Verification of Greenhouse-gas-emissions according to Airport Carbon Accreditation
Besides energy intensive industries, the aviation industry is also included in the European emission trading scheme since 2012. According to a report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2001) aviation significantly contributes 2% of global manmade CO₂ emissions. It is estimated that airport operations account for about 5% of total aviation emissions.
Airport companies can now engage in the area of voluntary climate protection, just like numerous other companies have already done before.
In 2009 Airport Council International developed Airport Carbon Accreditation, which allows airport operators to report their actions for environmental and climate protection. The voluntary standard rates airports according to emissions emitted and identifies measures for CO2 reduction with the goal of climate neutrality. A major part of the program is the annual review of the CO2 balance by an independent authority.
The Europe-wide initiative has already more than 40 members who are responsible for over 40% of the European air traffic.
TÜV SÜD supports airport operators with the verification of their CO2 inventory – the so called Carbon Footprint.
The airports in Milan-Malpensa and Milan-Linate has successfully collaborated with TÜV SÜD. Both airports reached the level of Carbon Neutrality (Level 3+) and are therefore among the most climate-friendly airports participating.