AIG discusses turning QAIA into Net-Zero Airport

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Press Release — Airport International Group’s (AIG) Environment, Social, Health and Safety (ESHS) Committee discussed Queen Alia International Airport’s (QAIA) carbon management and accreditation, AIG said in a statement.اضافة اعلان

The September 21 meeting was held under the patronage of Ministry of Transport Secretary-General Wesam Tahtamouni, and the participation of Madaba Mayor Aref Rawajeeh.

Others included representatives from the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC), Civil Defense Directorate and companies operating at QAIA.

Chaired by AIG CEO Nicolas Claude, the meeting addressed several relevant topics, with particular emphasis on QAIA’s carbon management and accreditation.

“QAIA was 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 (4+ ‘Transition’) — with future plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” the statement said.

It said between 2012 and 2021, AIG “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 emission sources”.

Together with major stakeholders and concerned authorities, the ESHS Committee also tackles waste management, environmental accidents, hydrocarbon spills and soil and groundwater pollution, among others, emphasizing AIG’s unwavering dedication to fostering a decarbonized, climate-friendly QAIA that cares about its surrounding environment and local communities.

“Today, we commemorate QAIA achieving the highest level of the ACA Program, demonstrating the diligent efforts of airport management in implementing multiple initiatives aimed at curbing carbon emissions, despite the challenges faced during recent years,” Tahtamouni said.

“To overcome obstacles and find suitable solutions, we require enhanced coordination between the public and private sectors, emphasizing the significance of the ESHS Committee, which was established per the requirements of CARC and the understanding of Airport International Group — QAIA investor and operator — of the importance of highlighting such issues in order to propose viable solutions,” he said.

Claude said for the past decade, AIG has been “consistently taking active measures to reduce its carbon footprint and protect the environment to position QAIA as a sustainable airport”.

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