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Budapest Airport has been awarded carbon neutrality for the fourth time

362 airports around the world are currently in the program.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation, established by the Airports Council International (ACI) International Council of Airports, is the only institutionally approved global program that assesses the carbon emissions of airports around the world through a six-tier certification system. The scheme is based on the fact that airports can be rated 1, 2, 3, 3+ and the recently added 4 and 4+ based on their emissions and efforts to reduce emissions, meaning that ACI assesses all airports that voluntarily join the scheme, regardless of size, category or function.

Despite COVID-19, 67 more airports have joined the global effort to reduce carbon emissions in 2021, bringing the total to 362 airports involved.

According to this year’s assessment, only 43 airports in Europe are carbon neutral and 58 airports worldwide. Budapest Airport is among these and meets the stringent requirements of Level 3+.

The Budapest Airport operator joined the initiative in 2011 based on its 2010 carbon footprint, and in April 2018, it became the first airport in the Central and Eastern European region to obtain carbon neutrality certification, making this latest certification its fourth. 

During these 10 years, Budapest Airport has halved its direct carbon emissions and reduced its emissions per passenger by a third.

Budapest Airport is determined to achieve the 4+ level through its efforts over the next few years. Only 13 airports in the world currently meet the highest level 4 and 4+ requirements.

The operator of the Budapest Airport formally joined ACI’s “Net Zero by 2050” initiative in 2019, meaning it is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Budapest Airport has, however, recently announced that it is working hard to reduce its net emissions to zero by 2035. 

Budapest Airport also joined the STARGATE consortium in 2021, and it will thus seek to develop and create a paperless, cloud-based air cargo management system. The project, led by Brussels Airport, is being funded by the European Commission with nearly EUR 25 million under the Green Deal program.

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