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Ataturk Airport uses energy efficiently, decreasing carbon emissions

TAV Istanbul raised its rank from ‘decreasing level’ to ‘optimization level’ of ACI Europe Carbon Accreditation Program.

Operated by TAV Airports, Turkey’s leading global brand in airport operations, Istanbul Atatürk Airport has been certified for its works on reducing carbon emission. Istanbul Atatürk Airport raised to the third level in Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program, which was initiated by ACI Europe, the main organization of the airport operators.

TAV Istanbul General Manager Kemal Ünlü stated “TAV Airports places sustainability in focus of all operations. Whilst we produce the highest value for our stakeholders, we also execute detailed programs to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment. As a result, the number of passengers we provided service last year increased to 51.3 million by an increase of 14 per cent and our total carbon emission decreased by 4.6 per cent. We achieved this by increasing our energy efficiency through innovative applications without compromising the passenger comfort. Collaborating with our stakeholders, we increased our rank at Carbon Accreditation program. We are glad that Atatürk Airport, the main entrance gate to Turkey and Istanbul, is listed amongst the top airports worldwide as a result of its service quality and environmental approach."

TAV Airports actively participates in the Airport Carbon Accreditation program, which was started to be applied in 2009, from the beginning. Participating in the program with Istanbul Atatürk, Ankara Esenboğa and Izmir Adnan Menderes airports in Turkey, TAV is the first airport operator certified in Africa continent by its Enfidha Airport.

TAV Istanbul is the first airport operator qualifying to receive ISO50001:2011 Energy Management System Certificate in Turkey.

As of June 2014, 102 airports at four continents participate in the program. These airports participating the program represent 23,6 per cent of global passenger traffic. As a result of the works performed, member airports decreased their carbon emissions by 133,599 tons in total. This amount is equal to the carbon dioxide amount absorbed by 3,400,000 trees in 10 years.