French airport achieves carbon neutral status

Nice Airport has become the first organisation of its kind in France to be carbon neutral. It has achieved level 3+ Carbon Accreditation, becoming carbon neutral two years ahead of […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Nice Airport has become the first organisation of its kind in France to be carbon neutral.

It has achieved level 3+ Carbon Accreditation, becoming carbon neutral two years ahead of its 2018 deadline and the world’s 25th certified airport.

Since 2011, Nice Côte d’Azur has implemented the independent Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, which helps airports around the globe measure their carbon footprint and take initiatives to drastically cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Level 3+ means the airport has continued to do so by becoming more energy efficient.

A total of 37 of its partners, including airlines, ground handlers, freight companies, retailers, cleaning agencies and car rental firms, have signed up to the programme to reduce the airport’s carbon footprint.

Since 2010, Nice Airport claims to have cut its kilograms of CO2 per passenger by 75% through the purchase of 100% hydropower.

Niclas Svenningsen, Head of the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said: “We are hugely encouraged by the increase in the number of airports that have become carbon neutral here in Europe, especially when we are talking about an airport as busy as the one serving Nice, one of the largest towns in the country that hosted the COP21.”