AIG recognized for efforts to reduce carbon emissions

Queen Alia International Airport. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Royal Scientific Society (RSS), in cooperation with the Airport International Group, celebrated the achievement of the Airport International Group (AIG), and the journey of Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in obtaining Level 4+ accreditation within the Airport Carbon Emissions Management Accreditation Program, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The session reaffirmed the strategic partnership and technical support provided by the RSS to the AIG, since 2011, in various environmental fields, such as water and air quality monitoring, noise measurements, and the monitoring of wastewater resulting from flights and treatment plants at the airport, according to an RSS statement on Wednesday.

The AIG highlighted the efforts undertaken to achieve QAIA accreditation towards becoming the first carbon-neutral airport in the region, as well as the first in the Middle East, and second in Asia, Pacific to reach the highest level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Program, with future plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Also, between 2012 and 2021, the group successfully reduced its overall carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 25 percent, with a special focus on energy conservation, which constitutes nearly 92 percent of overall emissions sources, the statement added.

AIG CEO Nicolas Claude said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RSS for hosting this joint session and spotlighting AIG’s carbon management practices.”

“For nearly a decade, we have been implementing international standards and industry best practices, in line with the ACA Program, Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals to curb the QAIA’s carbon footprint and, ultimately, achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.”

“Our consistent track record as the first airport in the Middle East to achieve multiple ACA levels, the last of which was Level 4+ ‘Transition’, in June 2022, has helped showcase QAIA as an award-winning, sustainable and climate-friendly airport within the global aviation arena,” added Claude.

Rafat Assi, Vice President and Executive Director of the Sustainable Solutions Sector, stated that the RSS is a reference for research and development that is relied upon locally and regionally, through its technical centers specializing in energy, environment, water, construction research and information technology, and through more than 38 internationally and locally accredited laboratories.

It was also noted that the RSS contributes, through the Environment, Water and Climate Change Center, and in cooperation with several acting parties, to developing scientific-based programs to address the negative impact of climate change, support green economy, and build the capacities of local communities and institutions of the public and private sectors in Jordan, with regard to environmental and climate change issues.

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