Through the Dubai Airports Corporate Environmental & Sustainability Policy and associated management plans, we continue to implement efficiencies, reduce our environmental risk and pursue innovative ideas to limit our environmental impact – while fully supporting the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Environmental Strategy, the Dubai Plan and UAE Vision 2021.
During the year, Dubai Airports continued to work closely with stakeholders, through the Dubai Airports Corporate Environmental Action Group as well as federal and regional governments, by participating in key environmental committees and contributing to the development of programmes and policies designed to promote sustainability across the UAE.
Dubai Airports is a member of the ACI’s World Environmental Standing Committee (WESC) which complements our existing membership of the Asia & Pacific Regional Environmental Committee (APREC) and strengthens our input on regional and global environmental issues that have a direct impact on aviation.
Year on year we continue to build and improve the Dubai Airports Sustainability Module, which allows us to record the environmental data associated with our operations, reduce risk and track our continual improvement.
To build support for our environmental initiatives, Dubai Airports continues to hold several events to educate our employees and stakeholders and thereby ensure they remain committed to limiting the impact that our airports have on the environment.
Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme
In 2015 DXB and DWC became the first airports in the GCC states to achieve Level 2 accreditation from the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).
With Level 2 achieved, DXB and DWC are now on the list of 14 Level 2 accredited airports, representing more than 10 per cent of the air passenger traffic in the Asia Pacific Region. The completion of the second stage of ACI’s four-stage programme is in line with Dubai Airports commitment to sustainable growth and support for the aviation industry’s global initiatives for a carbon-neutral future.
The Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme is the only independently administered, institutionally endorsed carbon management certification standard for airports. It certifies airports at four different levels of accreditation including mapping, reduction, optimisation and neutrality, and has drawn praise from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission (EC).