Brussels Airport is eager to manage and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions on a structural basis. Which is why we decided to join the Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme in 2010.
This scheme enables airports to establish and drive down their carbon dioxide emissions in a way that is unambiguous and independent whilst recognising the efforts put in.
The scheme involves four stages.
Stage 1 confirms the preparation of an externally audited carbon dioxide footprint.
In stage 2 a carbon dioxide reduction action plan is devised.
The joint elaboration of measures aimed at reducing the green house gas emissions with other airport partners is made to occur in stage 3.
In stage 4, airports achieve carbon-neutrality.
Currently Brussels Airport is in the third stage. In order to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we have cut down our natural gas, electricity, and fuel consumption, in amongst other things by installing solar panels.
The constant monitoring of the energy consumption of installations inside buildings, indoor and outdoor lighting, airfield lighting systems … contributed to the renewal of the certification.
Finally, it is worth pointing out that especially the collaboration with various airport partners on the Continuous Descent Operations (CDO) or ‘green landings’ and Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) schemes made quite an impression.