Airport reduces carbon emissions per movement by 14pct y-on-y in 2019

Macau International Airport Company Ltd. (CAM) announced that its Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) has been renewed in April of this year but pointed out that it expects challenges to achieve carbon emissions reduction next year.

The ACA is provided by the Airports Council International through a global carbon management programme for airports that independently assesses and recognises airports’ efforts to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions.

Since May 2014, the Macau International Airport has been awarded Level 2 “Reduction” of the ACA Programme, with accreditation subject to renewal every year.

According to the public company responsible for the local airport it managed to reduce carbon emissions per movement in 2019 by 14 per cent from the previous year, after setting a 30 per cent reduction goal in its Carbon Management Plan.

‘It is already expected that it will be more challenging to achieve carbon emissions reduction next year, due to the significant decrease in the number of movements caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. However, the Airport Operations Department will spare no effort in contributing and providing support to the long-term commitment of environmental protection,’ the public company stated.

CAM has reported about MOP1.8 billion (US$225.4 million) in revenues last year, a 16.5 per cent year-on-year increase, handling 9.6 million passengers and over 77,580 aircraft movements in 2019, an increase of 16 per cent and 18 per cent respectively.

Howveer, this year passenger numbers have dropped by 50 per cent in the first quarter with cargo volume down 25 per cent and only about 20 airline routes operating at the moment.

Air traffic globally has fallen 90 per cent in April as lockdowns and border closures triggered by the coronavirus pandemic dealt a blow to international travel, according to a PVM Oil Associates report.