Carbon Reduction at HKIA
Striving to operate HKIA as the world's greenest airport, the Airport Authority (AA) is committed to minimise its carbon footprint through its carbon management programme.
In 2008 the AA completed its first carbon audit and became one of the Environmental Protection Department's “Carbon Audit• Green Partners” by signing the Carbon Reduction Pledge. This was followed by an airport-wide audit in conjunction with its business partners in 2009. In 2010, the AA and about 40 business partners made a pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 25% per workload unit by 2015 compared to 2008 emission levels.
This pledge made HKIA a leader in carbon reduction. Not only is this the first airport in the world to commit to an airport-wide carbon reduction target, it is also the first voluntary, sector-wide carbon intensity reduction pledge in Hong Kong.
The AA continues to work with its business partners for further progress. In 2011, the AA developed a pioneering electronic Carbon Audit System. As a key element in the HKIA Carbon Reduction Programme, the system provides an advanced carbon monitoring and reporting platform for the AA and its business partners. It is optimized for performance and tailored to meet the needs of business partners every year.
Currently 44 business partners are working with the AA to reduce their carbon footprint. HKIA's efforts in carbon reduction were recognised in December 2012 when it was presented with the Airport Carbon Accreditation Optimisation certificate from the Airports Council International (ACI). This is the second-highest level of accreditation, and HKIA is the first airport in the Asia Pacific region to achieve this standard.
Did you know?
Instead of aircraft emissions, HKIA's carbon impacts mainly correlate with scopes within direct control, such as energy use for airport infrastructure, vehicles and ground service equipments.