Sofia Airport is the only Bulgarian airport certified under the ACI Europe* Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme for reducing carbon emissions. Assya Ivanova, Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors, received the certificate from ACI Europe Director General Olivier Jankovec at a special ceremony held in Brussels.
„Sofia Airport is amongst the 170 airports worldwide that engaged voluntarily to reduce their carbon emissions. Over 36% of global air passenger traffic travels through those airports, which is 2.4 billion passengers per year. This makes us committed to environmental protection and the fight against global warming”, Assya Ivanova noted.
“It is a pleasure to us that Sofia Airport, which serves the capital city of Bulgaria, is part of our programme for reduction of carbon emissions. We are eager to see your progress under the programme. I would like to congratulate Sofia Airport for its good work under the initiative for environmental protection with Eurocontrol, the European organization for the safety of air navigation”, Director General Olivier Jankovec commented.
The initiative that started seven years ago aims to turn airports into carbon-neutral zones and to contribute to the fight with climate change and global warming.
The programme is divided into four levels and supports airports’ efforts to map, reduce, optimize and completely neutralize their carbon emissions.
Sofia Airport is certified at the first level, which shows its carbon footprint – the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in the air because of its activities. The procedure for achieving second level has already been initiated, which means that a plan containing concrete measures for an actual reduction of harmful emissions and environmental protection is to be prepared.
*The European region of Airports Council International