Sharjah Airport is GCC’s first carbon-neutral airport

Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

SHARJAH: Sharjah Airport has become the first carbon-neutral airport in the GCC and the second in the Middle East to attain Level 3+ Neutrality accreditation from the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, issued by Airports Council International (ACI), top aviation officials announced.

Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said the airport has adopted many green initiatives and programs, in line with the commitment of the UAE towards reducing carbon emissions that fall under the UAE Green Growth Strategy and to support the national agenda to attain the UAE vision 2021.

Sharjah Airport incurred zero net carbon dioxide emissions in a full year. Its environmental and sustainability projects include energy conservation initiatives, clean energy projects and circular economic initiatives to encourage all stakeholders of the airport to engage and contribute to good practice. Besides strictly monitoring electricity and water consumption in the airport, it also implements an integrated waste management system, targeted at zero landfill waste.

Stefano Baronci, Director-General of ACI Asia-Pacific, said this accomplishment clearly positions Sharjah Airport as an environmental leader in the region and beyond.

“By reaching carbon-neutral status, the highest status currently, in the internationally-recognised Airport Carbon Accreditation program, Sharjah Airport is firmly positioning itself as an environmental leader in the region and beyond. We are grateful to the management team at Sharjah Airport for their continued commitment and active participation in ACI Asia-Pacific environmental initiatives and in support of working towards a new societal value,” said Baronci.

The accomplishment marks an important milestone in Sharjah Airport’s journey towards continuous environmental and sustainable development as it continues to expand its operational capacity. Sharjah Airport has made a firm commitment to ensuring its operations have a minimal impact on the environment while working towards reducing carbon footprint and energy consumption.

Sharjah Airport has been recognised throughout the years by several entities for its contribution to sustainable initiatives. The airport will be formally presented with the Level 3+ award at the Airport Carbon Accreditation Certification Presentation ceremony at the next ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition.