New Delhi: Delhi Airport achieved a new height in Asia Pacific region for Carbon Accreditation as the Indira Gandhi International Airport or Delhi International Airport Limited has become Asia Pacific’s first Level 4+ (Transition) accredited airport under ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program, said GMR Group, which owns and operates the airport.
“Delhi airport becomes the first airport in Asia-Pacific region to get Level 4+ accreditation under ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation, affirming our constant efforts towards sustainability and a greener future. #BeyondCarbonNeutral #NetZeroCarbonEmission2030,” the Delhi Airport tweeted on Wednesday.
At the ACI EUROPE Annual Congress, it was announced that two airports have already reached Level 4+, the first in their respective regions to do so. These included Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in the United States, Indira Gandhi Internationa Airport in India. The announcement that “the airport is a pioneer in sustainability in their region & is now setting its climate goals in alignment with the ambition of the Paris Agreement. HATS OFF!”
Talking about the achievement, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, DIAL, said, “Achievement of the Level 4+ accreditation is a testimony of our commitment towards ensuring sustainable development at IGIA. Going forward, we will continue to develop best in class infrastructure and provide services using innovative and sustainable technologies. With this achievement, we have set up new benchmark for other airports in this region to follow.”
Note that Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management certification programme for airports. It independently assesses and recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through 6 levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimisation’, ‘Neutrality’, ‘Transformation’ and ‘Transition’.
Through its 6 levels of certification, Airport Carbon Accreditation acknowledges that airports are at different stages in their journey towards comprehensive carbon management. It is a programme for airports of all sizes, extending beyond hubs and regional airports with scheduled passenger traffic, to include general aviation and freight-focused airports.
Worth adding here is that at ACI EUROPE’s Annual Congress, live-streamed from Brussels Airport, Olivier Jankovec announced the first major, structural change to the programme since its inception in 2009- two new accreditation levels – Level 4 Transformation and Level 4+ Transition.
The introduction of these two new levels marks a shift in the ambition level of the programme. CO2 emissions reductions and continuous improvements have been at the core of Airport Carbon Accreditation since launch. Level 1 Mapping through to Level 3+ Neutrality do allow for flexibility in the magnitude of reductions achieved. Levels 4 and 4+ set out further obligations – namely Alignment with the Paris Agreement, Extended carbon footprint and Enhanced stakeholder engagement.