By Samuel Ouma
Three Kenyan airports have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, announced Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).
On Monday, June 14, the authority said Jomo Kenyatta, Moi, Kisumu, and Eldoret International Airports have become the first airports in East and Central Africa to achieve Level one Mapping accreditation.
Airports Council International issued the accreditation. The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is a global carbon management programme for airports.
“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,” said KAA Acting MD Alex Gitari.
The programme recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through six levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimization’, ‘Neutrality’, ‘Transformation’ and ‘Transition’.