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Four KAA managed airports achieve Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 1

Four KAA managed airports achieve Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 1

Jomo Kenyatta, Moi, Kisumu and Eldoret international Airports have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, achieving Level 1 “Mapping” accreditation, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has announced.

In a statement issued on Monday, KAA said the four Kenyan airports are the first airports in East and Central Africa to join the Airport Carbon

 “Reducing the effects of our operations on the environment is an important goal for us. It is our responsibility to future generations to engage in efforts that counter climate change. This accreditation is an important step in the right direction for our main airports, as the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme provides a framework to optimize and, eventually, minimize emissions,” KAA Acting MD, Alex Gitari said, while commenting on the accreditation.

Owned by Airports Council International, the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management programme for airports.

The program assesses and recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through six levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimization’, ‘Neutrality’, ‘Transformation’ and ‘Transition’.

It provides airports with a common framework for active carbon management, utilizing measurable goals.

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It strives to enable the airport industry to effectively reduce its carbon footprint, and to benefit from increased efficiency through lowered energy consumption.

ACA is an independent programme administered by WSP, an international consultancy appointed by Airports Council International (ACI) to enforce the accreditation criteria for airports on an annual basis.

The program assesses and recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through six levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimization’, ‘Neutrality’, ‘Transformation’ and ‘Transition’.

In early March, JKIA was feted the best airport by size and region in the 5 – 15 million passengers per year in Africa category 2020.

JKIA received the nod from the Airports Council International (ACI), an organization considered by aviation peers voice of world airports, scooping top spot for seamless and world-class customer service.

Moi International Airport also won the 2020 Best Airport by Size and Region under 2 million passengers per year in Africa in ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey.

 “I congratulate Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) on the success in the Airport Service Quality Awards which represent the highest possible accolade for airport operators around the world on customer experience. During this most difficult and challenging of years, customers have spoken and recognized the successful efforts of the team at KAA in providing a superior customer experience under trying circumstances,” said Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World Director General in his congratulatory message tp KAA for its efforts in improving customer experience.

ASQ is the world’s leading airport customer experience measurement and benchmarking program. The survey captures passengers’ experience at all airport passenger contact points at more than 300 airports worldwide.

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