Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has become the first aviation travel hub in France to be granted carbon neutral status after lowering its carbon emissions by 75% per kilogram, making it one of just 25 airports worldwide to hold that title. The certification has been awarded by the Airport Carbon Accreditation initiative, an independent management programme that aims to lessen airports’ negative impact on the environmental.
The airport, which is the third largest in France behind Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly, has been working towards a carbon neutral status since 2010. It has been working with 37 of its partner companies, including freight companies, retailers, cleaning companies and restaurateurs, to help them lower their carbon footprint.
Since first starting the programme, Nice Côte d’Azur has successfully reduced its carbon footprint both by lowering its emissions and by taking the extra step of purchasing recognised carbon offsets for the remainder of its carbon emissions.
The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme was first launched in 2009 by airport association ACI Europe and is supported by the European Union, the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the United Nation Environment Programme. The independently administered review system certifies four different levels of carbon management: comprising of mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality.
Director General of ACI Europe Oliver Jankovec was quick to offer his praise, calling the airport’s carbon neutrality a ‘historic achievement’.
“The demands of the four levels of certification of Airport Carbon Accreditation are rigorous, requiring strategic engagement and diligent work from the airport operator,” explained Jankovec. He also stated that this newest addition to the list means that the association is on track to reach its goal of 50 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030.
Other airports in the area are also working hard on reducing their carbon footprint, with Nice’s sister airports of Cannes Mandelieu and Saint Tropez reaching the third tier of the programme.