Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) in Texas, US, has attained Level 1 Mapping status from the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) under the carbon accreditation programme.
The airport has received carbon accreditation based on its several efforts to manage and reduce carbon emissions.
ACI-NA president and CEO Kevin Burke said: "The success of the airport carbon accreditation programme is both an inspiration and a challenge to the airport industry.
"While earning certification in this programme is difficult, airports must be innovative in finding new ways to reduce carbon emissions in order to renew their certification."
ABIA has adopted several measures to achieve ACI’s Level 1 accreditation.
The airport created and published an official environmental policy, calculated the carbon footprint for the airport developing a base year following ACI’s methodology, and enlisted the assistance of a third-party to verify the calculations.
ABIA environmental manager Kane Carpenter said: "This is the next step in an ongoing effort at ABIA to further reduce its carbon footprint and become part of ACI’s international airport carbon accreditation programme.
“Now that we have a baseline, our next step is to set specific carbon reduction goals and develop a formal plan to achieve those goals to obtain Level 2 accreditation."
The airport has also adopted other carbon reduction initiatives such as using 100% windpower; reducing the use of fuels, such as propane and diesel, and converting them to electric. In addition, the facility designed recycling and waste management programmes, has deployed energy-efficient construction, renovation, and engineering designs.
Currently, 27 airports across North America are recognised by ACI’s international carbon accreditation status.
Image: Aerial view of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, Texas, US. Photo: courtesy of Joe Mabel.