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Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur becomes the first level 4+ carbon-neutral airport group in France

The Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur group, which has continually been striving to improve its environmental policy for more than 20 years, has taken an essential new step towards achieving its goal of full net zero emissions, without any offset, by 2030. The award of the new Airport Carbon Accreditation level 4+ certifies the reduction of the absolute value of the Group’s emissions.

Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur has made a firm commitment to achieving net zero emissions, without any offset, by 2030, which is 20 years earlier than the worldwide commitments made under the terms of the Paris Agreement. In 2018, the Group was the first in France to receive the Airport Carbon Accreditation level 3+, which certified its carbon neutrality by offsetting its residual emissions. In 2020, the Group started its reforestation operations directly on the site of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez airport, and in the municipalities adjacent to the Cannes-Mandelieu and Nice Côte d'Azur airports. This unique operation in France has created natural carbon sinks capable of absorbing up to 300 tons of CO2 equivalent per year as the trees grow.

he Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur group has now become the first airport group in France, and the second in Europe, to receive the brand new, and more demanding, Airport Carbon Accreditation level 4+.

Receiving the Airport Carbon Accreditation level 4+ is not just a medal or a pretence covering up a greenwashing operation. It represents the international recognition of a sincere commitment and an ambitious and unprecedented action plan. When we reduce the absolute value of our direct emissions, we help to protect our region. This involves taking numerous actions, being innovative and looking for solutions that help to reconcile air transport with air quality requirements on a daily basis. In the future, low-emission aeroplanes will take off and land on totally decarbonised airports. This is the course of history, and we want to be its laboratory”, explains Franck Goldnadel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur.

The last stage of the airport’s strategy to achieve net zero, without any offset, consists of reforesting part of its land by planting 1,100 Mediterranean trees. This natural carbon sink will have the potential to absorb 30 tons of CO2 equivalent in the coming years, or double the airport’s residual emissions. In addition, the 20 hectares of woodland beside the runways will be restored in an effort to revitalize the trees and increase the effects of photosynthesis.


The Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur group operates the Nice Côte d'Azur airport, the second-largest platform in France, and Cannes Mandelieu and Golfe de Saint-Tropez airports.

 

Extract from the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport press release

Article published on 8 November 2021