Dubai’s two airports raise the bar for sustainability

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) have become the first airports in the GCC states to achieve Level 2 accreditation from the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme.

With Level 2 achieved, DXB and DWC are now on the list of 14 Level 2 accredited airports, representing more than 10 percent of the air passenger traffic in the Asia Pacific region.

The completion of the second stage of ACI’s four-stage programme is in line with operator Dubai Airports’ commitment to sustainable growth and support for the aviation industry’s global initiatives for a carbon-neutral future for the world’s airports.

Describing the achievement as an important step in the company’s journey and the ultimate goal of attaining carbon-neutral growth, Dubai Airports CEO said, “We take our environmental responsibility seriously and, through our environmental management plan, continue to implement efficiencies and pursue innovative ideas to limit our environmental impact while fully supporting the UAE Vision 2021.”

ACI Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau congratulated DXB and DWC on becoming the first airports in the GCC region to attain Airport Carbon Accreditation Reduction Level.

“The accreditation demonstrates Dubai Airports’ strong commitment towards developing a sustainable future for its airports,” she said. “We look forward to seeing the two airports reaching carbon neutrality in the near future.”

Dubai Airports contributes to the development of programmes and policies to promote sustainability across the UAE by participating in key environmental committees and working closely with stakeholders as well as federal and local government bodies.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme is the only independently administered, institutionally endorsed carbon management certification standard for airports.

It certifies airports at four different levels of accreditation including mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality, and has already won praise from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission (EC).

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