The Airport Carbon Accreditation Program is the only independent institutionally endorsed carbon standard for airports that recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions. The program is progressively being implemented across the world’s airports.
Initiated by ACI Europe in 2009, the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program was extended to Asia-Pacific in November 2011 by ACI Asia-Pacific. ACI has appointed WSP Environment & Energy, an international consultancy company to independently administer and enforce the accreditation criteria for airports.
Other environmental initiatives
Water harvesting and water reduction measures, the use of low energy lighting and solar tubes, and reduction in cooling energy through smart building technology are some environmental initiatives that have been implemented at Sunshine Coast Airport. During building works the airport has also utilised recycled materials and found ways to recycle construction site waste.
One of the airports major building projects, the conversion of a former air freight warehouse to office accommodation, was awarded a prestigious “Glossie” Living Smart Award in 2013 for excellence in sustainable building and design for the unique recycling of an existing building.
Other initiatives undertaken include the replacement of the terminal air-conditioning system, recycling of food waste with a worm farm, further reductions in the buildings’ heat loads and investigations into solar energy generation.