In 2009, at a congress of Airports Council International Europe, European airports pledged to reduce CO2 emissions in order to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral. The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme has been set up to achieve this, and you can find more about it HERE.
The programme consists of six levels:
- Mapping (Level 1)
- Reduction (Level 2)
- Optimisation (Level 3)
- Neutrality (Level 4)
- Transformation (Level 5)
- Transition (Level 6)
So far, more than 300 airports in over 70 countries around the world have joined the programme.
Riga Airport has been a member of the ACA programme since 2015, keeping track of the direct emissions generated by its operations. In 2020, the airport received an ACA certificate for meeting the Level 2 greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements (you can view the certificate HERE). With this certificate, Riga Airport joins the ranks of airports around the world that are taking active steps to reduce these emissions. In order to assess their impact, direct emissions are calculated in tonnes per passenger.