Brussels South Charleroi Airport’s commitment to the environment gains international recognition
Brussels South Charleroi Airport, with the support of Luminus and CO2Logic, has just received “Airport Carbon Accreditation” Level 2, awarded by the ACI (Airports Council International) Europe. Another step towards carbon neutrality for Brussels South Charleroi Airport.
This certification programme (Airport Carbon Accreditation or ACA), encompasses 6 levels (mapping, reduction, optimisation, neutrality, transformation and transition), and was developed by ACI Europe to encourage airports to reduce their CO2 emissions. Their efforts are then officially recognised by obtaining their certification. BSCA signed up for this process in November 2020.
In addition to implementing an environmental policy based on 8 key areas (air quality, water, noise, energy, soil, waste, mobility and biodiversity), lots of practical measures have already enabled BSCA to reach level 2 of the ACA. These include fitting LED lighting around the site, installing efficient natural gas air conditioning and heating equipment (resulting in a 25% reduction in consumption), installing solar panels on the roof of terminal 2 and electrical connection points for all parked aircraft.
Other projects are already underway and could mean that BSCA will reach level 3 of this accreditation programme by 2023. Plans include consolidating EPB standards by increasing insulation in its buildings, an energy monitoring platform and gradually replacing ground vehicles with electric vehicles to reduce emissions by at least 24%.
As well as these measures, BSCA endorses the commitments of the “Sustainability Strategy for Airports” approved by the Board of ACI Europe and undertakes to:
- Reduce its own emissions to 0 net grams of CO2 by 2050.
- Promote and support the global journey of the aviation sector towards CO2 neutrality.
Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE explains: “Brussels South Charleroi Airport’s certification for level 2 “Reduction” of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is an important step towards its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It backs up the results that the airport has already achieved when it comes to reducing its emissions thanks to a gradual process of transforming its infrastructure and some significant investments.I would like to recognise and congratulate the BSCA teams, both for the work they have already done, and for their ambitious goals, which perfectly reflect the way that the airport industry is now prioritising the fight against climate change. ”
Adrien Dolimont, Minister in charge of Airports adds:
“In line with Wallonia’s Regional Policy Declaration, I fully support BSCA in its desire to make Brussels South Charleroi Airport a zero carbon airport in terms of infrastructure. The “Airport Carbon Accreditation” Level 2, awarded by the ACI, is a further step towards achieving this goal. I would like to congratulate and encourage BSCA’s teams to carry on in the right direction. Once again, our Walloon airports are showing that they are fully aware of the issues at stake. ”
For Philippe VERDONCK, Chief Executive Officer of Brussels South Charleroi Airport: “Signing up to this certification programme was essential. Our priority now is to continue to develop our airport activities in an environmentally friendly way. It is essential that we preserve our beautiful planet and work as hard as we can to develop action plans to protect it. Indeed, BSCA’s Board of Directors pays particular attention to environmental issues. BSCA must have a responsible business model where environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are at the heart of every issue.”