17/12/2014 NICE CÔTE D'AZUR AIRPORT RISES TO THE CHALLENGE OF ACHIEVING CARBON NEUTRALITY
In line with such recent and innovative environmental approaches as full transition to renewables from 1 January 2015, testing the first fully electric airport shuttle bus, as well as setting up an autonomous power supply system for business aviation, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur continues its efforts in the field of energy transition.
In 2011, the airport group joined the independent "Airport Carbon Accreditation" programme allowing the 111 signatory airports around the world to measure their carbon footprint and implement programmes to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, on 4 different levels (mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality). Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent programme managed by ACI Europe, a Brussels-based body dedicated to the European aeronautics industry working with the other ACI regions throughout the world.
With an almost 30% reduction of per-passenger emissions in 4 years, today the Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur group signed the transition to level 3 Carbon Accreditation for the Nice platform, reaching optimisation, i.e. the last decisive step in the process initiated with Airport Carbon Accreditation, to achieve carbon neutrality by 2018. Cannes Mandelieu Airport is in turn now entering the programme.
To date, 34 business partners of the platform have taken part in the greenhouse gas assessment at Nice Cote d'Azur airport, representing in all 3,124 employees, more than 50% of the platform workforce.
Total Nice Cote d'Azur airport emissions in 2013 represented 164,142.3 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, comparable to the emissions of 30,000 French inhabitants over one year.
Dominique Thillaud, Chairman of the Board of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur: "Carbon neutrality is a strong commitment, which should help develop the group's business while reducing our ecological footprint. Specifically, this means that we must work on every front to reduce energy consumption – fuel, electricity, gas, heating oil, etc. – while increasing capacity due to rising traffic."
Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE: "I wish to extend my congratulations to Nice Cote d'Azur airport for its level 3 accreditation. The airport is clearly on track to achieve carbon neutrality in 2018; indeed, the progress made over 3 years has been very impressive. In line with its switch to green electricity from January 2015, this new, decisive stage highlights the ambitious environmental strategy of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur. Congratulations to Nice Cote d'Azur airport, as well as Cannes Mandelieu airport, and the entire airport group, which is looking to the future with its energy transition and fight against global warming. In this area, Nice Cote d'Azur airport has become one of the European leaders in terms of environmental policy, particularly as regards its CO2 emissions."