Cambodia’s Phnom Penh International Airport has been awarded Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) accreditation by the Airports Council International (ACI) as it chases its environmental goals and ongoing decarbonisation activities.
What Is The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA)?
The program, independently verified, has 7 levels of certification: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation, Neutrality, Transformation, Transition and level 5.
The ACA program requires the monitoring of an airport’s carbon footprint and the implementation of actions to reduce its footprint over the years and the Phnom Penh International Airport has invested heavily in meeting the requirements.
Level 5 accreditation has only been awarded to 10 airports worldwide by 2024, and four of them are developed and operated by VINCI Airports, the parent company of Cambodia Airports.
Cyril Girot, CEO of Cambodia Airports, said, “Being a pioneer and a leader in environmental actions is a key strategy for Cambodia Airports, powered by Vinci Airports. Doubling down the ACA program, Phnom Penh Airport has successfully been certified ISO 14001 in December 2023. The achievements demonstrate our strong commitment to coping with the challenges of global climate change.
Some of the actions include:
- Invested in highly efficient chiller systems for the central air conditioning
- Replaced all light sources with LED technologies
- Teduced the use of diesel ground generators.
To achieve Level 3, the airport’s third parties, which include the F&B outlets (restaurants), fuel suppliers and airliners, were enrolled into the program, to help further reduce carbon footprint emissions.
In addition, Cambodia Airports rolled out a program aimed at waste management, streamlining water consumption, and protecting natural resources and biodiversity. This also includes sorting and recovering recyclable wastes and separating food waste.
A new international airport is under development in the Cambodian capital, and previously the authorities claimed the current airport would only be used for government and military operations when Techo Takhmao International Airport is operational (possibly by 2025). These ongoing investments suggest otherwise.