ACI Asia-Pacific applauds 12 airports for sustainability performance

Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific has recognised 12 airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in their sustainability projects, as part of the Green Airports Recognition (GAR) Programme 2023.

The theme for the Green Airports Recognition 2023 is Single-Use Plastic Elimination as air transport continues to grow, a substantial volume of waste is expected to be generated at airports, with one increasing worldwide concern being the impact of single-use plastic, especially within the aviation industry.

Baronci: these are critical steps as part of our industry’s efforts towards protecting our environment as well as decarbonisation

The awards comprise three categories: Platinum, Gold, or Silver.

The recognised airports for over 35 million passengers per annum include Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (Platinum); Hong Kong International Airport (Gold); and Indira Gandhi International Airport (Silver).

For airports with 15 to 35 million passengers per annum, Kempegowda International Airport was awarded Platinum, followed by Rajiv Gandhi International Airport for Gold, while Jeju International Airport received Silver.

Between eight to 15 million passengers per annum, airports awarded were Central Japan International Airport (Platinum); Adelaide Airport (Gold); and Bahrain International Airport (Silver).

Those with less than eight million passengers per annum include Mangaluru International Airport (Platinum), Christchurch International Airport (Gold), and Kaohsiung International Airport (Silver).

Stefano Baronci, director general, ACI Asia-Pacific, said: “Congratulations to all the recognised airports for demonstrating their leadership and commitment in implementing innovative sustainability projects at airports.

“These are critical steps as part of our industry’s efforts towards protecting our environment as well as decarbonisation. We are impressed with the innovative practices deployed by airport operators to mitigate the plastic contamination. We hope these unique concepts will inspire other airports to implement such practices as we all work towards the common vision of achieving net zero carbon emission by 2050.”

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