Milestone for Auckland Airport on its sustainability journey
Another milestone for Auckland Airport on its sustainability journey
In March 2010 Auckland Airport signed up to Earthcheck, a global sustainable tourism certification scheme. With a history of robust sustainable business practice, the airport was able to achieve Earthcheck Bronze, or benchmarking standard, within four months.
Following further benchmarking reports and two third party on-site audits, Auckland Airport is proud to announce today that it has been awarded Silver certification. Silver recognises continuous improvement over a two year period and, for Auckland Airport, represents verification of a sustainability action plan introduced back in 2008.
Martin Fryer, Sustainability Advisor at Auckland Airport said, “This is an excellent result for Auckland Airport. We have taken the approach that sustainability should be part and parcel of how we operate as a business, not an add-on and certainly not just another word for environmental management.
“Having gone through the audit process I’m convinced Earthcheck is the right choice for any tourism business that understands sustainability is about their social, economic and environmental performance and is a long term commitment.”
Fryer said, “Our certification currently covers the international terminal building and associated operations. As anyone who travels regularly overseas will tell you, there has been incredible change in the terminal over the certification period, in terms of retail outlets, passenger facilities etc. This improves key sustainability areas such as energy efficiency, water conservation, waste production and resource use.”
He added, “The results of the increased focus on sustainability by us and our industry partners will improve the sustainability of all those who operate at Auckland Airport and will ensure a more sustainable product offering, that can only be good for New Zealand tourism.”