In a move that reflects the company’s commitment to sustainable development, Riyadh Airports Company, which manages and operates King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, announced that the airport has been rewarded for its environmental protection and carbon management strategy, by successfully obtaining a certification from the Airport Carbon Accreditation program provided by the Airports Council International.
This achievement reflects Riyadh Airport Company’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and adopting the best international standards to become cleaner and more efficient, by determining the source of emissions within the operational boundary of the airport, calculating the annual carbon emissions and compiling a carbon footprint report, as well as adhering to the necessary measures to reduce pollution and launching a number of green initiatives and programs, in line with the Kingdom’s vision for sustainable development, and reducing carbon emissions, reaching to carbon neutrality (zero percent net carbon emissions) by 2060.
Commenting on this achievement, Eng. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, CEO of Riyadh Airports Company said: “We are keen at RAC to adopt and apply the best international standards that protect and preserve the environment. Obtaining this certificate proves the airport’s commitment to confront climate change and reducing carbon emissions. These international specialized certificates will contribute to raising the airport’s classification worldwide. This achievement reflects the continuous support that Riyadh Airports Company and KKIA receive from the General Authority of the Saudi Civil Aviation and Matarat Holding Company in all fields.”
Al-Maghlouth added, “We will move forward with our environmental initiatives in compliance with the best international aviation standards, and we will complete the carbon emissions management accreditation program, which includes mapping, reduction, optimization, and transformation, until achieving neutrality.”
Riyadh Airports Company is a member of Airports Council International Asia-Pacific and it is noteworthy that the Airport Carbon Accreditation program is the world’s only institutionally endorsed program that independently assesses and recognizes airport’s efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions.
It is worth mentioning that global certificates specialized in safety, health, environment and carbon emissions, are considered among the developmental and legislative requirements globally and a unified global language known to all international organizations and companies. It contributes to raising the level of airport classification in the world, increasing the travelers’ confidence, and improving their experience through the approved standards.