Sydney Airport has achieved Airports Council International (ACI) Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation, through the work they have done with airport business partners in a bid to manage and reduce carbon emissions.

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.

Managing director and CEO of Sydney Airport, Kerrie Mather, welcomes the accreditation, and points to the Airport's commitment to a range of environmental initiatives as the reason for their recognition. 

"This is fantastic result that recognises our continued work with airlines, tenants, business partners and airport staff to map, and then reduce our overall airport carbon footprint," Mather said.

"This recognition reflects our efforts to implement key environmental initiatives across our operations, as well as engage with our stakeholders on how we can support their efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

"Sydney Airport has already delivered a 25.6% reduction in carbon emissions per passenger since 2010, well ahead of our target date. 

"We've also achieved an absolute reduction of 8% - a great result, given the growth of our business since 2010."

To achieve Level 3 - Optimisation, Sydney Airport was required to:

  • Measure emissions from the landing and take-off cycle, electricity usage, ground transport, and staff business travel;
  • Provide evidence of stakeholder engagement;
  • Meet level one and two accreditation requirements; and
  • Show a reduction in its carbon footprint by analysing the carbon emissions data of three consecutive years.

ACI Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau also welcomes the accreditation by Sydney Airport.

"I wish to congratulate Sydney Airport on becoming Airport Carbon Accredited at Level 3 - Optimisation," Chau adds.

"The program is the only institutionally-endorsed, carbon management certification standard for airports.

"Sydney Airport's achievement is no small feat, and demonstrates the airport's commitment in operating in an environmentally sustainable manner together with its business partners, and with the willingness to go the extra mile. 

"We look forward to working closely with the airport on their journey towards carbon neutrality."

Sydney Airport has implemented a range of environmental initiatives in order to achieve their recent accreditation, including:

  • A $5 million investment in environmentally-friendly ground transport, including Australia's first electric airport buses;
  • Investing significantly to reduce water usage across the airport, including development of a recycled water treatment plant;
  • Investing to facilitate cleaner, quieter, next generation aircraft;
  • Developing an energy and carbon reduction plan to identify new energy savings, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and energy efficiency opportunities;
  • Becoming the first Australian airport to release a Sustainability Report in line with GRO G4 reporting requirements;
  • Development and implementation of an Environment Strategy and a Sustainability Strategy;
  • Partnering with environmental education provider Kids Teaching Kids, mentoring future environmental leaders; and
  • Working with Conservation Volunteers Australia to deliver environmentally beneficial outcomes across the local community, including a bush regeneration program at Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation is an international and industry recognised certification program designed to assess and recognise 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.