Belfast International Airport first Northern Ireland airport to gain ISO 14001 environmental certification

February 27, 2023

Belfast International Airport, part of the VINCI Airports network, has received the ISO 14001 certification. This is the first time in Northern Ireland that an airport has been recognised with this international standard for its Environmental Management System (EMS). A new milestone that is part of VINCI Airports environmental ambition to reach net zero carbon emissions on scope 1&2.

This achievement shows the commitment to managing and minimising the impact that the airport has on the environment, but is also aimed at, improving the efficiency of our management systems thereby enhancing value to passengers and other relevant stakeholders.

The certification, granted by the NQA, represents an important step towards environmental management. The achievement of ISO 14001 is one more of the key VINCI Airports' environmental goals that Belfast International Airport has achieved before the deadline established by the network (2030). 

The airport has been working on a number of sustainability initiatives that has led to the achievement of the ISO14001 certification including; the roll out of LED lighting throughout the terminal, the use of solar power to power all aspects of the airport and a commitment to reducing waste and water usage. Further initiaves are planned throughout 2023 including LED lighting across the airfield and the introduction of fully electric passengers buses.

Belfast International Airport is the 26th entity in the VINCI Airports network to obtain this certification.

Kevin Napier, Compliance Manager, celebrated achieving the certification. "Receiving this certification is testament to the commitment that Belfast International Airport and VINCI Airports have to halve our scope 1 and scope 2 carbon emissions by 2030.  It is a significant step along that journey and comes on the back of recent funding from the UK government for our sustainability initiatives .”

The world's leading private airport operator, VINCI Airports operates more than 65 airports in 12 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Thanks to its expertise as a global integrator, VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and manages airports by providing its investment capacity and its know-how in optimizing operational performance, modernizing infrastructures and managing their operations and environmental transition. VINCI Airports is the first airport operator to have committed to a global international environmental strategy in 2016, to achieve the goal of net zero emission across its entire network by 2050.

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