June 11, 2021: Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has announced that Jomo Kenyatta, Moi, Kisumu and Eldoret international Airports have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, achieving Level 1 “Mapping” accreditation.
The four Kenyan airports are the first airports in East and Central Africa to join the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, committing the facilities to reduce their carbon emissions, with the ultimate goal of achieving carbon neutrality.
Owned by Airports Council International, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management programme for airports. It provides airports with a common framework for active carbon management, utilising measurable goals. It strives to enable the airport industry to effectively reduce its carbon footprint, and to benefit from increased efficiency through lowered energy consumption.
“Minimising the effects of our operations on the environment is a core ambition for us at KAA. We believe that contributing to efforts to counter climate change is our responsibility to future generations. Joining the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program is a significant step in the right direction for our main airports, as the programme provides a solid framework to optimize and, eventually, minimize emissions.” KAA MD Alex Gitari said, while commenting on the accreditation.
In 2019, KAA launched its going green initiative with a goal of becoming the greenest airport operator in Africa by 2022. The initiative is in line with the authority’s 2018-2022 strategic plan which highlight’s environmental stewardship as one of its main strategic areas with a goal of obtaining ISO 14001-2015: Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard.
Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent programme administered by WSP, an international consultancy appointed by ACI to enforce the accreditation criteria for airports on an annual basis.