Local June 17, 2024 | 1:38 pm

Airports receive recertification for carbon footprint reduction

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

In a press release, Aerodom explained that Level 3 certification is awarded to airports that not only map their carbon footprint but also reduce emissions according to set criteria. These airports also work to influence third-party operations at their facilities, encouraging airlines and service providers to adopt CO2 reduction measures.

Carbon emissions at each airport are independently verified in compliance with ISO 14064 (greenhouse gas accounting) and based on tangible evidence.

Aerodom has continued expanding its solar generation capacity over the past year, installing panels on the roofs of Las Américas, José Francisco Peña Gómez, La Isabela, Dr. Joaquín Balaguer, and Gregorio Luperón International Airports. Aerodom is now the leading private generator of solar energy for self-consumption in the country, significantly reducing emissions from airport operations.

The ACA program evaluates and acknowledges airports’ efforts to identify and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Aerodom first achieved Level 1 “Mapping” certification in 2018, marking a significant milestone in its commitment to environmental sustainability.

Aerodom and Vinci Airports received Level 3 certification for Las Américas, José Francisco Peña Gómez International Airport in Santo Domingo; Dr. Joaquín Balaguer Airport in Santo Domingo Norte; Gregorio Luperón International Airport in Puerto Plata; María Montez International Airport in Barahona; President Juan Bosch International Airport in Samaná; and the Arroyo Barril Aerodrome in Samaná.

Mónika Infante Henríquez, CEO of Aerodom, emphasized the company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental impact reduction, as evidenced by this certification.

“Aerodom remains dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices in the airport industry. Achieving recertification at Level 3 in the Carbon Footprint Accreditation Program is a significant milestone. We will continue to work with our airport community to implement additional initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions across all our terminals,” said Infante Henríquez.

The ACA Program is the only globally recognized carbon management certification for airports, assessing and acknowledging efforts to manage and reduce carbon emissions through seven levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimization’, ‘Neutrality’, ‘Transformation’, ‘Transition’, and ‘Balance’.

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