Airport Carbon Accreditation Scheme

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.

Brussels Airport has achieved the fourth stage i.e. Airport Carbon Accreditation level 3+ in 2018, which means complete carbon neutrality for her own emissions (scopes 1 and 2). To offset the remaining scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions Brussels Airport is supporting the Saving Trees climate project in Uganda. Brussels Airport continues to further reduce her scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by cutting down our gas and electricity consumption, by making use of alternative fuels (CNG and electric cars) and by producing more renewable energy on site.

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.