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Airports meet emission goals

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The three international airports in Cambodia said they successfully completed a carbon reduction program set out by the Airports Council International (ACI), a framework introduced in 2009 aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions.

Eric Delobel, CEO of Cambodia Airports, said that being a pioneer and a leader in being environmentally friendly was a key objective for Cambodia Airports.

“Doubling down the ACA program, we are currently working on an Environment Management System to be certified ISO 14001 by the end of the year,” Mr Delobel said.

“Since we began operating in Cambodia, environmental actions all put together with societal and social ones have been one of the three pillars of our corporate social responsibility policy,” he added.

The program, independently verified, has four levels of certification – mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality.

The accreditation results from the successful mapping of all CO2 emissions at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, according to Cambodia Airports.

It said the carbon footprint obtained could be used as a starting point to control, reduce and ultimately neutralise the airports’ impact on their environment.

Initiatives deployed include streamlining electricity use at the airport facilities, phasing out old vehicles and sorting waste.

Vinci Airports, Cambodia Airports’ mother company, is the first international group to commit all of its airports to the Airports Carbon Accreditation program. All of them have been continuously certified at different levels.

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