VINCI Airports' commitment to the international ACA programme
VINCI Airports is the first international airport group to commit all of its airports to the Airport Carbon Accreditation standard
Reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
With an eye to reducing energy consumption, VINCI Airports conducts energy audits that identify potential savings. Consumption-monitoring indicators are also used in order to assess the effectiveness of any measures implemented. Concrete actions have already been taken, including putting LED lighting in the terminal buildings and the airport apron, lighting automation (timeclocks, movement detectors, optimizing lighting with brightness sensors, and ensuring operators have detailed control over heating and air conditioning systems.
These energy-saving measures will also cut the airports’ greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce its carbon footprints, VINCI Airports uses alternative energy by developing, for example, photovoltaic power stations at some airports.
As a mark of their long-term commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, airports will take part in the international Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program developed by ACI.
The ACA accreditation
The ACA (Airport Carbon Accreditation) is an initiative of the ACI (Airports Council International). This international programme for the management of carbon emissions for airports includes 3 levels of recognition:
ACA Level 1 recognizes the carbon footprint measurement of an entity on the basis of an international protocol and its verification by an independent third party.
ACA Level 2 certifies the carbon footprint reduction achieved in the direct activities of an airport averaged over 3 years.
ACA Level 3 requires the scope of carbon footprint measurement to be extended to include third parties, and more specifically: airlines in terms of their LTO (Landing/Take-Off) cycles and passengers and the method of transport used to travel to the airport.
ACA Level 3+ is the highest level and requires neutralising remaining direct carbon emissions by offsetting.
"By applying ACA, this unique and voluntary carbon management certification on all our airports worldwide, we want to give a strong signal of our commitment to fight global warming"
Nicolas Notebaert, Chief Executive Officer of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports
Carbon neutrality: Lyon airport obtains ACA 3+ certification
Lyon airport has been saving energy for 10 years by stabilizing its electricity consumption at the same level as 2006 while increasing the number of passengers. These savings and other actions, such as the mobility companies plan, have enabled Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport to obtain the ACA3+ certification, which is the ACA programme's highest level that certifies its carbon neutrality.
Lyon airport joins the 27 european and the 33 international airports that are certified at the level "3+ Neutrality" in May 2017.