Currently, Mexico‘s airports stand out as leaders in carbon footprint accreditation compared to other Latin American countries, according to the Airport Carbon Footprint Accreditation Program (ACA). Among the most outstanding examples are the airports OMA, Asur and GAP, it is just as important to recognize the effort of other entities such as AICM and AIFA, who continue to work to achieve higher levels of sustainability in their operations.
According to information provided by Francisco Mendiola, Director of Industry Affairs at the Airports Council International of Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC), another of the airports on this important list is Querétaro International Airport, which has contributed significantly with new technologies and more environmentally friendly protocols.
More airports in Mexico will join the environmental program.
Mexico’s airports are playing a crucial role in efforts to reduce polluting emissions. For many years, these were some of the main emitters of gases harmful to the atmosphere and the ecosystem in general. For this reason, it is expected that new airports will be added to the current 35 that are already part of this program, focused on preserving our planet earth with a view to reaching 71.
The ACA program is characteristic within the airport sector because it is practically the only one that is responsible for regulating the amount of carbon emissions that are produced by these commercial entities, with the initial objective of significantly reducing them in the first instance and then eliminating them completely depending on the level of commitment and investment at that stage.
In the same order, Francisco Mendiola commented on the coordination that the authorities have with the airports, explaining that: “They are in contact with us, not only from AIFA, but all those who manage SEDENA, for example, this is the case of Tulum and others that are in the construction phase and are already operating. We are first in the phase of incorporating them into the ICA, we have spoken to them, they were very interested in joining recently.”
Mexico reaffirms its position as an environmental leader in airports.
The program to reduce the carbon footprint in Mexico’s airports has quite high success rates with the inclusion of the entities mentioned above by Mendiola. If fulfilled, the country would reaffirm its leadership as the one with the largest technological infrastructure to reduce or neutralize such emissions into the atmosphere.
In order to accelerate the will and efforts needed for such changes, a special incentive is being offered to Mexico’s airports that demonstrate their commitment and action in terms of the implementation of protocols and new technologies aimed at reducing these emissions, not to mention making it easier to obtain financing given compliance with such sustainable policies.
Concluding interestingly, Mendiola also mentioned that other programs are already being carried out so that even the smallest Mexico’s airports, which do not necessarily have the same capacity to adapt, can also make significant contributions to the improvement of the environment.