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Cambodian airports recognised for low carbon

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Plane takes off from Phnom Penh International Airport. KT/Khem Sovannara

Cambodia’s three international airports have successfully been accredited at level 2 on the reduction of Airport Carbon.

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The Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme, is the only voluntary global programme for greenhouse gas emissions reductions at airports. It was launched in 2009 on the initiative of the Airports Council International (ACI).

The programme, independently administered and verified, has four levels of certification: mapping, reduction, optimization and neutrality.

The successful accreditation at level 2 results from the successful reduction of scope 1 and 2 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville and the subsequent introduction of a carbon management plan to address these emissions.

The carbon footprint obtained at level 1 was used as a starting point to control and reduce the airports’ impact on their environment. Initiatives deployed include streamlining electricity use at the airports’ facilities, phasing out old vehicles and sorting waste.

Alain Brun, CEO of Cambodia Airports, said that this additional step in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme demonstrates the long term commitment of Cambodia Airports for Environmental protection.

“It is in line with VINCI Airports objectives, the first international group to commit all its airports to excel within the Airports Carbon Accreditation Programme,” he said.

“I want to extend my appreciation to all our collaborators at the three airports who have contributed greatly to this challenge. I am confident this dedicated team will continue to bring even more success to the fight against climate change and to advance toward continuous improvement.”

Stephano Baronci, director-general at ACI Asia-Pacific, said that as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, it commends Cambodia Airports for taking a sustainable approach to growth.

“Today, all of them have been continuously certified at different levels. We congratulate the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, operated by Cambodia Airports, for reaching Level 2 Reduction in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme,” said

This new level of certification is a recognition of the VINCI Airports’ global environmental policy called Airpact, which establishes goals for its airports based on its commitment to the preservation of the environment. It also recognises the airports’ actions to manage and reduce CO2 emissions and rewards a multi-annual effort to control and reduce their carbon footprint.

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