Sustainable development 07.05.2021

Guanacaste Airport obtains International Airport Carbon Accreditation level 2

Guanacaste Airport, member of the VINCI Airports network since 2018, has entered Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program by reaching the level 2 Reduction for its actions in favor of the environment. ACA is the only global, airport-specific program that certifies airports' efforts to manage and reduce its carbon emissions.

This new accreditation illustrates the actions the airport has taken to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint, such as the application of LED lighting and the introduction of more efficient air conditioning equipment.

The terminal has also taken other actions to reduce its carbon footprint as the installation of automatic doors for boarding lounge entry and the use of heat insulating technology in the terminal's windows to avoid excessive air conditioning consumption, as well as the programming of automatic lighting and air conditioning in accordance with the airport's hours of operation.

All those initiatives illustrate the relevance of AirPact, the VINCI Airports’ global environmental strategy, which has established preventive and corrective measures aimed at developing sustainable and environmentally responsible approaches to air transportation. 100% of airports from VINCI Airports network are already in the ACA programm and 3 already carbon neutral.

"We have dedicated many of our efforts to be comprehensive in our management and contribute to the mitigation of our carbon footprint, in favor of the environment. At Guanacaste Airport we are happy and honored to obtain this new accreditation, and committed to achieve the next levels," said Cesar Jaramillo, general manager of CORIPORT.

ACA is a program of Airports Council International. The accreditation recognizes efforts in these 6 levels: mapping, reduction, optimization, neutrality, transformation, and transition.

“We recognize the effort and commitment of both Guanacaste Airport and Coriport to mitigate the impact of their activities on the environment by creating a complete, independent and verified inventory of carbon emissions and outlining plans on how to reduce these emissions. Excellent work!" said Dr. Rafael Echevarne, Director General of ACI-LAC.

Since 2017, the Airport was also awarded the Carbon Neutrality accreditation as part of the country's decarbonization program granted by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE)’s Climate Change Division. Additionally, it is ISO 50001 Energy Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management certifications developed by the International Organization for Standardization and the 5-star Ecological Blue Flag award in its Climate Change category.