Cyprus’ Hermes Airports internationally recognised for reducing carbon dioxide emissions

Hermes Airports, Cyprus, has gained Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) for successfully reducing its carbon dioxide emissions only one year after gaining the ACA Level 2.

Both airports operated by Hermes have already begun taking steps towards reaching the highest level of ACA, the Level 3+ neutrality, which includes offsetting all emissions directly controlled by Hermes..

Hermes Airports Chief Executive Officer, Ms Eleni Kaloyirou, said: “The acquisition of the Level 3 of the ACA accreditation confirms our commitment towards a steady and long-term reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and rewards the performance of the Cypriot airports’ policy and strategy to manage energy and carbon emissions based on specific targets.”

The ACA is issued by the Airports Council International (ACI) and focuses on efforts to map, reduce, optimize and offset carbon dioxide emissions across the globe.

The process includes mapping all sources of carbon emissions at the airport, as well as tracking aircraft movements, transportation access to the airports, and electricity and fuel consumption.

There are four levels to the ACA, which have so far been acquired by 251 airports worldwide in 69 countries, representing 43% of global air passenger traffic.

According to Air Transport News, Hermes has reduced the airports’ energy consumption by 32% since 2010, and so far only 53 airports worldwide have acquired the level of certification Hermes has.