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Sharjah Airport Becomes First Carbon Neutral Airport in GCC
Achieves Level 3+ Neutrality accreditation from Airports Council International
Sharjah Airport has become the first carbon-neutral airport in GCC and the second in the Middle East to attain Level 3+ Neutrality accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI).
Level 3+ is achieved when net carbon dioxide emissions over a full year are zero. The achievement marks an important milestone in Sharjah Airport’s journey towards continuous environmental and sustainable development as it continues to expand its operational capacity.
His Excellency Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority said: “Sharjah Airport’s attainment of the highest level of carbon neutrality reflects the efforts made by the airport in the field of environmental practices, which translate the directions of the rational leadership into the need to preserve and protect the environment.
"The airport has adopted many green initiatives and programs, in line with the commitment of the United Arab Emirates towards reducing carbon emissions that fall under the UAE Green Growth Strategy and to support the national agenda to attain the UAE vision 2021.”
Stefano Baronci, Director General, ACI Asia-Pacific said: “We are grateful to the management team at Sharjah Airport for their continued commitment and active participation in ACI Asia-Pacific environmental initiatives and in support of working towards a new societal value.”
Environmental and sustainability projects implemented by Sharjah Airport include energy conservation initiatives, clean energy projects and circular economic initiatives to encourage all stakeholders of the airport to engage and contribute to good practice.
As well as strictly monitoring electricity and water consumption in the airport, an integrated waste management system, targeted at zero landfill waste was introduced. Sharjah Airport supports the ICAO’s global strategy on climate change.
Sharjah Airport will be formally presented with the Level 3+ award at the Airport Carbon Accreditation Certification Presentation ceremony at the next ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition.
The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is the only independent, institutionally endorsed carbon standard for airports that recognises the efforts made to manage and reduce their Co2 emissions. The programme is progressively being implemented across the world’s airports.
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