Malta airport renews commitment to carbon reduction targets

Malta International Airport aiming to reduce emissions through Airport Carbon Accreditation programme

The Malta International Airport is aiming to reduce emissions by once again committing to the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, less than two years after joining.

Airport emissions from heat-emitting aircrafts, hydrocarbons, water vapour and black carbon among others, all contribute heavily to climate  change.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is an independent and voluntary programme that aims to reduce carbon emissions by better management, and awards four levels of accreditation: mapping, reduction, optimisation, and neutrality.

One of the issues that will be tackled by the MIA is the annual emission intensity per person movement, which in simpler terms is the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emission per boarded passenger.

The MIA aims to drop the intensity of these emissions every year.

MIA showed 10% reduction drops in emissions in 2016, despite increased air traffic. This was done through various initiatives like LED lighting and more efficient lifts.

Established in 2009, the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme went global in 2014 and has more than 200 airports within its programme.