Hawke's Bay Airport’s aspires is to being New Zealand’s most sustainable airport by embedding sustainability at the heart of everything we do. The framework through which we will achieve this vision is identified in our Sustainability Policy  

In February 2020 we succeeded in our first step towards carbon neutrality, gaining Level 1 of the internationally recognised Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

The programme independently assesses and recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce carbon emissions through 4 levels of certification - Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality. 

With the mapping stage now complete, the focus moves to reduction and optimisation. Since we began tracking our emissions we have already seen a noticeable improvement due largely to design improvements delivered by the redeveloped terminal  - we will be working to ensure that this trend continues beyond completion of the project. 


ABOUT Airport Carbon Accreditation

ACI launched the Airport Carbon Accreditation in 2009 after member airports adopted a landmark resolution on Climate Change to reduce carbon emissions from their operations with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is an independent, voluntary programme administered by WSP, an international consultancy appointed by ACI EUROPE to enforce the accreditation criteria for airports on an annual basis.

Airports applying to become accredited must have their carbon footprints independently verified in accordance with ISO14064 (Greenhouse Gas Accounting). Evidence of this must be provided to the programme administrator (WSP) together with all claims regarding carbon management processes which must also be independently verified.

The definitions of emissions footprints used by Airport Carbon Accreditation follow the principles of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) “Greenhouse Gas Protocol” Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. When considering the emissions from aircraft within the airport perimeter and on final approach and initial departure, Airport Carbon Accreditation uses the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) definition of the Landing-Take Off cycle and requires airports to comply with these definitions.