Eleft­he­rios Venize­los Air­port is now cer­ti­fied car­bon neu­tral

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port re­cently be­came car­bon neu­tral af­ter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by an in­de­pen­dent body which at­tested to the fact that the air­port had man­aged to re­duce its CO2 emis­sions. The air­port achieved Level 3+ Neu­tral­ity, cer­ti­fied by the in­de­pen­dent car­bon man­age­ment pro­gram Air­port Car­bon Ac­cred­i­ta­tion. The air­port, whose of­fi­cial name is Eleft­he­rios Venize­los, is the first in the coun­try to achieve this sta­tus, and the 25th in Europe.

Else­where around the world, two air­ports in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion and one in North Amer­ica hold the same ac­cred­i­ta­tion. The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is the out­come of a com­mit­ment made dur­ing the 21st UN Con­fer­ence on Cli­mate Change (COP21), which took place in Paris in De­cem­ber 2015. Dur­ing the con­fer­ence the Euro­pean air­port in­dus­try pledged to have 50 car­bon neu­tral air­ports by 2030.

Ni­clas Sven­ningsen, who heads the Cli­mate Neu­tral Now ini­tia­tive at the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC) Sec­re­tariat in Bonn, Ger­many, com­mented: “The news that Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port has be­come car­bon neu­tral through Air­port Car­bon Ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a great way to kick off 2017. The am­bi­tious ef­forts of a grow­ing num­ber of car­bon neu­tral air­ports are tes­ta­ment to how se­ri­ously this in­dus­try is work­ing on ad­dress­ing its di­rect im­pact on cli­mate change. With 25 Euro­pean air­ports now car­bon neu­tral, the air­port in­dus­try is al­ready half­way to­wards meet­ing its pledge at COP21. We look for­ward to more progress in the year ahead.”

Dr Yian­nis Paraschis, CEO of Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port, com­mented: “By achiev­ing car­bon neu­tral­ity, Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port con­tin­ues to tan­gi­bly demon­strate its com­mit­ment to the fight against cli­mate change. We are proud to be among lead­ing air­ports, not only as a ma­jor eco­nomic en­gine, but also through our re­duced eco­log­i­cal foot­print thanks to the en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and com­ple­men­tary ef­forts of our col­leagues and part­ners across the air­port com­mu­nity.”

In par­al­lel, Lar­naca In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Paphos In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Cyprus and Toulon Air­port in France have re­cently en­tered the Air­port Car­bon Ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­gram at the Map­ping level, em­bark­ing on the jour­ney to bet­ter car­bon man­age­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.