Eindhoven Airport is among the first ten airports with the highest certificate for CO2 reduction of its operations. The Airport Carbon Accreditation program is the only global airport carbon management program of its kind, independently assessing and recognizing airport efforts toward sustainability.
Eindhoven Airport: 90% Reduction in Carbon Emissions
Eindhoven Airport has made impressive strides in reducing CO2 emissions, achieving a remarkable 90% reduction in emissions from its operations. In addition, the airport has set a goal to achieve net zero emissions from air traffic by 2050. These achievements have earned Eindhoven Airport the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation. During the United Nations Climate Conference in Dubai, the airport and nine other airports, including Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Rotterdam The Hague Airport, were recognized with the prestigious Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 5 by the Airports Council International (ACI). This recognition highlights the airport’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and reducing environmental impact.
Significantly Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Roel Hellemons, CEO of Eindhoven Airport, said: “Eindhoven Airport feels responsible to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all our activities, including air traffic. We have started to reduce the CO2 emissions of our own activities as much as possible and have also set ambitious targets for our entire scope 3 chain to achieve together with our partners. This shows that we are leading the way to really accelerate. We are therefore proud to have achieved, as one of the first airports in the world, ACA level 5 in recognition of all our efforts.”
Airport Carbon Accreditation: A Gold Standard
Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, said: “Since its launch back in 2009, Airport Carbon Accreditation has become the global standard for carbon management at airports – with 557 airports certified across 5 continents to date. While the programme’s requirements and structure have evolved overtime to reflect both science and societal expectations, the launch of Level 5 today marks a pivotal shift.
“The establishment of a reference framework for airports achieving and maintaining a net-zero carbon balance for emissions under their control reflects the fact that airports are starting to deliver on their net-zero commitments. Crucially, Level 5 also pushes airports to extend their focus beyond those direct CO2 emissions by following a comprehensive approach in measuring their Scope 3 emissions and influencing their reduction towards net zero by 2050.” Level 5 signifies genuine business transformation, and I wholeheartedly congratulate the airports that have pioneered it and met all its stringent requirements.”
A Frame of Reference for Net Zero Carbon Balance
Eindhoven Airport has made significant efforts to achieve a net zero carbon balance, participating in a pilot program this year. It has successfully met Level 5 requirements by implementing various measures to reduce CO2 emissions.
To begin with, Eindhoven Airport has achieved a 97% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to 2010. The airport accomplished this by adopting energy-saving practices since 2012 and using green electricity and green gas since 2018.
To further promote CO2 reduction in aviation, the airport has introduced lower port fees for airlines operating the latest generation of aircraft. Starting from 2030, only these advanced aircraft will be allowed at Eindhoven Airport. Additionally, to encourage the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), the airport financially compensates airlines if they mix more than 20% of their kerosene with SAF.
Eindhoven Airport has developed a detailed Carbon Management Plan outlining its strategy for emission reduction. Furthermore, Eindhoven has accurately measured its carbon footprint, considering direct and indirect emissions. The airport has also submitted its verified CO2 footprint calculations annually, following the GHG Protocol Scope 3 Guidance guidelines.
Eindhoven Airport has established a Stakeholder Partnership Plan, recognizing the importance of collaboration. This plan includes milestones aimed at engaging and encouraging airlines and partner parties to reduce emissions actively. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve net zero emissions within the entire airport area.
Lastly, Eindhoven Airport is investing in projects to address residual emissions, specifically targeting those emissions that account for less than 10% of their total scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions. The airport has partnered with the Climate Neutral Group to support a reforestation project in Tanzania.
Through these comprehensive and proactive measures, Eindhoven Airport demonstrates its commitment to sustainability and sets an example for the aviation industry.
With Schiphol and Rotterdam, Three Royal Schiphol Group Airports Achieve Sustainability Accreditation
Wilma van Dijk, director of Rotterdam The Hague Airport and member of the Royal Schiphol Group management team, accepted the certificates on behalf of the airport. She said of the achievement:
“It’s great that three Dutch airports received this recognition for their efforts in the field of sustainability. And that they belong to the first ten worldwide to get this accreditation. We want to hold on to that; we are continuing to reduce emissions. Not only at our airports, for which we were given this certification but in the whole aviation sector. This is how we are connecting the Netherlands with the rest of the world in an increasingly sustainable way.”
Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTHA) is committed to making aviation more sustainable. The airport is taking several steps towards this goal. It is gradually phasing out gas, and investing in green energy with over 37,000 solar panels. RTHA also electrifies vehicles on the apron. For non-electric vehicles, like the fire brigade crash tenders, the airport uses a fossil-free fuel called HVO100. RTHA is also actively promoting sustainable flight by accelerating the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel. Furthermore, the airport supports innovations like electric and hydrogen-powered flights.
Denise Pronk, head of sustainability at Royal Schiphol Group, said:
“This accreditation is a significant milestone and it’s in line with our ambition to be the most sustainable and high-quality airports in the world. We lowered the CO2 emissions produced by our own activities by 90% compared to 2010. But we’re not stopping there; we continue to work towards emission-free airports in 2030. Schiphol and partners’ electric ground equipment fleet is getting bigger and bigger, we run entirely on Dutch wind power, and the terminal and our buildings are gradually being taken off the gas grid. At the same time, we continue to work on making aviation more sustainable.”
10 Airports With Level 5 Airport Carbon Accreditation
Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only approved global airport carbon management certification program. The program independently assesses and recognizes airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through various levels of certification. More than 550 airports in all world regions are involved in airport climate efforts within the program.
Announced during the official COP28, the ten airports that have already secured Level 5 accreditation certificates were:
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven and Rotterdam-The Hague airports in the Netherlands, operated by the Royal Schiphol Group.
- Beja, Madeira and Ponta Delgada airports in Portugal, operated by ANA Aeroportos de Portugal | VINCI Airports.
- Christchurch Airport in New Zealand, operated by Christchurch International Airport Ltd.
- Göteborg Landvetter and Malmö airports in Sweden, operated by Swedavia.
- Toulon-Hyères airport in France, operated by VINCI Airports.
Conor Barry, Manager of Engagement and Climate Action, UNFCCC, said: “COP28 is an opportunity for nations to come together and take stock of the progress made globally to reach the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement. While governments focus on national approaches, there is much to celebrate and commend in the realm of voluntary climate action.
“I commend airports for their leadership in carbon management, notably by aligning their global carbon standard Airport Carbon Accreditation with the goals set forth by the Paris Agreement and advancing in step with the rising level of ambition and deeper understanding of the climate science. Achieving the profound transformation needed for sustainable development and global temperature stabilization requires commitments and participation from all sectors and levels of society. My congratulations go out to all ten pioneers of Level 5 of the Airport Carbon Accreditation standard who are demonstrating leadership to advance immediate climate action.”