Hermes Airports achieves highest ACA certificate by reaching carbon neutrality

posted on 8th July 2019 by William Hayes
Hermes Airports achieves highest ACA certificate by reaching carbon neutrality

Hermes Airport, operator of Larnaka and Pafos airports, has achieved the fourth and highest level of the ACA certification programme for the two sites.

Overseen by Airports Council International (ACI), the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme recognises efforts by airports to reduce their carbon emissions.

“Receiving the highest level of ACA Certification is a great honour for Cypriot airports and confirms Hermes Airports’ commitment to the long-term reduction of carbon emissions, as well as the effectiveness of the airports’ strategy in managing energy policy and carbon dioxide emissions,” said Hermes Airports Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Eleni Kaloyirou.

Hermes’ level 3+ certification, reached just six months after receiving the previous level 3 ACA Certification, represents the highest level an airport can reach within the ACA framework, signifying overall carbon neutrality.

The Cyprus airports join 49 other airports around the world in achieving this accolade, which Hermes was awarded after adopting compensatory carbon offsetting measures, including: the construction of a wind farm in Taiwan, a solar park in India, and the purchase of cookstoves for three communities in Nepal.

These projects are aligned with the UN sustainable development goals and have significantly reduced the carbon footprint of Larnaka and Pafos Airports through their investment In energy-efficient infrastructures.

The four levels of the ACA programme are: mapping (level 1), reduction (level 2), optimisation (level 3) and neutrality (level 3+).