Sharjah Airport claims title of first carbon neutral airport in the GCC
The airport has implemented energy conservation initiatives, clean energy projects, and circular economic initiatives
The Sharjah Airport has become the first airport in the GCC region to successfully claim the “carbon-neutral” title, and is only the second airport in the GCC and the Middle East to attain Level 3+ Neutrality accreditation from the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, which issued by Airports Council International (ACI).
The achievement – which reflects that the airport’s net CO2 emissions over a full year are zero – marks an important milestone in Sharjah Airport’s journey towards continuous environmental and sustainable development as it expands its operational capacity.
Commenting on the achievement, the chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, 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.”
Environmental and sustainability projects implemented by Sharjah Airport include energy conservation initiatives; clean energy projects; circular economic initiatives; strict monitoring of electricity and water consumption in the airport; an integrated waste management system; and targeted zero landfill waste, among others.
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 director-general of ACI Asia-Pacific, Stefano Baronci, said: “By reaching carbon-neutral status, the highest status currently, in the internationally-recognised Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, Sharjah Airport is firmly positioning itself as an environmental leader in the region and beyond.
“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.”