Athens International Airport in Greece has attained carbon neutral status (Level 3+) certification from the independent carbon management programme, Airport Carbon Accreditation.

Athens International is the first airport in the European country to have achieved carbon neutral status.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat Bonn, Germany, Climate Neutral Now Initiative head Niclas Svenningsen said: “The news that Athens International Airport has become carbon neutral through Airport Carbon Accreditation is a great way to kick off 2017.

“The ambitious efforts of a growing number of carbon neutral airports are a testament to how seriously this industry is working on addressing its direct impact on climate change.

“With 25 European airports now carbon neutral, the airport industry is already halfway towards meeting its pledge at COP21. We look forward to more progress in the year ahead.”

With the achievement of Athens Airport, the total number of carbon neutral airports worldwide has reached 28.

Athens International Airport CEO Dr Yiannis Paraschis said: “By achieving carbon neutrality, Athens International Airport continues to tangibly demonstrate its commitment to the fight against climate change.

“We are proud to be among leading airports, not only as a major economic engine but also through our reduced ecological footprint thanks to the environmental awareness and complementary efforts of our colleagues and partners across the airport community.

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"By achieving carbon neutrality, Athens International Airport continues to tangibly demonstrate its commitment to the fight against climate change."

“Athens airport managed to drastically reduce its carbon footprint, from 2005 through 2015, following a years-long effort to diminish energy consumption in its installations, through a number of interventions and investments in more efficient equipment among other actions.”

Established in 2001, Athens International Airport has invested in solar technology by constructing a €20m photovoltaic park (PV) on the airport site.

The airport became accredited in the first year of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in 2009.

Recently, Toulon Airport, Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport entered the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme at the ‘Mapping’ level.