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Cork Airport Recognised For Carbon Reduction

Cork Airport has been recertified for another year within the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme, the only global and independent CO2 management standard for airports.

Cork Airport has participated in the ACA scheme since 2011 and has been mapping its carbon footprint since 2009. For the past 8 years, the airport has achieved ACA Level 2 certification for reducing its CO2 emission levels.

Cork Airport has managed to cut its CO2 emissions by 17 per cent since 2017. It has also seen a 44 per cent reduction compared to 2009 emission levels (the equivalent of 2,871 metric tonnes).

Launched by the Airport Council International (ACI) Europe in 2009, the ACA programme enables airports to gauge the progress they make in decreasing and eventually neutralising their carbon footprint. It comprises four climate certification levels: mapping, reduction, optimisation, and neutrality.

Cork Airport’s General Manager of Operations and Safety, Dorothy Coffey said in a statement: “As a forward-looking airport, we are serious about reducing our impact on the environment. Each year, the results of our work feed into the global CO2 reduction figure, achieved by airports active in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme”.

She added: “We are making good progress at level 2 ‘reduction’ of the programme. We don’t intend to stop there. Our long-term plan is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from our operations, in line with the European airport sector’s joint vision spearheaded by ACI Europe.”

Bill Daly, Head of Asset Care at Cork Airport added: “Cork Airport is being acknowledged for its continuous efforts in reducing carbon emissions by achieving this Certification of Accreditation through ACI Europe. Airport Carbon Accreditation helps to improve the accountability and transparency between airports and our wider circle of airport stakeholders by responding to their concerns about aviation and climate change.”

Cork Airport, through its Energy Efficiency and Cleaner Energy Programme, has achieved the National Public Sector Energy Efficient Targets 7 years ahead of schedule. It also recently signed contracts for the supply of 100 per cent green electricity.  The airport has been recognised by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland for its continuous reduction achievements and continues to focus on energy conservation, embracing new technologies and innovative solutions to reduce carbon footprint.

Cork Airport say they are committed to being a net-zero CO2 emissions airport by 2050 at the latest. Learn more at www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org.

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