CARBON EMISSION

Four airports commit to reduction of carbon emissions - KAA

Becomes the first in East, and Central Africa to join Airport Carbon Accreditation.

In Summary

• They are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport, Kisumu, and Eldoret International Airports.

• Airport Carbon Accreditation programmeprovides airports with a common framework for active carbon management, utilising measurable goals.

Kenya Airways planes at JKIA.
Kenya Airways planes at JKIA.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

Four airports in the country have become the first airports in East, and Central Africa to join the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Kenya Airports Authority said that the four will ensure the facilities reduce their carbon emissions, with the ultimate goal of achieving carbon neutrality.

They are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport, Kisumu, and Eldoret International airports.

KAA said that the four airports achieved Level 1 “Mapping” accreditation.

Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, owned by Airports Council International, is the only institutionally endorsed, global carbon management programme for airports.

It provides airports with a common framework for active carbon management, utilising measurable goals.

The programme strives to enable the airport industry to effectively reduce its carbon footprint and to benefit from increased efficiency through lowered energy consumption.

While announcing the accreditation, KAA Acting Managing Director Alex Gitari said that the move will minimise the effects of operations on the environment, which is a core ambition for the authority.

“Minimising the effects of our operations on the environment is a core ambition for us at KAA. We believe that contributing to efforts to counter climate change is our responsibility to future generations,” Gitari said.

He added, “Joining the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program is a significant step in the right direction for our main airports, as the programme provides a solid framework to optimize and, eventually, minimise emissions.”

In 2019, the authority launched its going green initiative with the goal of becoming the greenest airport operator in Africa by 2022.