airports.

"Some of our more recent initiatives include construction of green star rated buildings, installation of LED airfield lighting, bicycle storage facilities at the terminal and purchase of an electric car for staff use.

"In addition, we're now working closely with our tenants, including airlines and ground handlers, to jointly recognise and reduce our carbon footprints."

The airport has also identified certain carbon friendly initiatives under a five-year sustainability strategy and carbon management plan.

Previously, the airport initiated green initiatives such as solar power, energy reduction in the main terminal and stormwater recycling.


Image: The Adelaide Airport the first in Australia and the seventh airport in the Asia- Pacific region to reach Level 3 accreditation. Photo: courtesy of Chris Finney.