Four Kenyan airports approved for Carbon Accreditation

He said it underscores their role as responsible environmental stewards in the region.

In Summary
  • In a statement on Wednesday, they said the airports are the first in East and Central Africa to join the program.
  • The move commits the facilities to reduce their carbon emissions to achieve carbon neutrality.
KAA workers cleaning the International Arrivals facility at JKIA.
KAA workers cleaning the International Arrivals facility at JKIA.
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The Kenya Airports Authority has set an environmental milestone by having four airports join the Airport Carbon Accreditation(ACA).

In a statement on Wednesday, they said the airports are the first in East and Central Africa to join the program.

The move commits the facilities to reduce their carbon emissions to achieve carbon neutrality.

"Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport, Kisumu International Airport and Eldoret International Airport have earned the Level 2 reduction certification under Airports Council International (ACI), the world’s esteemed Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program," they said.

KAA's acting Managing Director Henry Ogoye said the accreditation is a testament to their unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility.

He said it underscores their role as responsible environmental stewards in the region.

“We’re committed to exploring additional ways to mitigate carbon emissions at our facilities. We are not only fulfilling our duty to present generations but also laying a foundation for sustainable operations for the future," Ogoye said

The four KAA-managed airports joined the ACA in 2021 with the program providing a solid framework to optimize and eliminate emissions at the facilities.

ACA Program an endorsed global carbon management program for airports offers an impartial evaluation, measuring and rewarding airports for their carbon management efforts.

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

There are currently 10 accredited airports in seven African countries at level 2 'Reduction', representing 20.6 per cent of African air passenger traffic.

This achievement is significant as it coincides with Kenya hosting the inaugural Africa Climate Summit (ACS).

The summit brought together leaders from Africa and beyond to discuss sustainable solutions for climate change across the continent.

It took place from September 4 to 6.

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