Airports operated by VINCI Airports in Latin America and the Caribbean have won the Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC)’s 'Green Airport Recognition 2023'.

This recognition highlights the best environmental and sustainability practices implemented by airports in Latin America and the Caribbean. It demonstrates VINCI Airports’ commitment to act for the planet by reducing its direct carbon footprint, with the objective to halve it by 2030 compared to 2018, promoting circular economy and preserving biodiversity.

ACI-LAC Green Airport Recognition aims to promote environmental best practices to minimise aviation’s impact on the environment and to recognise airport members with outstanding accomplishments in their environmental projects, either in mitigation and adaptation to climate change, or the circular economy.

In Mexico where OMA (of which VINCI Airports has been a shareholder since 2022) operates 13 airports, the ACI-LAC highlighted technologies that generate energy savings and, in turn, reduce carbon emissions, among them energy consumption monitoring and the use of a battery bank.

Guanacaste Airport_VINCI Airports circular economy

In Costa Rica, accessible walkways were built from recycled plastic lids

In Costa Rica, where VINCI Airports operates Guanacaste Airport, the ACI-LAC highlighted a project that built accessible walkways using recycled plastic lids. Other examples  of VINCI’s eco-drive include optimisation of the air conditioning system at Las Americas Airport in the Dominican Republic, and the sustainable boiler upgrade at Santiago International Airport in Chile.

Energy efficiency initiatives have also been highlighted by the ACI-LAC at Brazil’s Salvador Bahia Airport.

VINCI Airports is committed to sustainability and has set ambitious goals. This includes a commitment to achieve net zero emissions (scope 1&2) for its airports operated in the European Union by 2030, extending to all its airports by 2050. In addition, the operator has pledged to eliminate waste sent to landfill by 2030 and to reduce water consumption per passenger by 50% by 2030.

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