Health & Environment

KKIA obtains Airport Carbon Accreditation

King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh has obtained a certification from the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme instituted by the Airports Council International.
This achievement reflects the commitment of Riyadh Airport Company, which manages and operates the airport, to reducing carbon emissions and adopting the best international standards to become cleaner and more efficient, by determining the source of emissions within the operational boundary of the airport, calculating the annual carbon emissions and compiling a carbon footprint report.
Besides, it adhered to the necessary measures to reduce pollution and launched a number of green initiatives and programmes, in line with the kingdom's vision for sustainable development, and reducing carbon emissions, reaching to carbon neutrality (zero per cent net carbon emissions) by 2060.
Commenting on this achievement, Eng Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, CEO of Riyadh Airports Company said: “We are keen at RAC to adopt and apply the best international standards that protect and preserve the environment. Obtaining this certificate proves the airport’s commitment to confront climate change and reducing carbon emissions. These international specialised certificates will contribute to raising the airport’s classification worldwide. This achievement reflects the continuous support that Riyadh Airports Company and KKIA receive from the General Authority of the Saudi Civil Aviation and Matarat Holding Company in all fields.”
Al-Maghlouth added: "We will move forward with our environmental initiatives in compliance with the best international aviation standards, and we will complete the carbon emissions management accreditation programme, which includes mapping, reduction, optimisation, and transformation, until achieving neutrality." 
Riyadh Airports Company is a member of Airports Council International Asia-Pacific and it is noteworthy that the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is the world’s only institutionally endorsed programme that independently assesses and recognises airport’s efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions. 
Global certificates specialised in safety, health, environment and carbon emissions, are considered among the developmental and legislative requirements globally and a unified global language known to all international organisations and companies. 
They contribute to raising the level of airport classification in the world, increasing the travellers’ confidence, and improving their experience through the approved standards.-- TradeArabia News Service