- Four prominent Kenyan airports managed by the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) have been granted Level 2 carbon accreditation by the Airport Council International (ACI) through its Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program.
- This marked a significant stride toward reducing carbon emissions in the aviation sector, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.
Four prominent Kenyan airports managed by the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) have been granted Level 2 carbon accreditation by the Airport Council International (ACI) through its Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program.
This groundbreaking achievement solidifies Kenya's commitment to environmental responsibility in the aviation sector.
The airports that have attained this significant milestone are the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kisumu International Airport in Kisumu, and Eldoret International Airport in Eldoret.
They are now part of a select group of airports across the globe recognized for their dedication to carbon management.
The ACA Program serves as a comprehensive global carbon management initiative, providing a rigorous evaluation of airports' carbon reduction efforts.
This program is structured into six progressive levels of certification, each requiring strict adherence to environmental performance metrics.
The levels include mapping, reduction, optimization, neutrality, transformation, and transition.
As of now, there are a total of 10 accredited airports in seven different African countries at Level 2, 'Reduction.'
These airports collectively represent 20.6 per cent of air passenger traffic on the continent, signifying a substantial commitment to environmental sustainability within the aviation industry.
KAA Acting Managing Director, Henry Ogoye, expressed his pride in achieving the Level 2 'Reduction' accreditation, emphasizing its significance.
"Our Level 2 'Reduction' accreditation is not merely an accolade; it is a testament to our unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility; This laudable achievement underscores our role as a responsible environmental steward in the region," Ogoye stated.
Ogoye also highlighted the collaborative nature of this accomplishment, stating, "We're deeply committed to working alongside our various airport partners, from airlines to ground handling companies, and service providers, to explore additional ways to mitigate carbon emissions at our facilities. In doing so, we are not only fulfilling our duty to present generations but also laying a foundation for sustainable operations for the future."
Kenya's primary airports entered the ACA initiative in 2021, making them the first in East and Central Africa to embrace the program's objectives.
This marked a significant stride toward reducing carbon emissions in the aviation sector, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.
The attainment of Level 2 carbon accreditation by these Kenyan airports reflects their dedication to environmental stewardship and sets a positive precedent for other airports across the African continent.
As the aviation industry continues to evolve, it is vital for airports to prioritize sustainability, reduce their carbon footprint, and contribute to a greener future for all.