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The ACI-NA/World Annual General Assembly, pre-conference programme launches new 4.0 version of ACERT

Montréal, 26 September 2016 –The Airports Council International (ACI) North America (NA)/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition, this year celebrating the organization’s 25th Anniversary, and graciously hosted by Aéroports de Montréal, kicked off Friday with a well-attended pre-conference programme including sessions, workshops and meetings predominately on environmental and operational and technical affairs. To highlight the focus of the conference’s pre-programme, ACI has launched the new 4.0 version of the Airport Carbon and Emissions Reporting Tool (ACERT) with technical collaboration from Zurich Airport.

ACERT is a self-contained Excel spreadsheet that enables an airport operator to calculate its own greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The tool is available at no cost to airports and can be used without emissions or environmental expertise by inputting readily available operational data. ACERT was developed by Transport Canada and further enhanced by ACI World in partnership with Zurich airport.

ACERT 4.0 is especially designed to be compatible with all Levels of Airport Carbon Accreditation: 1. Mapping; 2. Reduction; 3. Optimization; and, 3+ Neutrality. Airport Carbon Accreditation was launched by ACI Europe in 2009 and is the only carbon mapping and management standard designed for the airport industry. It is available today in all ACI regions.

The latest 4.0 version will facilitate the use of ACERT for accreditation purposes. It provides the necessary information needed to transfer data from ACERT to the Airport Carbon Accreditation Online Portal. ACERT 4.0 features conditional input cell formatting as per Airport Carbon Accreditation levels, clearly indicating the information that needs to be provided depending on the level of accreditation that is being sought. It then specifies the Airport Carbon Accreditation Level on the output page. The new version also accounts for the use of biofuels for vehicles and machinery; clarifies electricity data by providing some additional information and a flow chart; and, includes the calculation and results of remaining emissions after offsetting.

“As of August 2016, 162 airports have been accredited in over 50 countries, representing 2.2 billion passenger a year, some one-third of global air passenger traffic,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “ACERT 4.0 reflects ACI’s continual commitment to addressing the most relevant airport environmental issues. With technical collaboration from Zurich Airport, ACERT 4.0 has been designed to help all airports to better manage their respective environmental protection programmes and improve their community engagement on all levels of their journey towards carbon accreditation.”

In addition to the launch of ACERT 4.0, ACI is currently developing an ACERT Tutorial in accordance with feedback received from users. The tutorial will be distributed to airports to both assist and encourage them to take full-advantage of ACERT.

Notes for editors
1.Airports Council International, the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. To learn more about ACI, click here.

2.The goals of ACI’s environmental initiatives are to promote aviation and airport sustainable developments, limiting or reducing environmental impacts while supporting economic and social benefits – the key to community permission to operate and grow at both global and local levels.  To learn more about ACI’s environment initiatives, click here.

3.To learn more about ACERT 4.0, or to order, email

4. To view WAGA’s full programme, including the pre-conference schedule, click here.

5. For a PDF of this press release, click here.

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Sabrina Guerrieri
Manager, Communications
ACI World
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