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Aerodrom Ljubljana moving closer to sustainable development through carbon footprint management

Aerodrom Ljubljana is reducing its environmental impact through an integrated approach to sustainable development. An important part of environmental efforts is carbon footprint management within the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme, which recognises airports' efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) reports that in five years more than 100 airports in Europe, Africa and Asia have joined the scheme.    

As part of its efforts towards integrated management of its environmental impact, Aerodrom Ljubljana has joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme (ACA), which encourages airports to reduce their carbon footprint. By mapping the carbon footprint of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions, the company last year obtained Level 1 ACA certification. In terms of individual sources of emissions, it found that the biggest impacts on the carbon footprint are from electricity consumption (61.6%), heating (19.4%), transport to work (9.4%) and the company vehicle fleet (9.3%). At the other end of the scale are work-related travel (0.3%) and generators (0.1%). Figures for 2013 shows that the company succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by a total of 6 tonnes, or just over 1%, in comparison to the previous year. Aerodrom Ljubljana's environmental policy aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020 and defines the transition to a low carbon society as one of its strategic environmental goals.

The company is also working in many other areas to safeguard and conserve the environment. These include waste management, efficient use of natural resources, reduction of aircraft noise and a long-term, effective and sustainable approach to the problem of bird strikes. Aerodrom Ljubljana meets the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard, the main aim of which is to safeguard and conserve the environment for today's and future generations. 

The Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme was launched five years ago as an initiative of ACI Europe in order to recognise the efforts of airports to reduce their carbon footprint. Since its launch, 102 airports in Europe, Africa and Asia have joined the scheme. Together they represent 23.6% of global air traffic. In 2013 they successfully reduced their overall carbon footprint from greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions by 133,599 tonnes or 5.98%. European airports are the most active in managing their carbon footprint, with 85 airports accredited to date, of which 16 have achieved the highest level of certification, i.e. carbon neutrality.

Zg. Brnik, 3 July 2014