The Nice Côte d’Azur Airport has become the first French airport to receive Level 3+ Carbon Accreditation and is the 25th airport accredited worldwide.
This accreditation rewards the airport group (recently privatized by the government through a 30-year concession awarded to a consortium consisting of the Italian Atlantia, EDF Invest and Aeroporti di Roma) for its efforts in terms of energy performance and reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions. Dominique Thillaud, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur expressed satisfaction "that the Nice hub has become the first French airport able to decrease emissions, and as for the residual remainder, compensate for its emissions while integrating increases in capacity related to increased traffic. The shift to Carbon Neutral 2 years in early confirms this solid commitment, that is also made by the Cannes Mandelieu platform that is shifting from Level 1 to Level 3 and Saint Tropez which enters the program directly in Level 3. Thus we are in the best conditions to reach the goals set during the COP 21 while uniting major European airports with the same level of accreditation under the same banner."
This implicates many players on the export chain: airlines, assistants, shipping firms, helicopter companies, shops, restaurateurs, car rentals, cleaning firms, fuel stations, administrations, security firms, etc. Today , 37 partners have voluntarily participated in the program. Airport Carbon Accreditation, an independent organization based in Brussels, realized an audit of the airport platform each time it changed level prior to accreditation.
In the last five years, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur joined the independent program Airport Carbon Accreditation that allows airports worldwide to measure their carbon footprint and above all to implement programs to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, the platform in Nice has reduced its kilograms of CO2 per passenger by 75%, particularly thanks to its partnership with Electricité de France and the signature of a green electricity contract to purchase 100% French hydroelectric power.
During the COP21, the airline transport industry formally committed itself to having 50 European airports reach this level of performance by 2030, through an increase in the number of carbon neutral airports in Europe. "The announcement made today that the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is accredited as carbon neutral by Airport Carbon Accreditation is encouraging with regard to other airports receiving accreditation, particularly when an airport as big as that in Nice, one of the biggest cities in the country that hosted COP21, sets a good example of this success," declared Niclas Svenningsen, head of the Climate Neutral Now initiative at the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).
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