Budapest Airport joined the group of carbon-accredited airports in 2011. Carbon accreditation is a comprehensive environmental program spanning several years, consisting of several phases, with the intended end-result that the given airport operates with a minimized CO2 footprint. This long-term goal was also set by Budapest Airport when it joined the carbon accreditation program of ACI (Airport Council International), an international airport association.
As a first step, the quantity of CO2 emission of Budapest Airport is regularly measured and certified from 2011. These data represent the best indicator of energy consumption and the related footprint of an institution, a company, or a whole industry. Budapest Airport issued its relevant reports each year, certified by independent experts. After stagnant or slightly reduced emission values produced earlier year by year, Budapest Airport reported a 15% reduction of CO2 emission last year.
This outstanding achievement is further accentuated by the annual meeting of ACI in Frankfurt last week where it was stated that together with Budapest Airport altogether 102 big international airports take part in the international carbon accreditation program currently, out of which 85 are in Europe. Airports participating in the program handle 23.6% of international air traffic, and the CO2 emission spared by them together reached 133 599 tons last year, that is, 5.98 %. Budapest Airport is proud to have been able to reduce its footprint – its emission of greenhouse gases – by a much greater extent in 2013.
“Last year was the first for us when we did not only map our CO2 footprint but also achieved a substantial reduction, said Budapest Airport EHS director Gábor Szarvas. He added, “Our efforts over the years produced this result. Among other things, we cut off from the grid a series of energy-wasting equipment, decommissioned the heating service of desolate buildings, and optimized the energy supply system in line with the different demand in summer and winter in the framework of an energy rationalization program. In our offices, hot water is provided by solar panels for quite some time. I am sure that once our long-term energy strategy is approved, we will achieve further significant savings.”
The Airport Carbon Accreditation program is listed by the European Union as one of the 3 most successful programs of the continent contributing to actual reduction of emission of greenhouse gases.