“Sydney Airport is committed to operating sustainably as well as efficiently, including working to minimise our impact on the environment and meeting voluntary global commitments for reducing our carbon emissions,” Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said.
“We’re delighted to receive recognition for our carbon management program and progress on reducing our carbon footprint by achieving Level Two Airport Carbon Accreditation.
“We’ll continue to work to reduce our carbon footprint, delivering beneficial environmental outcomes and increasing efficiency across the airport.”
Airport Carbon Accreditation recognises and accredits the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions, with four levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimisation’ and ‘Neutrality’.
To achieve Level Two Airport Carbon Accreditation, ‘Reduction’, Sydney Airport had to:
- Map its carbon footprint to meet international and Australian standards;
- Provide evidence of effective carbon management processes including target setting; and
- Show a reduction in its carbon footprint by analysing the carbon emissions data of three consecutive years.
Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt welcomed the announcement.
“It’s fantastic that Sydney Airport is taking steps towards reducing its carbon footprint. Climate change is a global problem and we all need to play our part. I congratulate Sydney Airport on their great work,” Minister Hunt said.
In addition to achieving Level Two Airport Carbon Accreditation, Sydney Airport has implemented a range of environmental initiatives, including:
- Publishing a five-year Environment Strategy with more than 100 ongoing actions and initiatives to minimise environmental impact and support sustainable growth, as part of its approved Master Plan 2033;
- Becoming the first Australian airport to release a Sustainability Report this year;
- Developing an energy and carbon reduction plan to identify new energy saving, greenhouse gas emission reduction and energy efficiency opportunities;
- Investing significantly to reduce water usage across the airport;
- Offsetting vehicle fleet carbon emissions by planting trees;
- Investing to facilitate cleaner, quieter next generation aircraft; and
- Partnering with Conservation Volunteers Australia to deliver environmentally beneficial outcomes across the local community, including a bush regeneration program at Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
Sydney Airport has also received a number of environmental awards, including from Greenfleet for more than five years of support for its carbon offset program, and East Coles Corporate Performance Award for Best Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) across ASX top 100 companies.
ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation is an international and industry recognised certification system designed to assess and recognise participating airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their carbon emissions. It is the only industry-specific, performance-based, voluntary and institutionally-endorsed accreditation label designed specifically for airports.