Sharjah Airport (UAE) becomes Middle East’s first carbon-neutral hub
Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the only carbon-neutral airport in the Gulf.
The aviation hub has achieved “Level 3+ Neutrality” accreditation from the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. Accreditation is given based on zero carbon dioxide emissions over a full year period.
The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, which was first launched in 2009, now lists 312 airports as carbon neutral. Tunisia’s Enfidha-Hammamet Airport and China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport were also recently added to the list of certified airports.
It’s hoped that airport industry can work towards sustainability goals as they also seek to deal with the impact of the coronavirus crisis. A recovery to 2019 passenger traffic levels is unlikely before 2024, according to industry bodies and analysts.