Level 2 Reduction

At Level 2 “Reduction” Airport Carbon Accreditation, airports are required to establish carbon management and move towards a reduced carbon footprint.

How to achieve?

To achieve this level of accreditation, an airport must:

  • Meet all the requirements of “Mapping”
  • Provide evidence of effective carbon management procedures, including target setting
  • Demonstrate a reduction in carbon footprint by comparing the most recent carbon footprint with emissions from previous years.

More information

When an airport measures its carbon footprint, it can work to reduce its carbon emissions. This process is known as carbon management and includes a wide variety of measures that an airport must:

  • Having a low carbon / low energy policy
  • Demonstrate that a high-level committee or body has responsibility for climate change / carbon / energy issues
  • Monitor fuel and energy consumption
  • Have carbon / energy reduction targets
  • Establish actions, programs or control mechanisms to ensure operations minimize emissions
  • Consider the emissions impact of investments
  • Provide emissions awareness training for staff
  • Have a self-assessment and audit process to monitor progress towards improvements
  • Communicate emissions performance to relevant stakeholders

Specific examples of carbon management measures may include:

  • Energy demand reduction – through inspection, metering, management, automatic meter reading (AMR), automatic monitoring and targeting (AM&T), fine-tuned and effective control
  • Clean energy source – combined heat and power, renewable energy sources (on-site or off-site)
  • Low energy design – standards for renovation and new build, mandatory inclusion of carbon reduction studies in all new projects
  • Options for alternative fuel airport vehicles (electric, hybrid, hydrogen, LPG, etc.)
  • Staff communication and participation plans
  • Equal or preferential evaluation for carbon reduction investment projects
  • Program to study and reduce emissions related to the supply chain

Renewal Requirements

  • Fulfillment of all level 1 accreditation renewal requirements.
  • Display of scope 1 and 2 emissions reductions compared to the three-year average.
  • Revised Carbon Management Plan. The plan will be reviewed and updated at least every three years, as well as taking into account airport initiatives, how the airport is responding to new organizational and operational conditions, changes in legal requirements and regulatory rules, new scientific evidence of climate change, advanced technologies and management processes, etc.