Athens airport goes carbon neutral

Athens International Airport has become the 28th airport in the world to achieve carbon neutral status through the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Athens has become the latest airport to join the carbon neutral accreditation programme run by Airports Council International (ACI).

Niclas Svenningsen, who heads the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat in Bonn, Germany called Athens’ accreditation “a great way to kick off 2017” in  an ACI magazine article.

He added: “The ambitious efforts of a growing number of carbon neutral airports are a testament to how seriously the aviation industry is working on addressing its direct impact on climate change.”

25 European airports are now carbon neutral, putting the airport industry already halfway towards meeting its pledge at COP21.

Athens International Airport has pursued an environmental agenda since it opened in 2001 and was one of the first airports to invest in solar technology when it built a EUR 20 million photovoltaic park on the airport site.

Swedavia’s Stockholm-Arlanda Airport became the world’s first carbon neutral airport in November 2009.

At present, 180 airports around the world are working to reduce their CO2 emissions. Together, they serve 37.3 per cent of global passenger traffic.

 

Image credit: Cha già José, flickr

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