Birmingham Airport achieves Global Carbon Accreditation

Date posted: April 25, 2024
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Birmingham Airport (BHX) has achieved Level 3 (optimisation) of the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) scheme for a second year.

The ACA scheme, overseen by Airports Council International (ACI), is a global carbon management standard for airports.  The scheme brings BHX’s decarbonising activities and reporting under ACI’s framework of scrutiny, including comparison with other airports worldwide.

Maintaining Level 3 accreditation is a key step on BHX’s journey to net zero by 2033. It will do this by prioritising zero carbon airport operations with minimal use of carbon offsets.

These operations include:

  • LED upgrades
  • Switching to a 100% green tariff for electricity provided throughout the airport site
  • Improving submetering coverage for energy monitoring and management
  • Ongoing construction of a 6.8 MW solar PV array at the airport that will generate enough clean energy to meet 20% of the airport’s annual electricity requirements
  • ‘Operation Pathfinder’, which aims to support more efficient aircraft operations in partnership with airlines
  • Developing a new sustainable Surface Access Strategy
  • Partnering with ZeroAvia to develop the technological, operational, and commercial aspects of hydrogen powered flights to and from the airport

Tom Denton, Head of Sustainability at Birmingham Airport said: “We are pleased to maintain our Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation.  This is a culmination of years of hard work by everyone at the airport, including our partners and shows that we are heading in the right direction.  We welcome the ACI’s robust external review and assessment as we progress towards our challenging 2033 net zero goal.”

ACI grants Level 3 ACA to airports based on them achieving certain criteria in their carbon reduction plans, including items such as measurement, targets, a realistic delivery programme, and stakeholder engagement.

Airports at this level are investing in advanced carbon management processes and tools leading to tangible carbon reductions year by year, as well as engaging their business community into kick-starting third-party climate action within the airport site.

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