The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has achieved the highest rating possible from Airports Council International for its efforts to cut carbon emissions at its airports and develop stakeholder engagement leading to further reductions in emissions.
That rating is a Level 3 Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA), making the Port Authority the first agency to have five airports accredited at Level 3. This is a measurement of the quality of emission-reduction plans and programs developed between airports and their stakeholders.
Stakeholders include operational and service companies such as airlines, ground handlers and catering companies, as well as staff and passengers. Level 4 is the highest level and denotes an airport’s carbon neutrality.
There are only 14 airports in North America now accredited at Level 3, including the Port Authority’s five facilities: JFK International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, New York Stewart International and Teterboro airports. Port Authority airports account for more than one-third of all North American airports with ACI’s Level 3 rating.
“The Port Authority has taken aggressive steps to achieve sustainable growth, promote environmental efficiency in its operational activities and reduce the impact of aviation on climate change,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to work with our stakeholders and partners to achieve additional greenhouse gas reductions.”