QAIA Becomes First Airport in Region to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

The Airport International Group have announced that Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Jordan has become the first airport in the Middle East, the second in the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific region and one of only 21 airports worldwide to achieve Level 4+ ‘Transition’ of the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme. QAIA was awarded the certificate following a rigorous review of its carbon management processes, which affirmed its alignment with the global climate goals, to reach a net-zero carbon status by 2050, in addition to its establishment of a roadmap to reduce CO2 emissions from fuel and electricity consumption and the ongoing responsible compensation of residual CO2 emissions under its control.

“Since 2013, QAIA has been setting an example of what it means to be a climate-friendly airport and has been the first in the Middle East to achieve ‘neutrality’. Such a proud feat is instrumental in highlighting not only QAIA, but also Jordan, on the global aviation stage,” commented Airport International Group CEO Nicolas Claude. “Given the deliberate industry-wide shift towards environmental best practices, we at Airport International Group are keen on building an even more sustainable and responsible international airport,” Claude added.

“I wish to congratulate Queen Alia International Airport for achieving Level 4+ Transition accreditation from the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, a significant milestone in their sustainability journey. By becoming the second airport in the Asia Pacific and Middle East region and the first in the Middle East to achieve Level 4+ status, Queen Alia International Airport is firmly positioning itself as a pioneer in carbon management,” said Stefano Baronci, director general, ACI Asia-Pacific. Baronci added that “it is an impressive accomplishment in an era of unprecedented challenges for the aviation industry. The fact that airports, regardless of their size, are demonstrating strong commitment to operate in a more sustainable way to protect the environment is indeed a very positive sign.”

With a proven experience in airport rehabilitation, enhancement, operation and management Airport International Group is a Jordanian company, comprising local and international investors, including the Edgo group, a founding investor. In 2007, following a transparent and open international tender, the Government of Jordan awarded Airport International Group a 25-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession agreement to manage the rehabilitation, expansion and operation of QAIA; consecutive winner of the Airport Service Quality Awards, the first carbon-neutral airport in the Middle East and Jordan’s prime gateway to the world.

The Edgo group is committed to minimising our carbon footprint in all areas of our business. Through the Munib & Angela Masri Foundation, Edgo helps the development of local communities through substantial financial and administrative support to healthcare, education and cultural institutions and projects in our region. As a group, we aspire to the highest standards of compliance through ethical business practices, conduct and governance in all areas of our work.