30Sep2015

The Mariscal Sucre Airport received the Carbon Footprint Certification granted by the Airports Council International (ACI).  The certification is recognized by the World Bank, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Federal Aviation Administration  (FAA) and certifies the Quito Airport at Level 1 – Mapping.

Thus, the Quito International Airport is one among four airports in the Latin American and Caribbean region that have been granted this certification

The Mariscal Sucre Airport received this certification during the ACI Latin America-Caribbean /World Annual General Assembly held in Panama in September of this year.

Level 1 contemplates definition and calculation of an airport’s environmental footprint. This work requires a lengthy gathering data process and participation of a duly certified international expert. In order to perform this task, a specially designed methodological instrument, known as Airport Carbon and Emissions Reporting Tool (ACERT), is used.

Once the carbon footprint is established, Level 2 consists of designing mechanisms allowing a progressive reduction of emissions. Level 3 seeks to optimize the model for emissions reduction involving most companies that operate in the Airport, such as the airlines. Level 4 establishes carbon footprint neutrality by applying the measures adopted at levels 2 and 3 and, if necessary, complemented with purchases of carbon credits.

Andrew O’Brian, President and Director General of Corporacion Quiport, the concessionaire of the Quito airport, said that “Level 2 Certification - Mapping - commits us to continue working in order to obtain the next three certifications: Carbon Footprint Reduction, Optimization and Neutrality. This is just a first step in a lengthy process where we will use all available resources to positively contribute for reducing the airport’s carbon footprint.”

For his part, Jaime Perez, Environment and Social Responsibility Manager of Corporacion Quiport and member of ACI World Environment Committee, explained that this program – especially created for its application in airports – was designed as an ACI Europe initiative during the ACI World Environment Committee  meeting. “The ACERT tool is the result of the contribution and vision of representatives from all regions, since each airport has its own characteristics as regards the operational and technical conditions in which its activities are carried out.”

“It is not only important for Quiport to manage the airport efficiently and to develop connectivity in the country.  Our 360 degree commitment approach means that we cannot ignore the effects of our operations on the environment and on the community.  That is why we are at the forefront in this kind of initiatives among the airports in the region and, even, worldwide”, Andrew O’Brian emphasized.

On the certification program:

The Airports’ Carbon Certification is an independent program managed by WSP I Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international consultant specialized in environmental, energy and sustainability matters designated by ACI Europe to enforce airports certification criteria on an annual basis.  The program’s administration is supervised by an advisory committee.

In November of 2011 the Airports Carbon Certification program was extended to Asia and the Pacific.  It was implemented in Africa in June of 2013 and afterwards it reached North America.  In November of 2014 the program was globalized through its extension to the Latin America and Caribbean region.

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