Sustainable development 27.10.2020

VINCI Airports achieves ACA carbon reduction certification level 2 for the three airports operated in Cambodia

Demonstrating VINCI Airports’ strong commitment to fight climate change, Cambodia’s 3 international airports achieve this October their upgrade to the level 2 – Reduction of the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme, the only voluntary global program for greenhouse gas emissions reductions at airports launched in 2009 on the initiative of the airports Council International (ACI).

The program, independently administered and verified, has four levels of certification: Mapping, Reduction, Optimization, and Neutrality. The successful accreditation at level 2 results from the successful reduction of Scope 1 & 2 CO2 emissions at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville and the subsequent introduction of a Carbon Management Plan to address these emissions. The carbon footprint obtained on Level 1 was used as a starting point to control and reduce the airports’ impact on their environment. Initiatives deployed include streamlining electricity use at the airports’ facilities, phasing out old vehicles and sorting of waste.    

This new level of certification is a recognition of the relevance of the VINCI Airports’ global environmental policy which establishes goals for its airports based on its commitment to the preservation of the environment.  It also recognizes the airports’ actions to manage and reduce CO2 emissions and rewards a multi-annual effort to control and reduce their carbon footprint. The next step will be to apply for level 3, Optimisation, which requires to widen the scope of action to include the airport’s partners in the carbon reduction endeavor, a testament to global implication of all airport activities. It is both an achievement for Cambodia Airports, subsidiary of VINCI Airports, as concessionaire of the network of Cambodia’s international airports and for each single airport.

Alain Brun, CEO of Cambodia Airports, said: “This additional step in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme is the recognition of the long term commitment of Cambodia Airports for Environmental protection. It is in line with VINCI Airports’ objectives, Cambodia Airports’ mother company, and the first international group to commit all its airports to excel within the Airports Carbon Accreditation Programme. Today, all of them have been continuously certified at different levels.”
“We congratulate the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, operated by Cambodia Airports, for reaching Level 2 Reduction in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme,” said Stephano Baronci, Director General ACI Asia-Pacific. “As one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, we commend Cambodia Airports for taking a sustainable approach to growth.”

Alain Brun added: “I want to extend my appreciation to all our collaborators at the three airports who have contributed greatly to this challenge. I am confident this dedicated team will continue to bring even more success to the fight against climate change and to advance toward continuous improvement.”