GOLD Coast Airport has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability and achieved Level 2 accreditation under the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program.
The program is the only independent global standard for carbon management at airports, which recognises and accredits the efforts of airports to manage and reduce emissions.
Gold Coast Airport was awarded Level 1 accreditation in December 2016, which involved mapping the airport’s carbon footprint to identify sources of carbon emissions before formalising a carbon management plan.
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Level 2 sees the setting of a carbon reduction target and the carbon management plan finalised and implemented to achieve the carbon emission reduction target.
New LED lightning has been installed across the Gold Coast Airport as part of its commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
Other recent changes include upgrading the drive motors on baggage handling systems, and improving the efficiency of air-conditioning systems.
Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the accreditation was confirmation of the team’s dedication to reducing the airport’s carbon footprint.
“Level 2 carbon accreditation is recognition of our commitment to ensuring we look after our environment and reduce our carbon emissions as much as we can,” Ms Charlton said.
ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Patti Chau, welcomed the announcement.
“Congratulations to Gold Coast Airport!” Mrs Chau said.
“This achievement demonstrates your commitment to operating the airport in an environmentally, sustainable manner which is crucial for the long-term development of our industry.
“Your efforts have not been unnoticed and is an example for others to follow.
“We look forward to Gold Coast Airport’s continued endeavours through our Airport Carbon Accreditation program, which has been effectively helping airport members around the world reduce carbon emissions.”
Globally, the aviation industry contributes approximately two per cent of man-made CO2 emissions, with airport operations accounting for approximately two per cent of this.