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Airport carbon programme recognised

Article published
27.11.2013 at 14:52
The Airport Carbon Accreditation of the Airports Council International Europe has been chosen as one of the three best low-carbon projects in Europe. Finavia's Helsinki Airport and Lapland airports are included in the ACA programme.

The ACA programme was praised as an effective, innovative project which helps airports manage and cut their carbon dioxide emissions. Already 77 European airports in 24 countries are included in the project. Globally, 22% of all passengers in the world pass through ACA-certified airports.

During the year, the airports included in the ACA programme reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 170,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to heating 71,000 houses in Finland per year.

Finavia airports have successfully cut their emissions in an steady way.

"It is great that the ACA programme is recognised throughout Europe in contexts other than airports, too. This shows that we are on the right track in managing our emissions," says Mikko Viinikainen, Finavia's sustainable development director.

This year, "The World You Like" competition was participated in by 269 different projects which are aimed at reducing carbon dioxide and promoting a low-carbon way of life. It was possible to vote for projects online for five weeks, and the ten best projects were shortlisted from among those nominated. The competition was organised by the European Commission.