Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA)

Helping to Improve the Environmental Credentials of Airports


Progressive Airports manage their carbon & use high quality carbon offsetting as a central component of their carbon management strategies - many going beyond compliance requirements to make their operations carbon neutral.

Carbon Footprint Ltd has particular specialism in the Airport, Airline & Aerospace industry providing a full range of Carbon Measurement & Reporting services including Carbon Footprint Appraisals, Carbon Footprint Verification, Software, Carbon Offset projects, Energy Management as well as Health & Safety consultancy to meet your sustainability obligations - whether you are just starting your journey or you already have a programme in place. Our team also includes Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) certified verifiers



The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) is rapidly gaining momentum.

Over 200 airports globally have now achieved level 1 or greater.

This programme has 4 levels of achievement up to the highest of Neutrality:


1. Mapping - Demonstrate robust Mapping of their Carbon Footprint 

2. Reducing - Showing reduction of Carbon Footprint within consecutive years

3. Optimisation - Optimising their Carbon Footprint through engagement within their supply chain  

3+. Neutrality - Offsetting their Carbon Footprint via high quality internationally certified projects 



International Carbon Offsetting

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International Tree Planting

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UK Community Projects

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ACA Compliant Carbon Offsetting for level 3+

Carbon Footprint is successfully assisting airport client to ACA Level 3+ carbon neutrality, through our global portfolio of internationally certified carbon offset project. Popular projects include reforestation, projects with social and health benefits in developing communities across the world and also renewables - projects range across Europe, US/Central/South America, Asia,  Africa and Australasia.    

Carbon Footprint is accredited to the Quality Assurance Standard (QAS) for our carbon offsetting and is independently audited to a vigorous 40 point audit schedule for your peace of mind.   

Other Legislation that may impact you

  • Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting - If you are currently listed on the FTSE Main Market you must  do this. We expect all large entities to be required to do this in the future. Don't forget - this is UK Legislation and completely unaffected by the Brexit vote.
  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Scheme Stage 2 - We expect this to stay in place for 2019. You can start audit work at any time between 1 Jan 2016 and 31 Dec 2019. 
  • ISO 50001 (Energy Management System) provides an alternative compliance route and is popular within the sector - get support


Not Legislation ... But Strongly Favoured for excellent business management

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 - The 2015 standard is now here and you will need to make the transition before end 2018 - dependent on your recertification date!  You can get the new standard ahead of your recertification date - and benefit from differentiation.

The process is straightforward and because these ISOs now share a common structure ( so-called 'Annex SL' - also shared by ISO 50001 and ISO 27001  (IT Security)) it will soon become very familiar and provides an ideal time and opportunity to integrate into an Integrated Management System (IMS).

ISO 9001 on-line Gap Tool

ISO14001:2015 on-line Gap Test

Sustainability & Environmental Reporting

Leading businesses now produce a formal Sustainability or Environmental report - often to support/ complement their Annual Report & Accounts. If you are based in the EU you may also be obliged to report under Non Financial Reporting requirements.  

  • You may be asked by your supply chain to complete one for the CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) or you may voluntarily decide to submit your own.
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) provides a useful (and free!) format/template  to complete Sustainability Reporting - it is well recognised and you can decide whether to make this public or use for internal management  


Contact Us to discuss Sustainability Solutions for your Airport