Level 3 ACI Carbon Accreditation for Jersey Airport
From Jersey Airport
11th January 2024
Ports of Jersey has been awarded Level 3 ACI Carbon Accreditation for Jersey Airport. This recognises Ports of Jersey’s clear plan to reduce its operational carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.
ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation independently assesses the efforts of airports to manage their carbon emissions through seven levels of certification. This is a programme for airports of all sizes, with more than 590 airport members across the world.
Level 1 accreditation, ‘Mapping’, was awarded to Ports of Jersey in 2022. To achieve this, the Ports of Jersey sustainability team identified emission sources within the operational boundary of the airport and compiled an independently verified carbon footprint report. To achieve Level 3, ‘Optimisation’, Ports has built robust carbon management and stakeholder engagement plans, which it is successfully implementing.
Ports of Jersey’s Chief Executive, Matt Thomas, said: “The connectivity provided by the airlines using Jersey Airport is essential for the way we live our lives. It connects places, people and businesses with a speed of movement unmatched by other forms of transport. But the economic and social benefits of our connectivity cannot be at the expense of our environmental responsibilities. We care deeply about our Island and are on track to become one of the first net-zero airports in Europe by the end of 2029.
“The Airport Carbon Accreditation recognises the progress we have made and the plans we have developed for the sustainable operation of the airport through a host of improvements and innovations. As a small island, Jersey is highly dependent on transporting both freight and passengers through the harbour and airport, and accelerating to becoming carbon net-zero is critically important for both the aviation and maritime industries. It is a challenge we are meeting head-on.”
Ports of Jersey’s Head of Sustainability, Sophie Roffe, said: “Achieving Level 3 Accreditation reflects Ports of Jersey’s commitment to sustainability and decarbonisation. We have an ambitious net-zero roadmap, and have committed to work with our stakeholders and business partners to reduce carbon emissions through initiatives like improving energy efficiency in our terminals, transitioning from diesel to sustainable fuel and electric vehicles, trialling uncrewed aircraft, and working with Blue Islands and Universal Hydrogen to enable hydrogen-powered, zero-emission flying.”
Airport Carbon Accreditation aims to enable the airport industry to effectively reduce its carbon footprint, to benefit from increased efficiency through lowered energy consumption, shared expertise and knowledge exchange, as well as better communication of the results. The number of airports certified at each level of the programme signifies that regardless of size or geography, these airports are leading the way, actively lowering aviation’s carbon footprint on the ground.