Airport Carbon Accreditation

Reducing carbon emissions & increasing airport sustainability


Airport Carbon Accreditation was developed and launched by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe in 2009. As of late 2014, Airport Carbon Accreditation had expanded worldwide to all ACI regions. Today it is the only global carbon management standard for airports.

It aims to help airports reduce carbon emissions and achieve best practice in carbon management. The programme is structured around four increasingly stringent accreditation levels, with the highest one being carbon neutrality. Reaching this status requires an airport operator to reduce its own emissions as much as possible, compensate any residual emissions by purchasing carbon offsets and engage with its stakeholders to support them in reducing their emissions.


The initiative commits to increase airport accreditations in all regions, and encourage already accredited airports to continuously enhance their carbon management and thus progress towards the higher levels of accreditation.

In June 2017, the initial commitment for the European region – 50 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030 – has been upgraded. The target is now to achieve 100 carbon neutral airports in Europe by 2030.

Partners and Signatories

As of November 2018, 249 airports worldwide are accredited. 48 of them are carbon neutral, including 39 in Europe, 6 in Asia-Pacific and 1 in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa respectively. The programme is managed by ACI Europe in close cooperation with the other ACI regions and support by ACI World.

The administration of the programme, including the review of applications and award of accreditations, is ensured by an independent third party, the consultancy WSP.

Activities of the Initiative

Outreach and coalition building:


Figure 1. Airport Carbon Accredited airports over time (2010-2018)


Figure 2. Distribution of Airport Carbon Accredited airports

Capacity building:

Knowledge development:

Monitoring and reporting:

Focal Point

Panagiotis Karamanos, Senior Advisor, Airport Carbon Accreditation,

Initiative Website: