Hawke’s Bay Airport in New Zealand has received the highest level of carbon accreditation from the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. The achievement places Hawke’s Bay in a group of less than 45 airports worldwide with the ACA’s 4+ Transition accreditation, and makes it the only airport in New Zealand to reach this level. The airport has pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2030 and has focused on reducing carbon emissions and creating effective partnerships with businesses to increase sustainability. The ACA 4+ Transition certification required Hawke’s Bay to have its policy commitment, carbon footprint, management plan and reductions, science-based reduction target and stakeholder partnerships independently verified. The airport’s achievement also enabled it to meet sustainability performance targets in a $23m sustainability-linked loan funded by ASB, resulting in a reduction in the loan’s interest rate.
It is important that carbon credit schemes also benefit local communities.
The World Meteorological Organisation has stated that 193 countries have given unanimous backing to a scheme to monitor global greenhouse...