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Chopin Airport is Airport Carbon Accredited

  21.12.2011    

Chopin Airport has been certified by Airport Carbon Accreditation, a programme aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. This is the latest in a series of steps taken by Warsaw airport to protect the environment. 
Airport Carbon Accreditation is a certification standard aimed at encouraging airports to tackle climate change through carbon management and developing a common framework for reducing their carbon emissions. Since its inception, Airport Carbon Accreditation has already accredited over 45 airports in 17 European countries, including those in Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome and Stockholm. Chopin Airport is the first airport in Poland and third in Central Europe to become Airport Carbon Accredited.  
- We take our responsibility to the local environment very seriously. Airport Carbon Accreditation is a useful tool for coordinating and streamlining activities related to environmental protection - says Michał Marzec, Chopin Airport Managing Director. 
Airport Carbon Accreditation consists of four levels of certification. The Warsaw airport was accredited at the first level, “Mapping”. This required determining the airport’s CO2 and other greenhouse gas emission sources, as well as engaging a third party to verify the airport’s annual carbon footprint.  
- It’s our first step in the process. We want to do everything in our power to gradually reduce the airport’s negative impact on the environment and make it as eco-friendly as possible - says Witold Piechota, head of Chopin Airport’s Environment Protection Division. 
Having achieved the first-level certification, the airport plans to work towards higher levels, namely: reducing carbon footprint through management of emission sources controlled by the airport operator (level 2 – reduction), engaging the airport’s partners in activities aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions (level 3 – optimisation) and, finally, achieving and maintaining zero net carbon emissions (level 3* - neutrality). 
- Warsaw Airport is a fine example of an up-and-coming airport with an ambitious environmental strategy clearly integrated into its plans for the future. In becoming accredited today, they are taking the first step to better carbon management in both their daily operations and their long term strategy - Oliver Jankovec, Director General of Airports Council International Europe commented. 
Chopin Airport holds a leading position among Polish airports in terms of environmental protection measures. Apart from its efforts to cut harmful emissions into the air, the airport has for many years been engaged in aircraft noise reduction and water protection and retention initiatives, as well as storm water flow management and treatment and aircraft deicing waste storage and processing programmes. 
Since 1996, the airport has also been pursuing a waste management policy whose main purpose is to maximise recycling and reduce the amount of waste landfilled. In May 2010 Chopin Airport received Trane’s Energy Efficiency Leader Award for its environmental sustainability, energy and operational efficiency.


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