Small island nations are particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change; more so than larger territories. This reality of Climate Change and the existential threat it poses to Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was underlined during the Planetary Security Conference in the Caribbean, convened in Aruba on December 13, 2018.
Faced with this scenario, AAA is advancing the efforts already made by the aviation sector by incorporating a policy of integral management of its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions — also known as carbon emissions — in order to establish a commitment and strategy for its reduction and offset.
As part of the implementation of this policy, the expansion and renovation project called Gateway 2030 has, as a component of its main design criteria, the reduction of the carbon footprint of the terminal through various measures that include the use of efficient energy management technologies, the use of renewables, increasing the number of electric vehicles, the incorporation of pre-conditioned air units and building ground power to reduce aircraft APU use, tree planting, water reuse for irrigation of common areas, among others.
Also, in order to support and formally monitor these actions, AAA’s executive management has decided to join the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program (ACA), which seeks to promote the progressive decarbonization of airports through a strategy of quantification, reduction, optimization and offset of its emissions. This happens not only within AAA-controlled activities, but also comprises activities carried out by third parties on which the airport guides or influences emission reduction measures.
AAA's Carbon Management Policy is thus incorporated with the long-term vision of European and other American countries for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050. This is also in line with the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.
With this initiative, AEROPUERTO INTERNACIONAL REINA BEATRIX underlines its commitment and responsibility with regard to environmentally sustainable actions, becoming a reference airport in South America and the Caribbean, not only for the quality of its services but also for the various actions implemented in favor of the fight against climate change.
AEROPUERTO INTERNACIONAL REINA BEATRIX is currently part of the 1st level of certification.