As the central nodes in our transportation networks, airports have a considerable environmental impact. The GC-Mark is a seal of recognition for airports that have implemented an effective environmental policy to monitor environmental impact. As the first airport in the world, Athens International Airport has now obtained the “Green Airport” label.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), air travel and transport accounts for two percent of all human generated greenhouse gas emissions, with airports contributing five percent to the overall aviation figure. Fortunately, an increasing number of airports are looking to improve their environmental performance by reducing emissions, reducing waste and optimizing their use of natural resources.
During an assessment, qualified DQS UL auditors have come to the conclusion that AIA has taken sufficient measures to improve its environmental performance consistently. The GC-Mark will be valid for one year and is a clear signal to the public that AIA management takes its environmental commitment serious. The GC-Mark is thus another feather in the cap of Athens International Airport, which had already been certified according to the international standard for environmental management ISO 14001.