Belgrade Airport gets carbon accreditation

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Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has joined Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation program and achieved a Level 1 certificate, recognising the airport’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions. This certification is the first result of the new environmental strategy developed at Belgrade Airport since it joined VINCI Airports’ network in 2018. It includes halving water consumption per passenger, zero pesticide use, zero waste to landfill and the halving of CO2 gross emissions by 2030 and reaching zero net emissions by 2050. As part of the extension and modernisation of Belgrade Airport, VINCI Airports has planned numerous investments to reduce carbon emissions. These include the replacement of the heavy fuel oil boiler room with a natural gas boiler room, coupled with a tri-generation unit, replacement of the lighting with LED, and the construction of a 1 MWp solar farm. 

Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) is the only international program to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions specific to airports. This independent and voluntary program uses internationally recognised methodologies to assess an airport’s commitments towards better managing its carbon emissions. Once authenticated, these commitments are then officially acknowledged through the award of one of the program’s six levels of certification: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation, Neutrality, Transformation and Transition. An airport progresses through the ranking as they meet the requirements of each level. 

Within the former Yugoslavia, six airports are now carbon accredited. In addition to Belgrade, they include Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Pristina, Zadar and Zagreb. Out of these, Pristina Airport has progressed the most and has reached the Neutrality level.

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