In a bid to enhance its focus on environmental initiatives, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), managing body and operator of Bahrain International Airport (BIA) recently achieved the Airport Carbon Accreditation ‘Level 1 Mapping’.
The accreditation was received from the Airports Council International (ACI) with an objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operate BIA as an environmentally-friendly facility.
BAC has been collaborating with French Consultancy Group, Envisa, to set specific goals consistent with criteria set by the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.
With the guidance and consultation of Envisa, BAC is in the process of developing a comprehensive carbon management plan outlining a long-term environmental strategy to gradually reduce BIA’s carbon emissions.
Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, chief executive officer at Bahrain Airport Company said: “Environmental sustainability has become a global movement and the aviation industry is increasingly taking action to reduce its carbon footprint and operate in a greener, more responsible manner. We are keen to do our part to preserve the environment and we will persist with our goal to reduce our emissions and gradually turn BIA into carbon-neutral facility.”
The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme takes into consideration aircraft emissions while stationed within an airport’s perimeter and on initial departure and final approach. Airport Carbon Accreditation uses International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) definition of the Landing-Take Off cycle and requires airports to comply with these definitions. The accreditation follows principles of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Resources Institute (WRI) ‘Greenhouse Gas Protocol’ Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.