Airports receive recertification for reducing their carbon footprint

Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) announced that the six airports in the Dominican Republic operated by Aerodom and Vinci Airports, maintain their Level 3 (Optimization) certification of the Carbon Footprint Accreditation Program (ACA).

Through a press release, Aerodom indicated that Level 3 (Optimization) certification is granted to airports that, in addition to mapping their carbon footprint, manage to reduce emissions based on pre-established criteria and seek to influence the operation of third party companies operating at the airports to also adopt commitments and actions to reduce CO2 emissions (from airlines to various service providers).

In addition, carbon emissions at each airport are independently verified in accordance with ISO 14064 (greenhouse gas accounting) and based on tangible evidence.

As part of the actions taken by Aerodom to reduce its carbon footprint, in the last year the company has continued to expand its solar generation parks, placing panels on the roofs of the international airports of Las Américas, José Francisco Peña Gómez, La Isabela, Dr. Joaquín Balaquer and Gregorio Luperón in Puerto Plata.

Currently, Aerodom is the main private generator of solar energy for self-consumption in the country, generating a significant impact on the reduction of emissions derived from the operation of its airports.

ACA is a program that evaluates and recognizes the efforts of airport facilities to identify and reduce their carbon dioxide emission sources. In 2018, AERODOM obtained Level 1 “Mapping” certification under this program for the first time, marking a significant milestone in its environmental commitment and sustainability.

Aerodom and Vinci Airports received certificates for the international airports of the Americas, José Francisco Peña Gómez, in Santo Domingo; Dr. Joaquín Balaguer, in Santo Domingo Norte; Gregorio Luperón, in Puerto Plata; María Montez, in Barahona and President Juan Bosch in the province of Samaná; in addition, the Arroyo Barril Aerodrome, also located in Samaná.

Mónika Infante Henríquez, CEO of Aerodom, highlighted the company’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and the reduction of its environmental impact, which is reflected in obtaining this important certification.

“AERODOM remains committed to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices in the airport industry. Being recertified at Level 3 in the Carbon Footprint Accreditation Program is a significant step, as we continue to work with our airport community to implement additional initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from all of our terminals,” said Aerodom’s CEO.

The Carbon Footprint Accreditation Program (ACA) is the only institutionally backed global carbon management certification program for airports. It independently evaluates and recognizes airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through 7 levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimization’, ‘Neutrality’, ‘Transformation’, ‘Transition’ and ‘Balanced’.

About Aerodom

Aerodom is a Dominican company that holds the concession to operate six state-owned airports in the country, which expires in 2060. It has under its responsibility the International Airports of the Americas, José Francisco Peña Gómez, in Santo Domingo; President Dr. Joaquín Balaguer, in Santo Domingo Norte; Gregorio Luperón, in Puerto Plata; María Montez, in Barahona and President Juan Bosch in the province of Samaná; in addition, the Arroyo Barril Aerodrome, also located in Samaná. Since 2016, the company has been part of the French international airport group VINCI Airports.

About Vinci Airports

Vinci Airports, the world’s leading private airport operator, manages more than 70 airports in 13 countries. Thanks to its expertise as a global integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and manages airports by bringing its investment capacity and know-how in terms of optimizing operational performance, modernizing infrastructure and deploying its environmental transition. In 2016, VINCI Airports was the first airport operator to commit to implementing an international environmental strategy, to achieve the goal of zero net emissions across its network by 2050.

Source:Elnuevodiario.com.do

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