The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) is issued by the Airports Council International (ACI) and focuses on efforts to map, calculate, reduce and offset carbon dioxide emissions across the globe.
The ACA certification is comprised of four levels, which have so far been acquired by 274 airports in 71 countries, representing 44 percent of global air passenger traffic.
So far, only 51 airports around the world, including Larnaca and Paphos airports, have received the Level 3+ Neutrality Certification.
To acquire this Certification, Hermes Airports had to adopt compensatory measures for the emissions that are directly controlled by the company and cannot be minimised or reduced further. In this context, Hermes has adopted compensatory measures to support three projects: the construction of a wind farm in Taiwan, a solar park in India, and the purchase of cookstoves for three communities in Nepal. These projects have a positive impact on the communities and are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with particular focus on Decent Work and Economic Growth and Affordable and Clean Energy among others. By investing in energy-efficient infrastructures, Hermes Airports managed to significantly reduce its carbon footprint, and as such, Larnaca and Paphos Airports attained carbon neutrality.
The Certificates were presented to Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO, Hermes Airports and Miltos Miltiadous, chief operating officer, Hermes Airports, by Olivier Jankovec, director general, ACI Europe, during the ACI Europe Annual Assembly & Congress held June 26 -27 in Limassol.
Moreover, during the conference, Hermes Airports signed a landmark commitment to become net zero for their carbon emissions by 2050.