In an effort to manage and reduce its carbon emissions, Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) has joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Programme, the only institutionally-endorsed, carbon management certification standard for airports, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) President and Chief Executive Officer Vernice Walkine said.
There are four levels of certification under the program which includes mapping, in which an airport’s carbon footprint is independently measured and verified; reduction, in which a facility implements carbon management toward reduced emissions; optimization, in which a third party is engaged for carbon footprint reduction; and neutrality, in which a facility offsets remaining emissions to achieve carbon neutral operations for all emissions over which the airport has control.
With an overarching goal of becoming a carbon neutral airport by 2050, Walkine said LPIA’s participation in the ACA program will help to incentivize all airport users through increased awareness.
“As the operator for Lynden Pindling International Airport, the Nassau Airport Development Company makes every effort to minimize the impact of airport operations on the local and global environment. A key factor was identifying the main sources of our carbon emissions that have the greatest impact on the environment, namely electricity and fuel; and understanding how each affects our total carbon footprint,” Walkine said.
“We pledged our commitment to reducing all carbon emissions at LPIA through joining the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Programme under the auspices of Airports Council International (ACI). As the only institutionally endorsed carbon management certification standard for airports, ACA allows us to implement best practice carbon management processes and gain public recognition for our achievements through the attainment of accreditation at different levels of participation.”
Walkine said to ensure the effectiveness of the program, LPIA will now monitor carbon emissions through the Airport Carbon and Emissions Reporting Tool (ACERT), which calculates emissions at and around the airport.
“Additionally we will implement green initiatives along with the promotion of smarter green practices and report to ACA annually, which will all assist in maintaining certification levels,” she said.
“We understand the collective responsibility that NAD and the airport community has in climate protection.”
The Bahamas will join 23 other accredited airports in Latin America and the Caribbean that have entered the program since its inception in 2014.
“Airports are at different points on the journey to becoming cleaner and more efficient. As the center points of a complex web of aircraft movements, technical operations and surface access transport, airports can address their CO2 emissions in a variety of ways,” the ACA recently noted about regional members.
“These can include better insulation and energy efficiency, switching to green energy sources, investing in hybrid, electric or gas-powered service vehicles, encouraging employees, passengers and visitors to use public transport, working with airlines and air traffic management to reduce runway taxiing times and implement green landing processes and much more.”