Adelaide Airport and sister airport Parafield have become the first Australian capital city airports to achieve Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation following a six-year period of footprint assessment, energy use reduction and sustainability measures.

Level 2 accreditation means an airport has taken concrete steps to reduce the footprint of such things as terminal operations, use of plant and vehicles and staff travel. Some of the activities Adelaide and Parafield have undertaken include office and terminal lighting upgrades, improving the energy efficiency of the T1 heating and cooling system, and running an extensive staff awareness campaign to improve energy use habits and reduce usage throughout facilities.

Other green initiatives have included installing solar power and stormwater recycling. In addition, the airport has a “clean energy” partnership with the University of Adelaide that AAL managing director Mark Young said is creating initiatives that will “significantly change the way in which we use energy in the future”.

Airport Carbon Accreditation was first launched by Airports Council International Europe in 2009, and was extended to ACI Asia-Pacific in November 2011, ACI Africa in June 2013 and ACI North America in September 2014. It is an independent program administered by WSP Group, an international consultancy appointed to enforce the program’s certification criteria.