ACSA owns and manages the nine major airports in South Africa, including the three main international gateways of O.R. Tambo International, Cape Town International and King Shaka International Airports.
In 2017, ACSA embarked on an ambitious process to have its Airports certified under the Airports Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. The ACA is the only institutionally-endorsed, global carbon management certification programme for airports. ACA independently assesses and recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through various levels of certification.
GCX is proud to have assisted ACSA through this journey by ensuring that the four major airports – O.R. Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Port Elizabeth International Airport – were level 1 certified in 2017. Since then, additional airports have come on board, with the intention to have all 9 airports certified in the fullness of time.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic slowing down the rate of accreditation, so far 6 of the 9 airports have been certified. The four airports that were originally certified have since all moved to level 2, which require emission reduction to have been demonstrated with an effective carbon management plan in place.
GCX is looking forward to being part of the future journey of each of the airports as they gear up for higher levels of certification, which will require a broader value chain assessment and stakeholder engagement, and ultimately neutrality and demonstration of transformation and transition.