API magazine
October 1, 2020

Following its efforts to create a more sustainable future, London City Airport (LCY) in the UK has accomplished a significant achievement after being officially recognised by ACI World’s Airport Carbon Accreditation programme for its operations being carbon neutral.

The airport has received ‘Level 3+ (Neutrality)’ status, the highest accreditation within the programme, in recognition of its work in managing, reducing and offsetting all of the CO2 emissions under its control. The achievement comes shortly after London City’s biggest airline, British Airways, committed to offset carbon emissions on all domestic flights from January 2020. Alison FitzGerald, COO at LCY, said: “Achieving neutral accreditation is a significant achievement which everyone at London City Airport can be proud of. It recognises our efforts to cut carbon emissions in every part of our business, from runway lighting to energy systems, and underlines our commitment to building a more sustainable future for the airport and aviation industry.”

As part of its efforts under the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, London City worked with the local community to find a suitable location for a solar panel installation, which will offset the business’ carbon emissions, as well as reduce local carbon emissions. The airport has also invested in a project to generate electricity using solar energy in India, helping to offset its emissions. As well as reducing the airport’s carbon output, the project improves energy security, provides sustainable employment – as a result, reducing poverty – and contributes to improved healthcare, sanitation and educational support for local communities.