Ireland’s Shannon Airport has been awarded Carbon Accreditation Level 2 by the Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme.

The accreditation acknowledges the commitment set out in The Shannon Airport Group’s sustainability strategy to green its operations and reduce the airport’s carbon footprint, the operator said.  

Steps taken by Shannon Airport to achieve Level 2 – Reduction accreditation included demonstrating a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over a three-year period through energy-saving projects such as active energy monitoring and management and an airport-wide upgrade to more efficient LED lighting.  

Initiatives also included the submission of a carbon management plan that sets out a comprehensive programme of work to achieve a 51% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net zero status by 2050.   

Welcoming the accreditation, Sinéad Murphy, head of sustainability at The Shannon Airport Group, said, “We are delighted to have received this accreditation and are already working towards achieving the next level of the programme in 2024. We have worked with experts to develop a detailed decarbonation plan for our airport and while there is more work to be done, we are excited to embark on this project that will futureproof our airport.”  

The ACA programme is a voluntary carbon management certification standard for airports, recognising efforts in six levels: mapping, reduction, optimisation, neutrality, transformation, and transition.

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